AVsand New Features at Version 4.3n

 

1. Modification to the Offset 1 command |PARL LN| for ArcGIS users when processing polyline features. A new option called Convert Polyline to Polygon has been added to the drop-down list posed by the command. Selecting this option results in a polygon feature being created and stored in the current active layer. If the polyline does not represent a closed figure the command will add a segment connecting the last point of the polyline to the start point to force a closed figure. This option does not operate on multi-part polygons.

 

2. Modification to the Relocation 6 command |BRK LINE| for ArcGIS users when processing a multi-part feature. The Decompose All Parts option will now discretize circular, elliptical and bezier curves into a minimum of 40 line segments. Previously, only the start and end points would appear in the resultant geometry. This option will now try to generate a series of line segments representing the curve.

 

3. Modification to the Relocation 6 command |BRK LINE| for ArcGIS users when processing a multi-part feature. A new option called Decompose All Parts - No Discretization has been added to the drop-down list posed by the command. This option operates the same as the Decompose All Parts option with the exception that circular, elliptical and bezier curves are not discretized but rather their geometry is maintained. This of course assumes that the resultant features are stored in a geodatabase and not a shapefile.

 

4. Addition of the [Polylines to Polygons] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command enables the user to create polygon features from polyline features. The user activates the layer(s) in the Table of Contents to be processed. If the layer contains selected features then only the selected features are processed, otherwise, all features in the layer are processed. The polygon features that are created are stored in the current active layer. This option is similar to the Convert Polyline to Polygon option in the Offset 1 command |PARL LN| with the exception that multiple features can be processed in a single operation, rather than just one.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3m

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The ability to export line weights for layers without having to select the layers in the Table of Contents. A new option called All Layers has been added to the dialog box presented by the command.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The ability to export point symbols which have a second layer assigned to their symbology.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The ability to export line widths and symbology when the classification contains the NULL value.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The ability to export line symbols containing arrow heads.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The ability to export line symbols containing a character marker.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. Addition of the Read/Write Config File menu item to the drop-down list.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. Modification to the rgbmap.txt file to provide the user the ability to specify the AutoCAD color when the color white is encountered when processing symbols. A new keyword called BACKGROUND_COLOR has been added to provide this functionality.

 

8. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. Addition of the CEDRA-RunDXF-Tools toolbar which provides the ability to perform a DXF conversion outside of the ArcMap environment. In addition to performing a DXF conversion, the command provides the ability to create a PDF in adddition to or solely.

 

9. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The routine which exports arrow heads has been modified to honor the setting of the Export Polygons with Hatches parameter. When this parameter is active the arrow heads will be exported as a hatch resulting in a filled polygon. When this parameter is not active the arrow heads will be exported as a closed polyline (no fill).

 

10. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The routine which exports callouts/leaders has been modified for improved positioning of the annotation within the callout/leader.

 

11. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The routine which exports callouts/leaders has been modified to process CharacterMarkerSymbols. This modification should result in the export of the arrow head that appear at the anchor point of a callout/leader.

 

12. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The routine which converts labels to graphic elements has been modified to respect the class display annotation setting. Previously, all label classes were labeled which may be the reason why the symbols are not positioned where they should be in some cases. Additionally this would result in more text being exported than there should have been.

 

13. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The routine which computes the direction of the leader in a line callout has been modified to better determine the direction of the leader line. This should result in the arrow heads being properly oriented at the tip of a callout.

 

14. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. If a group layer is turned off (invisible) the layers in the group layer will not be exported even if they are visible. The group layer's visibility status will govern.

 

15. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. When the Export Line Widths parameter is active for Active Layers or All Layers, polygon features will have their outline line width processed. Previously, this was not done.

 

16. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. Polygons will now have the color of their outline line symbol processed. Previously, this was not done.

 

17. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. A new keyword called SYMBOL_BACKGROUND_COLOR has been added to the rgbmap.txt file which appears in the \cedra\avprjs folder.

 

18. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the DXFconvert.txt file which appears in the \cedra\avprjs folder. This parameter is called Export Z values and provides the user the ability to control if Z coordinates are to appear in the DXF file or not.

 

19. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the DXFconvert.txt file which appears in the \cedra\avprjs folder. This parameter is called Label Converter and provides the user the ability to control which method is used to convert labels into graphic text elements. The value of 0 indicates that the ArcObjects method is to be used, while a value of 1 indicates that the ArcMap method should be used. The ArcMap method is very similar to native ArcMap functionality that can be employed to convert labels to annotation features stored in the map, not a geodatabase. The ArcObject method does operate faster than the ArcMap method, so depending upon the user's requirements the appropriate method can be selected.

 

20. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. The software has been modified to read the DXF Configuration File, DXFconvert.txt, which can reside in one of 4 locations. The locations are defined by the environment variables HOME, TEMP, TMP, CEDRA, and in that order. The location which contains the file first governs. That is to say, if the DXFconvert.txt file resides in the HOME and CEDRA folders. The file in the HOME folder will be processed, not the file in the CEDRA folder.

 

21. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users. Point features which have been assigned a Simple Marker Symbol will be exported as a pure point symbol in the DXF file. That is to say, the physical display of the Simple Marker Symbol will not be preserved. If the physical display is to be preserved the user should use a Character Marker Symbol rather than a Simple Marker Symbol.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3l

 

1. Addition of the CEDRA-DataFrame-Tools-4 toolbar for ArcGIS users. This new toolbar is comprised of three buttons which enable the user to create, recall and delete Layout Definitions. Layout Definitions preserve pertinent information associated with data frames and graphic elements in Layout View. For data frames, this information includes the position of the data frame as well as the map scale and extent of the map associated with the data frame. For graphic elements, this information includes the position of the graphic element. The basic premis behind these buttons is that the user positions the data frames and graphic elements for a particular layout. Once this is accomplished, the layout is saved as a Layout Definition. The elements in this layout can then be moved outside the page limits and another group of elements positioned for another layout, which in turn is saved as another Layout Definition. This process is repeated for all desired layouts. The Recall Layout button can then be used to reposition the elements as appropriate. These buttons are ideal for creating an ArcMap document file with multiple layouts.

 

2. Modification to the Define Parcels 1 command |DEFINE PARCEL|, for ArcGIS users when using the option called "Transcribe Deed with Table". The Define Parcels 1 command is the first tool in the CEDRA-Deed-Tools toolbar. The Parcel and Traverse Course Entry Form has been modified to allow the user to explicitly specify the tangent direction of a tangent curve. Previously, the tangent direction of a curve was specified by entering a Direction value of 0.0 which implied that the direction of the previous course served as the tangent direction of the curve. Now, the user is able to enter a direction under the Direction column in conjunction with a Distance value of 0.0. In this case the direction that is specified serves as the tangent direction to be used in generating the curve.

 

3. Modification to the {Annotate} [Point Data] command, for ArcGIS users to allow the user the ability to generate annotation in one of five modes. The Include Label parameter has been renamed to Annotation Mode, which contains five options called Plain, Include Label, Enclose w/ Circle, Enclose w/ Box and Create Table. The Plain option generates annotation representing the values of the attributes to be processed. The Include Label option is the same as Plain with the exception that the attribute label appears as a prefix to the attribute value. The Enclose w/ Circle option is the same as Plain with the exception that a circle will place about the annotation. Likewise, the Enclose w/ Box option places a rectangle about the annotation. The Create Table option generates a table with a row established for every point to be processed. The attribute values appear horizontally under this option rather than vertically as with the other options. The generated features are selected and native ArcMap functionality can be used to relocate the features. The PEN attribute is used to differentiate the major grid lines from the minor grid lines.

 

4. Modification to the Define Parcels 1 command |DEFINE PARCEL|, for ArcGIS users when using the option called "Transcribe Deed with Table". The Define Parcels 1 command is the first tool in the CEDRA-Deed-Tools toolbar. The Parcel and Traverse Course Entry Form has been modified to allow the user to generate the bearing and distance for a line course. To utilize this new functionality the user enters all of the courses comprising the parcel. The course that is to have the bearing and distance computed should have the ? character entered for the bearing. Only one course in the parcel definition should have the ? character specified for the course direction. When the command detects the ? character for the bearing value, the command will traverse from the last course to the course in question. A bearing and distance will then be computed and displayed in the table for this course.

 

5. Addition of the CEDRA-DataSource-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. This new toolbar contains one button called CP, which enables the user to change the data source path name for the active layers and/or tables in the Table of Contents. Upon selection of this button the command determines if there are any active layers or tables. If there is not, an appropriate error message is displayed. If there are active layers or tables, a multi-input dialog box is displayed prompting the user for the string to be changed and the string to replace the string to be changed. For example, the user could enter C: for the string to be changed and D: for the string to replace the string to be changed. Once the OK button is selected the command determines the path name for a layer or table and modifies the path name using the data specified by the user. This command is extremely useful when data is moved from one location to another and the path names have to be changed to avoid broken links within ArcMap.

 

6. Modification to the |Change Coordinates| tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. This tool when processing line features will now display two new options for the Action parameter. These options are called Define Line Angle and Make All Shapes Orthogonal, respectively. Additionally, a new parameter called Angle/Tolerance in Degrees has been added to the multi-input dialog box. These new Action options and dialog box parameter enable the user to: (a) explicitly set the angle or direction for a line feature and (b)force all line features in the active layer to be perfectly horizontal or vertical..

 

7. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [Copy Selected Features] command to enable the user to copy features of different feature type at the same time. Previously, the command would only process one feature type at a time. Now the command poses an option All Feature Types when multiple feature types are detected. Selecting this option indicates that all selected feature types are to be processed. Under this scenario the default option for the destination layer is Their Same Layers. The Their Same Layers option indicates that the selected features are to be copied into their source layer.

 

8. Addition of the Quick Attribute Assignment command within the CEDRA-EditFeature-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. The Quick Attribute Assignment button enables the user to assign an attribute value to a set of selected features in one or more layers. Upon activation of the command a check is made to determine if there are any selected features. If not, an error message to this effect is displayed. If there are selected features a dialog box is displayed containing a list of attributes and a data field or combo box control depending upon the selected attribute where the user can specify the desired attribute value. This command processes the ATTRIBUTES.TXT file which can be located in the current working directory or the CEDRA distribution folder. The command first looks in the current working directory for this file. If this file does not exist in the current working directory, the file in the CEDRA distribution folder will be used. Using this file the user can specify what attributes and values are to be displayed in the dialog box posed by this command.

 

9. Modification to all tools which prompt the user for a distance or a length. It is now possible for the user to specify the distance or length value in terms of architectural units. For example, the following are valid distance or length values: 100', 100' 4" and 100' 4 5/8". When the tools detect the ' character it is assumed that an architectural length is being specified. In this mode, the user can enter a foot, inch and fractional inch component. If an inch or fractional inch component is specified the " character must be the last character in the value. Additionally, at least one space must separate the various components.

 

10. Modification to the |Transform 2| tool within the CEDRA-Transform-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. Seven new options have been added to the Control Point Location parameter enabling transformations to be performed about the individual features in a selection. Previously, the transformations were applied based upon the enclosing rectangle for the entire selection set. Now the user has the option of applying the transformation based upon each feature's enclosing rectangle within the selection set. All of the new options carry the prefix Feature, which denotes feature based processing.

 

11. Addition of the Dimension 6 command |CREATE AH| for ArcGIS users. This new tool enables the user to generate an arrow head, slash or point at a specific location. Once the tool has been activated the user makes a pick where: (a) the tip of the arrow head is to appear, (b) the mid-point of the slash or (c) the location of the point. After the pick has been made, a multi-input dialog box appears from which the user can select the type of marker to be created, the marker direction and its size. When creating an arrow head the user has the option of creating a polygon or polyline feature. In the case of a slash, a two-point line is created with the center of the line being the location of the user's pick. For point features, the user has the ability to specify the fields where the marker type and direction are to be stored. In so doing, native ArcMap functionality can be used to symbolize the layer as desired. Regarding the marker's direction or angle of orientation, the command has 4 pre-defined directions (North, South, East and West) and an option for the user to pick a second point to have the command compute the direction for the user.

 

12. Modification to the {Annotate} [Text or Attribute] command when using the option Attribute(s) from the Table for ArcGIS users Two new parameters appear on the initial dialog box that is displayed called Multi-Line Annotation and Single-Line Annotation Delineator. These parameters are used when the Attribute(s) from the Table option has been selected for processing. The user now has the ability to create a single annotation feature with all of the attributes appearing as a single line of text separated by a user-defined delineating string. Previously, this option created multiple annotation features with the attributes listed vertically.

 

13. Modification to the Relocation 5 command |CUT-OUT| and the Relocation 6 command |BRK LINE| for ArcGIS users only to copy the attribute values of the base feature being processed to the new features that are created if the layer of the feature being processed does not appear in the Rule Definition File. Previously, if the layer of the feature being processed did not appear in the Rule Definition File, the new features that were created would have the attributes be blank, 0 or NULL depending upon the field type.

