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What are the features of Splash?

Is Splash an MDL (MicroStation Development Language) application?

What is Visual Help?

What kind of support do you provide?

Is Splash serious design software?

What kind of storm drainage calculations does Splash do?

Does Splash run in AutoCAD?

Is all my design data locked-up inside some proprietary system? How do I get it out?

What is a Relationship Manager?

What happens if I restore a drawing file from backup tape? My drawing is older than the Splash file.

What happens to my drawings if I restore a Splash file from backup tape? My Splash file is older than my drawings.

MicroStation and AutoCAD have reference files. Isn't that Ripple-Thru? How is Ripple-Thru any different than a reference file?

Why does a sewer design program have D.O.T. highway spiral capability?

What kind of Surveying software comes with Splash? Can Splash do a least squares adjustment?

Can Splash take-off materials?

What happens to take-off when the manholes are offset left or right from the alignment?

Can Splash do "Plan & Profile" sheets?

What if my system crashes? Is the Relationship Manager corrupted? What happens to corrupt MicroStation Design Files?

Who is Digital Software, Inc.?

Splash with Ripple-Thru looks interesting but our company has already purchased a different expensive package. Our entire company will be standardized on that package. Why would I purchase Splash?

What is DIMENSION-II?

 

 

 

 

 

What are the features of Splash?

Some features of Splash with Ripple-Thru

bulletTIN compatibility with GEOPAK, Intergraph, EaglePoint, SoftDesk, and TerraModel
bulletStorm and Sanitary Sewer Design
bulletRoad design
bulletSite Design
bulletTight Integration with MicroStation
bulletOne Seamless Engineering Design/Multiple MicroStation Design Files
bulletVisual Help makes it easy
bulletVertical curve design - Splash provides a powerful Vertical Curve Design tool palette. The vertical design automatically drafts and updates the profile panels with graphics and design text. Design text consists of P.V.I.s, P.V.C.s, P.V.T.s, design elevations, low points, high points, grades, etc.
Sewer manholes and catch basins can be automatically attached to the vertical design. When the vertical curve design is modified, RIPPLE-THRU automatically corrects the sewer design and updates all the MicroStation drawings. For example; if the designer opens a MicroStation Plan and Profile drawing and moves a vertical P.V.I. or edits an LVC (Length of Vertical Curve) on a road, then RIPPLE-THRU automatically changes all the rims of the sewer, all rim elevation text and may lower some inverts to maintain minimum depth. RIPPLE-THRU then updates all drawings in the project.
Splash can apply symmetrical and unsymmetrical curves, pass through a known point or have no curve at all. Splash reports many road computations such as K, sight distance and difference in grade.
bulletTrue Parent/Child alignment relationships
bulletPowerful "Until" offsets for child alignments
bulletEarthwork
bulletDynamic cross-sections
bulletLearn Drafting Standards (customize for each client) - The Learn Drafting Standards feature in Splash allows the designer to "Teach" Splash different Drafting Standards for each of the Engineer's client requirements. The DOT might want drawings to look one way yet a City wants the drawings to look another way. The designer "Teaches" Splash by simply dragging text with the mouse, and changing the text color, size, font, etc. live on the MicroStation drawing. Each time the designer modifies a piece of engineering design text, Splash automatically learns and changes all similar text throughout all projects for that client. For example; the designer drags an "INVERT IN" text string from the bottom of the profile panel to the top, changes the angle of the text to horizontal and the color to green. RIPPLE-THRU automatically makes the same changes to all other "INVERT IN" text not only on that drawing but everywhere for that client. Splash now knows how this client prefers "INVERT IN" text to be drafted in the future.
bulletMultiple profile panels on the same sheet displaying different streets (do 1 sheet subdivisions)
bulletMultiple profiles superimposed onto the same profile panel (ditches, Curb, Medians, etc.) - This feature is useful for urban road improvement plans and many other applications. Splash will use one alignment as the "Master" stationing alignment for a profile panel. Splash can then superimpose other alignments onto the profile panel such as ditches and medians. Splash can optionally label the offset stations and elevations onto the profile panel. Of coarse, RIPPLE-THRU assures that all graphics and text are immediately updated if any of the alignments are modified in any drawing.
bulletRipple-Thru plan labels for Stations, Elevations, Offsets, Points (Always up-to-date) - The plan label tool palette can place dynamic labels in the plan for Stations, Elevations, Offsets and point numbers. The tools can label alignments, points and surfaces. RIPPLE-THRU assures that all labels correctly represent the current design values at all times on all drawings.
bulletDrag engineering text in profile panels and text continues to automatically update - When a design becomes complex, the profile panels may become crowded. Automatically generated and updated design text may overlap or simply be placed in a poor location. Splash allows the designer to simply drag the text to a better location. RIPPLE-THRU continues to update the text so that the design value is correct. The text will even stay related to an object such as a manhole or a pipe. For example; A designer might drag a pipe label text string such as: "260.00' of 8" DIP @ 2.00%" from the top of a pipe to the bottom of the pipe. The designer might also change the color, font, size and ratio of the text string. RIPPLE-THRU will continue to maintain that text string when the design changes. Even if the slope of the pipe changes, RIPPLE-THRU will keep the text parallel to the pipe but place the text on the bottom of the pipe instead of the top.
bulletChange size, font, color, etc. of text in profile panels and text continues to automatically update
bulletDynamic Utility Conflicts
bulletImport/Export Coordinates to GPS, Data Collectors and other software
bulletFieldbook entry and reduction
bulletTriangulate points into TIN Surface
bulletPattern Recognition Technology during Triangulation automatically finds existing features
bulletEasy Triangle Editing
bulletCrash Recovery Checkpoint every 5 minutes to protect data
bulletProfile from Triangles or Centerline Survey reduces field costs
bulletDynamic Plan & Profile Panels
bulletAutomatically layout Sewer then easily adjust design
bulletCreate networks of pipes
bulletEasy Plan & Profile Sheet Layout
bulletSpecial Easy-to-use Drafting Tools
bulletD.O.T. Highway Spirals
bulletContouring
bulletBearings & Distances
bulletCut Depths & Material Takeoff Report
bulletPowerful Inquiry Tool
bulletUser definable Drafting Standards
bulletSpecial Key-in's add Station & offset, Point #’s and Bearings & Distances to all MicroStation commands.

