Digitize Soil Borings

To digitalize a boring, specify the strata materials found and the thickness of each of those materials.

  1. Open a job in the Manage Earthwork Estimates screen.
  2. Select the Takeoff tab, if it is not already active.
  3. In the Active Layer field on the toolbar, select Substrata.
  4. Click Borings on the speedbar.
    Note: The Borings tool only appears when you select substrata in the Active Layer field.
  5. Press the tip of the stylus on the first boring sample on the drawing. If you are performing digital takeoff, click on the location of the boring sample on the image.
  6. Repeat step 4 until all the boring sample locations have been digitized.
  7. Click Finished on the speedbar.
  8. In the Name field, click to select the material found on the topmost layer of the soil boring. If the name does not appear on the list, enter the appropriate material. A new row appears under the first row.
  9. In row 2, if you have another layer, enter the second material of the borings.
  10. Repeat step 9 until you have named and labeled all the substrata layers. If needed, click Insert Strata to add a line above the first line. To delete a line, select it and click Delete Strata.
  11. If a substrata layer can be used as fill material for the job site, select the checkbox in the Fill column next to the layer.
    Note: When you select the Fill checkbox, you are indicating that this type of material, when cut from one part of the job site, can then be re-used as fill in any other part of the job site that requires it. If you do not want for a particular material to be re-used as fill in certain areas on the job site, do not select the Fill checkbox.
  12. In the Boring 1 column, enter the thickness in feet for each layer of the first boring you took off. As you enter thickness for all subsequent layers, a preview of the boring appears on the right side of the popup window.
    • If you want to enter the elevation for each substrata layer instead of the thickness, select the Enter Data using Elevations checkbox, then enter the elevation of the bottom of each substrata layer for each boring.
    • If you don't select the Enter Data using Elevations checkbox, Viewpoint Estimating displays all boring material depths relative to the existing finished grade. For example, if all of your borings specify 0.5 ft of topsoil, Viewpoint Estimating considers the top 0.5 ft of material at all points on the site to be topsoil—regardless of the finished elevation.
    • If you select the Enter Data using Elevation checkbox, Viewpoint Estimating displays all boring material depths at their absolute elevations. In this case, the boring materials do not correspond to existing contours. For example, if you set your borings up so topsoil starts at an elevation of 200 ft, followed by loam at 199 ft and clay at 195 ft, you are indicating that these materials are found at those depths, regardless of the elevation of the contours.
  13. Repeat step 12 for each boring you took off. You may need to use the vertical and horizontal scroll bars to enter elevations for all substrata layers and borings.
  14. Once you have added all the strata names and thickness for the borings, click OK.