 

14. Modification to the [Update Geometry] command for ArcGIS users, which appears under the {CEDRA commands} combo-box within the CEDRA-AVcad-Menus toolbar A new option called Line Elevations from Points has been added to the Mode of Operation choice list that is presented by this command. This new option provides the user the ability to update the Z or elevation values for line features based upon a point feature close to the end point of the line. In updating the Z or elevation value for a line, this option can utilize a point feature's attribute value or its geometric Z value if the point feature is 3D. Likewise, if the line feature is 3D, the user is able to update the line feature's attribute value or its geometric Z value.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3k

 

1. Addition of the [Point Elev. from 3D Polygons] command in the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find this new command in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This new command enables the user to interpolate an elevation for point features based upon a layer containing 3D polygon features. In using this command, the user must first activate in the table of contents the two layers which represent the point layer and the layer containing the 3D polygon features. Once done, the user can select the command. Upon selection of the command, the program will display a dialog box where the user can specify the desired interpolation parameter values, which includes specification of the field to contain the interpolated elevation value.

 

2. Modification to the {Annotate} [Text or Attribute] command when using the option Attribute(s) from the Table for ArcGIS users Four new options have been added to the Quadrant drop-down list called N : Left, N : Right, S : Left and S : Right which enable the user to left or right justify the annotation in the North and South quadrants. Previously, the annotation in these quadrants were always centered. Now the user has the option to left or right justify the annotation in these quadrants. Additionally, the command has been modified to not create a text feature which contains a single blank character. Previously, the command would create a text element containing a single blank character when the attribute that was processed contained a single blank character.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users when processing multi-part annotation. Previously, the annotation would not be exported as expected. Now, the command will export each of the parts comprising the multi-part annotation as individual text elements maintaining the annotation's insert point, orientation and size for the part.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension for ArcGIS users when processing ILineCallout elements. The algorithm used for processing these elements has been modified to improve the appearance of the callout element in the DXF file.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command offers a new parameter to the dialog box which is displays. The parameter Assign Feature Color based upon Layer Color enables the user to indicate that the feature color is based upon the layer color. In so doing, changing the color of the layer will result in the feature color being changed. If this parameter is not checked, the color of the feature will need to be changed on a feature basis rather than a layer basis.

 

6. Modification to the [Assign Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Assign Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Assign Attribute command will now process an equation. Previously, the user was only able to specify a specific value or a field name. Now the user is able to specify an equation that can be evaluated with the results stored in the specified field. To indicate that an equation is to be processed the user must enter as the first and last characters in the value the characters ( and ). For example, the string: ((([SHAPE_Length] * (1.0 / 0.3048)) / 5280 * 60 / [FT_SPEED]) * [TIME_FACTOR]) would be recognized as an equation because the first and last characters in the string are ( and ) respectively.

 

7. Addition of the CEDRA-Transform2-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This new toolbar provides the T4 or 4 parameter transformation functionality. A T4 transformation enables the user to transform selected features using a variable number of control points without distorting the features. That is to say, feature lengths are maintained. Five tools labeled B, C, BC, T and X appear on this toolbar. The B tool enables the user to define the base points. The C tool provides the ability to define the controls points, that is, the location where the base points are to be moved to. The BC tool allows the user to define a Base and Control point pair without reactivating the tool. The T tool performs the T4 transformation on the current active layers. If an active layer contains selected features then only the selected features will be processed. If the active layer does not contain selected features, the user will be prompted to confirm whether or not all features in the active layer are to be processed. The X tool deletes the Base and Controls points enabling the user to define a new set of Base and Control points.

 

8. Modification to the Point Elev. from TIN command within the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This command is now able to process more than 1 raster or tin layer. Previously only 1 raster or tin layer could be active during the processing. Now the command is able to process multiple raster and tin layers in addtion to the point layer.

 

9. Modification to the Offset 3 command |PAR ELE| for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the initial dialog box that is displayed by this command. The new parameter has a label called Desired Deflection Angle and enables the user to specify the desired deflection angle when two or more features are connected at the end point of the line being processed. This parameter can be used to identify the preferred route of travel when multiple paths are available. For example, two lines are connected at the end point of a line being processed. One of the two lines shares the same direction (a deflection angle of 0) as the line being processed, while the other line is perpendicular (a deflection angle of 90). If the user specifies a Desired Deflection Angle of 90. The command will make the line with a deflection angle of 90 the first line that is presented for path confirmation.

 

10. Addition of the [Compute Footage Calls] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command will compute the offsets from the north, south, east and west edges of a polygon or closed polyline feature. The offsets values are stored in the following fields, FNL, FSL, FEL and FWL, respectively. These fields are of type string with a limit of 20 characters. To use this command, the user must first activate a point and a polyline/polygon layer. The command will process selected features or all features. The command also offers two types of footage (offset) computations, Cardinal or Perpendicular. The user also has the ability to generate lines connecting the base point to the polyline/polygon edge. The line features are stored in the current active layer.

 

11. Addition of the [Enter Footage Calls] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command enables the user to enter footage calls (1500 FNL, 2000 FEL, etc.) and create point features with the option of creating line features connecting the point feature with the appropriate edge of a polyline/polygon feature. To use this command, the user must first activate a polyline/polygon layer. If no feature is selected within this layer, the command assumes a table is to be processed. If a feature is selected, then the selected feature is processed. Depending upon the selection state of the layer different dialog boxes will be posed to the user. The point and line features, if any, that are created are stored in the current active layer.

 

12. Modification to the Line 8 tool |PT SLOP| to allow the user the ability to edit the slope associated with an existing line feature. To invoke this functionality the user after activating the tool should make a pick on an existing line feature away from the start or end point of the line. Under this condition the tool assumes that the user wishes to edit an existing line feature and as such prompts the user for confirmation of the found feature. Upon confirmation a multi-input dialog box is presented in which the user can: (a) specify the elevations of the start and end points, (b) specify the dX, dY and dZ components of the line or (c) enter the distance and slope of the line. Using the specified information the tool recomputes the coordinates of the end point of the line.

 

13. Modification to the Relocation 4 command |EXT/ELE/XING| for ArcGIS users. The command now displays an additional check box control at the bottom of the Yes/No/Cancel query box, which is displayed after the user selects the features to be extended, that enables the user to indicate if both end points of the line feature(s) being processed are to be extended or retracted to their intersection with the base feature. Depending upon the geometry of the features being processed this option may or may not be applicable.

 

14. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command has been modified to allow the user the ability to add a prefix or suffix to the attribute value(s) to be transferred, if so desired. The text, <none>, denotes that the prefix or suffix is not to be added, any other text which is entered in the appropriate data fields will be used as either a prefix or suffix. The multi-input dialog box posed by this command has been modified to accommodate the two new parameters.

 

15. Modification to the Relocation 1 command |MOV LNPT| for ArcGIS users when processing polyline and polygon features. When editing these types of features the user is now able to depress the D or d key to delete the vertex which is closest to the current cursor position and the ESC key to terminate the edit operation.

 

16. Addition of the [Vertices from Points] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command enables the user to create vertices on polyline and/or polygon features from selected point features which are within a user-specified proximity to the polyline or polygon feature. In creating the vertices the user is able to use the coordinates of the selected point directly or the point's point of projection coordinates. This command operates in a manner similar to the [Snap to Points] command with the exception of rather than moving vertices, this new command will insert vertices.

 

17. Addition of the [Shared Vertices] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. This new command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to force vertices within polyline and polygon features which are within a user-specified tolerance to be identical. The command operates on the current active layer. This command is very useful in ensuring that lines that meet together at a common point share the exact same vertex coordinates. If the vertices are identical, no modification is made to the features. Additionally, the user is able to introduce vertices if a vertex is missing from one of the two connecting features.

 

18. Modification to the Offset 3 command |PAR ELE| for ArcGIS users. A new option called Point & Auto-Search to Store Order has been added to the choice list displayed by this command. This new option enables the user to define a string from which the sequential index value or the distance to the start of the feature within the string can be stored as an attribute value. Additionally, the user has the ability to create a new polyline feature comprised of the vertices within the string.

 

19. Modification to the Relocation 1 command |MOV LNPT| for ArcGIS users when processing polyline and polygon features. When editing these types of features the user is now able to draw a rectangle which will result in the vertices which are within said rectangle being deleted. Previously, the user had to depress the D or d key to delete a vertex. The user now, in addition to depressing the D or d key, can draw a rectangle to delete one or more vertices from the feature being processed.

 

20. Modification to the [Update Geometry] command for ArcGIS users, which appears under the {CEDRA commands} combo-box within the CEDRA-AVcad-Menus toolbar A new option called Specify Geometric Fields has been added to the Mode of Operation choice list that is presented by this command. This new option provides the user the ability to specify the field(s) to be populated with certain geometric values. Depending upon the feature type of the active layer, the user is presented with a multi-input dialog box containing drop-down lists for the various geometric properties that can be stored in the layer's attribute table. The user is able to select a name from the drop-down list or enter a name. If a name is entered the command will create the field for the user. This option operates on the current active layer.

 

21. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [AVcad Properties] command to allow the user to specify the use of ArcGIS Classic snapping. A new option has been added to the Snap points using parameter called ArcGIS Classic. When this option is active the layer snapping settings will be used in performing point snapping. Additionally, when a snap has been found a blue dot will be displayed indicating the location of the snap. Note that snapping under this mode will occur only when the Editor is in session.

 

22. Modification to the {Annotate} [Text or Attribute] command for ArcGIS users This command will now process layers which have Joins assigned to them. Previously, the joined attributes could not be processed by this command. Now the user is able to create annotation for values assigned to joined attributes.

 

23. Addition of the [Vertices to Points] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. This new command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to create point features at the location of vertices comprising polyline or polygon features. Additionally, the user is able to transfer attributes from the polyline/polygon layer being process to the point layer containing the newly created point features. This command operates on the current active layer. If no features are selected the command will process all features in the layer. The user is prompted to specify which attributes, if any, are to be transferred to the point layer. The points created by this command are stored in the current active layer.

 

24. Modification to the Offset 1 command |PARL LN| for ArcGIS users when processing multi-part polygon features. The command will now process the part whose vertex is closest to the coordinates of the pick that was made to select the feature. Previously, the command would process the first part comprising the multi-part feature. Now, based upon where the user makes the selection pick, the command will process the part with the vertex closest to this pick.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3j

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command has been modified to handle leader callouts created with ArcGIS Version 10.1. The internal storage for leader callouts within ArcGIS changed at 10.1 which required a reworking of the logic that was used to export the leader callout. Previously, an enclosing rectangle would appear around the text. Now, the leader callout will appear.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will not export polygon graphics which have a fill color of NO COLOR and an outline color of NO COLOR. Previously, this type of polygon graphic would be exported. Now, this type of graphic is ignored.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command offers a new parameter to the dialog box which is displays. The parameter Text Width Scale Factor enables the user to specify a specific text width scale factor when exporting graphic text or annotation features. A value of Auto or 0 indicates that the user wishes to use a program computed value. A value greater than zero denotes the specific value that should be used in the export process for all graphic text and annotation features.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now skip features which have been assigned the NO COLOR value. Previously, the feature was exported. Now, if the layer is not visible or if the feature has been assigned the NO COLOR value, which has the effect that the feature can not be seen, the command will ignore the feature during the exporting process.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The definition file, aclayers.txt, is now processed by the program. This file is used to override the default setting of not exporting features in layers that have a color value of NO COLOR assigned to them. By entering the name of the layer in the aclayers.txt file, the command will export the feature even though the color setting is NO COLOR. See the aclayers.txt file for more information regarding how the file can be configured.

 

6. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command now supports 4 geometry keyword options call FEATURE_GEOMETRY, FEATURE_GEOMETRY_X, FEATURE_GEOMETRY_Y and FEATURE_GEOMETRY_Z. These options will appear when a point and a polyline layer are being processed and enable the user to alter the geometry of the feature(s) to be modified. Previously, the user was only able to alter the attribute values of a feature. Using these new keyword options, the user is able to modifiy the geometry of a feature in addtion to its attribute values. For example, the user to able to change the Z value of a line feature using a point feature's attribute value or it's Z value. In this case, the polyline vertex that is modified is determined by the command as the vertex that is closest to the point feature being processed.

 

7. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command offers a new option under the Features to Process parameter called Only Selected Features. When this option is selected, the command will only process the features that are selected prior to activating the command. The result is that only the features which are selected prior to activating the command will be processed.

 

8. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users when using the Transfer Attribute File parameter. It is now possible for the user to specify a hard-coded value that will be stored in a specific field. Previously, the user was only able to transfer the attribute value from one field to another. Now it is possible for the user to specify an explicit value that will be stored. To do so, the hard-coded value must be enclosed in double-quotes. For example, the data line "24" DELTA will result in the value 24 being stored in the field DELTA.

 

9. Modification to the [Lines Connected to Points] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. Two new options have been added to the Mode of Operation parameter called Highlight and Highlight and Report.

 

10. Modification to the [Lines Connected to Points] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. A new parameter called Number of Selected Features per Point has been added to the multi-input dialog box posed by the command. This new parameter enables the user to control which points should be processed by specifying the desired number of lines that are within proximity to a point. For example, the default value ALL results in the command processing all points that have at least one connecting line feature. If the value 4 is specified for this parameter, only point features that have exactly 4 line features within proximity to the point will be processed.

 

11. Modification to the Intersection 1 command |I 2L/NBL| when processing multi-part features. The command will now process all parts in the feature. Previously, only the first part in the multi-part feature was processed. Now all parts in the multi-part are processed. If a specific part is to be processed, the Break Feature tool can be used to extract the specific part to be processed prior to using the Intersection 1 tool.

