The Module Cartography

The module Cartography is an enhancement for all SoundPLAN Graphics. Without it the picture above could not display multiple maps on the same sheet or have multiple text boxes with a bitmap in it.

The ellipse and arrow on the left were added with the Cartography symbol tool. With it you can define your own symbols, select a symbol. scale it, rotate it, customize it and place it on your drawing.

You can add the symbols on the drawing by simply requesting in  the menu: element/create/symbol and then selecting the symbol of choice.

The Spreadsheet Box (Table box)

The box in the picture above is available with the module Cartography, with it you can insert a Table Box to host a spreadsheet that was made with SoundPLAN. Select any of the SoundPLAN Spreadsheets of any type.

If a Boolean column to select individual receivers is present in the Spreadsheet, only the entries marked in the table will be presented in the table on the graphics sheet.

The column selection and the formatting are all done in the Spreadsheet itself, a direct editing access is in the table box. Colors and sizes of the box can be customized in the Graphics.


Receivers with Flags

Another display option that is possible with Cartography is the receiver Flag. For all or selected receivers of a SoundPLAN Spreadsheet a table  is drawn and attached to the receiver like a "Flag". It is the users choice what content to show in the "Flag", it could be noise limits and the levels before and after or only the noise levels.

This option can display the level tables for single point calculations, Facade Noise Maps and Receiver tables of the Spreadsheet.

There are many formatting options available as can be seen with the 2 pictures on the left.

Tables are put in front of the facades in a user defined distance
Conflict facades can be marked
Conflict levels can be highlighted
Tables can be moved

Symbols can be used directly in the Graphics, however if you do this, the symbol is only in the sheet you are working on right new. If you wan to show the traffic light on this intersection on all plots for this project, it is wise to add it into the situation as a general purpose object and then assign the graphics object type traffic light to it.

Create your own symbols

With Cartography you also can make your own symbols with the Symbol Editor. The traffic light symbol was created as a box with a dark gray rim and a light gray fill and then placing 2 circles on them and filling them with red, yellow and green. The picture on the left shows the edit mode for the red circle.

If you create or customize your own symbols, you can same them for your project only or globally so that everyone in your office from all projects can have access to them.


Symbol entered in the GeoDB        Expanded in the Graphics

In the picture above, the drawing of the local roads is different from the regional roads. This is possible by defining individual object types and assigning them to the roads in the GeoDatabase that you want to show with a customized layout.

Symbols not only ad-hoc but as line markers and texture fills

On the left you can see that the plot has several extra elements on it.

The position of the noise sources, here the loudspeakers. They can be assigned as an extra graphics object type to a regular point source.
A general purpose point object that has been assigned the symbol for a speed sin for 50 km/h
Same as above but with a parking sign
Here an general purpose area was assigned 2 different symbol pattern fill, one with an offset to the other one.
Here a railway object is assigned a different representation, the double railway line was made by placing a dashed white line on a wider black line.

Geometry Bitmap

With Cartography you can present scanned bitmaps as background data, here a black and white bitmap was sandwiched with a noise contour map. The controls for the bitmap allow to produce draw the individual components or have an additive or transparent noise map. The choice depends on the type of bitmap and what you want to see.

For bitmaps with RGB values it is also possible to use a threshold value to default lighter colors to transparent

Measurement Map

With Cartography you can map any information where you have X/Y coordinates and a value. On the left you see that a noise map made from measured noise levels. To establish the Measurement Map import the values into the SoundPLAN Spreadsheet or create the values there and open the Spreadsheet in the Graphics as a Measurement Map and then customize the color scale to your desire.


Show road emissions color coded

Add the emission noise levels for road and railway to your map with Cartography. When loading the data activate the scale attribute to print this valuable information.



More text and label options

Add the stationing of the railway line or road next to the object, present the height of a noise control wall to show what is planned.


Highlight the Calculation Area

Draw a border around your highlighted calculation area, make it stand out in a 3D-fashion and place a color filter on the rest of the drawing.



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