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Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff

2017 - 2018 Day 1 Seminar Handbook Table of Contents (Tentative)

  • Cover
  • Note to Self-Paced Users of the Day 1 Seminar Handbooki
  • Notices1
  • Quick Reference2
  • Table of Contents3
  • Seminar Outline12
  • Program Overview14
  • Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step36
    • Sample Site Grading Plan36
    • Sample Site Grading Plan Street Details37
    • New Job Setup for PDF Plan Digitizing38
    • Import First PDF Plan Sheet39
      • Adjust Display and Set PDF Plan Scale40
      • Verify and Correct PDF Plan Scale - Earthwork 3D42
      • Verify and Correct PDF Plan Scale - Earthwork 4D43
      • Translate PDF Plan to Designer's Coordinates45
      • Determine Best Use of PDF Plan Sheet46
      • Raster-to-Vector Conversion Option47
    • Enter Existing Perimeter49
      • Error if Inside Design Perimeter50
      • Multiple Existing Perimeters and Holes50
    • Enter Existing Data Lines51
      • Existing Data Line Entry Tips51
      • Existing Contours51
      • Spot Elevations53
        • Free-Standing Points53
        • Points on a Line (Sloping Line)53
    • Open Job File (with Data Line Errors), Re-Import PDF Plan Sheet55
    • Check and Edit Existing Data Lines56
      • Error Check with Plan View57
        • Crossing Data Lines57
          • Display Elevation Labels58
        • Point Reduce Streamed Contours60
      • Error Check with 3D View61
        • Obvious Vertical Errors61
        • Line Editor vs. Point Editor63
      • Error Check with Trimesh Utility64
        • The TIN Surface64
        • Good and Bad Triangles65
      • Error Check with Water Flow Utility66
      • Error Check with Contour Surface Utility67
      • Enter Corrective Existing Break Lines69
        • Ridge and Saddle70
        • Swale72
        • Spread Debris Pile74
        • Existing Street77
    • Match Points for Aligning Next PDF Plan Sheet80
    • Import and Align Next PDF Plan Sheet81
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan in Earthwork 3D85
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan in Earthwork 4D86
    • Manual PDF Realignment (Align Matching Edges)87
    • Enter Design Data Lines88
      • Design Data Line Entry Tips88
      • Building Data Lines88
      • Sloping Landscape Grade Around Building88
      • Pond Data Lines89
      • Street Data Lines90
        • Line Labels On Data Lines90
    • Offset Design Data Lines92
      • Data Cleanup Before Offsetting92
      • Offset Line Utility Options and Settings94
      • Level Landscape Grade Around Building96
        • Offset Specified Range of Points98
      • Pond Data Lines100
      • Street Data Lines102
        • Four Approaches to Offsetting Street Data Lines103
        • Swap Ends Utility104
      • Apply Template to Design Data Lines (Sitework 4D)108
      • Enter Supplemental Design Data Lines112
        • Enter Elevations by Slope and Daylight112
        • Design Contours113
      • Enter Design Perimeter116
        • Holes in Design Perimeter117
      • Check and Edit Design Data Lines118
        • Error Check with Plan and 3D Views (Edit Mode)119
        • Error Check with Contour Surface Utility120
        • Error Check with Water Flow Utility120
        • Error Check with Trimesh Utility120
        • Error Check with Plan and 3D Views (3D View Mode)121
        • Enter Corrective Design Break Lines122
      • Existing and Design Surface Adjustments125
        • Enter Stripping Areas126
          • Topsoil Stripping126
          • Holes in Stripping Areas127
          • Debris Removal (Over Topsoil)127
          • Existing Sidewalk Removal128
          • Stripping Beyond Design Perimeter129
          • Stripping Variable Depth Topsoil129
          • Verify and Edit Stripping Areas130
        • Report Regions and Sectional Areas Defined132
        • Enter Report Regions and Sectional Areas133
          • Building Slabs134
          • Pond Top/Slope/Bottom Areas136