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Is Splash an MDL (MicroStation Development Language) application?

Yes.  Digital Software, Inc. is an official Bentley Enterprise Developer and Splash is a MicroStation Development Language (MDL) application. Splash strictly adheres to every standard prescribed by Bentley. Splash conforms to the MicroStation guidelines for an MDL application. This insures a seamless integration with MicroStation/95/SE and MicroStation/J.

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What is Visual Help?

Splash replaces the traditional "How to" manual with the Visual Help system. Visual Help is a collection of context sensitive movie files with sound.  The Splash Visual Help system actually demonstrates the use of every tool, toolbox, tool palette and menu. Visual Help also provides information on KEY-IN's and function key setup. The Visual Help menu has an option "How to use Visual Help". Select this help option first.

Visual Help provides a combined DEMO/RECIPE, which demonstrates an entire job from creating an empty design to the production of plan and profile drawings. The DEMO/RECIPE is organized into logical steps. The DEMO/RECIPE is the best beginning point to learn how the system works. We recommend you watch the entire demo, then watch a single step and note the tools used. Then select one of those tools and watch a tool palette overview to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of that tool palette. Select any command within the tool palette and watch visual help for the current command.

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What kind of support do you provide?

Support for Splash with Ripple-Thru is provided via e-mail and telephone.

For software support e-mail the problem to:

splash@ripple-thru.com

or, call:

919-933-1990

Please include

bulletA detailed description of what the problem is and what you were doing when the problem occurred
bulletYour name
bulletYour company name and address
bulletYour e-mail address or fax number
bulletTelephone number where you can be reached.
bulletVersion number of the software
bulletAre you using Windows 95 or NT?
bulletWhat version of MicroStation are you using?

Please remember that a description such as "The program crashed" is meaningless information. Computers do not "CRASH". A more useful description might be, "The MicroStation screen just froze but the mouse still moved around", or, "Splash reported the following error message and then terminated."