 

12. Addition of the |Assign Fixed Attributes| tool to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. This tool enables the user to assign specific attribute values to selected features without having to go through a dialog box interface. This tool processes a Fixed Attributes Definition File which contains the name of the layer to be processed along with the attributes and attribute values to be assigned. There is no limit to the number of layers that can appear in this file. Additionally, it is possible to have multiple definitions for the same layer name. In this case, the user will be prompted as to which definition is to be processed. To use this tool, the user first activates the layer to be processed, selects the feature(s) to be processed and then selects the tool.

 

13. Modification to the [Assign Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Assign Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Assign Attribute command will now upon activation query the user, if there are no selected features in the current active layer, if all features within the layer are to be processed.. A Yes/No message box will be presented. Selection of the No button will abort the command, while selecting the Yes button indicates processing should continue.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3i

 

1. Addition of the [Line Segments to Curve] command to the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command will parse a polyline or polygon feature looking for line segments within the feature that represent a circular curve. If found, the line segments comprising the curve are replaced with a circular curve resulting in a smoother looking feature. This command operates on the features in the active layer. If the active layer contains selected features then only the selected features are processed. This command will pose a multi-input dialog box from which the user can specify various curve smoothing parameters. By specifying different values for these parameters the user is able to control the shape of the polyline or polygon. Should the user wish to explicity enter data for each of the segments comprising the feature, the user is able to do so.

 

2. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. A new parameter has been added to the multi-input dialog box called Transfer Attribute File. This parameter enables the user to specify the name of a text file that contains the field names to be processed. When a Transfer Attribute File is specified the user does not enter the field names in the multi-input dialog box. The field names are specified in the file. Each data line in the file contains two entries separated by at least one blank character. The first entry is the name of the attribute to be transferred while the second entry is the name of the attribute to contain the value being transferred. Note that the Transfer Attribute File only contains the field names. The layer names to be processed and other parmaeters are specified via the multi-input dialog box.

 

3. Modification to the |Change Coordinates| tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. This tool when processing point features will now handle longitudes (X coordinates) and latitudes (Y coordinates) in string format. Previously, longitudes and latitudes had to appear in decimal degree form, such as 46.32456. Now, the command is able to process values such as 4615'43.2345". Note that values in this form, that is, degrees, minutes and seconds, may or may not contain the degrees, minutes and seconds symbols. If these symbols are not included then at least one space or a single comma must delineate the individual values. So that, longitude and latitude values can now appear as decimal degrees or as degrees, minutes and seconds, with or without the degrees, minutes and seconds symbols.

 

4. Modification to the |Change Coordinates| tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. This tool when processing point features will now present a multi-input dialog box prompting the user for: (a) the field that contains the X coordinate (longitude) values, (b) the field that contains the Y coordinate (latitude) values and (c) the desired projection mode. The user is able to: (a) apply no projection, (b) project the point into the Data Frame coordinate system or (c) project the point into the Point Layer's coordinate system.

 

5. Modification to the |Change Coordinates| tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. To initialize the tool, the user can simply select any other tool on this toolbar. In so doing the initial multi-input dialog box will be presented when processing point features. Previously, once the tool was selected and the required information defined there was no way to redefine the required information. Now, the user can click on any other tool on this toolbar to reinitialize the parameters used by this tool. So that when this tool is reactivated the multi-input dialog box will be redisplayed.

 

6. Modification to the [Split Polygons] command within the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. A new parameter called Transfer Common Fields from Split Layer has been added to the multi-input dialog box presented by the command. When the Yes option for this parameter is selected, the command will copy the attribute values for those fields which are common between the split layer and the layer to be split. The attribute values from the split feature are transferred to the feature being split.

 

7. Modification to the [Collapse Polygon to Point] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command will now better handle multi-part geometries. Previously, the command would only search for the optimal X coordinate value. The command will now search for the optimal X and Y coordinate for multi-part geometries. Additionally, for multi-part geometries, the point will now be placed in the part with the largest area value.

 

8. Addition of the [Line Elevations from TIN] command in the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command will convert two-dimensional polyline features into three-dimensional polyline features. To use this command, the user activates in the Table of Contents the two-dimensional polyline layer and TIN dataset to be processed. A multi-input dialog box appears enabling the user to specify: (a) whether all features or just the selected set of features in the active line layer are to be processed, (b) the name of the 3D layer to contain the three-dimensional polyline features and (c) whether attrributes from the 2D line layer are to be transferred to the 3D line layer.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3h

 

1. Modification to the Center Text tool in the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. A new parameter called Process Text in Reverse Order has been added to the multi-input dialog box that is presented by the tool. If the Yes option is selected for this parameter, the tool will reverse the order of the selected text. For example, if there are text called A which appears above a text called B which appears above a text called C and the Yes option is selected for this new parameter, the text C will appear above B and A will appear at the bottom, below B.

 

2. Modification to the Center Text tool in the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. If the user specifies a value of 0 for the Spacing between Features parameter when using the Center within Horizontal Line, Center within Vertical Line and Center within Inclined Line/Curve options, the tool will not position the text on the implied baseline but rather will maintain the text's X or Y coordinate, depending upon the selected option, and simply center the text within the implied baseline.

 

3. Modification to the Center Text tool in the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users to improve the positioning of text when a curve is defined as the implied baseline. Previously, undesired results were generated when processing multiple text when the implied baseline was a curve.

 

4. Modification to the Point 1 command |DEFINE POINT| for ArcGIS users to create a 3D point when the current active layer exists in the Table of Contents and can handle geometries with Z values. Previously, this was not done.

 

5. Modification to the Edit Feature command within the CEDRA-EditFeature-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. The Edit Feature command will now update the Z value for a 3D point feature if the user specifies a Z value using one of the following attributes: ELEVATION, ELEV, ELV, Z or CONTOUR. If one of the above mentioned attributes is processed, the value entered for the attribute will be assigned to the features Z value. Previously, the geometry of the feature was not modified. Now, for 3D point features the user is able to modify the Z value using this tool.

 

6. Modification to the Edit Feature command within the CEDRA-EditFeature-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. The Edit Feature command will now update the Z value for a 3D polyline feature if the user specifies a Z value using one of the following attributes: SZ, Z1, EZ or Z2. If one of the above mentioned attributes is processed, the value entered for the attribute will be assigned to the features Z value. Previously, the geometry of the feature was not modified. Now, for 3D polyline features the user is able to modify the Z value using this tool.

 

7. Modification to the Edit Feature command within the CEDRA-EditFeature-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. The Edit Feature command will now update the Z value for a 3D polygon feature if the user specifies a Z value using one of the following attributes: Z1, Z2 or Z3. If one of the above mentioned attributes is processed, the value entered for the attribute will be assigned to the features Z value. Previously, the geometry of the feature was not modified. Now, for 3D polyline features the user is able to modify the Z value using this tool.

 

8. Addition of the Export Polygons with Hatches parameter to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. This new parameter enables the user to specify whether polygons are to be exported as hatches or as closed polylines with no hatch. Previously, polygons were exported as hatches.

 

9. Modification to the [Connect Points] command within the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the multi-input dialog box called Feature to Create. This new parameter enables the user to specify whether line or polygon features are to be created. Previously, the command only created line features. Now the user has the ability to specify whether line or polygon features are to be created.

 

10. Modification to the |DataEditor06| and |DataEditor07| tools within the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the dialog box, presented by these commands, called Apply Rule Definition File to the Base Feature. The new parameter is a check box control. When the parameter is checked, the command will apply the Rule Definition File settings to the broken portion of the base feature as well as the new feature that is created. When the parameter is not checked, the Rule Definition File settings are applied only to the new feature that is created. The broken portion of the base feature is assigned the same values of the base feature. Previously, the Rule Definition File settings were applied to both the new feature that was created as well as the broken portion of the base feature.

 

11. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now export labels for those visible layers that have their labels turned on. Previously, the user had to convert the labels to annotation features or graphic text elements in order to export the labels. Now, the command will export the labels by creating an annotation group layer containing graphic text elements representing the labels and then export the annotation group layer. Once the export is complete, the annotation group layer, which was created, is deleted.

 

12. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now trim the classification names for the classes in a layer to a maximum of 31 characters. Previously, this was not done which resulted in the DXF file, which was created, not being able to be read by some programs. Now the classification names are trimed to a maximum of 31 characters to ensure the DXF file can be imported in all DXF importers.

 

13. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The definition file, aclinetypes.txt, is now processed by the program. This file contains a list of the available AutoCAD linetypes that can be mapped to an ArcMap layer or classification within a layer. This file is an ASCII based file which contains a sequential list of the available linetype names as they would appear in AutoCAD. This file is used by the [Line Symbol Mapping] command.

 

14. Addition of the [Line Symbol Mapping] command to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Line Symbol Mapping] command operates in 3 possible modes. The first is to Define Line Symbol Mapping, the second is to Export Line Symbol Mapping and the third is to Import Line Symbol Mapping. The [Line Symbol Mapping] command enables the user to assign to a layer or a classification within a layer a specific AutoCAD linetype. Since ArcMap line symbols are not exported, this command offers the user the ability to assign to a layer or a classification within a layer a specific AutoCAD linetype. In so doing, when the DXF file is imported some line symbology will be assigned to the layer. Note that the AutoCAD command LTSCALE will need to be used to set the display of the linetype accordingly. Additionally, the user will need to reload the linetype file containing the mapped linetypes. This two steps will ensure that the linetype is properly drawn. Note that if using Microstation, the user will need to save the drawing in .DGN format in order to display the linetypes. When the [Line Symbol Mapping] command is activated, the user is first prompted for the desired mode of operation. Once this is done, the user can follow the on screen instructions to perform the desired operation.

 

15. Modification to the [Split Polygons Equal Area] command which is in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. The special algorithm, Cross-Hatch, has been modified to produce the specified number of polygons. The computations which determine the number of polygons to be generated have been modified, as has the method in which the subdividing was performed. Additionally, if the user specifies the desired number of rows and columns (the last parameter in the multi-input dialog box) and the product of these values is different from what the command expects to generate, the command will query the user as to the desired number of rows and columns to generate. In so doing, the user can compare what the command computes and what is desired and then enter the values that should be used.

 

16. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The Map Tips tool has been changed to display the map tip within the screen when the map tip is too large. Previously, the tool would position the top of the map tip above the top of the screen resulting in the map tip being truncated. The tool now will force the top of the map tip to be at the top of the screen when the tool determines that the top of the map tip would be off screen.

 

17. Addition of the [Collapse Polygon to Point] command to the combo-box on the {CEDRA-Polygon-Tools} toolbar. This command will create a point feature at the center of a polygon with the ability to transfer one or many attributes from the polygon to the point. In creating the point, the command ensures that the point falls within the polygon and not outside of it. The point features which are created are stored in the current active layer. The user selects the polygons to be processed and activates the layer in which these polygons reside prior to activating this command.

 

18. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command when comparing two polyline layers will use the midpoint of the line as the buffering point. Previously, the command would use the entire polyline, which in a street network would result in multiple lines being found. Now, the midpoint is used which results in much fewer matches being made.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3g

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. A new keyword has been added to the themes.txt file called FIXEDWIDTH which indicates on a vertical dialog box that all of the TextBox and ComboBox controls will share the same left coordinate and width values. Previously, these controls would vary in left coordinate and width values depending upon the length of the user-specified label. Now, if the FIXEDWIDTH keyword in present in the themes.txt file, these controls will be left and right justified. This modification effects the DataEditor01 tool.

 

2. Modification to the |DataEditor06| and |DataEditor07| tools within the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. These tools have been modified to allow the user to add a line or point feature, respectively, at either end point of an existing line feature without breaking the line. The display of the red marker has also been modified to maintain its position at either end point of the existing line feature depending upon where the cursor is located.

 

3. Addition of a ComboBox control to the |DataEditor08| tool's Associated Table Attribute Dialog Box, which previously only supported TextBox controls. The same syntax is used in the themes.txt file for defining choice lists for this dialog box. Thus, the user is now able to display both TextBox and ComboBox controls in the Associated Table Attribute Dialog Box.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. A new keyword has been added to the themes.txt file called CHOICES_WHEN which enables the user to define a choice list for a parameter based upon another attribute's value. In so doing, the user can have various choice lists for a parameter based upon the values of another attribute. The CHOICES_WHEN keyword appears within the CHOICES ... END block and requires two arguments. The first is the label assigned to the attribute for which the list is based upon and the second is the specific value. For example, CHOICES_WHEN Attribute_A The_Value. Note that it is the label that is specified and not the name of the attribute. There is no limit to the number of CHOICES_WHEN keywords that can be specified within a CHOICES ... END block.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now display a list box message box containing those layers which are visible and did not have any features exported. Previously, no message box was displayed and as such the user was unware if there was a layer that was completely skipped. Now, if a visible layer does not have any features exported, the user will be informed in the form of a list box message box. The first item in the list box is <Create a Report File> which is an option that enables the user to create a report file. Below this item are the layer names. For a long list, the user may wish to select the first item in order to create a text file that contains the layer names.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now process the text file flparrow.txt which contains a list of Unicode Values for north arrows that should be rotated an additional 180 degrees when the north arrow has a rotation assigned to it. The flparrow.txt file is located in the \cedra\avprjs folder and can be modified by the user as desired. Previously, some north arrows would appear upside down (north pointing south, rather than north). To eliminate this problem, the user can employ the flparrow.txt file to specify which north arrows are to be rotated an additional 180 degrees. This only occurs when the north arrow has a rotation assigned to it such as is the case when the data frame to which the north arrow is linked to has a rotation applied to it.

