Library - How to Use The Power
powerful tool is poorly understood so I have tried to give
some better direction so everyone can take advantage of
this command in their daily work.
general, the AutoMAP routine allows you to take a series
of points that have description codes on them and perform
several tasks to the points. You can move the descriptions,
points, elevations and point numbers to a layer of a given
name. The name of this layer by default is set to be the
same as the description. This can be changed if desired.
You can also place on symbols of your choice on each point,
again based upon the description. The last major item is
the ability to draw linework between points of similar description,
in 2D or 3D, Lines or Polylines.
sounds great - right? But the question on every ones mind
is, "How do I wade through all of this to get what
AutoMAP Editor command can be found in two locations:
Under the MicroSurvey menu -> AutoMAP System -> AutoMAP
On the Option Bar. (as shown below)
is the opening dialogue box which is the first thing you
see when you run this command, so let us start there.
list of descriptions shown on the left is only an example
and should not be used in your work, however it does help
show you how things could be set.
you start a new job, and this is the first time in this
command there are several steps to do to be able to use
this command with your work.
we need to eliminate the sample list of descriptions and
load in your descriptions. To do this you should hit the
New Library button. This will blank the list on the left.
Next hit the Scan Dbase button. This will scan your entire
job and read in the descriptions you have used, displaying
them on the left. Now that we have your descriptions we
can edit the options for each description and save the work.
I will come back to the editing portion in a minute but
right now I want to show you how to save your library.
the Save Library button and then you will be asked for the
name of the library to save this as.
default library that we ship with the program is called
MSCAD.CSV so you may wish to overwrite this file or save
it under a different name. (MSCAD always loads by default,
the MSCAD.CSV library file, when you start the program)
Once saved, in a later session in another job, you can reload
this library to use it in that job. To do this you would
hit the Open Library button, after first clearing the list
on the left by hitting the New Library button. If you do
not hit the New Library button first then the library you
are opening will append to the one listed on the left (which
is actually a simple way to build up a large list of descriptions
as time goes on).
now know how to create your own list of descriptions, save
it as a library and reopen it in a later job. Now that we
have that out of the way we need to be able to edit the
information in the library to make it useful to us.
every description in a job needs to be processed so we do
give you the option of deleting a description. This allows
you to shorten the list of descriptions that we need to
edit. An example of a point you may not need to edit might
be a simple ground shot. The description might be GROUND.
We do not need any symbols or linework drawn for this description
and we have decided to leave it on the layer it is currently
on. This means that nothing needs to be done to this description
so we don't need it in the list. To remove it from the list
hit the Delete button and confirm the delete. Don't worry
- your points have not been touched, only this list we are
working with. You can select more than one description for
deletion by holding down the Control key while picking the
descriptions in the list.
you need to manually add a description then hit the New
button. If you need to rename a description due to typing
or spelling errors, hit the Rename button.
you have the short list of descriptions that you wish to
edit, you then select the first description in the list
and hit the Edit button (or double pick on the description).
You will edit each description in the same way described
The first description I will use is "BAR". This
is what I entered in my data collector in the field when
I recorded my shot.
the final plot of the plan I want the words "Iron Bar"
instead of simply "Bar" so under Plotted Description
I enter it this way. If you use the additional routine "Legal
Description Writer" then you can have the description
"Bar" replaced in that routine by "Square
Bar" if desired. So I have entered that where it says
Legal Writer description. (Many States find the Legal Description
Writer very handy. It is found under the MicroSurvey pulldown
menu, and is a separate command sequence, not described
here.) Next we need to tell the program what layer you want
the Plotted Description to be placed on. The layer may be
chosen from existing layers or can be a new layer name that
you type in.
one of the more useful options: you can place a symbol on all
the points with this description. The symbol name and location
is shown in the little box to the right of the browse button.
If you know exactly what symbol you wish to use you may
type it in. Most people do not know this so the browse button
speeds things up. This browse button takes you to the exact
location on the hard drive where our supplied symbols reside.
(You can have your own folder with your own symbols, just
go to that location and pick your desired symbol.) You
can choose from the list of symbols shown, or you can add
to this list by saving a part (block) to this location before
running this command. Either way, you can now pick the symbol
of your choice.
selected you will see the symbol in the Symbol Preview box
on the right. Now that you have a symbol chosen you need
to tell us how big that symbol should be. That is what the
Symbol Scale Factor is used for. (You may have to try different
scales until you get what you desire in the long run.) If
you want the symbol to be inserted at the same size as it
was originally drawn, with no scaling of the symbol, then
pick the No Scale option. We also need to know what layer
the symbol is to be placed on. Again you can choose it from
the list or type in a new layer name. The symbol can be
on the same layer as the Plotted Description but does not
have to be.
the symbol is placed on the plan, if you have any linework
drawn or inversed to those points, then you may need to
trim this linework back to allow hollow bars to be drawn
correctly. To accomplish this you need to enter a trim radius.
(You may have to try different trim radius's until you get
what you desire in the long run. Pen thickness will be one
factor to consider when setting the radius.) The last option
for this description would be to decide if you want the
Point Number, Elevation and/or the Point node to be moved
to the same layer as the Plotted Description or left on
the default layers. Check the appropriate boxes for those
that should move to the same layer. (The default layers
are set in the labelling defaults under the MicroSurvey
menu -> MicroSurvey Defaults)
above example has a point with the original description
of "BAR" being changed to "Iron Bar"
for plotting purposes, "Square Bar" for the legal
description writer. The description is placed on the layer
BAR and has a symbol as shown, scaled by 1, trimmed by 2.5
and the symbol is placed on the layer POSTS. With the Point
Node also being moved to the layer BAR.
The next example will show 1 method of how linework can
be drawn. (Do not pick on the Connect Points option if you
have used any of the following methods of creating linework:
Z-Coding, SDRMap Coding, or AIMS Coding. They are different
description coding options available that are different
from the Connect Points option. They do use the Layer,
Linetype and Color options, if set, under the Z Method and
AutoMAP Connection Info location of the dialog)
want to connect all the points that have the description
"CL" and not draw the description on the plan.
Simply blank the options for the description and then in
the bottom portion select the Connect Points box. Decide
if you want 2D or 3D linework and if it is to be Lines or
Polylines to be drawn. Next set the layer for the linework,
in this example it is the layer CL. Set the linetype for
the linework, Continuous is common but other linetypes are
available and can be selected. Lastly, the color of the
layer for the linework needs to be set. (Note that if the
layer already exists, then the Linetype and color
entered here, will be ignored.)
this example we will join all the points with the description
of "CL" and draw 2D Lines on the layer CL in a
Centerline linetype in the color Magenta. No description
will be drawn as we have left those options blank.
editing all of the descriptions in a similar manner, you
should save your library once more in the manner described
near the top of this article.
that you have everything set you have one last step - you
need to "Process AutoMAP Connections Now" by picking
that button on the main AutoMAP dialog. You should now see
all the symbols and linework in the drawing, just as you
have set them in the library.
hope this helps explain how to use the AutoMAP Library command
in enough detail to assist you in completing your drawings.
W. Cameron, C.E.T.