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Traverse Drawing Settings





This topic introduces you to Traverse Drawing Settings.


Traverse Drawing Settings (8:45) - See how Traverse Drawing Settings create drawing objects and control their properties.

What are Traverse Drawing Settings?

Each traverse keeps track of its own Control Point, Side Shot, Lot 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. 

Right click any object in the drawing that is part of a traverse and choose Traverse Drawing Settings.

Select the Control, Side Shot, Lot Label and Lot Setback settings you want and choose OK. Drawing View will redraw the survey using those settings.

Repeat 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>

Right click any object and choose Properties. Edit the settings in the dialog (lines, symbols, labels) and choose OK

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.

To reset the Object Settings, right click the object and choose Reset Modified Attributes. You may also need to Regen the drawing to update the object.

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.

Prioritizing Traverse Drawing Settings

By default, the first traverse to draw a point symbol, point label, line or line label, control how that object is created via its traverse drawing settings. So the traverse sequence is important in getting the drawing to look the way you want.

Beginning with TPC Desktop 2018 R1, you can also prioritize traverses, which tells TPC to draw or re-draw the objects in a traverse so that it controls how those objects look.

Changing Traverse Drawing Settings for Multiple Traverses

When you select multiple traverses then choose the Traverse Drawing Settings command, TPC displays the Traverse Drawing Settings Tab Selection dialog.  From this dialog, select the settings you want to update by selecting their tabs.  See Traverse Drawing Settings for Selected Traverses.

For example, if all you want to update are the lot labels of the selected traverses, select just the [x] Lot Labels option and choose OK.  TPC will display just the lot labels dialog and apply the lot label settings you choose to the selected traverses without affecting any of the other Traverse Drawing Settings for those traverses.

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
Prioritizing Traverse Drawing Settings


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