 

7. Modification to the |DataEditor08| tool's Associated Table Attribute Dialog Box to make the TextBox and ComboBox controls which overlay upon the FlexGrid control invisible when the user scrolls. Previously this was not done which resulted in a distorted display of the dialog box.

 

8. Modification to the |DataEditor01| tool when processing features that have associated tables, which is referred to as following the Database Design 2 model. The Database Design 2 model supports two formats, Form 1 and Form 2. The |DataEditor08| tool handles features which follow Form 2, while the |DataEditor01| tool handles Form 1. Previously, the |DataEditor01| tool was processing features which followed the Form 2 format in addition to those that followed Form 1. This is no longer the case.

 

9. Modification to the |DataEditor01| tool when searching for the largest ID. A new faster algorithm has been implemented which greatly speeds up the searching.

 

10. Addition of the [Split Polygons Equal Area] command to the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to split polygons by specifying the number of parts or an area value. If an area value is specifed, the command determines the number of parts by dividing the area of the polygon by the user-specified area value. Additionally, the user is able to specify the initial clip angle in degrees, a tolerance value and the maximum number of iterations. Since an exact solution is not possible, the polygons that are created by established by a convergence method.

 

11. Addition of the [Extract Section-Town-Range] command within the CEDRA-Aliquot-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This new command enables the user to extract from a string the section, town and range components. This command operates on the current active layer. The user specifies the field to be processed and the character ranges for each of the components. The user is also able to specify which fields the components are to be stored in. If a component is to be stored in a field that does not exist, the command will create the field for the user. The Section (SECT), Township (TWP) and Range (RNG) fields will be of field type TEXT, with a length of 8, while the Township (TDIR) and Range (RDIR) Direction fields will be of field type TEXT and a length of 2.

 

12. Modification to the [Aliquot Polygons from Table] command within the CEDRA-Aliquot-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. A new parameter called Selected Section Grids has been added to the multi-input dialog box that is presented by the command. This new parameter enables the user to specify how the selected set of section grids should be treated. The options are Use the First Feature and Union the Features. If the option Use the First Feature is selected, the command will use the first section grid in the selected set as the geometry to process. If the Union the Features option is selected, the command will union the features in the selected set and use the resultant geometry in the processing. This parameter is utilized when more than 1 section grid has the same Section-Township-Range values in a description.

 

13. Modification to the Center Text tool in the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. Two new options have been added to the Alignment Mode parameter drop-down list. These new options are called Left Justify at Point 1 and Right Justify at Point 2 and they enable the user to left or right justify the selected features using Point 1 or Point 2 of the baseline, respectively.

 

14. Modification to the Assign Attribute command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Assign Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Assign Attribute command will now prompt the user for confirmation of the attribute assignment. A Yes/No/Cancel message box will be presented once the user click the OK button asking for confirmation of the attribute assignment. This query has been added as a precautionary measure.

 

15. Addition of the |Change Coordinates| tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. The |Change Coordinates| tool enables the user to alter the keynode coordinates of point and polyline features. For point features, the user is able to edit the coordinates of a point within the attribute table window, for the layer in which the point feature resides, and have the shape of the point updated in the map. For polyline features, a multi-input dialog box appears in which the user can either: (a) enter coordinates or (b) make picks for the start, end and center points represting a line or curve. Additionally, the user is able to specify the radius and direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) of a curve. In so doing, the user is able to: (a) change a line into a curve and vice-versa, (b) change the radius of a curve, (c) change the direction of a curve, (d) change the start and/or end point coordinates of a line or curve and (e) change the center point coordinates of a curve.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3f

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now process Dimension Features. Previously, dimension features would be exported as polygons or closed polylines. Now dimension features are decomposed into the individual line and text elements comprising the dimension feature.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Layer RGB Values] command will now process Dimension Features. Previously, dimension features were skipped. Now the command will display the colors assigned to the various components of a dimension feature. That is, the dimension line, the extension lines, the markers and annotation. All in all, the command will display 5 lines of information per dimension feature processed.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Layer RGB Values] command will now process point layers that have symbology assigned to them. The command will now display the colors used by the various layers comprising a point symbol. For example, the wheelchair symbol is comprised of two layers. So that, the command will display the colors assigned to both of these layers. Additionally, if a color can not be determined, the command will now display a statement to this effect.

 

4. Modification to the Echo 2 tool to the CEDRA-Echo-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This tool will now display an option at the bottom of the feature selection confirmation query box which enables the user to select two points on the feature. If this option is not checked, the command operates as before. If the option is checked, following confirmation of the selected feature, the user is able to make two picks which will be projected upon the selected feature. In so doing, the user is able to echo or display the distance of a segment on a feature, be it a line, polyline or polygon. The command will display the plus and offset values of the two picks, the distance between the two picks, the total length of the feature and the distance between the second pick and the total length of the feature.

 

5. Addition of the Default Text Font parameter to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. This new parameter enables the user to control which text font is assigned to text elements in the DXF file. The options include Basic, Arial and Times. This new parameter is used only when the Version 11 and 12 Compatible parameter is not active. If the Version 11 and 12 Compatible parameter is active, the Basic text font will be assigned to the text elements in the DXF file.

 

6. Addition of the |Edit Feature Tables| tool to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. This tool enables the user to edit user-specified attributes that are stored in tables which are associated with a selected feature. There is no limit to the number of tables that can be associated with a feature. A unique identifier is used to link the feature to the records in the table. After selection of the feature to be processed and if there is more than one table associated with a feature, the user is asked to specify the table that is to be editted. Once the table has been identified, a horizontal dialog box resembling a spread sheet is displayed containing the record(s) from the table that are associated with the feature.

 

7. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to transfer or assign up to 8 attribute values of one feature to another feature based upon a spatial relationship (features close to a point feature or features within a polygon feature). A new parameter called Selected Features to Process has been added to the multi-input dialog box that is displayed. Previously the command would process the feature that was closest to the base feature being processed. Now the user is able to specify whether the closest selected feature is to be processed or all of the selected features. For numeric fields this enables the user to sum the values of the selected features. For non-numeric fields, the value of the last selected feature processed is assigned to the base feature.

 

8. Modification to the Profile from TIN command in the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find this command in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. A new parameter called Create has been added to the multi-input dialog box, which is displayed by the command. This new parameter enables the user to create either a profile or a PolylineZ feature. Previously, the command would only create a profile. Now the command is able to create either a profile or a 3D line. The feature is added to the layer that is specified in the third data field of the multi-input dialog box.

 

9. Modification to the Point 4 command |PLUS/OF| to handle PolylineZ features as 3D lines and not as 2D. That is to say, the plus value along a PolylineZ or PolylineZM feature will now take into account the slope of the line segments comprising the line. Previously, these features were treated the same as a 2D or Polyline feature.

 

10. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command. A new option has been added called Laterals and Meters (A x B x C). This option is similar to the Laterals and Buildings (A x B x C) option with the exception that rather than using a building (polygon) layer, this option processes a lateral or service (point) layer. This option is particularily useful when metering data is available.

 

11. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now process graphic text elements containing dynamic text. Previously, dynamic text was processed just as it was entered. Now the dynamic text tags are evaluated into their appropriate equivalents. The dynamic text tags that are processed by the command are shown below. Note that the user can specify custom formats for the DATE and TIME dynamic text tags.

<dyn type="document" property="name"/>

<dyn type="document" property="path"/>

<dyn type="document" property="title"/>

<dyn type="document" property="author"/>

<dyn type="date" format="short"/>

<dyn type="date" format="long"/>

<dyn type="time" format="HH:mm tt"/>

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AVsand New Features at Version 4.3e

 

1. Addition of the Split Polygons command to the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to split the features in a user-specified polygon layer using features in another user-specified layer. This layer can contain either polyline or polygon features. Upon selection, a multi-input dialog box is displayed from which the user can specify the layers to be processed along with: (a) whether all polygons in the layer to be split are to be processed or only the selected features in the layer, (b) whether the polygon that is split is to be deleted or not after the split has been performed and (c) the maximum number of passes to be made. In addition to splitting the features, the command will transfer the attribute values of the polygon that was split to the resultant polygons.

 

2. Modification to the Define Parcels 1 command |DEFINE PARCEL|, for ArcGIS users when creating polygon features. The Define Parcels 1 command is the first tool in the CEDRA-Deed-Tools toolbar. The command will now create polygon features that have true curves for those courses which are circular curves. Previously, the courses, which were curves, were discretized into a series of segments that represented the circular curve. Now, the polygon is stored with true curves rather than a series of small line segments. Note that this is only valid when the polygon is stored in a file or enterprise geodatabase.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. A new keyword called TRANSFER has been added. The TRANSFER command enables the user to define as the value for an attribute, an equation that is evaluated using the attributes from another feature which satisfies a spatial search. In using the TRANSFER command, the user specifies: (a) the layer that is to be spatially searched, (b) a spatial tolerance value in display units and (c) a transfer equation whose result is the value that is displayed in the multi-input dialog box. The syntax of the transfer equation is identical to that used by the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION keyword.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The Create DXF File command will for a uniquely classified layer export the color of the feature. Previously, the command exported the color of the first symbol in the classification. The command will now export the color of the classification assigned to the feature.

 

5. Addition of the Export Classes as Separate Layers parameter to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. This new parameter enables the user to control whether or not the program will export the classes in a layer's classification as separate layers. If the layer has not been classified or if this parameter is unchecked, the name of the layer is used in the exporting processing. When checked, a feature will be assigned the name of the class, which it resides in, within the classification as the feature's assigned layer in the DXF file.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will for LineCallout elements export only the leader line portion of the callout, provided the leader line can be determined. Previously, the command would export the leader line portion along with a rectangle that enclosed the text which was associated with the LineCallout. Now, the rectangle portion of the LineCallout is omitted, provided the leader portion can be determined.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Create DXF File] command will now export symbology that is expressed as a character in a True Type Font. Previously, the command would only export an x symbol denoting the location of the symbol or a rectangle denoting the boundary of the symbol. Now the command will export the symbology comprising the symbol as a series of hatches (polygons). For example, north arrows will now be exported as hatches (polygons) rather than just an enclosing rectangle denoting the location of the north arrow. The exception to this new modification is when the character which represents the symbol can not be found. In this case an x symbol denoting the location of the symbol or a rectangle denoting the boundary of the symbol will be exported depending upon the type of element being processed.

 

8. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users when using the option called Export using same Coordinate System as the Data Frame from within Layout View. When this option has been activated (checked), all of the data that is exported will be in the same coordinate system as the view (data frame). When this option is not activated (not checked), the data exported will be in sheet coordinates. Previously, the export was always done using sheet coordinates. Now when the Export using same Coordinate System as the Data Frame option is active (checked) the coordinate system of the last Data Frame processed will be used. Additionally, if the Data Frame has a rotation, the rotation will be used in the exporting so that in the DXF file, north will be point upward. When the Export using same Coordinate System as the Data Frame option is not active, the contents of the DXF file will resemble that which is displayed in Layout View within ArcMap.

 

9. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. A new option called Export Line Widths for the Active Layers has been added to the dialog box which is presented by the [Create DXF File] command. When this option is active (checked) the command will export the line width value for the line features that are processed. In so doing, the user is able to differentiate between thick and skinny lines.

 

10. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. A new option called Version 11 and 12 Compatible has been added to the dialog box which is presented by the [Create DXF File] command. When this option is active (checked) the command will create a DXF file that is compatible with AutoCAD Versions 11 and 12. Note that Versions 11 and 12 do not support hatches so filled polygons will appear as closed polylines (there will be no fill).

 

11. Modification to the Offset 3 command |PAR ELE| for ArcGIS users. A new parameter has been added to the Yes/No/Cancel element selection confirmation dialog box called Use the Selected Feature as the String, which when checked denotes that the seed element represents the string to be processed. If this parameter is checked and confirmation is given, the command will not search for any connecting elements and will treat the selected feature as the string to be processed. As such, the multi-input dialog dialog box containing the parallel element parameters will be immediately displayed once confirmation has been specified.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3d

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to create different multi-column dialog box designs for different layers. Previously, all layers that were displayed with a multi-column dialog box had the same multi-column dialog box design displayed for them. Now, the user can have different multi-column dialog box designs for different layers. There is no limit to the number of different multi-column dialog box designs that can be specified. To specify different multi-column dialog box designs, the user following the specification of the DISPLAYWITHCOLUMNS command simply specifies new values for the appropriate multi-column dialog box commands (NCOLUMNS, COLUMNWIDTH, COLUMNITEMS, COLUMNHEADING, SUBCOLUMNS, SUBCOLUMNSTART and SUBCOLUMNHEADING). The DISPLAYWITHCOLUMNS command is then used to identify the layer(s) that are to have this particular multi-column dialog box displayed.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to use the functions: LEFTPADxx and RIGHTPADxx when defining an attribute equation. The function LEFTPADxx will return a string of xx characters with leading zeroes padding the string, while the RIGHTPADxx function will return a string of xx characters with trailing zeroes padding the string. For example, LEFTPAD(OID) will return the string 000024 for an OID value of 24, while RIGHTPAD(OID) will return the string 240000 for the same OID. The characters xx in the functions denotes the total number of characters that the string is to be comprised of. Depending upon the function, zeroes will be inserted before or after the value to ensure that the specified number of characters comprise the string that is returned.

