Offset Surface Command

D_OffsetSurface_600ppi   Offset Surface

Command Licensing and Default Menu Location

  • The Offset Surface command is part of the RPS Modeling Toolbox
  • The command is located on the Modeling macros menu ribbon
  • The command is located in the Surface / Volumes menu group

Latest Updates

November 30th 2022
We updated the command so that you can run it multiple times in a single execution to offset a surface using different boundaries and different vertical offsets. We also optimized the dialog looping to make it easy to run repeated operations on a single surface e.g. to create different stripping areas with different depths from the existing ground surface.

The latest changes have moved the original Offset Surface command to a keyboard only command available from the Command Pane (F12),. The updated command is now RPS Offset Surface which is now a licensed command because of the added functionality and workflow improvements.

The RPS Settings, Create Boundary, Offset Line and Combine Surfaces commands have also been added to the header row of the command dialog for easy access when running this command.

Command Description

Provides the ability to offset an entire surface or an area of a surface within a clipping boundary to create a new surface model. This is a quick and easy tool to create e.g. Topsoil Strip surfaces from an Existing Ground surface model. You can offset the same surface using different boundary lines to create multiple offset surfaces during one command execution.

Command Interface Description

The Offset Surface command dialog looks as follows

Reference surface
Select the surface that you wish to apply the surface offsets to. Typically this would be the Existing Ground surface if for example you are applying Topsoil Strip depths or unsuitable soils removal.

New surface name:
Enter the name for the adjusted surface that you are creating e.g. Topsoil Strip

Vertical offset:
Enter the vertical offset that you wish to use for your adjustment. Enter a negative value to adjust the source surface downwards (soil removal) and a positive value if you wish to raise the surface.

Clipping boundary:
If you wish to adjust just an area of the source surface, or if you have different areas with different offsets, select the limit boundary that you wish to apply.

Click Apply to execute the command and ready for a repeat operation using a different boundary and vertical offset.

Executes the command, creates the offset surface and closes on completion

Closes the command without further execution.

Note: if you create different soil strip depth area surfaces and wish to combine those into a single surface - made up of separated “islands” use the Combine surfaces macro command.

Header Commands

The following commands are available from the header row of the command dialog. These commands are the commands that we believe are often needed or useful when you are running this command

  • Help
  • RPS Settings
  • Create Boundary
  • Offset Line
  • Combine Surfaces

Video Demonstration

The following video shows how to utilize the Offset Surface command

Use Case Videos

The following videos show the use of the Offset Surface command in a work process context

Feedback and Enhancement Requests

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