Section Tab

The Section Tab in the Earthwork module allows you to view a representation of the existing, proposed, and substrata layers of a job site in cross sections and profiles.

The top half of the tab displays the takeoff for the selected layer. The lower half of the tab represents the cross section or profile you selected in the upper half of the tab.

Tips for Using the Section Tab

  • Depending on your current view on the Section Tab, certain keyboard shortcuts may not be available. For example, pressing [F] to finish selecting the profile only works when you have already clicked Profile.

  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can magnify any region on the Section 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 increase the size of either the upper or lower half of the tab to view that portion of the tab in greater detail by selecting the divider between the two halves and dragging the divider up or down.

  • 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

Moves the station line up one station.

Moves the station line down one station.

Moves the station line to the left one station.

Moves the station line to the right one station.

Allows you to view a grid over the top half of the Section tab to display the cut and fill quantities of each grid square.

Displays the Legend, which shows what the color and properties of the lines represent, such as existing, proposed, and substrata.

Allows you to view a cross section by selecting two points on the Section tab. The top half of the tab displays the takeoff for the selected layer. The lower half of the tab represents the cross section or profile you selected in the upper half of the tab.

Allows you to select and view a profile to view for the job site.

Specifies that you have finished selecting a profile to view. Once you click Finished, you can look at the bottom graph which represents the profile you selected in the takeoff area of the Section tab.

Displays the Select Layers to View popup window.

Keyboard Reference

Key

Description

[U]

Move up one station.

[D]

Move down one station.

[L]

Move left one station.

[R]

Move right one station.

[S]

Shows the grid.

[G]

Shows the Legend popup window.

[C]

Activates the Section tool.

[P]

Activates the Profile tool.

[F]

Finishes the selection when using the Section or Profile tools.

[N]

Activates the Station Interval field.

[I]

Zooms in on the center of the tab.

[O]

Zooms out on the center of the tab.

Ctrl

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