 

3. Addition of the |Break and Add Line| tool to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. This tool enables the user to break a line or curve feature and create a new line feature whose starting point is the break point. The operation of the tool is similar to the Relocation 6 command |BRK LINE| with the exception that once the break point has been made, the user is able to pick points comprising the vertices of the line to be created. In addition to creating a new line feature, the tool will also transfer attribute data from the feature being broken to the new line feature based upon the Rule Definition File. Furthermore, a modeless dialog box is displayed after the user confirms the selection of the feature to be broken. This dialog box enables the user to specify the layer that the new line feature is to be added to, as well as, reset the command to its state following feature confirmation.

 

4. Addition of the |Break and Add Point| tool to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. This tool enables the user to break a line or curve feature and create a new point feature whose coordinates are that of the break point. The operation of the tool is similar to the Relocation 6 command |BRK LINE| with the exception that once the break point has been made, a new point feature is created. In addition to creating a new point feature, the tool will also transfer attribute data from the feature being broken to the new point feature based upon the Rule Definition File. Furthermore, a modeless dialog box is displayed after the user confirms the selection of the feature to be broken. This dialog box enables the user to specify the layer that the new point feature is to be added to, as well as, reset the command to its state following feature confirmation.

 

5. Modification to the Change Selected Features button for ArcGIS users. This button can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. The Change Selected Features button now provides a spatial match option in addition to the attribute match options previously offered. Depending upon the feature type being processed the name of the spatial match option will vary. For Point features, the spatial match option will appear as <Centroid>, for Line features it appears as <Centroid and Length>, while for Polygon features it will be <Centroid and Area>. When using the spatial match option, the button determines the centroid of the feature being processed and using a user specified proximity tolerance value, determines which features in the new shape layer (specified by the user) are close to the computed centroid. The button then determines which of these found features is closest to the feature being processed in terms of proximity to the centroid and geometry. For Line features geometry refers to length, while for Polygon features it refers to area. Once the appropriate feature has been found, the shape of the feature being processed is altered.

 

6. Modification to the Change Selected Features button for ArcGIS users. This button can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. The Change Selected Features button has been modified to display a single multi-input dialog box rather than individual dialog boxes for selecting the common attribute and specifying whether or not common attributes are to be updated. Additionally, a new parameter called Proximity Tolerance - ft (m): will appear in the multi-input dialog box. The value for this parameter is used only when the spatial match option is selected.

 

7. Addition of the [Project Points on Lines] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. This new command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This new command enables the user to project one or more selected point features on line features, which may appear in one or more active layers. The result of the projection can be a point which appears at the point of projection, as well as a line which connects the selected point to the point of projection. Additionally, it is possible for the user to transfer to the selected point features an attribute value from a point feature that is within close proximity to the selected point. To use this command, the user selects or activates in the Table of Contents the point and line layers to be processed.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3c

 

1. Addition of the CEDRA-DataFrame-Tools-3 toolbar for ArcGIS users. This new toolbar is comprised of two tools which control the operation of the CEDRA Mini Tool Palette. The Mini Tool Palette is a dialog box comprised of six tabs that enable the user to: (a) create a point by coordinates, (b) create a point by specifying an angle or distance from a base point, (c) create a line by specifying two points, (d) create a circular arc by specifying the PC, PT and radius of the arc, (e) create a polygon by specifying vertices on the polygon and (f) inverse a line or circular arc.

 

2. Modification to the Echo 4 |ECHO AREA| tool to provide the user the ability to define a closed figure by picking individual points in the map area. A new option called Picking Individual Points has been added to the choice list message box that is displayed by the command. Under this option the tool creates an implied polygon feature using the picks made by the user. To terminate the polygon definition the user picks the last point in the polygon twice or picks the start point of the polygon. Additionally, the user is able to select the A key to introduce a radius, the D key to delete a keynode, the I key to insert a keynode, or the M key to move a keynode.

 

3. Modification to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The command will now export annotation features as well as graphic text elements that utilize the <SUB> or <SUP> keycodes. These keycodes are used to denote subscript and superscript text positioning. When exporting this type of ArcGIS text, the translator creates two text strings, one for the base text and another for the subscript/superscript text.

 

4. Modification to the Intersection 4a command |TRIM w/ FILLET| for ArcGIS users. The command will now prompt the user, once a solution has been computed, for confirmation of the solution. Previously, the command would terminate once the solution was computed. Now, the command displays a Yes/No/Cancel message box after the solution has been computed and displayed. Selecting the Yes button terminates the command leaving the solution as displayed. Selecting the No button returns the display to the state prior to the display of the solution, after which the command's multi-input message box is redisplayed. Selection of the Cancel button returns the display to the state prior to the display of the solution, after which, the command terminates. Selecting the No button enables the user to try various input settings without having to reactivate the command multiple times.

 

5. Modification to the [Profile] command under the {AVsand Annotation commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. The command will now remember or maintain the classification that is assigned to a layer when a profile is regenerated. Previously, if the user changed the classification for a layer, within a profile, if the profile was regenerated the classification would be lost. Now, the command maintains the classification for an existing layer when replacing a profile.

 

6. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands for ArcGIS users. These commands will now take less time to generate the input file when performing an analysis. An IFeatureCursor object is used, rather than the GetFeature method, which results is faster modeling times.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3b

 

1. Modification to the |Find and Zoom| tool in the {CEDRA-DataFrame-Tools-2} toolbar for ArcGIS users. This tool has been modified to process all active layers. Previously, the tool would process only 1 active layer. Now, the user is to able to select features from all of the active layers based upon an attribute query. There is no limit to the number of active layers that can be processed.

 

2. Modification to the |Find and Zoom| tool in the {CEDRA-DataFrame-Tools-2} toolbar for ArcGIS users. A new parameter called Custom Query has been added to the multi-input dialog box that is presented by this tool. Using this new parameter the user is able to build compound query statements using the syntax employed by the ArcMap [Select By Attributes] command. When this parameter is filled in (that is, a non-blank) it supercedes the Query String parameter. That is to say, the string entered for the Custom Query parameter is processed first, provided it is a non-blank string.

 

3. Modification to the Line 8 tool |PT SLOP| to allow the user the option of selecting a baseline in which the newly created line will be trimmed to. To do so, the user should first select the baseline feature (this must be a line feature), after which, the tool is selected. At this point the tool operates as before. Once the line has been established the tool trims the newly created line to the intersection with the baseline feature. Since the line is trimmed to the intersection with the baseline, the distance which is prompted for in the multi-input dialog box is used only to set the initial direction of the line. The actual length of the line is based upon the location of the intersection.

 

4. Modification to the Line 8 tool |PT SLOP| to allow the user the option of deleting the last line that was created. Once a line has been created a new parameter will appear at the bottom of the multi-input dialog box called Delete Feature Just Created (Y=yes, N=no). Selecting the Yes option in response to this parameter will result in the last line that was created being deleted. In so doing, should the user enter incorrect data, the user is able to delete the line and repeat the data entry process.

 

5. Modification to the [Import Points] command to allow the user to specify whether the point numbers found in the file being processed are purely numeric or alphanumeric. A new parameter called Alphanumeric Point Numbers (Y=yes, N=no): has been added to the multi-input dialog box, which is posed by the command. Selecting the Yes option denotes that the point numbers are alphanumeric (BL-4, X-45 and so forth), while the No option indicates that the point numbers are purely numeric (1, 2, 3, etc.). If the point numbers are alphanumeric, the point number will be stored in the PNTstr field, while if the point numbers are numeric they will be stored in the PNT field. Additionally, if the point numbers are alphanumeric, the value zero will be stored in the PNT field, while if the point numbers are numeric a single blank character will be stored in the PNTstr field.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to create multi-column dialog boxes with or without sub-columns within a column. Previously, the user could only create a series of single column dialog boxes. Now, the user is able to create a multi-column dialog box with a maximum of 50 attributes in the dialog box. To create a multi-column dialog box, the user should employ the multi-column commands. Note, the user is able to define single and multi-column dialog boxes in a single Theme Attribute Data File (themes.txt).

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. If the user makes a pick that results in only one feature being found, the Edit Features Attribute Tool will bypass the traditional feature confirmation message box and immediately display the dialog box containing the attributes which can be edited. However, if two or more features can be found, the tool operates as before.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.3a

 

1. Modification to the Point 7 command |POINT TICKS| to provide the user the ability to break the selected feature(s), rather than create point features. Under this mode, the selected feature(s) are broken at the locations where the point features would have appeared. A new data line has been added to the dialog box that is displayed by this command. The new data line is as follows:

 

Break-up the Feature (Y=yes, N=no):

 

The default response is no. A response of Y or y will result in the command breaking a feature at the location where a point feature would have been created. Note that if a feature is to be broken, the command will not create point features. That is to say, the user can either break a feature or create point features, not both at the same time. If point features are to be created in addition to breaking the feature, the user will need to execute this command twice, creating point features during the first invocation of the command followed by breaking the feature(s) during the second invocation.

 

2. Update and inclusion of the CEDRA-AVcad User's Manual in the distribution directory. In the \cedra\help folder a file called AVcad.pdf will appear containing the latest version of the documentation for the software. Previously, the User's Manual was not included in the distribution directory.

 

3. Inclusion of the CEDRA-AVsand User's Manual in the distribution directory. In the \cedra\help folder a file called AVsand.pdf will appear containing the latest version of the documentation for the software. Previously, the User's Manual was not included in the distribution directory.

 

4. Modification to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The command will now process grouped graphic elements. Previously, grouped graphic elements were ignored. Now the command will decompose the grouped graphic elements and export each of the graphic elements. The original grouped graphic element is left in tact, that is to say, the grouped graphic element is still grouped. The ungrouping of the grouped graphic element is done internally (no modification of the original grouped graphic element is performed).

 

5. Addition of the Use Data Frame's Rotation Value when Exporting parameter to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. This new parameter enables the user to control whether or not the data frame's rotation value is applied to the feature prior to the feature being exported. Previously, when the data frame had a rotation value assigned to it, the program would rotate the feature in accord with the data frame's rotation value and then export the rotated version of the feature. In so doing, the feature reflects the rotation of the data frame. Now, with the addtion of this new parameter, the user is able to control whether or not this rotation is applied. This is particularly useful when the user wishes to create a DXF file that does not reflect the rotation value of the data frame, but rather the unrotated version.

 

6. Modification to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The command will now limit the number of characters that can appear in a layer name or block name to 31. Previously, there was no limit, but to ensure maximum compatibility the 31 character limit is enforced.

 

7. Modification to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The command will now process Group Elements that are nested up to 4 levels. Previously, the command would only process a Group Element that consisted of one level. Now if a Group Element contains a Group Element that contains another Group Element that in turn contains another Group Element all 4 Group Elements will be processed.

 

8. Modification to the [Create DXF File] command within the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. The command when performing an export from Layout View will create a World File (.wld) if only one data frame is being exported. That is to say, if the Layout View contains a single data frame that is being exported, the command will create a World File (using the root name of the DXF file being created with the .wld extension). The World File contains georeferencing information in the form of two lines. These lines contain four items on each line. The first line contains the NW corner of the data frame in terms of its sheet and world coordinates for the NW corner. Likewise, the second line contains the sheet and world coordinates for the SE corner of the data frame.

 

9. Addition of the [Lines Connected to Points] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. This new command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to find the line features that are connected to point features and assign a value to a specific attribute of the point provided the lines share a common attribute value. For example, if a manhole is connected to two pipes that both have an attribute called AFIELD and whose values are ABND, the user is able to transfer ABND to a specific attribute within the manhole. In using this command, the user must select or activate the point and line layers prior to activating the command. Only visible and selected point and line layers are processed. A multi-input dialog box is presented from which the user specifies the: (a) the features to be processed, (b) the mode of operation, (c) the Point ID field, (d) the Point Attribute field to be modified, (e) the Point Attribute field value, (f) the Line ID field, (g) the Line Attribute field to be checked and (h) the Line Attribute field common value (in the example above, the user would specify ABND for this parameter). In addition to the parameters specified above, the user can enter a proximity tolerance value and a report filename. The proximity tolerance value is used to determine the lines that are closest to a point, while the report filename will contain the results of the processing. Within the report, the user will find a list of the points that were processed along with: (a) the number of lines that were found to be close to the point, (b) the line layer and ID of the lines that were determined to be close to the point and (c) the value, if any, that was stored with the point.

 

10. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [Import Points] command, for ArcGIS users. A new file format called Polygon/String COGO File has been added to the list of available file formats. This new format enables a user to define multiple parcels and/or traverses in a single ASCII based file. The result of importing this file format will be the creation of point, line, curve and polygon features, depending upon which commands are placed in the file. The December 2009 issue of Command of the Month discusses this file format in detail.

 

11. Addition of the [Points from Annotation] and the [Point from Annotation] commands within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. These new commands can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. These new commands enable the user to create a point feature from selected annotation features. The text that is associated with the annotation features is then stored as an attribute with the point feature. For example, if there are two annotation features whose text was ROOM and A-202, these new commands would create a point feature whose PTDESC attribute value would be ROOM A-202. Note that the user can control the delineating string between the text, for example, rather ROOM A-202, the attribute value could be ROOM - A-202, if desired.

