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This section deals with basic information on user interface and general functionality of the Road Marking module.

User Interface

The user interface has been developed with focus on usability in the design process. All functions are accessible from the Road Marking menu and the Road Marking toolbar.

As with the other Novapoint modules the user is given both a toolbar and a drop down menu. The user interface is intuitive and does not require training. ;


Road marking objects such as a centerline can be created by drawing with Novapoint Road Marking or by selecting an existing polyline. A single polyline can be assigned a number of different line types. Road marking objects can easily be edited and line type lengths edited as required. Pedestrian crossings are defined by selecting start and end points or by selecting a closed polygon.

Parametric input

Road marking line types can be selected from the library. The parameters for line thickness, distance between dashes and dash patterns can be adjusted by the user. The user is given a clear overview graphically and parametrically.

Pedestrian crossings, bicycle paths and clearways can be controlled in their own dialog.


An easy to use and quick edit function is very important to effectively produce accurate and up to date drawings. Editing is easily carried out by selecting the edit function. Line types can easily interchanged and dimensions easily adjusted.

Draw Road Marking

All functions are accessible from the Road Marking menu and the Road Marking toolbar. Most functions are operated in a way similar to many other Novapoint and AutoCAD functions. Design using floating dialogues with drag and drop functionality can be found within the Insert Symbol/Text function.

Note: ;Using drag and drop with a linetype requires a predesigned AutoCAD polyline, line or arc to be present in the drawing before executing the command.

AutoCAD Grips

Most road marking objects support use of AutoCAD Grips and are activated by picking the desired object. Pick a road marking object

Not accessible from the command line

Note: ;Refer to the AutoCAD user manual for detailed information on use of AutoCAD Grips


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User-Defined Linetypes

Linetypes can easily be modified and changed to the user preferences. All linetypes are defined using a description file in ASCII format. This file can be modified using e.g. Notepad and itís contents are loaded when starting Novapoint.

The file RMDATA.INI is located in the directory ..\Novapoint\16.30\RoadMarking\LIB\<COUNTRY>


RMDATA.INI Description

Linetypes are given a name - e.g. Lane line/Warning line.

  • 1006.1,Lane line/Warning line,2 0 3 1 0.1 0.1 / 0 9 3 0.1 0.1 / 0 9 3 0.15 0.15 1 1 3 0.1 -0.1 / 3 3 9 0.1 -0.1 / 3 3 9 0.15 -0.15 Attribute: Feature code: 7023,7023 Area (square metre): Width (metre): Colour: White, Yellow, White Length (metre): Type of material: Rumble: Yes, No, Yes Text (info): Text/symbol height (metre): Thickness (metre): Type (line type): Lane line/Warning line, Lane line/Warning line Roadway reflection marker: Yes, No, Yes ;

First line

  • 1006.1,Lane line/Warning line,2

3 values separated by comma

  • 1 = Line code
  • 2 = Line type name
  • 3 = No. of parallel lines

Second line (third etc. ñ one for each parallel line)

0 3 1 0.1 0.1 / 0 9 3 0.1 0.1 / 0 9 3 0.15 0.15 1 1 3 0.1 -0.1 / 3 3 9 0.1 -0.1 / 3 3 9 0.15 -0.15

5 values (separated by space) in 3 sections (separated by slash)

1 2 3 4 5 / 1 2 3 4 5 / 1 2 3 4 5

  • 1= Length to start * 2 =

Length of line

  • 3 = Length of space
  • 4 = Line width
  • 5 = Offset

The 3 section describe values used at different speed limit intervals



Attribute values are not used in this version of Road Marking, but will be added in a later version.

Note: ;If any modifications are made to the RMDATA.INI file - be sure to preserve a backup of the file. When installing new versions (or reinstalling) the file will be replaced.


Last modified: 2008/08/25 14:15 (external edit)