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Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff

2019 - 2020 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 Outline16
  • Program Overview19
  • Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step50
    • Sample Site Grading Plan50
    • Street Details, Site Location Map and Plan Abbreviations/Notes51
    • New Job File Setup52
    • Import First PDF Plan Sheet53
      • Adjust Display and Note PDF Data Type55
      • Set Scale for First PDF Plan Sheet56
      • Verify and Correct PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 4D57
      • Verify PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 3D58
      • Correct PDF Plan Scale - AGTEK 3D59
      • Translate Job File to Designer's Coordinates60
      • Determine Best Use of Raster PDF Plan Sheet61
      • Raster-to-Vector Conversion Option62
    • Geo-Reference Job File with PDF Plan Sheet64
    • Enter Notes on Documentation Layer72
    • Enter Existing Perimeter73
      • Error if Inside Design Perimeter74
      • Multiple Existing Perimeters and Perimeter Holes74
    • Enter Existing Data Lines75
      • Existing Data Lines Overview75
      • Existing Contours75
      • Spot Elevations78
        • Critical Spot Elevations78
        • Entry Options78
        • Spot Elevation Topo (No Contours)80
    • Open Job File (with Data Line Errors), Re-Import PDF Plan Sheet81
    • Error-Check and Edit Existing Data Lines82
      • Error Check with Plan View83
        • Crossing Data Lines83
        • Display Elevation Labels84
        • Horizontal Spike85
        • Point Reduction of Streamed Contours86
      • Error Check with 3D View87
        • Obvious Vertical Errors87
        • Non-Graphical Elevation Error Detection Tools88
        • Line Editor vs. Point Editor90
      • Error Check with Trimesh Utility91
        • The TIN Surface91
        • Effect of Break Line on TIN92
      • Error Check with Water Flow Utility93
      • Error Check with Contour Surface Utility94
      • Trimesh, Water Flow, and Contour Utilities Compared95
      • Enter Corrective Existing Break Lines96
        • Ridge and Saddle97
        • Swale Flow Line99
        • Spread Debris Pile101
        • Existing Street105
    • Views of Completed Existing Surface107
    • Match Point Selection for Aligning Next PDF Plan Sheet108
    • Direct Coordinates or Selected Points?108
    • Import and Align Next PDF Plan Sheet (Direct Coordinates)109
    • Selected Points Outtake112
    • Re-Import PDF Plan Sheet - AGTEK 3D113
    • Re-Import PDF Plan Sheet - AGTEK 4D114
    • Manual PDF Realignment (Align Matching Edges)115
    • Enter Design Data Lines116
      • Design Data Lines Overview116
      • Building Data Lines (and Adjacent Landscape Grades)117
        • Fixed Elevation Building (Fixed Landscape Grade)117
        • Stepped Elevation Building (Sloped Landscape Grade)118
        • Building with Retaining Wall (Fixed and Sloped Landscape Grades)120
      • Pond Data Lines122
      • Street Data Lines123
      • Line Labels On Data Lines124
      • Offset Design Data Lines126
        • Pre-Offset Error Checking126
          • Horizontal Error126
          • "Guesstimate" Correction to Bad Plan Grade127
          • Note Bad Plan Grade on Documentation Layer128
        • Offset Line Utility Options and Settings129
        • Fixed Landscape Grade at Building131
        • Offset Specified Range of Points133
        • Pond Data Lines135
        • Street Data Lines137
          • Four Approaches to Offsetting Street Data Lines138
          • Swap Ends Utility139
          • Offset Lines for Walks, C & G, Crown140
        • Apply Template Option for Street Data Lines (AGTEK 4D)143
        • Enter Supplemental Design Data Lines147
          • Enter Elevations by Slope and Daylight147
          • Design Contours148
          • Design/Drafting Entry Options149
          • Plan-Profile Entry Options149
        • Views of Design Surface (without Design Perimeter)151
        • Enter Design Perimeter152
          • Hole in Design Perimeter at Undisturbed Area153
        • Error-Check and Edit Design Data Lines154
          • Check with Plan and 3D Views (Edit Mode)155
          • Check with Contour Surface Utility156
          • Check with Water Flow Utility156
          • Check with Trimesh Utility156
          • Check with Plan and 3D Views (3D View Mode)157
          • Enter Corrective Design Break Lines158
        • Views of Completed Design Surface160
        • Existing and Design Surface Adjustments161
          • Enter Stripping Areas162
            • Topsoil Stripping162
            • Holes in Stripping Areas163
            • Debris Removal (Over Topsoil)163
            • Existing Sidewalk Removal164
            • Stripping Beyond Design Perimeter165
            • Stripping Only Cut or Fill Area165
            • Stripping Variable Depth Topsoil165
            • Verify and Edit Stripping Areas166
          • Report Regions and Sectional Areas Defined168
          • Enter Report Regions and Sectional Areas169
            • Building Areas170