 

12. Addition of the [Delete Vertices] tool to the CEDRA-ArcView3-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users, to handle the deleting of a group of vertices from a selected polyline or polygon feature. After selecting this tool, the user makes a pick in the map area identifying the polyline or polygon feature to be processed. Confirmation of the selected feature is asked for. After confirmation, the tool highlights the vertices which comprise the polyline or polygon feature. The user is then able to define a rectangle that encloses the vertices to be deleted. Once the rectangle is defined, the tool determines which vertices fall within the rectangle and removes them from the selected feature. The tool remains active thereby enabling the user to delete another group of vertices from the same selected feature. To deactive the tool, the user selects another tool.

 

13. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to use the Up and Down arrow keys to traverse through the various parameters displayed in the multi-input dialog box. Previously, the user had to use the Tab key to advance to the next parameter within the dialog box. Now the user is able to move up and down through the parameters using the Up and Down arrow keys.

 

14. Modification to the dialog boxes, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to use the Up and Down arrow keys to traverse through the various parameters displayed in a multi-input dialog box. Previously, the user had to use the Tab key to advance to the next parameter within a dialog box. Now the user is able to move up and down through the parameters using the Up and Down arrow keys.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2v

 

1. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command to process the polygon features faster. Previously, the contributing area polygons were processed by performing a GetFeature operation on the IFeatureClass object. Now, an IFeatureCursor object is processed which results in a much faster operation.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command. Two new options have been added to the choice list that is presented to the user. They are called Infiltration (Len x Diam x Rate) and Infiltration (Area x Rate). These new options enable the user to generate infiltration loads storing the data in the INFAREA and INFLTRT fields within the SewerLoads table. The option Infiltration (Len x Diam x Rate) will generate an infiltration load by determining the pipes that lie within a contributing area and multiply the pipe's length by its diameter and an infiltration rate that the user specified. The Infiltration (Area x Rate) option will generate an infiltration load by multiplying the area of the contributing area by a user-specified infiltration rate.

 

3. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command. A new parameter has been added to the initial dialog box presented by this command This new parameter enables the user to specify how the loads, which are generated, are to be stored in the SewerLoads table. A new choice list appears at the bottom of the dialog box and contains three options called Adding to table, Replacing existing Node Loads and Deleting all existing Loads. The user simply selects the desired option to identify the mode of storing the loads.

 

4. Modification to the P tool, for ArcGIS users when defining new pipes. A new parameter has been added to the bottom of the multi-input dialog box. This new parameter allows the user to modify the invert elevations by adding the drop at either or both the downstream and upstream nodes. The default invert elevations displayed in the multi-input dialog box represent the sump elevations at the nodes. The sump elevations are stored in the NSUMP field within the nodes layer and represent the lowest invert in a manhole. The new parameter contains a drop-down choice list containing four options in determining how the default invert elevations can be modified. The user simply selects the appropriate option. Once the OK button is selected and depending upon which option is selected, the tool will adjust either the downstream or upstream inverts, or both, and compute the pipe slope accordingly.

 

5. Addition of the [Shapefiles from Layer] command to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, for ArcGIS users. This new command enables the user to create individual shapefiles from an active layer using the value of an attribute within the layer. To use this command, the user first activates the layer to be processed. A multi-input dialog box is then displayed, from which, the user is able to specify: (a) the field containing the name for the shapefiles to be created, (b) the entity types to be processed, (c) the destination folder where the new shapefiles are to be stored and (d) whether the new shapefiles are to be added to the document or not. Essentially this command finds all of the unique values for the specified field and uses these values as the names of the shapefiles to be created. Values that are NULL or blank are disregarded. If the user selects the Basic Types option for the Entity Type to Process parameter, the command will only export features whose ENTITY value is ARC, CIRCLE, LINE and POLYLINE. Note that this occurs only if the ENTITY field is present in the layer.

 

6. Modification to the [Transfer Attribute] command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The [Transfer Attribute] command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to transfer or assign the attribute value of one feature to another feature based upon a spatial relationship (features close to a point feature or features within a polygon feature). The command has been modified to transfer up to five attributes, rather than just one. Previously, the user could specify just a single attribute to be transferred, now the user can identify up to five attributes. The multi-input dialog box has been expanded to include Attributes 1 through 5. If one of these attributes is not to be used, then the <none> option for the attribute should be selected. The default option for Attributes 2 through 5 is <none>. So that, if more than one attribute is to be transferred the user can simply change the default for Attribute 2, 3, 4 or 5.

 

7. Addition of the [Set Active Layer] tool to the CEDRA-ArcView3-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users, to handle the setting of the current active layer. This new tool appears on the far right of the toolbar and upon activation displays a list of the layers in the Table of Contents, from which, the user can select one to indicate the current active layer. Similar to the [Set Active Layer] command, within the {CEDRA-AVcad-Menus} toolbar, when using the Picking Existing Layer option, this new tool provides a fast means of defining the current active layer. In addition, when the user moves the cursor over the tool in the toolbar, the tool will display the name of the current active layer in the status bar area. Note that when a layer is selected, which does not conform to the CEDRA Layer Naming convention, the tool will place the Editor in edit mode and make the current active layer the Target Layer. Additionally, the current Task will be set to Create New Feature.

 

8. Modification to the ReadPublic and SavePublic subroutines when reading and writing the global parameter setting file (c:\public.txt). Previously, this file was always stored in the root level of the C: drive. Now, these subroutines will process the file from the: (1) c:, (2) c:\cedra\avprjs, (3) $CEDRA, (4) $HOME, (5) $TEMP or (6) $TMP folders depending upon which one exists and the user has permission to read and write to. Note that the $ character in front of the name denotes an environment variable and as such will point to a user-specified location.

 

9. Addition of the CL tool to the CEDRA-Deed-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This tool will clean the parcels in the current active view.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2u

 

1. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. Rather than displaying two dialog boxes, the Sequential IDs command has been modified to display only one. Previously, a second dialog box, was displayed prompting the user to select the attribute to be processed. Now, a new parameter, Attribute to be Populated, has been added to the initial multi-input dialog which enables the user to specify the attribute for processing.

 

2. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Sequential IDs command has been modified to be able to compute the high value for a specified attribute (field). This effects the first data line parameter, Enter Starting ID Number, which appears in the multi-input dialog box. The user is now able to either: (a) enter the starting value explicitly, or (b) select from a choice list the option, Attribute High plus Increment, to denote that the starting value is to be computed by taking the highest value in the attribute to be processed and adding the ID increment value to it. The ID increment value is specified in the second data line parameter.

 

3. Modification to the Change Feature's Shape tool for ArcGIS users. This tool can be found in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools-2 toolbar. The Change Feature's Shape tool will now allow the user to change the shape of a part within a multi-part feature. Previously, the user could change the entire shape of a multi-part feature but not just a single part within the feature. Now, the user can alter the shape of a specific part within a multi-part feature. To do so, the user when selecting the multi-part feature for processing should make a pick close to any vertex on the part to be modified. That is to say, when selecting the base feature to be modified, make your pick on the boundary of the part to be modified. If a part within the multi-part feature is found, a new option will appear in the choice list message box, which is presented by the command, of the form "Change Shape of Part xx only", where xx denotes the part number. Note that part numbers begin at zero and increase sequentially by one. Selecting this option will result in the geometry of the selected part being altered to match that of the second feature that is selected. All other parts within the multi-part feature will remain unaltered.

 

4. Modification to the CheckEndPoint procedure for ArcGIS users. This procedure performs the point snapping for every tool in the software. The procedure has been modified to operate on an array of coordinates rather than a list of coordinates. This results in the procedure performing its task much faster than previously. This becomes very noticable when dealing with features which are comprised of many vertices.

 

5. Addition of the Transfer Attribute command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Transfer Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to transfer or assign the attribute value of one feature to another feature based upon a spatial relationship (features close to a point feature or features within a polygon feature). To use this command, the user activates two layers in the Table of Contents. One of the layers will contain the features to be modified, while the other contains the features whose attribute is to be transferred to the other. Upon activation of the command a multi-input dialog box will be presented, from which, the user specifies: (a) the layer containing the features to be modified, (b) whether all features in this layer are to be modified or only the selected features, (c) the layer containing the attribute to be transferred, (d) the attribute in this layer to be transferred, (e) the attribute that this attribute is to be stored in, (f) the proximity tolerance, (g) whether the command is to transfer the attribute value only, highlight the corresponding feature only or transfer and highlight and (h) whether the layer name and OID of the corresponding feature are to be transferred as well. An example of the application of this new command is when there are two layers, a point layer and a polygon layer. The polygon layer contains an attribute called ZIP4 and it desired to transfer the ZIP4 value of a polygon feature to a point feature which falls within a specific polygon. This command can be used to accomplish this task.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now take into account the rotation angle that has been applied to a data frame. Previously, the data frame's rotation angle property was ignored. Now, the features which are to be exported in the data frame will be rotated to properly reflect the data frame's rotation angle.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now take into account the various horizontal and vertical alignment properties for multi-line graphic text elements. Previously, only the horizontal property was taken into consideration when exporting graphic text elements. Now, the vertical alignment, as well as, the X and Y offset values are accounted for.

 

8. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [Export Generate] command, for ArcGIS users in exporting polyline and polygon features. Two new choice items called Traverse File Format and Traverse File Format - Multiple Files have been added to the list of available file types. These new options enables the user to export polyline and polygon features using the Traverse File Format structure. The October 2007 issue of Command of the Month should be consulted for detail information regarding the use of the [Export Generate] command as well as the structure of the Traverse File Format.

 

9. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. A new tool has been added to the toolbar called Map Tips. This tool displays the attribute values for those attributes which have been defined in the Theme Attribute Data File (themes.txt) as a Map Tip for a specific feature. Once the tool has been activated, the user simply positions the cursor on top of the feature to be processed. If the command finds a feature, which belongs to a theme which appears in the Theme Attribute Data File, the command will display as a Map Tip the attribute values currently assigned to the feature. The values which are displayed are those which belong to the attributes identified in the Theme Attribute Data File. In addition to the attribute values, the attribute labels (as defined in the Theme Attribute Data File) will precede the attribute value. For example, the Map Tip window could contain a line such as Parcel: 101 or Diameter: 12. This new tool provides a quick and easy method of displaying attributes values without having to select a feature with the Edit Feature Attributes tool. The order of the attribute value listing is identical to the order of the attribute specification in the Theme Attribute Data File.

 

10. Addition of the Dimension 5 command |SAV MAB| for ArcGIS users. This new tool enables the user to generate a metes and bounds type of dimension based upon two picks made by the user. If a curve is to be annotated, the user can either: (a) explicitly enter the radius of the curve, or (b) make a pick denoting a point on the curve. The user can generate a distance, azimuth, bearing, distance and azimuth or distance and bearing type of annotation. This tool augments the {Annotate} [Distance], [Azimuth], [Bearing], [Distance and Azimuth] and [Distance and Bearing] commands by offering the ability to operate on two picks, rather than selected features.

 

11. Addition of the Center Text tool to the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. In using this tool, the user: (a) selects the annotation feature(s) to be processed, (b) activates the tool, (c) makes two picks denoting the baseline and (d) specifies the type of centering to be performed. The user can center annotation features using any of the following options: Center within Horizontal Box, Center within Vertical Box, Center about Horizontal Line, Center about Vertical Line or Center about Inclined Line. When centering about a line, the user is able to specify a spacing value, if desired. The spacing value denotes the distance between the selected annotation features. A value of zero denotes leave the annotation feature spaced as is and only center the annotation features about the baseline. When centering annotation features within a box, the spacing value is computed by the command. This tool augments the text alignment options offered by native ArcMap functionality.

 

12. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to specify either the name of the attribute (field) or the alias name for an attribute in the Theme Attribute Data File. Previously, the software would only accept the true name of the attribute. Now the user is able to specify either the attribute's true name or its alias name, provided one has been specified.

 

13. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The user is now able to use the functions: LEN, TRIMR1, TRIMR2, TRIMR3, TRIMR4, TRIMR5, TRIMR6, TRIML1, TRIML2, TRIML3, TRIML4, TRIML5 and TRIML6 when defining an attribute equation. The function LEN will return the number of characters in a string. The TRIMR1 function will remove the last character in a string, TRIMR2 will remove the last two characters, TRIMR3 will remove the last three characters in a string, TRIMR4 removes the last four characters, TRIMR5 the last five characters and TRIMR6 the last six characters. Likewise, TRIML1 will remove the first character in a string, TRIML2 will remove the first two characters, TRIML3 will remove the first three characters in a string, TRIML4, TRIML5 and TRIML6 the first four, five and six characters, respectively.

 

14. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. Those users who wish to display a value that is different from what is stored in the database can use the \\ characters when entering a value under the CHOICES command. For example, review the following:

CHOICES

CAP-BNK\\CAPACITY-BANK

FUS-CUT\\FUSED-CUTOUT

LIN-FUS\\LINE-FUSE

END

The above is an example where the \\ characters are used to separate the actual value, which is stored in the database, from the value that should appear in the choice list. In this example, CAPACITY-BANK, FUSED-CUTOUT and LINE-FUSE would appear in the choice list, while the values, CAP-BNK, FUS-CUT and LIN-FUS, would be stored in the database. As such, the user first specifies the value to be stored in the database, followed by the \\ characters, followed in turn by the value to appear in the choice list. In so doing, a more friendly name can be presented to the user, while a desired coded value is stored in the database. Note, if a blank value is to be stored in the database and the user wishes to display something other than a blank character in the choice list, the user should enter a blank character, followed by the \\ characters and then the string to appear in the choice list.

