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Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff

2021 - 2022 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 Google Earth64
    • 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
        • Connecting Widely-Separated Contours at Site Perimeter100-A
        • 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-Importing PDF Plan Sheets - AGTEK 3D113
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan Sheets - Earthwork 4D114
    • Re-Importing PDF Plan Sheets - Gradework 4D115
    • Manual PDF Realignment (Align Matching Edges)116
    • Enter Design Data Lines117
      • Design Data Lines Overview117
      • Building Data Lines (and Adjacent Landscape Grades)118
        • Fixed Elevation Building (Fixed Landscape Grade)118
        • Stepped Elevation Building (Sloped Landscape Grade)119
        • Building with Retaining Wall (Fixed and Sloped Landscape Grades)121
      • Pond Data Lines123
      • Street Data Lines124
      • Line Labels On Data Lines125
      • Offset Design Data Lines127
        • Pre-Offset Error Checking127
          • Horizontal Error127
          • "Guesstimate" Correction to Bad Plan Grade128
          • Note Bad Plan Grade on Documentation Layer129
        • Offset Line Utility Options and Settings130
        • Fixed Landscape Grade at Building132
        • Offset Specified Range of Points134
        • Pond Data Lines135
        • Street Data Lines138
          • Four Approaches to Offsetting Street Data Lines139
          • Swap Ends Utility140
          • Offset Lines for Walks, C & G, Crown141
        • Apply Template Option for Street Data Lines (AGTEK 4D)144
        • Enter Supplemental Design Data Lines149
          • Enter Elevations by Slope and Daylight149
          • Design Contours150
          • Design/Drafting Entry Options151
          • Plan-Profile Entry Options151
        • Views of Design Surface (without Design Perimeter)153
        • Enter Design Perimeter152
          • Hole in Design Perimeter at Undisturbed Area155
        • Error-Check and Edit Design Data Lines156
          • Check with Plan and 3D Views (Edit Mode)157
          • Check with Contour Surface Utility158
          • Check with Water Flow Utility158
          • Check with Trimesh Utility158
          • Check with Plan and 3D Views (3D View Mode)159
          • Enter Corrective Design Break Lines160
        • Views of Completed Design Surface162
        • Existing and Design Surface Adjustments163
          • Enter Stripping Areas164
            • Topsoil Stripping164
            • Holes in Stripping Areas165
            • Debris Removal (Over Topsoil)165
            • Existing Sidewalk Removal166
            • Stripping Beyond Design Perimeter167
            • Stripping Only Cut or Fill Area167
            • Stripping Variable Depth Topsoil167
            • Verify and Edit Stripping Areas168
          • Report Regions and Sectional Areas Defined170
          • Enter Report Regions and Sectional Areas171
            • Building Areas172
            • Pond Top, Slope and Bottom Areas174
            • Street Blacktop, C & G and Walk Areas178
            • Landscape Areas185
            • Verify Report Regions and Sectional Areas186
              • Holes in Report Regions and Sectional Areas186
              • Hatching and Selection Methods187
              • Individual Region/Area Edits188
              • Multiple Region/Area Edits189
              • Editing Region/Area Boundary189
          • Subgrade Modeling Considerations191
        • Viewing and Interpreting Profiles194
          • Two-Point (Straight-Line) Profile194
          • Multi-Point (Curving) Profile195
          • Evaluating Profiles196
            • Profile Interpretation196
            • Profile Point Scroll197
          • Profile Station Offsets Utility198
          • Generate Cross Sections on Profile Baseline199
        • Viewing and Interpreting Plan View Maps200
          • Cut-Fill Maps, Display Options, and Settings200
          • Stripping/Sectional Area Depth Maps204
        • 3D Drive-Through Simulation205
        • Calculation and Reporting of Cut/Fill Volumes206
          • Setting Up the Calculations206
          • Ref and Diff Surfaces (3D vs. 4D)207
          • Volume Calculation Error and Warning Messages208
          • Calculation Control Options and Results Dialog209
          • Breakdown of Three-Part Volume Report210
          • Answering Questions with the Volume Report212
          • Shrink/Swell Adjustments213
            • Three Volume/Density States of Soil213
            • Estimated Shrink/Swell213
              • Soils Report Densities213
              • Densities Not Provided215
              • Mixed Onsite Fill Materials216
            • Measured (Actual) Shrinkage217
            • Shrink on Remove/Scarify/Re-Compact Volumes217
            • Subsidence Loss Adjustment217
              • Bump the Fill Factor218
              • Rule of Thumb Adjustments218
              • Compaction Depth Formula219
              • Topo Method219
            • Haul Swell Adjustment220
            • References [and Comments]221
          • Export Volume Report to Text File for Excel223
          • Export Volume Report to XLS/XLSX File for Excel226
      • Other Applications227
        • Length/Area Utility227
      • Appendix A: How to Get Help, Training, Program Updates229
      • Appendix B: Keyboard Shortcuts235
        • Import (CAD Transfer) Mode235
        • Edit Mode237
        • Entry Mode242
        • Profile View Mode245
        • Planview (Cut-Fill Map) Mode247
        • 3D View Mode250
        • Volume Report Mode253
        • Haul Report Mode254
        • Print Preview Mode255
      • Appendix C: Download and Use Seminar Data Files257
      • Appendix D: Catalog of Handbook Web Resources261
      • Appendix E: Formatting and Printing Documentation271
        • Print Device Setup271
        • Volume Report272
        • 3D Views274
        • Cut-Fill Map275
        • Cut-Fill Map (Over Plan Sheet Image)276
        • Profile Views277
        • Spanning Multiple Printed Pages278
        • Combine Images from Different Job Files on Same Print Page279
        • Export Image Object from Print Page to EMF File279
        • Save Print Page Layout to AIP File279
        • Recover Print Page Layout from AIP File280
        • Save Print Page Layout to PDF File281
        • Save 3D Surface to VRML (WRL) File281
        • Legacy Image Presenter Compatibility281
        • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 3D Options)281
        • Publish to Google Earth (AGTEK 4D)282
      • Appendix F: Digitizing From Paper Site Grading Plans285
        • New Job Setup for Paper Plan Digitizing285
        • Paper Plan Scaling Method 1 (Arbitrary Coordinates)286
        • Paper Plan Scaling Method 2 (Designer’s Coordinates)288
        • Rescaling Paper Plan Sheet290
        • Adjusting Data Digitized at Wrong Paper Plan Scale (Stretch)291
        • Calculating an Unknown Paper Plan Scale292
      • Appendix G: Digitizing From Multiple Paper Plan Sheets293
      • Appendix H: Digitizing from Paper Profile Sheets299
      • Appendix I: Merging AGTEK Data Files319
      • Appendix J: Design and Drafting Tools321
        • Example Base Map with Existing Contours322
        • Circle Utility325
        • Point Compression Utility326
        • Trim Lines Utility327
        • Station Generator Utility331
        • Auto Pad Utility335
        • Wild Card Label Selection336
        • Assign Elevations by Daylight Function338
        • Assign Elevations by Addition/Subtraction340
        • Assign Elevations by Slope Function341
        • Assign Elevations by Conform Utility342
        • Fillet Line Utility344
        • Establish Limit of Grading by Slope Intercept347
        • Contour Surface Utility349
      • About the Author and Seminar Instructor351
      • Seminar Attendee Survey353
      • Tear-Out Grading Plan Sheet for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise355
      • Tear-Out Street Details for Step-by-Step Earthwork Modeling Exercise356
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