Stringer Topo Keyboard Shortcuts
Most commands in Stringer Topo have a keyboard shortcut - some are long and some are short. The links below include details of all keyboard shortcuts alignment with menu commands as shown on the Stringer Topo Ribbon (as...
Stringer Topo V19.02 for BricsCAD - Message about unable to load SA_Stringer.lsp
Following installation of Stringer Topo V19.02 the following message may display on the commandline during startup of BricsCAD:
LOAD failed: 'C:Program...
Point Group Commands - Setting the Accuracy of Outputs
There are numerous comparison tools in the Point Group Commands in Stringer Topo, including:
Point-to-Surface comparison with alignment...
Adding a New code to Stringer Settings
First make sure that the code you are after is in the Description Key Set (DKS), if it is then do the steps below. If it isn't you will need to add a new code to the DKS so it can be used below as well.
Making Stringer Topo Points Annotative
To make the blocks behave like annotative text, you need to go to the drawing explorer and select the "blocks" tab, then select the blocks you wish to make annotative nd then click in the "Annotative" column...
Leica XML Import - Adding Control Files
There are 3 ways to get a control file for the Leica XML
Use the Leica XML import to import the points into the drawing and then manually shift and rotate to the correct datum. The Import wil save...
Stringer Topo - Validate Codes - New Addition
Stringer Topo for BricsCAD V16 & V17 as well as AutoCAD 2016 & 2017 has been updated .
The Stringer Topo command Validate Codes has been amended to allow users to automatically add missing codes from...
Creating a tree block at the right size for Replace Tree Symbol Function
For your trees, you need to make sure that the tree blocks that you are using are at a 1m radius
Draw a circle at 1m radius and make sure the tree is the same size as the...
Automatic Multiple Coding
One of the commands that we have in Stringer is an Automatic Multiple Coding function which will add the code of the 1st point onto the code of the 2nd point for multiple coding of the second point.
This is quite handy if...
Setting your Stringer Settings File as the Default in the Template
Setting your Stringer Settings File as the Default in the Template
To do this you need to go and open your DWT (Drawing Template),
Open Stringer Settings and set the CSV file in...
Stringer Topo - Field to Finish - Now on AutoCAD & BricsCAD
Stringer Topo has been developed for the Australian Surveying Industry to facilitate the reduction and presentation of survey observations inside your drawing, whether you're using AutoCAD,...
Drawing Lines by Typing Point Numbers
The function you need is in the Transparent Commands toolsbar.
If the toolbar isnt showing, click on the View Tab, User Interface Panel (far right hand side), click on Toolbars, go down to Civil and tick on...
Point Group Command - Move/Rotations/2d scale
In Stringer one of the best commands in here is the Point Group Commands.It will alow you to Rotate Move or Scale point groups without having to turn off all other point groups to edit a days work that...
Stringer Additional Linetypes
If you need additional linetype for a drawing you can follow the steps below
Type in LINETYPE in the commandline of your AutoCAD Civil3d
Click on the load button at the top
Then click on the file button at the left...
Importing Imperial or Metric Point Styles for AutoCAD/BricsCAD
If you have a DWT that has all the layers, linetypes, blocks, scales etc already in it and you want Stringer Topo to work inside this DWT, you can run the Import Stringer Imperial Point...
Exporting/Importing Description Key Set Codes (DKS)
This is done so we can add all the codes created in the Toolspace>Point >Description Key Sets to the Jiggers/Controllers which will match when exporting field data.
To get this quickly and...
Leica FRT files for Stringer Connect
To get the right RW5 off a Leica 1200, Viva or above instruments for Stringer Connect you will need to add this FRT file to your Hand Held.
This will reduce your raw field data (Horiz Angle, Vert Angle, Slope...
Trimble DC Files - Prism Constants are not Added in Raw File.
The Trimble TSC3 DC file that gets exported from the Jigger DOESN'T add the Prism Constant to the slope distances. This mean they are the RAW observations without the correct adjustment being...
