eNewsletter – January, 2015
President’s Message: Automatic Lot Setbacks, Mark Lull: Edit Multiple Selected Objects, Oliver Bochsler: Survey Point Properties, Eric Tanikawa: “No Brainer!”
Automatic Lot Setbacks
TPC Desktop 2015 includes one of our most requested features – Automatic Lot Setbacks. Just tell TPC:
- What distances to use for Front/Side/Rear setbacks
- Which lot lines are Front/Side/Rear
- What line type and color to use and TPC does the rest.
Sounds easy right? Well it is, and here’s why.
We’ve explored a number of options for automatic lot setbacks, thinking we needed one tool to do it all. We would get so far then run into one of those “but what if…” situations and find ourselves back at the drawing board. That’s when the light bulb went on. We’ve already used the COGO R-O-W Offset tool to generate setbacks for years, so let’s continue to use it for the “but what if” situations which allows us to make the automatic lot setbacks really simple – and that’s just what we did.
Now you can specify default lot setbacks for each survey. The traverses get their default setbacks from the survey and you change individual traverse setbacks as needed. Then you just tell TPC which lot lines are Front, Side or Rear setbacks. And since setbacks are stored in the traverse, you can easily have different setbacks on either side of a shared lot line. And that’s it. When you want to see the setbacks in the drawing, just tell TPC to draw them via the new Lot Setbacks tab in the Traverse Settings.
Lot setbacks get their own layer, have their own tool tips and you can work with them the same way you work with other traverse lines. And, they continue to reference the lot line that created them so if you update the lot line – you guessed it, the setback lines update with them. It’s all really friendly, fast and fun. We think you’ll love the way they work.
Need to see it to believe it? Here you go:
John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP