Grid Tab

The Grid Tab in the Earthwork module allows you to view the cut and fill quantities for different grid sections of the job site.

The Grid tab also allows you to view a staking report that displays the elevations or cut and fill quantities at each grid intersection.

Tips for Using the Grid Tab

  • Depending on your current view on the Grid Tab, certain keyboard shortcuts may not be available. For example, pressing [H] to display colors in high contrast only works when you have already selected Colors, but have not yet selected Contrast.

  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can magnify any region on the Grid Tab by moving your cursor over the region you want to magnify and scrolling up with the scroll wheel. Scrolling down reduces the magnification level.

  • You can use the keyboard for magnification purposes. Pressing [I] increases magnification on the center of the drawing; pressing [O] decreases it.

  • When you have magnified the tab, you can move the sheet by pressing and holding Ctrl and moving the mouse toward the area of the sheet you want to view. Release Ctrl to continue working as normal.

Button Reference

Icon

Description

Restores the magnified drawing to fit the screen.

Displays the cut and fill volume for each grid cell, which appears in the center of the cell.

Displays the layers from the Takeoff and Area tabs.

Displays colors, which distinguish the grid cells requiring cut and fill. The grid cells requiring cut are colored red and the grid cells requiring fill are colored blue. The darker the color, the more cut or fill is required for that grid cell. Click Color again to remove the colors.

Displays the Properties popup, which enables you to select the area for which you want to see a grid. It also enables you to specify the grid spacing and the intersection point.

Displays cut and fill information is displayed in high-contrast colors. "Warm" colors represent cut areas, and "cool" colors represent fill.

Displays or hides the grid lines.

Changes the background color of cut and fill volumes or grid corner values from white to transparent or from transparent to white.

Displays the Select Layers to View popup window.

Keyboard Reference

Key

Description

[F]

Restores the magnified drawing to the fit the screen.

[N]

Displays the cut and fill volume for each grid cell, which appears in the center of the cell.

[A]

Displays the layers from the Takeoff and Area tabs.

[R]

Displays colors, which distinguish the grid cells requiring cut and fill.

[H]

Displays high contrast colors.

[G]

Turns grid lines on or off.

[T]

Changes the background color of cut and fill volumes or grid corner values from white to transparent or from transparent to white.

[P]

Displays the Grid Properties popup window.

[I]

Zooms in on the center of the drawing.

[O]

Zooms out on the center of the drawing.

Ctrl

If you have magnified the tab, hold Ctrl and move the mouse to the portion of the sheet you want to view.