Stringer - Survey Solutions for Civil3d and BricsCAD


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Replace Tree Symbols

Allows the user to add Tree blocks to the drawing based on multiple parameters after the nominated code. You could have "TR 0.5 7" as your code and have a Trunk symbol inserted at scale 0.5 and a canopy symbol inserted at scale 7. And you are not restricted to just one code. Here is a sample of the TREEINFO.DAT file:


The first column is the code to look for, the second is the symbol to use if only 1 scale is entered, columns 3 and 4 are for when 2 scales are entered, and the 5th column for when a 3rd (height) scale is entered. The 3d symbol has XY scaled to the spread scale and Z to the height scale, giving you a 3d tree.

This is done based on the settings defined in the Treeinfo.dat file.

Rotate Symbols

Allows the user to select points with symbols and nominate a direction for those symbols. Good for aligning symbols with a roadway or feature without the hassle of setting parameters.

Point Group Commands

Move - Allows the user to move a point group from a base point.
Rotate - Allows the user to rotate a point group from a base point.
Scale - Allows the user to scale a point group from a base point.
HT Datum Shift - Allow the user to change the elevation of a selected point group by an entered amount
Set Elevation - Allow the user to change the elevation of a selected point group to a nominated value
Compare Points to Surface - Allows the user to compare a point group to a surface. The results are displayed on screen, but can be saved to an external file as well.
Compare Points to Points - Allows the user to compare a point group to another point group. Each point in the point group is compared to every point in the other point group. Select point group _All Points to compare to all other points in the drawing. If the subsequent distance is less than the tolerance then the comparison is displayed and saved to the output file.
Surface RL to Points - Assign the surface elevation for the XY of each of the points in the group. The subsequent elevation is applied to the point in the group.
Chainage and Offset - Select an alignment to tabulate the chainage and offset for all the points in the group. Optionally export the chainage and offset to a comma delimited file.



Export - Allows the user to export a point group to file for upload into survey data equipment.  The file format available are:
SDR 33

Create Point Manually

Similar to the Point Creation of Civil3D except this method allows you to select 3D points and have the elevations reflect the selection point

Toolbox Menu

Allows the user to access the Stringer X interface.  Any of the Stringer X commands can be selected from here.  See the Stringer X help for information about the individual commands.

Purge Unused Point Styles

The point styles defined in a Civil 3D project can use up valuable space in the drawing.  This command allows the user to purge any unused Point Styles from drawing, it finishes by opening the AutoCAD Purge command. Unless point styles are purged, Autocad will not purge any layers associated with point styles.  It is not desirable to perform this command prior to importing all survey data to the drawing.

Export KDF (Key Description File)

Exports all of the entries in the KDF to a comma delimited text file for use in other programs.

KDF Point Styles

Creates a point style for all KDF entries which are set to default or standard and assigning the new point style to the KDF entry. The new point style uses the STANDARD point style for its defaults, but assigns the layer from the KDF for the placement of the point style marker. If this method is not used, whereby a point style marker is created for each KDF entry, with the marker allocated to a particular layer, then the layer that is assigned via the KDF can be purged by the Autocad purge command. This routine should be run once on your template file so that all subsequent new drawings have a complete point style listing.

Check KDF for Codes

After the user selects a point code on the screen, the programme scans through the KDF to find the associated entry for that code. It then checks that the points label and point styles are up to date. Manual editing of point codes causes the point to get out of sync with the KDF.

Refresh Points

Due to the Key Description Data not being dynamic in Civil 3d, the points can get out of synchronisation with respect to layers and scaling of symbols. Selecting this command causes Stringer to scan all of the points to validate their information against the Key Description Data.

Import Template Information from External File

Allows you to select another drawing or drawing template file from which to import Blocks, Layers, Label Styles, Point Styles, Key Description Data, and Point Groups.