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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Station Offset Label – Aligned on Sheet

Some people like things aligned on sheets. One of these items are station offset labels. They’d prefer the station offset labels be aligned near the top of a sheet away from the actual object they are labeling.

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We can get this look by utilizing expressions. The first expression is going to be called YValue. This value will establish the Northing value the station offset labels should be aligned with. For this post I’m using 2600.

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The next expression will calculate the distance from the point being labeled to the point we want the label to show. The Drawing Conversion Scale Conversion changes the value from feet to inches.

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Now put the Difference expression as a Y offset. This will move the component of the label to the correct location.

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Here’s the look of the label I’ve created.

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Not quite the look of the picture in the beginning of this post, but it conveys the concept of how to accomplish the label. If you want to download the drawing you may find it here. If you have more than two rows you’ll have to create a Y expression for each row of Station Offset Labels.

4 comments:

dome home builder said...

The station offset location is a good start for what i am looking for. While working with an alignment i am looking to place the station, offset distance left or right and description of points from the alignment in the drawing. At this time I do a point offset label in Land Descktop (missing in Civil 3D) export to text, edit in Excel, then paste back into drawing. This routine is the most time consuming when producing alingment sheets for a route survey, still shorter than outright typing descriptions. I could spend $5000 for a program to do this, but there has to be a "cheaper" solution.

Christopher Fugitt said...

Take a look at the SincPac: http://www.quuxsoft.com/SincpacC3D_DynamicLinks.aspx It has the capabilities of what you are looking for.

dome home builder said...

Found the point offset labelin the Reports manager in Toolbox, still have to export and edit point description text, but better than reading alignment notes and manually typing each entry. I use blue sky alignment DB at my first job, unbeleivable for this task, I use Civil 3d at my second job, tiring and tedious at best, but still better than typing manually.

dome home builder said...

The point label offset is in the reports manager of the tool box. It still requires exporting to excel, editing and importing back ti Civil, but it still beats manually typing entries fron field notes. I use blue sky alignment DB at my 1st job, eliminates all this tedious work, but i stilll do thee point offset lael at my 2nd job.

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