CE Computing Basics: Highway Vertical Profile Program

by David B. Simmons, Jr., (A.M.ASCE), Project Engr.; Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc., Augusta, N.J.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 9, Pg. 88-90

Document Type: Feature article


A program is explained step-by-step which can reduce the computation time involved in writing a highway vertical profile computation program. The program is written in BASIC. Once the user inputs basic parameters, only the station whose elevation is desired need be entered. The program will automatically determine the vertical curve or tangent the station entered is located in, and then calculate and print out the station, elevation, and type of profile the station is located in (tangent, curve, point of vertical curve or vertical tangent).

Subject Headings: Curvature | Computing in civil engineering | Writing skills | Parameters (statistics) | Intelligent transportation systems | Highways and roads | Automation

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