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Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff

2018 - 2019 Day 1 Seminar Handbook Table of Contents (Final)

  • Cover
  • Note to Self-Paced Users of the Day 1 Seminar Handbooki
  • Notices1
  • Quick Reference2
  • Table of Contents3
  • Seminar Outline14
  • Program Overview17
  • Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step46
    • Sample Site Grading Plan46
    • Sample Site Grading Plan Street Details47
    • New Job Setup for PDF Plan Digitizing48
    • Import First PDF Plan Sheet49
      • Adjust Display and Note PDF Data Type50
      • Set Scale for First PDF Plan Sheet51
      • Verify PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 3D52
      • Correct PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 3D53
      • Verify and Correct PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 4D54
      • Translate PDF Plan to Designer's Coordinates55
      • Determine Best Use of Raster PDF Plan Sheet56
      • Raster-to-Vector Conversion Option57
    • Enter Existing Perimeter59
      • Error if Inside Design Perimeter60
      • Multiple Existing Perimeters and Holes60
    • Enter Existing Data Lines61
      • Existing Data Line Entry Tips61
      • Existing Contours61
      • Spot Elevations63
        • Free-Standing Points63
        • Points on a Line (Sloping Line)63
        • Spot Elevation Topo64
    • Open Job File (with Data Line Errors), Re-Import PDF Plan Sheet65
    • Check and Edit Existing Data Lines66
      • Error Check with Plan View67
        • Crossing Data Lines67
          • Display Elevation Labels68
          • Horizontal Spike69
        • Point Reduction of Streamed Contours70
      • Error Check with 3D View71
        • Obvious Vertical Errors71
        • Line Editor vs. Point Editor74
      • Error Check with Trimesh Utility75
        • The TIN Surface75
        • Effect of Break Line on TIN76
      • Error Check with Water Flow Utility77
      • Error Check with Contour Surface Utility78
      • Trimesh, Water Flow, and Contour Utilities Compared79
      • Enter Corrective Existing Break Lines80
        • Ridge and Saddle81
        • Swale83
        • Spread Debris Pile85
        • Existing Street88
    • Match Point Selection for Aligning Next PDF Plan Sheet91
    • Direct Coordinates or Selected Points?91
    • Import and Align Next PDF Plan Sheet (Direct Coordinates)92
    • Selected Points Outtake95
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan in AGTEK 3D96
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan in AGTEK 4D97
    • Manual PDF Realignment (Align Matching Edges)98
    • Enter Design Data Lines99
      • Design Data Line Entry Tips99
      • Building Data Lines99
      • Sloping Landscape Grade Around Building99
      • Pond Data Lines100
      • Street Data Lines101
        • Line Labels On Data Lines102
    • Offset Design Data Lines103
      • Data Cleanup Before Offsetting104
      • Offset Line Utility Options and Settings105
      • Level Landscape Grade Around Building107
        • Offsetting Specified Range of Points109
      • Pond Data Lines111
      • Street Data Lines113
        • Four Approaches to Offsetting Street Data Lines114
        • Swap Ends Utility115
        • Offset Lines for Walks, C & G, Crown116
      • Apply Template Option for Street Data Lines (AGTEK 4D)119
      • Enter Supplemental Design Data Lines124
        • Enter Elevations by Slope and Daylight124
        • Design Contours124
        • Design/Drafting Entry Options124
        • Plan-Profile Entry Options124
        • Documentation Layer (Notes/Images, AGTEK 4D)124
      • Enter Design Perimeter127
        • Holes in Design Perimeter128
      • Check and Edit Design Data Lines129
        • Error Check with Plan and 3D Views (Edit Mode)130
        • Error Check with Contour Surface Utility131
        • Error Check with Water Flow Utility131
        • Error Check with Trimesh Utility131
        • Error Check with Plan and 3D Views (3D View Mode)132
        • Enter Corrective Design Break Lines133
      • Existing and Design Surface Adjustments136
        • Enter Stripping Areas137
          • Topsoil Stripping137
          • Holes in Stripping Areas138
          • Debris Removal (Over Topsoil)138
          • Existing Sidewalk Removal139
          • Stripping Beyond Design Perimeter140
          • Stripping Variable Depth Topsoil140
          • Verify and Edit Stripping Areas141
        • Report Regions and Sectional Areas Defined143
        • Enter Report Regions and Sectional Areas144
          • Building Slabs145
          • Pond Top/Slope/Bottom Areas147
          • Street Blacktop/Curb & Gutter/Sidewalk Areas151
