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CADD Users Manual

CADD Users Manual - U.S. Customary Units (English)

The CADD Users Manual is currently being updated. These changes reflect the current Caltrans development/delivery process for all projects on the State Highway System (SHS) using MicroStation and Civil 3D.

Memorandum from Timothy Craggs concerning the status of MicroStation at Caltrans:
"MicroStation, Caltrans Standard Drafting Software", 09/19/2014

For any questions or comments about the CADD Users Manual contact: Subu Nujella

The manual updates are being completed incrementally and will be updated on the Caltrans Internet Web pages only. As sections are completed, they will be dated and posted to the web. When previously updated sections require corrections/additions, there will be a new date listed. When all the sections of the manual are finished (tentatively Dec 2017), there will also be a single PDF containing all sections.

ERRATA - This document summarizes all previous changes to the CADD Users Manual. It is a cumulative document with the last update listed first.
CADD Users Manual Table of Contents
Chapter Name Contents Last Updated
Foreword 10/23/17
Chapter 1: Purpose/Intent of Manual
Purpose/Intent of Manual
  • 1.1 Purpose of Manual
  • 1.2 Users of the Manual
  • 1.3 Scope of the Manual
  • 1.4 Intent of the Manaual
7/30/10
Chapter 2: Caltrans Data Format
2.1 Drawing Types and Codes
  1. Drawing Types and Codes
    • Geographical
    • Non-Geographical
  2. Drawing Codes - Highway Construction Project
  3. Drawing Codes - Highway Planting Project
  4. Drawing Codes - Mapping and Preliminary Drawings
10/23/17
2.2 Drawing File Names
  1. Description
  2. Need for Naming Uniformity
  3. Naming Convention
    • District Codes
    • Highway Construction Project
    • Highway Planting Project
    • Structures Drawings
    • Topographic Maps
07/01/10
2.3 Drawing Working Units
  1. Description
    • Pre Version 8 (V8) MicroStation
    • Version 8 (v8) MicroStation
  2. Units of Resolution for Highway Construction
    • Pre Version 8 (V8) MicroStation
    • Version 8 (v8) MicroStation
  3. Units of Resolution for Structures
    • Pre Version 8 (V8) MicroStation
    • Version 8 (v8) MicroStation
10/23/17
2.4 Under Construction
2.5 Plan Sheet Preparation Using Levels
  1. Plan Sheet Preparation
  2. Highway Design and Topographic Information (Alphabetically and Corresponding Level)
  3. Levels Involved for Various Plan Sheets (Highway Construction)
10/30/08
2.6 Text
  1. Introduction
  2. Text Size - Highway & Landscape Project Plans
  3. Text Size - Structures
  4. Text Size - Right of Way Mapping Products
10/23/17
2.7 Lines
  1. Introduction
  2. Line Weights
  3. Line Codes
  4. Dashed Lines
  5. Line Styles and Linear Patterning
    1. Overview
    2. Scale Factor for Line Styles
  6. Line Symbology
10/23/17
2.8 Color Table/Caltrans Standard Colors
  1. Introduction
  2. Caltrans Color Table files
  3. Standard Colors for Highway Projects
  4. Standard Colors for Right of Way
  5. Standard Colors for Structures
10/23/17
2.9 Caltrans Cell Libraries
  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Cells and Caltrans Base Scale (Roadway)
10/23/17
Chapter 3: Electronic Data
3.1 Under Construction
3.2 Map Projection
  1. What is Map Projection
  2. The Lambert Conformal Conic Projection
10/25/12
3.3 North American Datum (NAD) 83
  1. Description of NAD83
  2. NAD83 Epochs
  3. CA Coordinate System (CCS) - NAD83
  4. Summary
08/12/09
