Trench Tab

The Trench Tab in the Earthwork module is where you digitize the trenches of a job using a digitizer or digital takeoff.

The Trench Tab is accessed by opening a job in the Manage Earthwork Estimates screen and clicking on the Trench Tab.

Tips for Using the Trench Tab

  • Depending on what you have currently selected on the Trench Tab, certain keyboard shortcuts may not be available. For example, pressing [F] to enter the properties of a trench only works when you are digitizing a trench.

  • Double-click on a selected trench to open the Properties popup window for the trench. You can also click Prop. or press [R] to open the Properties popup window.

  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can magnify any region on the Trench 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 also 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.

  • Right-click within the Trench Tab to access Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Zoom Out options without using the keyboard.

  • You can enter a pipe invert value even if the focus is not on the Pipe Invert field on the speedbar. Just type a numeric value and it will be entered into the field.

Button Reference

Icon

Description

Use in conjunction with other takeoff tools to create annotations for trenches comprised of vectors within a drawing. Click Vector to turn on the Vector tool. When you turn on the Vector tool, it is activated on the Takeoff, Area, Trench, and Len/EA tabs. Click Vector again to turn off the Vector tool.

Note: For newly imported PDF files that contain vectors, the Vector tool is automatically enabled. If the Vector tool is disabled in a newly imported PDF file, then the file does contain any vectors.

Allows you to select a vector or trench annotation by clicking the stylus or mouse on the item you want to select. If you select one item and then select another, the first item you selected will be deselected.

Tip: Hold the Shift key before clicking the stylus or left mouse button to select multiple items.

Allows you to select multiple vectors or trench annotations.

Allows you to create a trench by digitizing the elevation points from a drawing. Press the tip of the stylus or mouse onto the secured drawing on the digitizer where the points are located.

Magnifies a selected region of the tab when you click the button and drag the stylus or mouse over the region you want to magnify.

Restores the drawing view to the limits of the located drawing after you have magnified the view or zoomed into a specific section.

Displays the entire job site on which you are currently working in respect to all the other drawings or phases of a job, such as viewing a golf course hole in respect to its location and position on the golf course along with all the other holes. Fit to World is only pertinent when you use multiple drawings for a job.

Displays the Properties popup window for the selected item. You can factor, slope, and copy elevations as well as mark specific reference points on lines and display the Northing and Easting values for each point on a line.

Copies the properties of one trench, such as depth, to another. Note that trench name and elevations are not copied.

Specifies that you have finished digitizing a trench and creates an annotation. If multiple vectors are selected, clicking Finished joins the vectors together. Once you click Finished, the Trench Properties popup window appears.

Tip: If the trench is comprised of vectors, you can also right-click to create the annotation from the selected vectors. If no vectors are selected and you right-click, an annotation will be created for closest vector.

Allows you to create point to point and trace annotations faster and more accurately. Set the sensitivity of the tool on the Preferences screen. When you turn on the Align to Image tool, it is activated on the Takeoff, Area, Trench, Len/EA, and Layout tabs. Click AI again to turn off the Align to Image tool. You can also hold Shift to turn Align to Image on or off temporarily while you are digitizing.

Note: When digitizing against a colored background, Viewpoint recommends that you turn OFF the Align to Image tool.

Displays the Select Layers to View popup window.

Note: When you digitize against a colored background, Viewpoint recommends that you turn off the Align to Image and Go tools within the speedbar.

Keyboard Reference

Key

Description

[F]

Finishes the trench takeoff and displays the Trench popup window..

[S]

Activates the Select tool.

[U]

Activates the Multi Select tool.

[P]

Activates the Point Line tool.

[Z]

Activates the Zoom tool.

[D]

Activates the Fit Drawing tool.

[W]

Activates the Fit World tool.

[R]

Displays the Trench popup window for the selected trench.

[I]

Zooms in on the center of the tab.

[O]

Zooms out on the center of the tab.

Shift

Hold Shift to activate or deactivate the Align to Image tool temporarily. Release the Shift key to return the Align to Image tool to its previous state.

Ctrl + [I]

Activates the Align to Image tool without changing the sensitivity level.

Shift + [0]

Turns off the Align to Image tool.

Shift + [1]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Low.

Shift + [2]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Medium.

Shift + [3]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to High.

Shift + [4]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Maximum.

Ctrl+[Z]

Undoes the previous action.

Ctrl+[Y]

Redoes the previous action.

Ctrl+[X]

Removes the selection and places it on the Clipboard.

Ctrl+C

Copies the selection and places it on the Clipboard.

Ctrl+V

Inserts (pastes) the contents of the Clipboard onto the active layer at the location from which they were copied.

Note: The contents cannot be pasted onto the same layer from which they were cut/copied.

Ctrl

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

Ctrl + [A]

Selects all vectors (if using the Vector tool on the speedbar) or annotations.

Ctrl + Shift + [A]

Deselects all vectors (if using the Vector tool on the speedbar) or annotations.