          • Landscape Areas158
          • Holes in Report Regions and Sectional Areas159
          • Verify Report Regions and Sectional Areas160
            • Hatching and Selection Methods160
            • Individual Region/Area Edits161
            • Multiple Region/Area Edits162
            • Editing Region/Area Boundary162
        • Subgrade Modeling Considerations164
      • Viewing and Interpreting Profiles167
        • Two-Point (Straight-Line) Profile167
        • Multi-Point (Curving) Profile168
        • Evaluating Profiles169
          • Profile Interpretation169
          • Profile Point Scroll170
        • Profile Station Offsets Utility171
        • Generate Cross Sections on Profile Baseline172
      • Viewing and Interpreting Plan View Maps173
        • Cut-Fill Maps, Display Options, and Settings173
        • Stripping/Sectional Area Depth Maps177
      • 3D Drive-Through Simulation178
      • Calculation and Reporting of Cut/Fill Volumes179
        • Setting Up the Calculations179
        • Ref and Diff Surfaces (3D vs. 4D)180
        • Options During Calculation and Results Dialog181
        • Breakdown of Three-Part Volume Report182
        • Answering Questions with the Volume Report184
        • Shrink/Swell Adjustments185
          • Three Volume/Density States of Soil185
          • Estimated Shrink/Swell185
            • Soils Report Densities185
            • Densities Not Provided186
            • Mixed Onsite Fill Materials188
          • Measured (Actual) Shrinkage188
          • Shrink on Remove/Scarify/Re-Compact Volumes189
          • Subsidence Loss Adjustment189
            • Bump the Fill Factor190
            • Rule of Thumb Adjustments190
            • Compaction Depth Formula191
            • Topo Method191
          • Haul Swell Adjustment192
          • References [and Comments]192
        • Export Volume Report to Text File for Excel194
        • Export Volume Report to XLS File for Excel197
    • Other Applications198
      • Length/Area Utility198
    • Appendix A: How to Get Help, Training, Program Updates201
    • Appendix B: Keyboard Shortcuts207
      • Import (CAD Transfer) Mode207
      • Edit Mode209
      • Entry Mode214
      • Profile View Mode217
      • Planview (Cut-Fill Map) Mode219
      • 3D View Mode222
      • Volume Report Mode225
      • Haul Report Mode226
      • Print Preview Mode227
    • Appendix C: Download and Use Seminar Data Files229
    • Appendix D: Catalog of Handbook Web Resources233
    • Appendix E: Formatting and Printing Documentation241
      • Print Device Setup241
      • Volume Report242
      • 3D Views244
      • Cut-Fill Map245
      • Cut-Fill Map (Over Plan Sheet Image)246
      • Profile Views247
      • Spanning Multiple Printed Pages248
      • Combine Images from Different Job Files on Same Print Page249
      • Export Image Object from Print Page (to EMF File)249
      • Save Print Page Layout (to AIP File)249
      • Recover Print Page Layout (from AIP File)250
      • Save Print Page Layout to PDF File251
      • Save 3D Surface to VRML (WRL) File251
      • Legacy Image Presenter Compatibility251
      • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 3D Options)251
      • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 4D)252
    • Appendix F: Digitizing From Paper Site Grading Plans255
      • New Job Setup for Paper Plan Digitizing255
      • Paper Plan Scaling Method 1 (Arbitrary Coordinates)256
      • Paper Plan Scaling Method 2 (Designer’s Coordinates)258
      • Rescaling Paper Plan Sheet260
      • Adjusting Data Digitized at Wrong Paper Plan Scale (Stretch)261
      • Calculating an Unknown Paper Plan Scale262
    • Appendix G: Digitizing From Multiple Paper Plan Sheets263
    • Appendix H: Digitizing from Paper Profile Sheets269
    • Appendix I: Merging AGTEK Data Files289
    • Appendix J: Design and Drafting Tools291
      • Example Base Map with Existing Contours292
      • Circle Utility295
      • Point Compression Utility296
      • Trim Lines Utility297
      • Station Generator Utility301
      • Auto Pad Utility305
      • Wild Card Label Selection306
      • Assign Elevations by Daylight Function308
      • Assign Elevations by Slope Function311
      • Assign Elevations by Conform Utility312
      • Fillet Line Utility314
      • Establish Limit of Grading by Slope Intercept317
      • Contour Surface Utility319
    • About the Author and Seminar Instructor321
    • Seminar Attendee Survey323
    • Tear-Out Grading Plan Sheet for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise325
    • Tear-Out Street Details for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise326
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