GeoTools-CADPower V 17.02 & V 17.03 Update

GeoTools-CADPower V 17.02 & V 17.03 Update

CADPower V 17.02 & V 17.03 Update

Improved command: CP_CGRID (Menu: CADPower -> Draw -> Geometry -> Construction Grid):

This command has been improved. A new option has been added to position a rotated grid during creation time itself. After the prompt that asks for the first corner of the grid, you can press ENTER and specify the primary and secondary axes directions and the grid will be drawn in a rotated fashion. We added this feature to make it more intuitive and be able to fill a rotated area with the grid without having the first create it horizontally and then rotate it into place manually.

he ‘Inclined’ option to draw a grid – first horizontal and then drag rotate the same exists like before.

Improved command: CP_FLEXITILE (Menu: CADPower -> BOM/BOQ Tools -> Flexi-Tile planner):

It is now possible to optionally specify the SIZE and DESC attributes in the flexi-tile block with invisible flags. This enables such blocks to not display their attribute values in the drawing while they will be available for Excel import, table and other operations.

Improved command: CP_MVEDIT (Menu: CADPower-> Polyline-> Vertex Management-> Mulitple Vertex Editor):

The CP_MVEDIT command was originally intended to provide basic vertex editing tools based with fixed X, Y and Z movements. In V 17.01, we extended the functionality by adding simple dynamic movements which allowed interactive movement on the screen while the user could see the results graphically.

In this update, we have further enhanced it and this tool can now be used for size, area and proximity simulation studies.

A new option called ‘DynamicCustom’ which was added in V 17.01 has been further improved.

The following options are now available in this command:

1  – TowardsEachOther (moves both picked vertices towards each other)
2  – AwayFromEachOther (moves both picked vertices away from each other)
3  – FixFirst-MoveSecond (keeps first point fixed and moves the second point away)
4  – FixSecond-MoveFirst (keeps second point fixed and moves the first point away)
5  – Length [EqualAdjust] (adjusts length by moving both points either towards or away from each other)
6  – Length [FixFirst-MoveSecond] (adjusts length by keeping first point fixed and second point away from first)
7  – Length [FixSecond-MoveFirst] (adjusts length by keeping second point fixed and first point away from second)
8  – RotateCenter (rotate around the center, the segment formed by two points)
9  – Rotate [AroundFirstPt] (rotate the 2-point segment around the first point) – (Work In Progress)
10 – Rotate [AroundSecondPt] (rotate the 2-point segment around the second point) – (Work In Progress)

The basic editing premise is that you pick two points on the polyline to edit, and apply an editing operation as described above.

The editing operations are based on relative movements, with directional constraints applied. Each iteration of the movement results in a new shape of the polyline which changes the area as well as perimeter. This is shown on the screen interactively so that you can stop the simulation when the desired results are achieved. There is also a ‘Reverse’ option provided which can be used to reverse the simulation direction. This is useful when you are near the intended final result but need to go back and forth to get the perfect geometry.

Improved command: CP_HOLETABLE (Menu: CADPower -> Draw -> Rule-Based -> Hole table):

The CP_HOLETABLE command was first introduced in V 16.12. Initial demos of the tool opened up a lot of requests for improvement and new features.

In this version, we have made significant improvements. The command now requires a frame (close polyline) and everything inside the frame goes into the hole table automatically. No selection is required.

This version supports selection of blocks (with attributes), circles and closed polylines as elible items that can go into the hole-table.

Circle diameters, polyline areas and block attributes are reported in the table and a summary is created.

Circle diameters, polyline areas and attribute value occurences are counted and summed up in a quantity table providing an alternative way of presenting data to the user.

Improved command: GT_READGMLFEATURES (Menu: GeoTools -> Export -> Import a single GML feature from file):

The GT_READGMLFEATURES command has been improved significantly. It now offers the ability to extract points, lines and polygon geometry directly from GML files and create entities in the CAD platform. The earlier version of this tool would import features based on a feature name and an expected file structure. This new enhancement called ‘Raw Import’ ignores all features and attributes and brings in only the geometry. This feature ensures that you can now import geometry from all and any GML files without any pre-conditions of structure.

Additionally, the GT_READGMLFEATURES command also improves the interface and offers the choices for import in a easily selected popup menu.

The GML file format is still very touchy and you may have more variants of the same that we have not seen. Please send them across to us if you find this command not functioning as expected.

A bug in V 17.02 which caused a crash in every command (in certain situations) has been fixed. We apologize for this error.

Improved command: GT_INTEX (Menu: GT_INTEX @ GeoTools -> Drawing Cleanup -> Lineworks Intersections Processor):

The GT_INTEX command has been improved and made more accommodating. You can now select lines and 2d polylines also as your source objects and they will be processed against the target objects and the 3D data built with ease.

Improved command: GT_CROSSSECT: (Menu: GeoTools -> Civil Tools -> Multiple Cross Section Tools): The GT_CROSSSECT command draws cross-section lines across TIN/elevation data.

This command has been improved and made more accommodating. It now supports lines and 2d polylines also as valid elevation data. Significant improvements have been made in the layout & spacing of cross-section profiles.

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