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Is Splash with Ripple-Thru serious design software?

Yes. Splash is a serious production tool. Splash is used daily by Consulting Engineering companies and municipal engineering departments as a relied upon production tool.

Splash is accurate. Splash has always been a 32-bit application. The survey points carry a minimum of 9 decimal place accuracy even when using state plane coordinates. The Engineering design elements are accurate to a 10,000th of a foot regardless of the MicroStation working settings. This design software is "Survey Accurate". The designs can be exported to data collectors and staked. The Bearings and Distances produced are acceptable for recordable plats.

Splash is a comprehensive package.

Click here for a list of features

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What kind of storm drainage calculations does Splash do?

Splash is NOT a storm water modeling program. Splash is a program designed to assist you with the layout and drafting of profile, pipes, manholes, catch-basins, plan and profile sheets and property.

Splash does perform some computations. Splash computes the velocity, capacity,hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter and area on each selected pipe using Manning's equation. The computation is based upon slope, diameter, material type (roughness) and percent full. These calculations are most useful for sanitary sewer design. Splash does not compute surcharge on a storm water sewer nor hydraulic grade lines on a surcharged system. Inexpensive programs exist which perform these calculations well. We are currently investigating an interface of Splash with one or more of these storm water modeling programs.

The following is a typical manhole report produced by Splash. This information is displayed whenever a manhole is selected.

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MH#= 4,STA= 6+56.59,OFF= 0.00

MANHOLE

[DEFLECTION R ]= 0-00-00

[DIAMETER ]=4.00

[BACK INVERT ]=831.57

[FOR INVERT ]=831.67

[PIPE SIZE ]=8

[MATERIAL ]=PVC

[I PIPE GRADE ]=1.903

[O PIPE GRADE ]=1.845

[I PIPE LENGTH]=233.23

[O PIPE LENGTH]=233.23

[EXTENSION ]=0.00

[RIM ELEVATION]=837.57

[DEPTH ]=6.00

[% FULL FLOW ]=50

[HYDRAULIC AREA]=0.17

[WETTED PERIM.]=1.05

[HYDRAULIC RAD.]=0.17

[VELOCITY fs ]=6.11

[CAPACITY cfs ]=1.07

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Of course, Splash must perform many calculations to produce the plans.

Splash computes all the geometry of the designs both horizontally and vertically such as P.I.s (points of intersection), curve information, stations, tangents, true D.O.T. highway spirals, profile extraction, inverts, slopes, drops, depths and diameters of manholes based upon pipe sizes and depth of manhole.

Splash also produces a cut depth and materials take-off report.

Following is an example of the take-off summary:

 

 

Printed below is an example summary only report.

 

PIPE SUMMARY...
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66.93 OF 24 in BORE 4 TO 5
274.24 OF 24 in BORE 5 TO 6
13.91 OF 24 in BORE 6 TO 7

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355.08 OF 24 in BORE TOTAL
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10.14 OF 8 in DIP 4 TO 5
46.08 OF 8 in DIP 5 TO 6
201.85 OF 8 in DIP 6 TO 7

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258.07 OF 8 in DIP TOTAL
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39.93 OF 18 in DIP 5 TO 6
179.31 OF 18 in DIP 6 TO 7
42.02 OF 18 in DIP 7 TO 8

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261.26 OF 18 in DIP TOTAL
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2.12 OF 8 in PVC 4 TO 5
898.81 OF 8 in PVC 5 TO 6
307.60 OF 8 in PVC 6 TO 7
5.34 OF 8 in PVC 7 TO 8

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1213.87 OF 8 in PVC TOTAL
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MH/CB SUMMARY...
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1 EA. 4.00 F DIA 5 TO 6 CUT
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1 4.00 F DIA EXISTING MH
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1 EA. 6.00 F DIA 5 TO 6 CUT
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1 6.00 F DIA EXISTING MH
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2 EA. 4.00 F DIA 5 TO 6 CUT
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2 4.00 F DIA NEW MHs
___________________________________
3 EA. 5.00 F DIA 6 TO 7 CUT
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3 5.00 F DIA NEW MHs
___________________________________
1 EA. 4.00 F DIA 7 TO 8 CUT
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1 4.00 F DIA NEW DROP MH
___________________________________

Splash automatically computes Utility Conflicts as dynamic engineering elements. A Utility conflict is where an alignment crosses a utility such as a pipe or box culvert.

