Stringer Topo V23.00 Release Notes

Stringer Topo V23 has undergone a complete, ground up rewrite to deliver performance improvements, streamline workflows and add new functionality to improve your survey import and production output.

This readme is structured to identify functionality that replaces previous functions and new functionality. For replaced functionality this readme will identify the key differences between the previous versions and this version.

In this release, no changes have been applied to the current tools included in the Cadastral or Utilities panels. These operate the same as per previous versions.

Platform Support

Stringer Topo V23.00 is available for:

  • AutoCAD 2018 to AutoCAD 2023
  • Civil 3D 2018 to Civil 3D 2023
  • BricsCAD V22 and BricsCAD V21

Licensing Information

Stringer Topo V23.00 requires a Civil Survey Solutions V23 license for operation beyond the evaluation period.  All subscription customers automatically receive V23 license keys which can be obtained from the Civil Survey Solutions Customer Centre.

Network License Customers | IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We are in the process of changing our licensing system for Stringer Topo to allow greater flexibility for customers in the future. As such, the new Stringer Topo V23 is currently only available as a single user/standalone license.

To enable Stringer Topo customers who have multi user/network licensing to upgrade to Stringer Topo V23, we will provide enough single user/standalone licenses to cover the entire workforce until such time as the multi user/network license is available.

If you are a customer with multi user/network Stringer Topo and would like to upgrade to Stringer Topo V23, please email jack.haughton@civilsurveysolutions.com.au and he will organise the single user/standalone licenses for you.

Side-by-Side Installation with Previous Stringer Topo Versions

The previous Stringer Topo (Stringer Topo Legacy) has been updated to operate side-by-side with Stringer Topo V23. During installation you will have an opportunity to add the Stringer Topo Legacy ribbon to your installation. This will add the Stringer Topo ribbon and all functionality will be available.

Note that there is a new command included in Stringer Topo Legacy called ‘Enable Dynamics’. In order to maintain performance in Stringer Topo V23, some dynamics have been disabled in Stringer Topo Legacy. If it is intended to use only the legacy tools for a session, you can click Enable Dynamics to turn on all event reactors for the legacy commands.

Video Resources

A summary of the new functionality and workflows can be found in the Youtube video links below:

Migration Resources

Stringer Topo V23 comes with migration tools to facilitate transfer of your current Stringer Topo settings across to Stringer Topo V23. The processes are slightly different between AutoCAD/BricsCAD and Civil 3D users, mainly because AutoCAD/BricsCAD users also manage the COGO point display.

Click on this link to learn more about the migration processes: Stringer V23 Migration Tools


