Sunday, September 08, 2013

Section Labels

Often times we need to show section labels on the plans. I recently came across a great idea on how to show them. In the image below you can see Section A-A indicated in plan view. The section line shown below is an alignment with begin and ending station labels as the arrows and A. Adjusting the alignment automatically moves the A callouts as well as updating the profile I’m using to represent the section.


If you wanted the section to be offset from the alignment as simple line label anchored to the start and end of the alignment, with an offset value. The alignment would then need to be set to not plot to complete the look.

I got this great idea from John Mayo, PE. A fellow Autodesk Expert Elite.

This makes a whopping 20 posts for the year, should I post more often?


Steve Hill said...

This is a great method that I too have been using for the past 4 years. We've taken it a bit further as our sections often show up on another sheet, thus we have two fields at each end. The A is pulled from the alignment name, and the sheet number is pulled from the alignment description. Works well.

Anonymous said...

You should post at least a few times per month.

John Mayo said...

Just to add a bit to the post and to Steve's great tip, the description can be used for a street, watercourse, pipe network, site name, anything. Ref txt can also be used to get surface profile elev's, inverts, etc.

Also don't forget to set up a profile view to look like your company's cross section view and set the midpoint of the alignment to station 0. :)

Mark J said...

This is a Great Tip! We have been using alignments and profiles to cut the sections, but using an alignment style with labels on the ends is something we need to add.

More posts are always welcome :-) If you write it some of us will read it.

Anonymous said...

Your posts are always interesting to read, Christopher. Post more often!

Unknown said...

Hi, this is exactly what I'm trying to figure out how to create. Can you please tell how you made the arrows on the ends of your alignment?

Christopher Fugitt said...

They are are blocks shaped as arrows attached to the end of the line in the label.

Unknown said...

Is there a way that you can get them to automatically orient perpendicular to the alignment, even if the alignment moves...?

Christopher Fugitt said...

Here is a post showing how to do it:

Unknown said...

This is brilliant! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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