Arc to Chord Truncation
If you Have Stringer Topo installed and you want to turn arcs into chords , Stringer Topo has a great function in Stringer Extras that will allow you to truncate the Arc/Lines into chords at a distance or evenly set amount of...
Leica Captivate XML import with Stringer Topo
Leica have brought out a new Total Station called Leica Captivate which doesn't use Format files (.FRT) anymore.
If you were using a Leica 1200 or a Leica Vivia machine and you had Stringer Topo you had...
New Stringer Topo Ribbon (AutoCAD & BricsCAD)
These are the Panel names that have changed on the Ribbon
Stringer Connect = Connect
Stringer Settings = Settings
String Joining = Stringing
Stringer Point Edits = Point Edits
Point Commands =...
New Functions for AutoCAD and BricsCAD Stringer Topo
A new version Stringer Topo has now been released.
New Features that have been added are:
ATTOFF - this will turn off a single attribute that has been selected on a point. If you keep hitting the...
Stringer Topo for Civil 3D 2016 Released
Stringer Topo for Civil 3D 2016 has now been released.
Stringer Topo 2016 has been created to operate on AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016, and includes all fixes and enhancements from previous versions.
Stringer Topo 2016...
Making Chrome the Default Browser
Land Victoria have identified some restriction with users validate their plans and operating the Visualiser in SPEAR, when using the Microsoft web browser.
Chrome is the recommended browser for validating plans and...
Stringer ePlan - Multiple Parcels
Stringer ePlan has added a new function to its already impressive list of commands when creating an XML file for digital lodgment.
The latest version of the software is available in the subscriptions portal for...
Stringer ePlan - Quick, Easy & Efficient
Convert your CAD drawing into a digital ePlan for Lodgement
With Stringer ePlan, you can convert your drawing objects into enumerated survey data for upload to the land titles office for digital title plan...
Stringer ePlan - 1 drawing at a time
The most important thing when using Stringer ePlan in AutoCAD Civil3D, AutoCAD/MAP3D or BricsCAD is
to only have 1 drawing open at a time
In the CAD packages you can have somewhere up to 9 or more drawings open...
What Data is required for ePlan?
What is required for ePlan
Accurate field data
Data that is mathematically correct
Field Data that is closed
An understanding of Survey Practises (ePlan)
No Bearing and Distances required – just linework
Deleting Stringer ePlan Points
Deleting Points from the drawing
Delete point – when you delete a point in the drawing you need to remove the segment that goes with it as the points are made when enumerating a Parcel or Enumerating a Segment. Once it...
Enumerate Parcels- Segment Purpose Highlight
Segment is highlighted in drawing
When enumerating a Segment within a parcel you need to know what the Purpose is for each segment.
In Victoria the Purpose in a parcel is mostly set to normal, but in NSW...
Parcel List Form
Double click to open the Parcel for Editing
When using the Parcel List function you have 2 options for selection
Selection via a window of the individual parcels you want to look at OR
Type in All in the command line and all the...
Monument Points List Form
Double click to open the Points form for Editing
When using the Monument Points List function you have 2 options for selection
Selection via a window of the individual Points you want to look at OR
Type in All in the...
COGO Points List Form
Double click to open the Points form for Editing
When using the COGO Points List function you have 2 options for selection
Selection via a window of the individual COGO Points you want to look at OR
Type in All in the command...
Segment List Form
Double click to open the Segments form for Editing
When using the Segment List function, as soon as you open the form it will already be populated by any segment in the drawing that has been enumerated, whether it is for a Parcel,...
Stringer DSpec & RSpec Civil3D - Released
Stringer DSpec & RSpec
New features for DSpec - The enhancements made are only available with the xdata data storage.
The ODT data storage was too cumbersome and restrictive. This new feature will only...
Adding COGO points to an Alignment
Once you have created an alignment and you want to add points to that alignment, there are 2 options you can use to automate this process and they are
Automatic - this is so you can use the Raw Description code...
Re-arranging Ribbon Panel Order
If you have a Ribbon Tab and you want to be able to rearrange the order of the panels because the install put them in a different order than you are used to, here is how to freely move the Panels to how you want...