 

15. Addition of the Points at Line EPts command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Points at Line EPts command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. This command enables the user to find the point feature closest to each end point of a line feature and transfer to the line feature two point attributes (such as node number and node type). In using this command, the user must select or activate the point and line layers prior to activating the command. Only visible and selected point and line layers are processed. The command processes selected line features, if no features are selected in the active line layer then all line features in the layer will be processed. A multi-input dialog box is presented from which the user specifies the two attributes in the point layer that are to be transferred to the line layer. The labels for these two attributes are Point ID and Point Type. A drop-down list appears containing all of the point attributes in the active point layer. The user simply selects the one attribute that should be used for the Point ID and Point Type. If no attribute is to be used for the Point Type parameter, the user should select the <none> option. Note that the Point ID attribute must be specified, the Point Type attribute is optional. In addition to the two point attributes, the user will specify four line attributes, two for the start point of the line and two for the end point of the line. These attributes will contain the Point ID and Point Type values of the point that is closest to the start and end points of the line. In addition to the six attributes specified above, the user can enter a proximity tolerance value and a report filename. The proximity tolerance value is used to determine which point is closest to the start or end point of the line, while the report filename will contain the results of the processing. Within the report, any line features which did not have a node feature close to an end point will be identified by their object ID (FID, OID, OBJECTID) value.

 

16. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, for ArcGIS users. The Map Tips tool has been changed to deactivate itself when the user depresses the left mouse button. Previously, the tool could only be deactivated by activating another tool. Now, when the user clicks the left mouse button the tool deactivates and the default ArcMap tool becomes active. In so doing, the user can now display map tips as desired and when finished, simply click the left mouse button to terminate the displaying of map tips.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2t

 

1. Addition of the [Profile on Profile] command under the {AVsand Annotation commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command enbles the user to superimpose upon an existing sewer profile another sewer profile. The user is asked to specify the service area and strip number for the sewer to be plotted. In addition, the user is asked to enter a starting station value along with the data frame containing the existing sewer profile. The sewer to be plotted is then added to the existing sewer profile.

 

2. Addition of the Echo 5 tool to the CEDRA-Echo-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This tool enables the user to echo or display the plus and offset of a point along a string, as well as, the overall length of the string. A string may be comprised of one or more features (lines and/or curves). When activated, the user will be asked to select the first element in the string. A choice message box will appear enabling the user to define the string in one of three modes. Once the string has been defined, the user makes a pick. The command will project this pick onto the string and display the plus and offset values associated with the point of projection. The user is then able to make another pick to display new plus and offset values. The command remains in this mode of operation until another command is selected.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.7 to be able to export the visible data in either: (a) the current coordinate system of the view (data frame) or (b) in the coordinate system of the theme's data source. A new option has been added to the dialog box posed by the Create DXF File command called Export using same Coordinate System as the Data Frame. When this option has been activated (checked), all of the data that is exported will be in the same coordinate system as the view (data frame). When this option is not activated (not checked), each theme (layer) will appear in the coordinate system of its data source. As such, when this option is not checked it is possible for the themes (layers) to not overlay as expected since each theme (layer) could be in a different coordinate system.

 

4. Addition of the Mirror Features and Repeat Features options to the Transformation tool for ArcGIS users. These options appear below the Translate, Rotate, Scale Features option at the bottom of the choice list and enable the user to either mirror or repeat the selected features. Both options create new features placing them in the current active layer. Attributes of the selected features will be transferred to the new features provided that the layer into which the new features are stored contain the same attributes as the selected features. When mirroring features the user can mirror about: (a) the X axis, (b) the Y axis or (c) an arbitrary baseline. The options Pick Baseline Point 1 and Pick Baseline Point 2 should be used to specify the baseline control points. When repeating features the user can: (a) create multiple copies, (b) apply a scale factor and/or (c) apply an angle of rotation. The option Pick Baseline Point 1 should be used to specify the "control point" for the selected features, while the option Pick New Baseline Point 1 should be used to denote the new location of the "control point".

 

5. Modification to the Transform Features and Stretch Features options in the Transformation tool for ArcGIS users when processing polyline and polygon features which have a large number of vertices comprising the feature. These options will now process these types of features faster than before.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 2.1, for ArcGIS users when processing a feature in a layer that has labels displayed. The software will now refresh the layer, upon completion of the editing, to ensure that the labels which are displayed reflect the proper values. Previously, there was no refreshing so that in order for the labels to be updated the user had to manually refresh the display of the layer. Now, the software will perform this updating for the user.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA Tool Palette for ArcGIS users. The position of the palette is now stored in the global parameter setting file (c:\public.txt) so that when the user reinvokes the program and redisplays the palette, it will appear in the location in which it was last displayed. In so doing, the user no longer has to reposition the palette, but rather, the palette will always be displayed in the location in which it last appeared.

 

8. Addition of the CEDRA-Callout-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. This new toolbar provides similar functionality to the Callout tools found in the Text tools drop-down list, found in the ArcView GIS environment, for creating various types of Callouts. Since there is no out of the box toolbar in ArcMap for creating Callouts, this new toolbar is extremely useful for those users who need to create Callouts from within ArcMap.

 

9. Modification to the [Print Data Frame] command under the {Data Frame Tools} combo-box for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find this combo-box within the CEDRA-DataFrame-Tools toolbar. The radial button Custom, under the Paper Size frame, has been changed to a listbox control containing the names of the maps in the document. Selecting the radial button to the left of this listbox enables the user to specify custom sheet height and width values. If the user selects the Include Data Frame matching the Paper Size option the user can select a map from this listbox for inclusion in the plot that is created. Previously, the Data Frame that was included had to be called Custom. Now the Data Frame that is included can be named anything the user desires.

 

10. Modification to the {Query} [Range], [Highs], [Lows] and [Show Ind'q Pipes] commands to include the attribute value in the reports that these commands generate. Previously, this was not done. Now the user is able to view the value of the attribute for the feature which satisfies the specified query.

 

11. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands when performing an analysis. The analysis programs are now launched using Windows API calls rather than the Shell command. From the user point of view there is no real difference that will be noticed. However, this modification does make the software more compatible with various types of PCs.

 

12. Modification to the {Annotate} [Profile] command when generating a profile. The Plot Grid parameter has been changed to Type of Grid and offers a choice list as to the type of profile grid that is generated. One of the options in the choice list is the item Full Grid w/ Full Roadway Stations which enables the user to create a profile grid whose station values are in the form of roadway stationing such as 12+50, rather than, 1250 which is how the option Full Grid creates the station value.

 

13. Modification to the {Annotate} [Profile] and [Profile using Stationing] commands when generating a profile. A new option called Plot Profile Grid Right to Left (Y=yes, N=no): has been added to the dialog box that is displayed by these commands. This new option provides the user the ability to plot the profile grid in a right to left direction. Previously, the profile grid was always plotted in a left to right direction.

 

14. Modification to the {Text Properties} [Modify Annotation Features] command, for ArcGIS users. This command now allows the user to reposition an annotation feature by centering a text string along a line while either (a) maintaining an offset or (b) fixing the offset of the annotation from a line. Two new options have been added to the Reposition by choice drop-down list providing for this new functionality. These options are called Maintaining Offset from a Line & Center and Fixed Offset from a Line & Center, respectively.

 

15. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.7, for ArcView GIS users, when exporting point features. If the point feature is not ZAware, that is to say not a 3D point, the program will try to use one of the following attributes; Z, ELV, ELEV or ELEVATION in exporting an elevation value. If none of these attributes exist and the point is not ZAware, the elevation value 0.0 will be written to the DXF file. If one of these attributes do exist, the program will export the value for the first attribute it finds. Previously, a non-zero elevation value would be written only when the point feature was ZAware (a 3D point).

 

16. Modification to the [Compute Stationing] command under the {AVsand Modify commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command now allows the user to compute station values which are in relationship to a strip's linear direction, as well as, in relationship to a design horizontal alignment as established with the CEDRA-AVland software. When computing station values in relationship to the strip's linear direction, the user is able to specify the starting station value for the first manhole in the strip. The multi-input dialog box has been redesigned to present the appropriate data fields for both types of station value computations. Note that if the view does not contain any design horizontal alignments, the user will only be able to generate station values in relationship to the strip's linear direction. Furthermore, if the direction of the desired stationing opposes the physical direction of the strip, the option Linear - Reverse Direction can be selected. This saves the user the trouble of having to reverse the physical direction of the strip.

 

17. Modification to the [Update Geometry] command for ArcGIS users, which appears under the {CEDRA commands} combo-box within the CEDRA-AVcad-Menus toolbar A new option called Update Shapes using Coordinates has been added to the Mode of Operation choice list that is presented by this command. This new option provides the user the ability to alter the geometry or shape of a feature by using coordinate values that are stored in the attribute table. This option processes the current active point or polyline layer. Once activated, the user is able to specify the fields which contain the X and Y coordinate values and how the coordinates are to be processed. The coordinate processing options include Use Coordinates As Is, Project Decimal Degrees to Map Units and Project Distance to Map Units. The last option Project Distance to Map Units is sensitive to the Display Units setting for the Data Frame. When dealing with point features, this command will position the point using the X and Y coordinates found in the attribute table, while for polyline features the command will alter only the start and end points of the polyline, any intermediate vertices will remain unaltered.

 

18. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 when exporting attributes for a single layer. Previously, the software would not output the BLOCKS command line in the DXF file, which resulted in the DXF file being incomplete. This has been corrected so that attributes can be exported for one or many layers.

 

19. Modification to the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools (Version 1.4), for ArcGIS users when using the Snap To Points command. The user is now able to specify whether all visible layers are to be processed or only the visible active layers are to be processed. Previously, the command would process all visible layers. Now the user has a choice as to which layers are to be processed. In addition, if the Editor is in session an additional parameter will be presented in the multi-input dialog box presented by the command, enabling the user to either: (a) stop the Editor saving any edits which may have been made, or (b) stop the Editor ignoring any edits which may have been made. In order to use this command, the Editor should be stopped prior to invoking the command, if the Editor is not stopped, this additional parameter will appear in the multi-input dialog box.

 

20. Modification to the extension, CEDRA-ChangeFeatures (Version 2.4) when using the Change Feature's Shape tool. The tool will now check if one or two layers are active. If so, the tool tries to select two features from the active layer(s). If two features can not be selected, the command functions as before. If two features of the same type can be selected, the command highlights the first feature found and prompts the user as to if this is the base feature to be modified in the form of a Yes/No/Cancel message box. By activating the layer or layers containing: (a) the feature to be modified and (b) the feature containing the new shape, the user is able to reduce the number of clicks in altering the shape of a feature.

 

21. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now export Callout elements. Previously, Callout elements were ignored and as such would not appear in the DXF file that was created. Now Callout elements are processed from both Data View and Layout View.

 

22. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now export the Data Frame's border, if one has been associated with the Data Frame, when the export is performed from Layout View. Previously, the Data Frame's border would not be processed. Now the program will export the Data Frame's border when creating a DXF file from Layout View.

 

23. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now export multi-line annotation features stored in a geodatabase. Previously, only single-line annotation features were handled. Now, both single and multi-line annotation features are properly exported from both Data View and Layout View.

 

24. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [Import Points] command, for ArcGIS users when importing a CEDRA drawing, files of type CEDRA Dwg (*.ctl). The command will now import the point code and description of a point feature, provided the point has been assigned a code and a description. Previously, the point code and description, which appeared in the CEDRA drawing, were ignored by the command. Now, these attributes will appear under the PTCODE and PTDESC fields.

 

25. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.8 for ArcGIS users. The program will now export scale bar elements when the export is performed from Layout View. Previously, scale bar elements were ignored. In addition, the program has been modified to export a polyline which represents the outline of north arrow and picture frame elements. Although the program does not export the features which comprise the north arrow (since it is actually an ESRI font character) or a picture frame, the program will export a polyline which denotes the location of these two types of elements.

 

26. Modification to the {AVcad Tools} [Export Generate] command, for ArcGIS users in exporting point features. A new choice called Single Point Coordinate File has been added to the list of available file types. This new option enables the user to export point features in a variety of formats similar to the file formats presented by the [Import Points] command.

 

27. Modification to the CEDRA Tool Palette for ArcGIS users. The visibility of the palette is now stored in the global parameter setting file (c:\public.txt) so that when the user reinvokes the program and the palette was visibile the last time the program was used, the palette will now be displayed at its last position without the user having to select the [CEDRA Tool Palette] command.

 

28. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Sequential IDs command has been modified to allow the user the ability to add a prefix or suffix to the sequential index value that is computed, if so desired. The text, <none>, denotes that the prefix or suffix is not to be added, any other text which is entered in the appropriate data fields will be used as either a prefix or suffix. In addition, the user is able to specify the increment value that is to be used. Previously, the increment value was always 1. Now the user can enter the desired increment value. The multi-input dialog box posed by this command has been modified to accommodate the three new parameters: ID increment value, prefix and suffix.

 

29. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Sequential IDs command, prior to displaying the multi-input dialog box, will check if there are any selected graphic line elements. If so, an additional parameter will appear in the multi-input dialog box with the label, Use selected graphic for order (Y=yes, N=no):. This new parameter enables the user to control the order of the features which are processed. Previously, the order was based upon the feature's sequential OID value. Now, when a selected graphic line element is present, the command will use the order of the vertices comprising the graphic line element to determine the order of how the features will be processed. That is, the feature which is closest to the first vertex in the graphic line element will be processed first, while the feature which is closest to the last vertex will be processed last.