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Does Splash run in AutoCAD?

Not yet.  We plan to release an AutoCAD version in the future.

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Is all my design data locked-up inside some proprietary system? How do I get it out?

No. The relationships are in the Splash Relationship Manager and all of the design is reflected in the drawings as CAD drawing elements. When the engineer makes a design change, RIPPLE-THRU edits the drawings by replacing those artwork elements with the correct elements, which represent the design change, leaving the rest of the drawing undisturbed. If the engineer disconnects the Relationship Manager, everything in the drawing is standard MicroStation drawing elements. The drawing may be delivered to another MicroStation user, or converted to an AutoCAD drawing, without the Splash files and without SPLASH software. However, once the Relationship Manager is disconnected, the drawing will no longer be automatically updated. If the drawing is re-connected to the SPLASH Relationship Manager, SPLASH automatically brings that drawing up-to-date reflecting the current status of the design. SPLASH stores the dynamic elements in the drawing with a SPLASH signature. While SPLASH is attached to a drawing, SPLASH will allow MicroStation commands to snap to SPLASH elements, but it will not allow MicroStation commands to modify SPLASH elements. The engineer must use SPLASH engineering commands to modify the design. RIPPLE-THRU will modify the drawing elements. The engineer is assured that all drawings attached to the SPLASH Relationship Manager accurately reflect the engineering information at all times. If the engineer detaches a drawing from the SPLASH Relationship Manager, MicroStation is allowed to modify those drawing elements that were created by SPLASH.

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What is a Relationship Manager?

The Relationship Manager is a file and the software that maintains that file. All the Splash design information for a project is stored in the file. You don't need to worry about the software. All you need to know is the name of the file for your project. When you start a new project, you will use the Splash menu File->New to create a new file. When you wish to attach a MicroStation design file to an existing Splash design, such as create a new Plan&Profile sheet, you will use the Splash menu File->Open and simply click the name of the file. Once this is done the drawing is attached to the Relationship Manager. As long as you don't disconnect the drawing from the Relationship Manager, you don't need to remember the name of the file.

The Splash software sometimes refers to this file as a database. This is not a traditional database, such as Oracle. As far as you are concerned, this is simply a file.

However, for those interested, the Splash file is a sophisticated binary Geometrically Relational file. The Splash file maintains the geometric relationships of various objects in the design as well as the properties of those objects. The Ripple-Thru engine uses the relationships to determine which objects are impacted by a design change. Ripple-Thru will only re-compute those objects that might be impacted by a design edit. The Geometrically Relational file is able to detect conditions such as "Two objects are too close to each other".

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What happens if I restore a drawing file from backup tape? My drawing is older than the Splash file?

As soon as you open the MicroStation design file (drawing), Splash will update all the engineering elements in the drawing to match the current state of the Splash File. The drawing will automatically be upgraded to the latest design status.

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What happens to my drawings if I restore a Splash file from backup tape? My Splash file is older than my drawings.

In this situation your drawings may have newer information than does the Splash file. However, you have called up an older Splash file from backup. We must assume something is wrong with the newer Splash file and the drawings cannot be trusted. Splash will update all the engineering elements in the drawings to match the current state of the Splash file. The drawings will automatically be downgraded to the current design status.

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MicroStation and AutoCAD have reference files. Isn't that Ripple-Thru? How is Ripple-Thru any different than a reference file?

Ripple-Thru is very different from a simple reference file. When a design edit is attempted, such as moving a P.I. in the alignment, this begins an internal event in the Ripple-Thru Relationship Manager. This is known as a "Splash Event". The Splash Event is processed by Ripple-Thru.

Ripple-Thru processes the Splash Event in two major phases:

  1. Ripple-Thru identifies and re-computes all Splash objects impacted by the event.
  2. Ripple-Thru updates the drawings.

