Traverse Drawing Settings

Each traverse keeps track of its own Control Point, Side Shot, Lot Label, Location Label, Lot Setbacks and Profile settings. When you include a traverse in a drawing (by tagging it), TPC draws the traverse using the sequence of points in the traverse and its Traverse Drawing Settings. The traverse just 'appears' in the drawing complete with drawing objects for all its lines, points and labels. Now you can modify the Traverse Drawing Settings or individual objects as needed to complete the drawing. See Traverse vs Object Settings

When you create traverses with Point Codes, TPC uses the Traverse Drawing Settings stored with each code to draw the traverses it creates.

Traverse Drawing Settings vs CAD

Using Traverse Drawing Settings is a fast, flexible and fun way to create your drawings, but it isn't at all like CAD. If you are already familiar or accustomed to CAD, you will need to 'take your CAD hat off' so to speak. If you don't, you won't be successful with TPC and Traverse Drawing Settings- it's that simple. See mores ways TPC differs from CAD.

This help topic will help you 'put on your TPC hat' by explaining how to use Traverse Drawing Settings. Of course, you can still snap lines to point, create offset, draw and hatch polylines like you would in CAD, but the real question is, "Why would you?" This is your opportunity to get away from all the work of CAD and let TPC do the work for you.

The Advantage of Traverse Drawing Settings

The advantage you get from using Traverse Drawing Settings is simple - they affect all the points in the traverse. So by making one change of color, point symbol, line type, etc. you affect every object drawn by that traverse. And as you work with your survey data, the Traverse Drawing Settings re-create the drawing based on the new survey data - automatically.

It doesn't take long to figure out that this is a VERY fast and VERY flexible way to draw your surveys.

Using Traverse Drawing Settings

The trick to using Traverse Settings is to let TPC do as much of the drawing as possible. If you find yourself drawing line and typing text in a TPC drawing, you're 'missing the boat', so to speak. Here is how Traverse Settings work.

  1. Create new traverses with the Traverse Drawing Settings you want via the New Traverse dialog or Point Codes.
  2. Change the Traverse Drawing Settings as needed, letting TPC do as much of the drawing as possible.
  3. Change individual objects like lines, point symbols and text as needed to finish the drawing.

These three steps will maximize your drawing efficiency and fun with TPC. You will want to experiment with the Traverse Drawing Settings to see what they do and how the look in a drawing. There are lots of settings to choose from, so have fun.

Step 1: Creating New Traverses with Traverse Drawing Settings

Most of the commands that create a new traverse in TPC allow you to select the Traverse Drawing Settings for the new traverse when it is created. Of course, you can change them anytime, but starting with the Traverse Drawing Settings you want is just a matter of working more efficiently.

Let's look at two ways to create traverses with Traverse Settings.

  1. When you add a traverse to the Traverses Manager, TPC displays the New Traverse dialog. Pull down the Settings list and select the stored Traverse Settings you want. You can also click the [...] button in that dialog and change the Traverse Drawing Settings to whatever you want. Variations of the New Traverse dialog are used throughout TPC and all have the Settings list.
  2. If you create traverses from Point Codes, right click any code in the Point Codes Manager and choose Modify Code | Traverse Drawing Settings... Any traverses created for this code will get these Traverse Drawing Settings to start with.

Step 2: Changing Traverse Drawing Settings

To use Traverse Drawing Settings efficiently, you need to change them. That's how you get what you want in the drawing without drawing it manually.  

Reepeat these steps until the traverse looks the way you want it. If you plan to use mixed point symbols in a traverse, set the symbol in the Traverse Drawing Settings to the one that is used for more points in the traverse. Later, you can change the symbols that are different.

Step 3: Changing Object Settings

Once you have the traverses drawing most of the drawing, you can change individual objects as needed to finish your drawing. /span> 

See and some of the objects drawn by that traverse change while others do not, you may need to reset the individual Object Settings. Remember, Object Settings take precedence over Traverse Drawing Settings. If you change the color of a side shot line and then change the side shot color in the Traverse Drawing Settings, TPC will draw the line using its own color, not the side shot color of the Traverse Drawing Settings because the Object Settings for the line take precedence over the Traverse Drawing Settings.

Unique Traverse Drawing Settings

Unique Traverse Drawing Settings provide even greater flexibility when a survey has multiple drawings. A drawing can store unique settings for any traverse. So you can make a traverse look one way in one drawing and look another way in another drawing.

Saving Traverse Drawing Settings

Traverse Drawing Settings can be saved and re-used as needed. If you typically draw your lot labels a certain size wth a certain font, save those settings and re-use them for any new traverses you create. You can always modify the Traverse Drawing Settings as needed, so saving and recalling Traverse Drawing Settings just gives you a place to start. See Drawing View Settings dialog.

Your traverse drawing settings are stored in the UserQvSettings.dat file in the program data folder.

Related Topics

Lot Labels and Area
Survey Point Properties dialog
Viewing a Single Traverse in Drawing View
Viewing Tagged Traverses
Drawing, Traverse and Object Settings
Adding Point Symbols
Overriding Point Symbols
Labeling Points
Lot Setbacks
Labeling Lines
Trimming Symbols
Changing Control Point Settings
Changing Side Shot Settings
Copying Traverse Drawing Settings
Traverse Commands
User Data Files
Location label dialog
Location labels

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