So, you’re handed a sheet of paper with an old property description. Your first thought is to throw it in to Cheesy Cogo. Then you think about using LDT. Or maybe firing up Carlson. Because we all know that C3D only runs Mapcheck and Inverse reports when you create a parcel. And parcels in C3D can only exist from closed lines. Or is there another way to handle it in C3D? Find out after the jump….
So let’s take a look at my subdivision here in McKinney and see how it closes. I’ve gotten the Record Plat from my friendly Collin County Central Appraisal District site, and I’ve entered in the boundary. Right now I have a simple polyline, entered based on the metes and bounds, starting at the plat’s POB. I’ve not done ANY closure via pedit, etc.
Now, here’s the magic part we’ve all been blowing past. I owe Peter Funk a huge thanks. We chatted about this late last night, and he reminded me of the functionality we’d all forgotten.
- Open up your Survey toolbox by selecting Survey->Open Survey Toolspace.
- Right-click on Survey Databases and create a new DB if you don’t have one. Name isn’t really important.
- Select Survey-> Create Figure from Object and pick your boundary pline. Press Enter to finish the selection.
- In your Survey tab, right-click on your new Figure and select Display Mapcheck.
- Expand out Panorama, and voila. Closure distance, angle, and precision.
No Parcels, just lines, arc, and information. Cut and paste to your favorite editor as needed.
A quick note of thanks to Dan Ramsey, RPLS at Jones & Boyd, Inc. in Dallas. He discussed some of the finer points of surveying closure with me. It’s good to know friendly surveyors when you’re an engineer!