Improvements, New Features and Key Changes

  • Large point number support
    • Large point number support (exceeding 2147483647) is natively supported in Stringer Topo
    • For Civil 3D users, point numbers exceeding 2147483647 are not allowed. To overcome this, Stringer Topo supports users applying a Point Name instead of a Point Number when exporting to Civil 3D
  • Many forms include output to table (autoCAD table in drawing) or .csv (opens to Excel)
  • Multi coding supports up to and including 4 different codes on a point
  • Manual join, join by code, join selection, join by string number range have been retired
  • Duplicate point numbers are allowed. typically these are highlighted in relevant forms (such as Point Group form)
  • Survey Strings (Strings) are connected to points by point numbers. When Survey Strings are edited, the point number sequence is changed for the String – point numbers are no longer reassigned when survey strings are edited
  • Stringer Settings
    • The legacy Stringer Settings managed COGO Points and Survey Strings in a single interface. Now, two commands manage this: Point Code List and Survey String Settings
    • Point Code Set (rework of Stringer Settings for AutoCAD/BricsCAD users)
      • Multiple Point Code Sets can be created.
      • Point Code Sets are saved per drawing, with a Set to Global option to save to settings to be inherited by future drwaings
      • Point Code Sets refer to a Point Style (rather than a ‘label style’ and block)
      • Set a default Point Code to apply where the Point Description doesn’t format to match a code in the Code Set table
    • Point Styles (new)
      • Point Styles contain Point Properties (eg: point number, elevation). Users can also create unique Point Properties per point style. Point Properties can include simple math calculators.
      • Point Style display is managed by selecting a block. It is recommended to create the block with either a unit size for a symbol, or exact size for a 1:1 scale. Blocks can contain attributed text which can be assigned a Point Property for the text display.
      • Blocks can be set to scale using the drawing scale, as well as rotate per viewport
      • Point Styles are automatically saved to the settings and used in all drawings
      • Point Properties can be saved to file and loaded into a Point Style
    • Point Formats (new)
      • Point Formats manages:
        • How imported data is interpreted. This allows for import of differently formatted coordinate point files. Delimiter and point property fields are defined per Point Format
        • How the point description is interpreted (formatted). This allows the user to define how to split the Point Code and String Numbers for one or more codes contained in the point description
    • Survey String Settings (rework of Stringer Settings)
      • Breaklines, 2D polylines and 3D polylines can now be separately toggled for each Point Code
      • 3D polyline layer name is no longer restricted, and is not required for creation of a breakline
      • For any String Set table, users can toggle to ignore or include either 2D or 3D polylines
      • Templates can be assigned to Codes.
      • Previously, only codes with string numbers could be connected with Survey Strings. This is now a toggle option.
    • Linework Settings (new)
      • Linework Settings provides user control over the previous ‘dot parameters’ (Code Linework Parameters). Now, users can pick the delimiter as well as the text to execute survey string changes
      • Code Linework Parameters can now be set to add Templates (offset linework) to any String in the drawing
    • Create/Edit Section Templates (Rework of Stringer templates)
      • Any number of Templates can be created, with the user establishing a width and slope/height for each offset, as well as a Code.
      • Templates can be saved to the current drawing only or saved to the settings for future drawings
      • Templates can be applied to a particular Code (via the Survey String Settings) or to a particular string (as a Code Parameter)
    • Replace Codes (reworked)
      • Interface created for the user to establish code list to replace. Replace Codes requires users to select a point code set and point format.
    • Resize and Layout (new)
      • Allows users to pre-set page setup for new layouts (used when creating long and cross section outputs on the AutoCAD/BricsCAD platforms)
  • Reduction
    • Import and Reduce (Reworked)
      • Users start by creating a Project to store project information such as date and surveyor, use of point names instead of numbers, default code sets and how data is stored (Pack Mode).
      • Multi-day surveys are supported within a project.
      • Form is resizable and modeless. Drawing can be navigated simultaneously
      • The import options of PENZC and PNEZC have been removed from Stringer Connect – use the Import Points command to import coordinated point files.
      • The editor interface has been enhanced to distinguish entries based on type (target height, shot, etc) and status (as imported, added, edited, ignored). This is configurable by managing themes
      • Clicking on a point in the list will automatically zoom to the point in the drawing
      • After creating points in the drawing, this form can be used to edit the point in the drawing – there is a link between the COGO point in the drawing and the edited survey data
      • Enhanced Search and Replace functionality. Search on any record type and edit multiple.
      • Control Point Editing (new)
        • A dedicated control point editor form is included
        • Control points can be added to the drawing for editing and re-import
        • Expanded functionality to edit control points – import file, get from drawing (by picking points, automatically matching point numbers or by picking anywhere in the darwing)
        • Control point edits can be applied to the survey, as well as be reset back to original status
      • 2D Viewer (Reworked)
        • Opens to a separate resizable form. Displays information dynamically.
        • Aerial photo underlay supported
        • Click on a point or radiation line to highlight the entry in the import and reduce form
        • Toggle display of setups, control points, radiations and observations
        • Backsight error checking with user tolerance and highlighting
        • Enhanced backsight error reporting form
        • New Watch Survey tool added to open a new form and progress through the survey creation in order
    • Import Points (New)
      • Select file to import and point file format. Preview of file output will display
      • Supports coordinate system transformation during import.
      • Point Code Set can be defined during import. Survey Strings can be created.
    • Import CivilCAD, 12d and Geocomp methods have been included. Import Landmark has been removed.
  • COGO Points
    • Create Points (rework)
      • Ability to select surface to use, dynamic reference to other objects added
    • Points by Reference (new)
      • Create points with dynamic reference to other objects
