A line is a series of connected elevation points that represent a contour in the earth. All lines for a job site are digitized in the Takeoff tab using the digitizer or digital takeoff depending on the format of your plans.
If you are using digital takeoff, you can Magnify the Takeoff Tab to more accurately digitize your plans.
Types of Lines to Digitize
You can digitize straight lines, curved lines, lines with straight and curved segments, sloped lines (changing elevations), lines with sloped and level segments, and lines with any of these combinations.
Digitize Sloped Lines
Digitizing sloped lines requires the use of hard points. A hard point is automatically created at the beginning of a line, the end of a line, and at any point created immediately following a user-initiated change in elevation. Viewpoint Estimating calculates the slope based on the distance between the new elevation and the last hard point. If needed, you can manually add hard points using Hard Pt. on the speedbar. A line segment between two hard points with the same elevation will be level.
Digitize Multiple Lines in a Series
One of the most useful features of the Takeoff tab is the ability to digitize multiple lines in a series. You can choose the same elevation for each line, or you can increment the elevations by an interval you specify.
Digitize Vector Lines
On a digital plan, a line may be composed of individual pixels or may be represented by one or more vectors. Unlike a pixel-based line, which must be digitized by tracing the line’s contours using the Point or Trace tool, a vector is a distinct object that can be digitized by simply selecting it. As a result, you are able to more quickly and accurately create Earthwork estimates. See Working With Vectors for more information about vectors.
Tools for Digitizing Lines
You can set the default line style for existing and proposed lines in the Preferences screen.
Methods for Digitizing Lines
- Digitize a Line Using a Stylus and a Digitizer
- Digitize a Series of Lines Using a Stylus and a Digitizer
- Digitize a Pixel-Based Line Using Digital Takeoff
- Digitize a Series of Pixel-Based Lines Using Digital Takeoff
- Digitize a Line Automatically Using Digital Takeoff
- Snap a Line to an Existing Point, Line, or Area
- Digitize a Single Vector Using Digital Takeoff
- Digitize a Series of Vectors Using Digital Takeoff
- Takeoff Line Tools