Inserting Multiple Blocks
We are often asked how to quickly add multiple blocks into a drawing.
There are a range of tools to share information between drawings, including inserting a drawing as a block (and exploding) or using Autodesk Design...
How to Add Bing Maps to AutoCAD/AutoCAD Civil3D
Open a new drawing
Go to the Settings tab in the Toolspace
Right click on the drawing name and click on Edit Drawing Settings.
Set the co-ord system you require (i set the Victorian one so i got all...
Creating a Surface from a Point Cloud
When you want to bring in a Point Cloud into Civil3D the first thing you need to do is
Open the point cloud data in RECAP 360
If you need to delete any part of the point cloud you can do it in here. I would...
AutoCAD 2018 & Civil3D 2018 - Not Backwards Compatible
AutoCAD 2018 heralds a change in the drawing file format to a 2018 drawing file (.dwg) format. This is a universal change for all AutoCAD based products and normally occurs every three years (we...
Stopping the Ribbon from changing
Here are the steps that you need to turn off the Contextual Tab States in Vanilla AutoCAD 2015
Type CUI in the command line and hit enter
Underneath Quick Access Toolbars is the RIBBON, expand that out
Adding Elevations to Contours using the Map Query
Try this step by step procedure and see if you go any better than before.
Open the 14031 CCad.dwg
Assign Co-ordinate System - MGA-56
Type mapimport into the commandline
Change the file type to...
AutoCAD Civil3D 2014 Changing Transformation Settings
If you have been doing your drawings in AutoCAD Civil3D 2013 version and have been applying the Transformation using a User Defined Scale factor, you need to make sure that you check that...
AutoCAD Civil3D 2015 - Map3D functions not Working
AutoCAD Map3D functions not working
If you have found that a couple of your Map3D functions aren't working e.g. MAPTRIM, MAPINSERT, you will need to add a support path in the Options-File...
Creating a SHP file from Civil3d Points
Go to the Outputs tab - Export Civil Objects to SDF.
You will create an SDF file
Open a new Drawing and type in MAPIMPORT and find the SDF file you just created and click ok. (if you need to set a co-ordinate system...
Civil3D - Creating a User Defined Contour
How to Create a User Defined Contour/s in the Surface Properties using the Analysis Tab. Here are the Steps to making a user Defined Contour.
Left Click on the Surface
Right Click, Surface Properties
Click on the...
Getting Points showing in the object viewer
You need to go and change your point style in the settings tab
Settings Tab>Point>Point Styles>Standard
Right click on the Standard Point Style>Edit.
Then go to the Display Tab at the top, Under View...
Grips not Working
If you find that you only have one grip in the drawing when you pick on a point, it will have something to do with your elevation.
If you dont have any grips on some points it is because the of the level or non level you have on...
Transferring Layout Tabs between Drawings
To be able to copy a Layout Tab from one drawing to another you will need to have the drawing open that you want the layout tabs to go to:
Right Click on the layout 1 tab, Go to From Template (Select either DWT or...
Non Autodesk DWG File
Remember to Copy and Paste to Original co-ordinates when you open a drawing that says it's a
"FOREIGN DWG File. This DWG file was saved by an application that was not developed or licensed by Autodesk. What do you want to do?"...
Civil3D Co-ord shift and Level Datum change
To do a co-ordinate shift in Civil3D the easiest way is to do a move from the Arbitrary Point to the MGA zone point is to use the AutoCAD command MOVE.
Before doing the move you will...
Changing Point Group Label Styles - PZD (raw) to Z45d
Right click on the Point Group you want to change Click on Properties
Go to the Information Tab
Select the Point Label Style required from the drop down list
Then click on the Overrides Tab at...
Define Map Query
But before you do the Define Query there are a few things you need to do.- Make sure the original drawing has been exported to Vanilla AutoCAD - Big Blue A - Export Civil3D Drawing- Open the exported Vanilla AutoCAD drawing and...
Lot Area Table - Range colours
An example of a Lot Area Table created by Lot Utilities:
In order to create Lot Area tables there are some required processes and setup required.
About Table Styles and Layers
The Lot Area Table command does not...