What is a figure?Â Â You might think it’s linework created by a FBK file in a Civil 3D survey database.Â Â You’d be correct if this was what you thought.Â Â Â You might think that it’s impossible to edit (it seems as if some people do.)Â Â You would be incorrect if this is what you thought, however.Â Â Â It’s not that much of a deal to edit them, and even easier in Civil 3D 2008.Â Â Â Follow the link to find out more…
So I was involved in a discussion yesterday about how bad the survey database is because “other programs provide a comprehensive way of editing the linework.”Â Â Â Ahhh, the proverbial “other programs” argument again.Â Â Â I had a quick, yet well thought reply, and had aÂ presentation to get to before I could hear the results of my reply.Â Â On the way home yesterday, I received an email from Peter Funk who reminded me that there is a tool that might be underutilized by surveyors in editing the survey figure.Â Â What tool is this?Â Â It’s not just a tool, it’s an entire toolBAR!Â Â What is this elusive toolbar?Â Â Â It’s the Edit Feature Lines toolbar.Â Â Â Yes, that’s correct – as Peter pointed out to me in a few quick back and forth emails, survey figures are nothing but feature lines with a little “something something” (direct quote from Peter there) added in to make them survey figures.Â Â Â
Want to add points that were forgotten by the field crew?Â Â Add a PVI!Â Â Survey crew screw up a shot?Â Â Delete a PVI!Â Â Â Need a curve and theÂ survey crew didn’t specify any curve info in the fieldbook?Â Â Fillet a curve, modify the PVI’s, you’re ready to roll, or take it a step further and fit the feature line.Â Â Â Want to trim or break a figure?Â Â That edit is there too.Â Â
Feel a little less hampered now?Â Â Thanks Peter, for pointing this out – it’s one of those things that I feel that I knew, it just didn’t stick with me for some reason.