3.4 Under Construction
3.5 Under Construction
3.6 Roadway Design
  1. Introduction
  2. Caltrans CAiCE Standard Resource Files
  3. Caltrans MicroStation Standard Resource Files
  4. Existing Topography
  5. Horizontal Alignments
  6. Vertical Alignments
  7. Superelevation and Cross Slope
  8. Alternate Design Techniques
  9. Digital Design Model (DDM) and Design Contours
  10. Design Cross Sections
04/11/08
3.7 Roadway Design Deliverables
  1. Introduction
  2. Roadway Alignments
  3. Vertical Alignments
  4. Alternate Design Techniques and Digital Design Models
  5. Design Cross Sections
  6. Design Presentation of Project Plans
05/09/17
3.8 Master Files
  1. Overview
  2. Master Topographic Files
  3. Master Design Files
    1. Overview
    2. Utilizing the Master Design Files in DGN Format
  4. Master Clip Frame Files
  5. Master Plan Sheet Files
  6. Contract Plan Sheet Files
  7. Final PS&E Submittal
09/30/10
Chapter 4: PS&E Through As-Built Plans
4.1 For PS&E Submittal
  1. File Formats for PS&E
    1. Acceptable
    2. Non-Acceptable
  2. Reference Files
  3. Requirements for PS&E
    1. General Requirements
    2. Caltrans Current Standards
    3. General Plotting Requirements
    4. Limitations/Restrictions When Using V8 File Format
  4. Consultant Prepared Projects
10/30/08
4.2 After PS&E
  1. Draft Contract Ready
  2. Certification for RTL
    1. Overview
    2. Cross Sections
    3. Survey File Checklist
  3. As-Awarded
  4. Contract Change Order
01/08/08
4.3 As-Built Plans
  1. Overview
  2. Roadway As-Built Plans Using CADD
  3. Structure As-Built Plans Using CADD
  4. Archive Ready As-Built Plans
  5. Microfilming As-Built Plans
03/30/11
Chapter 5: Plotting at Caltrans
5.1 Purpose of Plotting 10/25/12
5.2 Plotting Solution
  1. Overview
  2. Why a Single Plotting Solution
  3. Using Interplot at Caltrans
10/25/12
5.3 Terms and Definitions 10/25/12
5.4 Accessing Interplot
  1. Within MicroStation via "Iplot-Main" Dialog
  2. From Windows via "Interplot Organizer"
  3. From the DOS Command Line
10/25/12
5.5 Creating Interplot Parameter Files (iparms) for PS&E
  1. Creating iparms
  2. Modifying iparms
10/25/12
5.6 Plotting to TIFF Image Files
  1. How to plot to a TIFF image file
  2. Standard Properties of TIFF Images generated by "TIFF Output"
  3. Use of TIFF files
10/25/12
5.7 Creating and Plotting PDF Files
  1. Creating PDF files
  2. Plotting PDF files
  3. PDF standards
  4. Use of PDF files
10/25/12
5.8 Things to Watch Out for When Using Interplot 10/25/12
5.9 MicroStation Print 10/25/12
5.10 Caltrans Design Scripts
  1. What is a Design Script?
  2. The History of the Caltrans Design Scripts
  3. Standard Caltrans Roadway Design Scripts
  4. Functions and Features of the Caltrans Design Scripts
  5. Dropout Logic and weight and patterning values
10/25/12
Appendix
A1 Caltrans English Cell Library
  1. Landscape
  2. Photogrammetry
  3. Project Plans
  4. Roadway
  5. Right of Way (located under Roadway)
  6. Traffic Electrical
  7. Surveys
  8. Water Pollution Control
09/13/16
A2 Structures English Cell Library 10/25/12
A3 R/W Engineering English Cell Library 10/25/12
A4 Caltrans Line Styles 05/09/17
A5 NAD Coordinates and Zones - English
  1. 1983 - U.S. Survey Foot
  2. 1983 - Metric
  3. 1927 - U.S. Survey Foot
10/25/07
A6 Caltrans Fonts 10/30/08
A7 Caltrans English CAiCE Feature Table 08/19/09
A8 Pre-Named levels, Section 2.4 07/30/10
A9 DGNLIB Levels 10/25/12
A10 Named Level Libraries 10/23/17

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