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Single Deflection Line Output Sheets

Updated August 14, 2020

This article applies to:
  • Terrain Forestry
  • RoadEng Forestry

Files for this tutorial section on cable analysis can be downloaded here: Cable


So far, we have covered how to analyze cable roads and explore multiple areas for deflection but we have not covered producing formatted drawings to communicate the D-line analysis to others.  This example will address how to produce drawings which include illustrations of several view windows, and/or data tables.  We will use the Multi-plot functionality to produce drawings.


New Multi-plot layouts can be created from scratch; however in this example, you will create a D-Line output sheet using a previously created multiplot screen layout.

  • File | Open <Terrain>\Cable\CableAnalysis - 3.terx.
  •  In the View ribbon, Screen Layout area, choose Training\Training Single DLine MP.ilt

Cable 13-27.png

When you open a Terrain screen layout, window positions and display options are read from the layout file. In this case:

  • Profile Sub-Windows were set up.
  • A Cable Data window was created and configured.
  • A 3D window was created.
  • A Multi-plot window was created and configured
  • Windows were arranged in a tile pattern.

 Your screen will now appear similar to Figure below:

Cable 13-28.png

Note: Screen layout files are designed to be used in different projects; some settings may need to be customized before you are ready to print.

  • If your page does not match the shape of the Multi-plot contents, choose  File | Print Setup and change your Printer and/or printer Properties to use a Letter (or A4) sized page in Portrait mode.

The Profile sub-view does not include the entire deflection line being analyzed.  In the following steps, you will adjust the Profile display.

  • Select the main Profile window (on the right-hand side of the screen) scroll or pan and note that the corresponding Sub-view in the Multi-plot window also scrolls. Try to get the D-Line centered in the window.

  • Right-click in the Profile Sub-view in the Multi-plot window (on the left-hand side of the screen) and choose Profile 1 Sub-view Options from the context menu (double click also works). The options dialogue box below will appear.

 ​​​​​Cable 13-29.png

  •  Clear the Auto check box and note that you can now define Station and Elevation. This will make the Multi-plot profile independent.
  • Press the Options button to show all the options shared with the main Profile window. Press Cancel to close this dialogue box

Note:  The Sub-views in the Multi-plot window display the same settings as the corresponding main window; the options are shared.  You can access the shared options from the Options button in the Sub-view Options dialogue box or directly from the main window options.

  • Press the OK button to close the Profile Sub-view options.

Now you can scroll the main Profile window without affecting the Multi-plot.  It is also possible to scroll the Multi-Plot Profile window using the keyboard:

  • Click in the Multi-Plot window to select the Profile Sub-view. Then type <shift-arrow> and notice that the Profile Sub-view scrolls (direction depends on which arrow key you type).

Similar controls exist for the Plan Sub-view.

  • Click in the Multi-Plot window to select the Plan Sub-view. Then type <shift-arrow>. You will be prompted with the message shown below:

Cable 13-30.png

  • Respond OK; this is the same as clearing Auto Scroll Position in the Plan Sub-view options dialog box.
  • Scroll the deflection line to the center of the window using <shift-arrow> keys.
  • Type <ctrl-arrow> a few times and note that you can also rotate the Plan Sub-view.

 You may want to display a North arrow in the Plan window if you change the rotation.

Note: It is not recommended that you save a Multi-Plot screen layout with explicit Scroll Position settings; use Auto instead. If the screen layout were saved at this point, the Profile Sub-view would be saved with an explicit Station and Elevation, similarly, the Plan Sub-view would be centered on a particular (X, Y) coordinate. If you opened such a screen layout in another project, it is likely that the Profile and Plan Sub-views would be empty.

In this example screen layout, the Multi-plot title is just a placeholder.

  • Change the title to something more appropriate:
    • Double-click on “Title” in the Multi-plot or use the right click context menu to open the Rectangle Sub-view options. 
    • Change the text to something appropriate.  Note the other options available for the Rectangle Sub-view.
    • Press OK to close the dialogue box. 
  • To print or export, select the Multi-plot window and choose File | Print Active Window.  Then select your desired printer or PDF writer. Press Cancel to exit the Print dialogue box.
  • Choose File | New, do not save changes.