 

The most obvious difference between Ripple-Thru and a reference file is in what happens in step 1) above.

  1. The stationing system may have changed
  2. The profile may have changed
  3. The alignment may conflict with existing utilities in new ways
  4. Deflections may have changed
  5. Depths may have changed which increased manhole diameters
  6. etc.

Ripple-Thru also differs with a reference file at step 2) above. A purely reference file approach requires little copies of all the drawings to live in one MicroStation master drawing. This approach is not production oriented and creates a monster drawing that is difficult to deal with.

Ripple-Thru is production oriented. The production method is to have one MicroStation design file represent one piece of plotted paper in the plans. Ripple-Thru updates those MicroStation design files. Splash with Ripple-Thru allows an unlimited number of MicroStation design files to be attached to one seamless engineering design.

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Why does a sewer design program have D.O.T. highway spiral capability?

You might find this useful if you need to layout a D.O.T. spiral even if you are not designing a storm drain or sanitary sewer. If you are designing a sewer along a highway spiral, Splash will be happy to offset the spiral and locate catch-basins left or right of the alignment. Splash will show the profile panel stationing system through the spiral arcs along the alignment and will represent the pipes appropriately on the profile panel. The catch-basins will be imposed onto the profile panel at the road centerline station (as they should be) and labeled with the correct centerline station and left/right offset from the alignment. The profile shown will be that under the alignment.

If a cut depth and materials take-off report is run, Splash will cut a cross section from manhole center to manhole center. This cross section is used for take-off depth computations rather than the road centerline profile, which is shown on the profile.

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What kind of Surveying software comes with Splash? Can Splash do a least squares adjustment?

Splash is a design tool, not a surveying program. Splash has many features to deal with survey points as will be described below. However, Splash does not balance horizontal surveys nor do a least squares adjustment. Digital Software, Inc. used to provide and maintain a full suite of survey reduction programs. However, in today's world, every total station, data collector or GPS comes with its own PC based surveying software. These programs are generally free and are best suited for editing mistakes in raw data collector data files.

Splash does provide three fieldbook reduction programs on the Field menu as follows:

Bench levels reduction with optional error adjustment

Open ended traverse reduction with stations and angles

Station and offset fieldbook reduction

Splash can set survey points when the fieldbooks are reduced. Splash can also use the reduced levels to either override TIN (Triangulated Irregular Network) generated profile or to eliminate the need for triangles at all. Often the field crew will locate an outfall in the field with either levels or a total station. Splash does not force the user to create a TIN surface. A TIN surface is only one of three options for generating profile. Some software products force the user to either perform unnecessary fieldwork or to makeup data in the office so a TIN can be produced.

The three methods for generating profile are as follows:

    1. Profile extracted from TIN surface
    2. Profile from levels fieldbook reduction
    3. Profile from survey points along and very near centerline

A more typical modern way of operating Splash is to prepare the survey points outside the Splash program and then import the points into Splash. After the design is complete, the design may be coordinated and those new survey points may be exported for construction staking.

Splash will import and export survey point ASCII text files in a variety of formats. Several formats are provided with the Splash installation. The import and export formats are user definable and easy to setup.

Once the survey points have been imported, Splash has many features to manipulate the points based upon 4-character survey codes and search patterns in the 20-character survey point descriptions such as:

Limit the Display of points

List points

Place Cells on points

Connect points with lines

Delete points

Create a TIN surface from the points

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Can Splash take-off materials?

Yes. Splash can produce a cut depth and materials takeoff report on the sewer designs. Splash can report summaries only or report a detailed cut report showing where cut depths change from one cut to the next.

Splash produces a Pipe Summary and a MH/CB summary. Splash can detect drops, which need to be purchased and report the drops.

All Splash reports can be saved to a text file for printing, incorporation into a document or importing into a spreadsheet.

The following is a very short example summary report with only one type of pipe:

PIPE SUMMARY...

