HEC‑RAS Cross Section Plot Options

The HEC‑RAS cross section plots can be customized for specific requirements, as described below.

Custom Labels

The labels used in the cross section plot can be customized. Select Options | Labels to display the Plot Labels dialog box. This dialog box allows the user to control what labels are displayed as well as change the axes label and plot title text.

Cross Section Plot Label Options

In addition, the user can change the size of the text displayed on the plot. Select Options | Font Sizes to display a dialog box that allows the font sizes to be specified.

Cross Section Plot Font Sizes

Lines, Symbols, and Fill Styles and Colors

The plotted lines, symbols, and fills can be customized. Select Options | Lines and Symbols to display the following dialog box. This dialog box provides numerous stylization and color options for lines, symbols, and fill patterns.

Cross Section Plot Line Style Options

To restore the cross section plot back to the default settings, click the [Reset Defaults] button. The software will then reset the plotted lines, symbols, and fills back to the installed default values.

Specifying a Plot Region

The software allows the user to specify a region of the cross section plot to view. Select Options | Zoom In and the cursor will change to a Magnifying Glass Zoom Tool Zoom tool. Click and drag with the cursor a rectangular region on the cross section plot for viewing. To zoom back, select Options | Zoom Out or select Options | Full Plot to reset the cross section plot view area to the extents of the model data.

For further control in specifying a region for viewing. Select Options | Set Temporary Scaling or select Options | Set Permanent Scaling and the following dialog box is displayed. This allows the user to specify the starting and ending stations for the horizontal X axis and the minimum and maximum elevations for the vertical Y axis. In addition, the user can specify the axis labeling increment for the defined axes.

Cross Section Plot Axes Specifications

To restore the cross section plot region back to the default settings, click the [Defaults] button. The software will then reset the cross section plot region back to the extents of the model data.

Grid Lines and Border Options

The software allows the user to specify the major and minor grid lines as well as the plot border to be displayed. Select Options | Grid and the following dialog box is displayed.

Cross Section Plot Grid Tick Marks

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