            • Pond Top, Slope and Bottom Areas172
            • Street Blacktop, C & G and Walk Areas176
            • Landscape Areas183
            • Verify Report Regions and Sectional Areas184
              • Report Region and Sectional Area Holes184
              • Hatching and Selection Methods185
              • Individual Region/Area Edits186
              • Multiple Region/Area Edits187
              • Editing Region/Area Boundary187
          • Subgrade Modeling Considerations189
        • Viewing and Interpreting Profiles192
          • Two-Point (Straight-Line) Profile192
          • Multi-Point (Curving) Profile193
          • Evaluating Profiles194
            • Profile Interpretation194
            • Profile Point Scroll195
          • Profile Station Offsets Utility196
          • Generate Cross Sections on Profile Baseline197
        • Viewing and Interpreting Plan View Maps198
          • Cut-Fill Maps, Display Options, and Settings198
          • Stripping/Sectional Area Depth Maps202
        • 3D Drive-Through Simulation203
        • Calculation and Reporting of Cut/Fill Volumes204
          • Setting Up the Calculations204
          • Ref and Diff Surfaces (3D vs. 4D)205
          • Volume Calculation Error and Warning Messages206
          • Calculation Control Options and Results Dialog207
          • Breakdown of Three-Part Volume Report208
          • Answering Questions with the Volume Report210
          • Shrink/Swell Adjustments211
            • Three Volume/Density States of Soil211
            • Estimated Shrink/Swell211
              • Soils Report Densities211
              • Densities Not Provided213
              • Mixed Onsite Fill Materials214
            • Measured (Actual) Shrinkage215
            • Shrink on Remove/Scarify/Re-Compact Volumes215
            • Subsidence Loss Adjustment215
              • Bump the Fill Factor216
              • Rule of Thumb Adjustments216
              • Compaction Depth Formula217
              • Topo Method217
            • Haul Swell Adjustment218
            • References [and Comments]219
          • Export Volume Report to Text File for Excel221
          • Export Volume Report to XLS File for Excel224
      • Other Applications225
        • Length/Area Utility225
      • Appendix A: How to Get Help, Training, Program Updates227
      • Appendix B: Keyboard Shortcuts233
        • Import (CAD Transfer) Mode233
        • Edit Mode235
        • Entry Mode240
        • Profile View Mode243
        • Planview (Cut-Fill Map) Mode245
        • 3D View Mode248
        • Volume Report Mode251
        • Haul Report Mode252
        • Print Preview Mode253
      • Appendix C: Download and Use Seminar Data Files255
      • Appendix D: Catalog of Handbook Web Resources259
      • Appendix E: Formatting and Printing Documentation269
        • Print Device Setup269
        • Volume Report270
        • 3D Views272
        • Cut-Fill Map273
        • Cut-Fill Map (Over Plan Sheet Image)274
        • Profile Views275
        • Spanning Multiple Printed Pages276
        • Combine Images from Different Job Files on Same Print Page277
        • Export Image Object from Print Page to EMF File277
        • Save Print Page Layout to AIP File277
        • Recover Print Page Layout from AIP File278
        • Save Print Page Layout to PDF File279
        • Save 3D Surface to VRML (WRL) File279
        • Legacy Image Presenter Compatibility279
        • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 3D Options)279
        • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 4D)280
      • Appendix F: Digitizing From Paper Site Grading Plans283
        • New Job Setup for Paper Plan Digitizing283
        • Paper Plan Scaling Method 1 (Arbitrary Coordinates)284
        • Paper Plan Scaling Method 2 (Designer’s Coordinates)286
        • Rescaling Paper Plan Sheet288
        • Adjusting Data Digitized at Wrong Paper Plan Scale (Stretch)289
        • Calculating an Unknown Paper Plan Scale290
      • Appendix G: Digitizing From Multiple Paper Plan Sheets291
      • Appendix H: Digitizing from Paper Profile Sheets297
      • Appendix I: Merging AGTEK Data Files317
      • Appendix J: Design and Drafting Tools319
        • Example Base Map with Existing Contours320
        • Circle Utility323
        • Point Compression Utility324
        • Trim Lines Utility325
        • Station Generator Utility329
        • Auto Pad Utility333
        • Wild Card Label Selection334
        • Assign Elevations by Daylight Function336
        • Assign Elevations by Addition/Subtraction338
        • Assign Elevations by Slope Function339
        • Assign Elevations by Conform Utility340
        • Fillet Line Utility342
        • Establish Limit of Grading by Slope Intercept345
        • Contour Surface Utility347
      • About the Author and Seminar Instructor349
      • Seminar Attendee Survey351
      • Tear-Out Grading Plan Sheet for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise325
      • Tear-Out Street Details for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise353
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