 

30. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Sequential IDs command will now remember the values which were previously specified. Prior to this modification, the same default values would always appear whenever the command was invoked. Now the command will display the values which were last entered as the default values.

 

31. Modification to the Relocation 4 command |EXT/ELE/XING| for ArcGIS users. The command now displays a check box control at the bottom of the Yes/No/Cancel query box, which is displayed after the user selects the features to be extended, that enables the user to control whether or not point features are to be created at the computed intersections. If the check box control is not checked, the command functions as it always did. However, if the user checks the control, the command will not extend the selected features, but rather, will create point features at the computed intersections.

 

32. Addition of the Assign Attribute command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Assign Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Assign Attribute command enables the user to assign a value (explicitly or picked from a list) to a specific attribute or field. This command operates on the current active layer processing either all features in the layer or only the selected features, if any are present. A multi-input dialog box is posed, from which, the user can specify the field to be processed and the explicit attribute value. If the user desires to display a list of the unique values for the attribute, a parameter labeled List Attribute Unique Values (Y=yes, N=no) appears in the dialog box where the user can select either Yes or No. If a unique attribute value list is displayed, it is possible for the user to select a value from the list and have it assigned to the features. A parameter labeled Use a Unique Attribute Value (Y=yes, N=no) provides the user the ability to indicate if one of the unique attribute values is to be used or not. If the user responds Yes, the multi-input dialog box is redisplayed with a list of the unique values for the selected attribute. Note that no features are modified during the generation of the unique attribute value list.

 

33. Modification to the Assign Attribute command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, for ArcGIS users. The Assign Attribute command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar. The Assign Attribute command can now transfer the values from one field to another. To do so, the user specifies in the first data line item, within the multi-input dialog box that is displayed, the field or attribute to be modified (the one which will receive the new values). In the second data line item, the user specifies the name of the field (attribute) to be copied into the field specified in the first data line item, enclosing the name of the field within the square brackets [ ]. For example, if the user entered [AREA] in the second data line item, the command would copy the value from the attribute AREA into whatever field was specified in the first data line item. Note, when specifying date values, the user does not need to enclose the date in double-quote characters ("). For example, the date 12/08/2006 would be a valid date entry.

 

34. Modification to the Edit Feature command within the CEDRA-EditFeature-Tools toolbar, for ArcGIS users. The Edit Feature command will now display as the name of the label either the: (a) true attribute (field) name or (b) the alias of the attribute, if one has been assigned to the attribute. Previously, the command would only display the true attribute name and would not display the alias of the field.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2s

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. Four tools have been added to the toolbar. The first three correspond to the Set Graphic Text Angle (2 Pts), Set Graphic Text Angle (Pick Line) and Set Graphic Text Angle (Explicit) options within the Transformation tool. These tools enable the user to define the angle of inclination for an annotation feature by: (a) picking two points, (b) picking an existing line feature or (c) explicitly entering an angle. In using these tools, the user is able to (a) "pick" the annotation feature to be processed and then specify the appropriate data, or (b) "select" the annotation feature prior to activating the tool and then specify the appropriate data required by the tool. The fourth tool is the Edit A Text tool which enables the user to edit the text string that is associated with the annotation feature (see the description below for more information).

 

2. Addition of the Edit A Text tool to the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. In using this tool, the user "picks" the annotation feature to be modified, after which, the command displays a multi-input message box containing the annotation feature's current text string and the attributes which are associated with the annotation feature. The user is then able to enter a new text by overwriting the current text string that is displayed or by selecting the attribute whose value is to be used as the text string. Should the user wish to break the text into separate text strings, the characters || can be used. When the || characters are found, the command will create a new annotation feature in the same layer as the original selected annotation feature. There is no limit to the number of times the || characters can appear in a text string. When the || characters are used, the command will center the annotation features about the original selected annotation feature's position. In addition, this tool can be used to transfer the attribute value of a line feature to the text string. When selecting the annotation feature to be processed, if the "pick" that is made to select the feature can also be used to select a line feature, the command will highlight both the annotation feature and the line feature and display the attributes of the line feature in the multi-input dialog box. The user can then select one of the line feature's attributes, if desired.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-Transform-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. An additional tool has been added to the toolbar. This tool corresponds to the Translate, Rotate, Scale Features option within the Transformation tool. This tool enables the user to translate, rotate and scale selected features without taking into consideration a baseline. This means that the transformation, which is applied to the selected features, is in respect to the X and Y axes. In using this tool, the user selects the feature(s) to be transformed and then selects this tool. The command will then display the transformation parameter multi-input dialog box, from which, the user can enter the appropriate data. Once entered, the transformation is applied to the selected features and the dialog box redisplayed so that another transformation can be applied to the same features. To terminate the command, the user selects the Cancel button.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-Text-Tools toolbar for ArcGIS users. A new tool, Curved Text, has been added to the toolbar. This brings the total number of tools in this toolbar to six. The Curved Text tool enables the user to convert an existing annotation feature into a text string which follows the path of an existing polyline feature. In using this tool, the user first selects and confirms the annotation feature to be processed followed by selecting and confirming the polyline feature which the annotation feature is to follow. Once both features have been identified, the command presents a multi-input dialog box which enables the user to control: (a) the X and Y offsets along the polyline, (b) the text string and (c) whether the text string is to be flipped or reversed. The dialog box will remain visible until the user selects the Cancel button. This allows the user the ability to enter various values until the desired position has been achieved.

 

5. Addition of the Duplicate Features command to the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools (Version 1.6) for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find this new command in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This command checks to see if there are any duplicates features in a layer or if there are any duplicate features between two layers. In determining duplicate features this command checks if there are features which have the exact same geometry. As such, the direction of a feature's geometry is important in determining if a duplicate feature exists. Once the duplicate features have been identified, the user has the option to: (a) highlight the duplicate features, (b) delete the duplicate features, (c) add the attributes of the duplicate features which are missing (available only when two layers are being processed) or (d) update the common attributes using the values of the duplicate features.

 

6. Modification to the Change Feature's Course tool within the extension, CEDRA-ChangeFeatures (Version 2.2). This command has been modified to better find vertex matches when the end points of the second feature selected do not have an exact match with the first feature selected. When the end points of the second feature do not have an exact match with any vertex of the first feature, the command will use the vertices on the first feature which are the closest to the end points of the second feature. This command appears in the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools2 toolbar for ArcGIS users.

 

7. Addition of the Point Elev. from TIN and Point Elev. from Contours commands to the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools (Version 1.6) for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find these new commands in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. These new commands enable the user to interpolate an elevation for point features based upon a TIN dataset or a layer containing contour strings, respectively. In using these commands, the user must first activate in the table of contents the two layers which represent the point layer and the TIN or contour string layer to be processed. Once done, the user can select the appropriate command. Upon selection of the command, the program will display a dialog box where the user can specify the desired interpolation parameter values.

 

8. Addition of the Profile from TIN command to the extension, CEDRA-PolyTools (Version 1.6) for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will find this new command in the combo-box on the CEDRA-Polygon-Tools toolbar. This new command enables the user to extract a profile based upon a TIN dataset and a selected feature in a polyline layer. In using this command, the user must first activate in the table of contents the two layers which represent the polyline layer and the TIN layer to be processed. Once done, the user can select this command. Upon selection of the command, the program will display a dialog box where the user can specify the desired profile extraction parameter values.

 

9. Modification to the [Set Text Size] command under the {Text Properties} menu item for ArcGIS users. The command will now display the text size that should be used (for each of the annotation layers in the current active map) to generate a text identical in size as that of the selected text. A choice list message box is displayed containing the text size and the annotation layer it corresponds to, from which, the user selects the desired text size. Note that this occurs only when an annotation feature is selected. This will not occur when a graphic text element is selected.

 

10. Modification to the [Select Features from Active Layers] command in the CEDRA-ArcView3-Tools toolbar to handle cases where one of the active layers is a raster image or a CAD drawing. Previously, the command would not select any features if one of the active layers was a raster image or a CAD drawing.

 

11. Addition of the [Plot Profile Table] command under the {AVsand Annotation commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command enbles the user to superimpose upon an existing profile another profile surface. The profile, which is to be superimposed, must reside in a Profile Data Table, that is, a table which contains two fields called STATION and ELEVATION.

 

12. Addition of the [Profile using Stationing] command under the {AVsand Annotation commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command enbles the user to superimpose upon an existing profile a sewer profile using the station values which are assigned to the sewer nodes. The attribute, STATION, contains the station value of the manhole, while the ALIGOFF attribute contains the offset of the manhole from the horizontal alignment it is associated with. The ALIGNUM attribute contains the horizontal alignment ID which the manhole is associated with. Only the STATION attribute is used by this command. The [Compute Stationing] command under the {AVsand Modify commands} combo-box can be used to populate the STATION attribute.

 

13. Addition of the [Compute Stationing] command under the {AVsand Modify commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command enables the user to compute a station value for a selected set of sewer nodes. The station values are computed in relationship to a design horizontal alignment as established with the CEDRA-AVland software.

 

14. Modification to the [Set Pipe Inverts] command under the {AVsand Modify commands} combo-box for ArcGIS users. This command has been modified to enable the user to compute pipe inverts, for a selected set of pipes, by using the slopes which are presently assigned to the pipes. The downstream most invert is used as the starting invert elevation. All inverts upstream of this location are computed using the slope of the pipe. Note that it is possible for the user to specify a manhole drop value.

 

15. Modification to the {Text Properties} [Modify Annotation Features] command, for ArcGIS users. This command now allows the user to modify the text angle, which is associated with the selected annotation feature(s), by: (a) explicitly entering a desired text angle or (b) by adding an incremental angle. Two new options have been added to the Mode of Operation choice drop-down list providing for this new functionality. These options are called Set the Text Angle (degrees) and Add to the Text Angle (degrees), respectively.

 

16. Modification to the [Select Features from Active Layers] command in the CEDRA-ArcView3-Tools toolbar to place the features which are selected in the map's feature selection list when the Editor is in an edit state. This enables the user to use ArcMap's Edit Tool to relocate the selected feature(s). Previously, this was not done and as such, the user had to first select the feature(s) and then place the Editor in an edit state in order to be able to use the Edit Tool. Now, the user is able to select the feature(s) when the Editor is in an edit state and use the Edit Tool. Note, that the Edit Tool is the tool which appears immediately to the right of the Editor button on ArcMap's Editor toolbar.

 

17. Modification to the [Update Geometry] command for ArcGIS users, which appears under the {CEDRA commands} combo-box within the CEDRA-AVcad-Menus toolbar A new option called Dirty Features Check has been added to the Mode of Operation choice list that is presented by this command. This new option will check the active layer for features which have Null or Empty geometries, including annotation features which may also have a Null text string assigned to them. If no dirty features are found, an information message box to this effect will be displayed. If there are dirty features the user has the ability to delete them from the active layer. Note that this option will process only one active layer at a time and if features are deleted, the user has the ability to Undo the deletion, if so desired.

 

18. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, Version 2.2, when processing fields of string or text type. Now, if the user selects a string or text field as the field for which the sequential ID is to be stored, the command enables the user to: (a) store the number as is, (b) add leading zeros, (c) add trailing zeros, (d) add leading blanks or (e) add trailing blanks. A choice list is presented with the above mentioned options from which the user selects the desired mode of operation. For ArcGIS uers, the Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2r

 

1. Addition of the [Change Conversion Properties] command under the {CEDRA Utilities} menu item. The six items which appear in the multi-input message box posed by this new command were formerly under the [Change Text Properties] command. These items were removed to make room for six new items. The items handled by this new command deal with the conversion and annotation of polygon features.

 

2. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Change Text Properties] command. The bottom six items in the multi-input message box have been replaced by six new items. The six items which were replaced now appear in the {CEDRA Utilities} [Change Conversion Properties] command. The six new items deal with the annotation of area values. The last item in the multi-input message box is a new parameter which enables the user to control the location of the area annotation. The default value for this parameter Offset from Centroid will locate the area annotation in the same position as previously done. The other settings, Centroid, Centroid - Above and Centroid - Below are new and enable the user to position the area annotation at the centroid, slight above the centroid and slightly below the centroid of the polygon.

 

3. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Update Geometry] command. The command will now prompt the user as to whether all of the active themes are to be processed or if all of the visible themes are to be processed. A choice list message box is displayed upon activation of the command. Previously, a YesNo message box was displayed when the command was activated. Now the user selects from the drop-down the desired mode of operation. As before, if a theme contains no selected features then all of the features in the theme are processed, otherwise, only the selected features are processed.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 2.1, for ArcGIS users. The maximum number of items which can be displayed per dialog box has been increased from 20 to 30. Note that when more than 20 items are to be displayed it is suggested that the screen resolution be set to 1280x1024 or higher. If not, the dialog box will occupy a large part of the screen covering up more of the map display than is desired.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.6, for ArcView GIS users, to be able to perform an export operation from within a Layout document. Previously, an export operation could only be performed from within a View document. Now, the user is able to export a Layout document, in addition to a View document, into a DXF file. When this extension is loaded and a layout document is activated, the user will see the DXF Export menu item in the Layout menu bar.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.6, for ArcGIS users, to be able to perform an export operation from within the Layout View. Previously, an export operation could only be performed from within the Data View. