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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does DCM mean?

DCM is an acronym for “Design – Construction – Maintenance”. Novapoint is really good at design tools, is equally good at delivering quality data to the construction phase, and is in addition made to support the maintenance phase, including delivering data to maintenance systems for infrastructure, mapping systems, and more.

How is Novapoint connected to AutoCAD?

When you start NovapointDCM Base - a windows standalone application - you also may manually or automatically load AutoCAD. But you do not need to do so, and thus you can run NovapointDCM Base as a standalone application.

When NovapointDCM Base loads AutoCAD, the two applications connect, so that data can be transported seamlessly between the two, e.g. when you do Alignment Design.

Can Novapoint run standalone?

Yes, NovapointDCM Base may run standalone, e.g. to investigate a Quadri model. See also section above.

Can I draw inside Novapoint Base?

Novapoint 19.00 includes sketching functionality when making long or cross section presentation, or when defining a boundary for a query.

Does Novapoint 19DCM support all functions in 18?

19 follows 18, as 18 followed 17. Our goal is to make 19 a complete “follower” of 18, making the switch from 18 to 19 as smooth as possible. Based on experience maybe something will either be weeded out, or be added later. Follow the release notes.

Has Groups been removed totally?

Or will we still be able to define groups of features from different feature types?

In the form it had in Novapoint terrain model versions prior to 19, it is gone. But it will still be possible to define groups of features. Read more about this topic here.

When importing, can I filter out erroneous data?

The whole import process has been totally changed from earlier versions. One of the main goals has been to make you able to filter out “bad” data, and to avoid a “polluted” model. This goes all the way from features with line geometry where the line only consisted of one point, to verification of the coordinate reference system, to avoid importing features with wrong coordinates. The new import functionality provide graphical support and other stuff to help you through the import process.

Does the 3D window in Base replace Virtual Map?

The integrated window in NovapointDCM Base will overlap some of the use and need of Virtual Map, but the focus when making Base is not to replace Virtual Map. So it is very likely that users still will find usage of Virtual Map, especially because of its great strength in making a really good presention of the model, perfect for public presentations.

Does Novapoint support IFC?

Today IFC can - to a small degree - accommodate the type of data Novapoint produces, but this is something we are working on. We have a prototype for exporting surfaces to IFC. Contact us if you are interested knowing more.

Does Novapoint support latest version of SOSI?

We have worked a lot on handling SOSI in a best possible way, and this is turning out very well. Our goal is of course 0 loss of information. In addition we are creating a best possible 3D-model based on SOSI data.

Can I define sub-surface layers?

Yes. Sub-surface layers are removed from the road and Railway models, and will be fully integrated with the Quadri model, as part of the modelling of existing situation. Sub-surface layers are defined almost as the ground surface, but with a few extra methods. Remember to add the sub-surface layers as calculation basis for roads or any other design where cutting into existing terrain is a possibility.

Can I use Orthophotos?

Both Orthophoto and Web Map Service (WMS) are supported, i.e. geo-referenced photos that are dynamically downloaded from servers (in the same way as Google Map’s mapping solution works). Both plan and 3D window supports the use of this.

Can I do clash detection (interference checks) in Novapoint?

This is possible to do in Novapoint Virtual Map.

Does Novapoint support Coordinate Reference Systems?

NovapointDCM Base and the Quadri model supports handling of coordinate reference system (CRS). Coordinate reference systems are defined based on ESPG coding. As long as we have access to”approved” libraries for performing coordinate transformations, we will support transformations too. Files that are imported are checked for coordinate reference system info.

Graphics card tips

Unless using a very basic computer, you will most likely have a decent graphics card in addition to the Intel one. The issue can be that Windows runs Novapoint with the integrated graphics card (the bad one) because that is what Windows does by default.

The way to solve this is to make sure Windows executes Novapoint with the other one (the decent one). How it is managed depends on the setting. In NVIDIA you normally (though not always) can right click in the .exe file, “Run with graphics processor” and select NVIDIA. When you do that once, Windows should remember it and subsequent launches of the executable are ran with the graphics card of your last choice. Sometimes you need to insist a couple of times for it to remember.

When that option doesn't exist because your decent graphics card is e.g. ATI (which is not ideal but should be fine in most of the cases too), or because for some reason that option in the context menu doesn't appear, another way is to have your computer to run in Performance Mode. In settings or right-clicking in the battery icon of the taskbar, click Power options and change from “Balanced” to “High performance”. Then Windows will not use the Intel graphics at all (whose the only reason to exist is to save energy - and give us headaches).

Also, notice that we officially support NVIDIA graphics cards as it is stated in the requirements.

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