We are proud to announce the release of TopoDOT x64 Version 2020.1 for MicroStation CONNECT. TopoDOT for MicroStation V8i has not changed. Please download and install the latest release to stay current with our newest developments.
To automatically download the latest update, use the “Check for Updates” option within the TopoDOT menu. Alternatively you may find the installation link in our resource downloads on the website.
We are constantly striving to improve your TopoDOT experience. Many of you will find your comments, suggestions, and ideas implemented in some way. TopoDOT represents the collective experience, knowledge, and innovation of all our users. You have in us a place where your comments are heard, your ideas respected, and your innovations implemented whenever possible.
There are many new features and tool enhancements in this release. We wanted to highlight a few that we know you’d be excited about.
A new tool in this release is the “Classify Ground Around Cursor” tool. This classification tool will classify ground and vegetation data on a selected area. One use of this tool is to test or fine tune ground classification settings before deploying it on the entire dataset. Another purpose of this tool is to edit the “Ground” classification tool results by changing the classification settings and running it only on areas of interest. Here are a couple of scenarios for this example:
- Change the slope limit to improve the ground classification around steep slopes.
- Increase the block size on a sparse area.
- Change the medium/high vegetation class to classify a bridge/building/noise area separately from the vegetation classes.
Remember to save your new classified data by going to the Export tab and using either “Points to Original Files” tool (mapped files) or “New Point Cloud File” tool.
New data extraction tools include the Plane point cloud snapping feature. It will calculate the snap location based on the best fit plane around the cursor. This snapping function will improve placement of a point around vertical or slanted surfaces. This option is available on the right-click-quick-menu as well as on the Snap Settings menu.
Moreover, the new “Fit Multiple Cylinders to Data” tool fits cylindrical elements within the selected area from any perspective and in any direction. It will need about 30% of the cylinder data to identify the radius and create a cylinder. It will also populate a list of all pipes found for you to analyze the results by looking at a cross section at a time. You’ll find this tool in the TopoDOT Extract tab under the Piping toolbox. Check this quick demonstration to see for yourself how quick and easy this tool is.
Another new tool in this release is the “Wire Extraction by Direction” tool. You will be able to extract a wire string for as long as there is visible data in the direction of the wire string. Although it can be used in any wire extraction scenario, it was specifically created to improve the wire extraction over rail lines. Therefore, it is placed on the Extract tab under the Rail toolbox. Here is a quick demonstration of this tool.
Lastly we wanted to highlight the new Smart Image option within the “Asset Identification” tools. This new option allows users to automatically load images of the same asset in multiple perspectives and it can be found on the Images tab of the tools.
On the data analysis updates front, we’d like to feature the “Orthogonal Clearance” tool. This tool can be used to collect shortest horizontal dimension to a vertical line or cylinder in any direction. It can be very useful to measure modeled features to point cloud data.
- This release improves support for high resolution monitors/DPI.
- You’ll find that the “Normal” mode for draping functions has been renamed “Average”. The functionality remains the same.
- The Elevation Grid tool now has a “Mesh” preview to evaluate results before running the tool.
- The “Joint Break Lines by Level” tool to create corners on break lines now has the option to also join lines into a continuous element at the same time.
You can access a full change log within the setup or by visiting TopoDOT University.
All changes mentioned above are only available in the 64-bit version. Unfortunately MicroStation V8i is a 32-bit application and limits the development of the tools mentioned here. Please consider upgrading when possible.