          • Street Blacktop/Curb & Gutter/Sidewalk Areas140
          • Landscape Areas147
          • Holes in Regions/Areas148
          • Verify Report Regions and Sectional Areas149
            • Hatching and Selection Methods149
            • Individual Region/Area Edits150
            • Multiple Region/Area Edits151
            • Editing Region/Area Boundary151
        • Subgrade Modeling Considerations153
      • Viewing and Interpreting Profiles156
        • Creating Profile Views156
        • Generate Cross Sections on Profile Baseline159
      • Viewing and Interpreting Cut-Fill Maps160
      • 3D Drive-Through Simulations163
      • Calculation and Reporting of Cut/Fill Volumes164
        • Setting Up the Calculations164
        • Ref and Diff Surfaces (3D vs. 4D)165
        • Options During Calculation and Results Dialog166
        • Breakdown of Three-Part Volume Report167
        • Answering Questions with the Volume Report169
        • Shrink/Swell Adjustments170
          • Three Volume/Density States of Soil170
          • Estimated Shrink/Swell170
            • Soils Report Densities170
            • Densities Not Provided171
            • Mixed Onsite Fill Materials172
          • Measured (Actual) Shrinkage173
          • Shrink on Remove/Scarify/Re-Compact Volumes174
          • Subsidence Loss Adjustment174
            • Bump the Fill Factor175
            • Rule of Thumb Adjustments175
            • Compaction Depth Formula176
            • Topo Method176
          • Haul Swell Adjustment177
          • References [and Comments]177
        • Export Volume Report for Excel179
    • Other Applications181
      • Length/Area Utility181
    • Appendix A: How to Get Help, Training, Program Updates183
      • Getting Help183
      • Getting Trained185
      • Getting Program Updates186
    • Appendix B: Keyboard Shortcuts189
      • CAD Transfer (Import) Mode189
      • Edit Mode190
      • Entry Mode195
      • Profile View Mode197
      • Plan View (Cut-Fill Map) Mode199
      • 3D View Mode201
      • Volume Report Mode203
      • Haul Report Mode204
      • Print Preview Mode205
    • Appendix C: Download and Use Seminar Data Files207
    • Appendix D: Formatting and Printing Documentation211
      • Printer Setup211
      • Volume Report212
      • 3D Views214
      • Cut-Fill Maps and Profiles215
      • Combine Images from Multiple Job Files218
      • Saving File for Image Presenter Compatibility218
      • Export/Print to AIP Files218
      • Export/Print to PDF, EMF and VRML (WRL) Files219
      • Google Earth JPG and KML/KMZ Files220
    • Appendix E: Digitizing From Paper Site Grading Plans221
      • New Job Setup for Paper Plan Digitizing221
      • Paper Plan Scaling Method 1 (Arbitrary Coordinates)222
      • Paper Plan Scaling Method 2 (Designer’s Coordinates)224
      • Rescaling Paper Plan Sheet226
      • Adjusting Data Digitized at Wrong Paper Plan Scale (Stretch)227
      • Calculating an Unknown Paper Plan Scale228
    • Appendix F: Digitizing From Multiple Paper Plan Sheets229
    • Appendix G: Digitizing from Paper Profile Sheets235
    • Appendix H: Merging AGTEK Data Files255
    • Appendix I: Design and Drafting Tools257
      • Example Base Map and Existing Contours258
      • Circle Utility261
      • Point Compression Utility262
      • Trim Lines Utility263
      • Auto Pad Utility271
      • Wild Card Label Selection272
      • Assign Elevations by Daylight Function274
      • Assign Elevations by Slope Function277
      • Assign Elevations by Conform Utility278
      • Fillet Line Utility280
      • Establish Limit of Grading by Slope Intercept283
      • Contour Surface Utility285
    • About the Author and Seminar Instructor287
    • Seminar Attendee Survey289
    • Tear-Out Grading Plan Sheet for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise291
    • Tear-Out Street Details for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise292
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