    • Points by Polyline (new)
      • Create points along a polyline
    • Point Group Reference (new)
      • Create a dynamic line between points in different point groups
    • Points on Grid (new)
      • Create a grid of points, with user selection of surface for elevations
    • Convert to Points (new)
      • Provides various methods for creating points using blocks, text and CAD points
      • Compare Points/Lines (COMP) no longer causes the software to crash when exiting the command early.
    • Edit Point (rework)
      • Exposes all point properties for a point, with user able to edit and create new properties
      • supports changing the point style
    • Edit Code (rework)
      • Edit multiple codes with advanced search and filtering
    • Point Groups (rework)
      • Point Groups are used in the creation of Survey Strings as well as the creation of surfaces
      • Multiple Point Groups can be created
      • Point groups support multiple include and exclude methods to build the point group, including by pick in the drawing
      • Points in a point group support multiple edits: deletion, changing point numbers, elevation increments, changing styles, editing codes, applying Point Code Sets, replacing codes, setting dynamic references
      • Point outputs include tables in the drawing, point file output and export to KML
      • Table display is user editable – set the properties to display and the headings in the table
      • Toggle display of points and hiding of point labels, per point group
      • Point groups are managed locally but can be saved to the settings for future drawings
    • Transform Points (new)
      • Select a point group and apply Helmert or Affine transformations by selecting control points
    • Property Display (rework)
      • Select particular Point Properties to not display in the drawing. Applies to all points in the drawing
  • Survey Strings
    • Create Survey Strings command (rework of Join All Codes)
      • This is applied on a Point Group basis. Civil 3D users select a Civil 3D point group
    • Delete All Survey Strings (new). Added to remove all survey strings associated with a point group
    • Survey String Manager (new, replacing multiple point and string edit commands)
      • Modeless resizable window displaying all created Survey Strings and points, allowing rapid editing.
      • Dynamic relationship between edits in this form and the surface, points and survey lines in the drawing
      • Supports display of a background aerial image, surface (AutoCAD/BricsCAD users), points and survey lines
      • When a String is selected in the String view on the left it is highlighted in the viewer with a start/end marker and a list of the connected points is also shown
      • Right click to enable a shortcut menu of edits to the selected object (point edits or string edits)
      • Self intersecting strings are highlighted in the Survey String list
      • Includes an AI solver for self intersecting strings
      • Delete all survey strings by length command added (new)
  • Civil 3D specific COGO tools
    • Civil 3D Points Link (new)
      • Enables Stringer to edit Civil 3D point geometry and code for selected point groups
    • Civil 3D UDP Sync
      • Adds/Updates user defined properties for Civil 3D points. Via the Stringer Point Properties, additional information such as chainage, offset, reference surface, can all be included in Civil 3D point tables and outputs
  • Code Report (rework of Validate Codes)
    • No longer needed in order to update point styles
    • Expands on Validate Codes to include detailed views of points, highlighting of points not included in either the Point Code Set or the String Code Set and ability to add ‘unclassed codes’.
    • support Command Join Point Number Range (JPNR) now correctly Strings the entered Point Range.
  • Compare Report (rework)
    • New independent and updated interface expanding on report options:
      • Point to alignment, Point to String, Point to Polyline, Point to Line, Line to Line, Point to Polyline, Alignment to Alignment
    • Analysis of any column can be applied to highlight cells outside of user set ranges
    • Ability to export to Excel (either to update existing Excel spreadsheets or make new)
    • Ability to output text to drawing with colours based on analysis results
  • Output
    • Group Tables (rework of Legend Tables)
      • Improved interface to support user managed tables
      • Table Styles lets users pick information in each column as well as the table presentation (text sizes, layers, borders, etc)
      • Multiple tables can be output and updated at once
      • Point descriptions can be assigned by the user for each code
      • Users can pick if certain codes are excluded from the table output
      • A column option to show either the line or the symbol has been included
      • The software will omit display of a symbol if the Survey String Setting for that code has 2D or 3D polyline ticket on
  • 3D View
    • Expanded support for display of survey points, survey lines, and 3D objects for points.
  • Site Tab (AutoCAD/BricsCAD users)
    • This tab contains expanded surface functionality for volume surfaces, as well as support for alignments and output of long and cross sections
    • Surface volume reporting is now included
    • A surface volume can now be created
    • Pasting of surfaces is supported
    • Any polyline can be converted into an alignment, supporting display of chainage and other alignment information
    • Alignments can be edited to include curves and spirals
    • Background images can be created from Google or Bing services by selecting data in a defined coordinate system
    • A new Siteworks Toolspace has been added
      • Lists all alignments and ‘profile’ Strings created
      • Selecting an alignment or string will highlight it in the drawing
      • Right click on an alignment to create a String from the alignment
      • Right click on a String to create a long section or cross sections from the String
      • Strings can be deleted.
  • General
    • Data Sharing (new)
      • Provides ability to export a ‘read only’ copy of survey data, for another users to read into their drawing
    • Pack Data
      • By default, all point, string, surface and point group data is stored in a folder adjunct to the drawing. These commands allow users to manage how the data is stored when the drawing is saved – when you ‘Pack’ the data you embed the point, string, surface and point group inside the drawing.
      • The simplifies use of the drawing in document management systems, because the drawing contains all the data
      • When packed, a drawing can by copied, renamed and relocated and will self-extract the data from the drawing when the drawing is opened.
      • Recommended to enable all options in the Pack Data Settings command and to click to turn on Pack Mode.
      • A drawing Template can have Pack Mode enabled for that file.

Known Issues

  • Starting Import 12da or Import CivilCAD and cancelling the command will have undesired results.