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2.50 OF 8 in PVC 1 TO 2

17.31 OF 8 in PVC 2 TO 3

34.69 OF 8 in PVC 3 TO 4

331.40 OF 8 in PVC 4 TO 5

1145.16 OF 8 in PVC 5 TO 6

533.43 OF 8 in PVC 6 TO 7

53.18 OF 8 in PVC 7 TO 8

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2117.66 OF 8 in PVC TOTAL

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MH/CB SUMMARY...

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9 EA. 4.00 F DIA 5 TO 6 CUT

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9 4.00 F DIA NEW MHs

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What happens to take-off when the manholes are offset left or right from the alignment?

If you are designing a sewer along a road, Splash will be happy to offset the centerline alignment and locate catch-basins or manholes left or right of the alignment. Splash will show the profile panel stationing system along the road centerline and will represent the pipes appropriately on the profile panel. The catch-basins will be imposed onto the profile panel at the road centerline station (as they should be) and labeled with the correct centerline station and left/right offset from the alignment. The profile shown will be that under the alignment.

If a cut depth and materials take-off report is run, Splash will cut a cross section from manhole center to manhole center from the triangulated surface. This cross section is used for take-off depth computations rather than the road centerline profile that is shown on the profile.

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Can Splash do "Plan & Profile" sheets?

Yes. Splash plan and profile sheets are dynamic drawings that are automatically maintained by the Relationship Manager. Splash has a powerful dynamic sheet layout tool that allows you to quickly and easily layout a dynamic plan and profile sheet.

In Splash, each plan and profile sheet is a separate MicroStation design file dynamically attached to the Splash with Ripple-Thru Relationship Manager. The design may be directly changed from any plan and profile sheet. Any change to the design automatically updates all plan and profile sheets.

A plan and profile sheet may have one plan panel and up to ten profile panels. A project may have an unlimited number of plan and profile sheets.

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What if my system crashes? Is the Relationship Manager corrupted? What happens to corrupt MicroStation Design Files?

Splash protects the Relationship Manager from system crashes with a Recovery Checkpoint System. The Recovery Checkpoint System operates on a 5-minute timer. Every 5-minutes, Splash checkpoints the Relationship Manager. More precisely, Splash checkpoints the Relationship Manager when it is in a stable state and at least 5-minutes have elapsed since the last checkpoint.

If the power fails or the system crashes, then the next time any MicroStation design file (which is attached to the crashed Relationship Manager) is opened, Splash will detect the crashed condition and automatically recover the Relationship Manager to the most recent 5-minute checkpoint. As always, the drawings attached the Relationship Manager will be updated to reflect the current state of the design.

Splash cannot control corruption in a MicroStation design file. Splash does automatically delete all the Splash   information (elements) from the MicroStation design file and replaces that information with brand new elements.

Splash does not modify MicroStation elements that were not created by Splash.

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Who is Digital Software, Inc.?

Digital Software, Inc. markets, and supports Splash with Ripple-Thru. Digital Software, Inc. has been marketing Civil Engineering design and drafting software for over 17 years. Digital Software customers include municipalities and consulting engineering firms who perform engineering and design of roads, water and sewer pipelines, storm drain systems and site work.

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Splash with Ripple-Thru looks interesting, but our company has already purchased a different expensive package. Our entire company will be standardized on that package. Why would I purchase Splash?

Splash can run on top of GEOPAK, Intergraph and Eagle Point.

Splash is a   productivity tool.  If you have a sewer to design, Splash is the best tool to use. You will possibly make your money back in one job and have a nice productivity tool at your disposal.

You do not have to choose between your other package and Splash.  Splash adds tremendous value to your GEOPAK, Intergraph and Eagle Point.

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What is DIMENSION-II?

DIMENSION-II was a CADD product for Civil Engineers produced and marketed by Digital Software. DIMENSION-II was the 1980s forerunner of Splash With Ripple-Thru product.

Splash with Ripple-Thru (developed by Norman E. Smith)  was integrated into the DIMENSION-II drafting product by Digital Software, Inc. in the 1990s and delivered to Digital Software's customer base as an upgrade. DIMENSION-II drafting is no longer marketed. Norman E. Smith is the president of Digital Software, Inc.

Now Splash with Ripple-Thru is integrated into MicroStation drafting.

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