HEC‑RAS Profile Plot Options

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

Cross Section Landmarks

The defined cross sections along the selected river reaches can be displayed on the profile plot. Select Options | Landmarks and the following context menu is displayed. Select the options desired for displaying the cross section locations along the river reach. A checkbox will be displayed adjacent to the selected options.

Profile Plot Cross Section Landmarks

The selected cross section landmark options will then be shown along the bottom of the profile plot.

Profile Plot with Landmarks

X Axis Horizontal Stationing

The X axis can be labeled for specific requirements for the river horizontal stationing. Select Options | X Axis to display the X axis labeling dialog box. The units that are displayed in the dialog box are dependent upon the base units selected (i.e., Metric, US) for the project.

Profile Plot X Axis Stationing

Custom Labels

The labels used in the profile 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.

Profile 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.

Profile 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.

Profile Plot Line Symbol Fill Options

To restore the profile 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 profile 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 profile plot for viewing. To zoom back, select Options | Zoom Out or select Options | Full Plot to reset the profile plot view area to the extents of the model data.

For further control in specifying a region for viewing. Select Options | 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.

Profile Plot Axes Specifications

To restore the profile plot region back to the default settings, click the [Defaults] button. The software will then reset the profile 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.

Profile Plot Grid Tick Marks

About the Author Chris Maeder

Chris Maeder

Chris is an experienced civil engineering and software technology leader, with over 30 years industry experience. With proven expertise in global software development, he has built engineering teams that adapt quickly, focus on what’s important and, most importantly, deliver. He is a licensed professional civil engineer with extensive experience in water resource engineering. He has performed and supervised engineering projects in urban stormwater drainage, transportation and roadway drainage, storm sewer design, detention pond design, stormwater quality, green infrastructure, watershed management planning, wastewater sewers, water distribution networks, pump stations, FEMA flood studies, bridge and culvert design, bridge scour and armoring, dam failure analysis, seepage and groundwater modeling, and environmental permits.

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