Some useful information tools are available by clicking the Additional Tools Additional Tools Button toolbar button. The following toolbar is shown:

Additional Tools Measure line button Measure angle button Measure radius button Measure grade button Entity properties button Close toolbar button

Measure line button Measure Line/Path

This is useful for quickly measuring the length or size of a drawing feature.

Click on the drawing to choose the start location for the measurement. As you move the mouse, a line will stretch from the first point to the mouse position. The current line length is shown next to the mouse:

Measure Line 1 point - mouse Example

NOTE: The snap options may be used to latch onto visible features on the drawing.

Click again to choose the second point for the measurement. The following window is shown, indicating the plan length between the two points, as well as the total trip length:

Measure Line 2 point - mouse Example

Click OK to dismiss the window and continue clicking points to measure a combined path length. Right click and select Quit Command to finish.

Measure angle button Measure Angle

The Measure Angle facility will return the subtended angle between three points.

Click to specify the starting location. Click a second time to specify the mid point and click a third time to specify the end point.

NOTE: The snap options may be used to latch onto visible features on the drawing.

Measure angle three points - mouse Example

After choosing the third point a window is shown indicating the subtended angle between the three points.

Measure angle window - mouse Example

Measure radius button Check Arc Radius

The Check Arc Radius tool shows the radius of the nearest arc.

When the Check Arc Radius tool is active, the nearest arc is highlighted and the radius is displayed slightly offset from the arc. A line is also drawn from the nearest point on the arc to the centre of the circle that the arc would form.

Check arc radius example

Clicking the mouse when an arc is highlighted will bring up a window showing the radius and length of the selected arc.

Check arc radius information window example

Measure grade button Measure Grade

Clinking the Measure Grade tool will bring up a surface selection window to pick which surface you want to interrogate thhe grade of.

After selecting a surface, the surface gradient of the point directly underneath the mouse position will be annotated with an arrow indicating the downhill direction.

Measure gradient single point Example

You can also measure the gradient between any two points on the current survey.

After you have clicked one point, a line will stretch from that point to the mouse cursor position. The gradient annotation is then the gradient from the first point to the point under the mouse position.

Measure gradient single point Example

The gradient is calculated by using difference in level on the selected surface, between the first and second coordinates, and the plan distance between the same two points.

Clicking a second time will temporarily lock the line and gradient annotation allowing you to keep it on screen.

The tool automatically resets, waiting for you to click again. To finish, press the Escape key, or right-click and select Quit Command from the menu.

Entity properties button Entity Properties

Use this tool to see the properties of any item on the drawing.

After starting the tool, select an item from the view. They will highlight as you move the mouse around. When you select a highlighted item, the following window is shown, displaying relevant property information:

Entity Properties Window

Click OK to dismiss the window. Then select another item, or right click and choose Quit Command to finish.


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