In this topic, you'll learn how to insert a surface into a drawing. You'll learn that there are several way to do this, depending on what the surface represents and how it will be used. For more information, see Surfaces.
When you insert a surface, you need to ask the question, What do I want to include in this surface?
Each surface can include all the topo points in the survey, all the topo points in a particular traverse, or a selected group of topo points. In addition, each surface can define its own convex border, or you can assign an existing traverse as its border. You can also edit the border, changing its shape to more accurately model the surface.
Note: Border points are included in the surface without being designated as Topo points. See Surface Borders.
Before you insert a surface, you will need to identify the topo points in the survey and designate them as topo points. Only points that have an O in the status column of the Points Manager are eligible for including in a contour. For more information, see Editing Topo Points.
You just told TPC to create a surface from all the topo points and to assume a convex border around them. Its like stretching a rubber band around all the topo points and using that to define the extents of the surface. This is a quick and easy way to include a surface with minimal constraints.
For simple surfaces like a lot topo or stockpile volume, this works fine. For more complex surfaces, you will want to use one of the other options mentioned below.
When TPC creates a surface from a traverse like this, it uses only the topo points in the selected traverse. Your survey might include other topo points that lie within the border of this surface, but if they are not in the source traverse, they will NOT be included in this surface.
Typically, you create surfaces from traverses to compare phases of an excavation project. You can topo the project as many times as you want, just create a separate traverse for each phase (i.e. Topo Phase 1, Topo Phase 2, Topo Phase 3). Now you can have separate surfaces for each phase, showing the progress of the project.
When creating a surface using this method, TPC automatically updates the traverse name with the surface name. Both the new surface and the new traverse start with the default surface name. If you change the surface name in the Surface tab both the surface name and the traverse name are updated. This only happens the first time you edit the Surface Settings. AFter that the surface no longer updates the traverse name.
Multiple Surface in a Drawing
Editing Topo Points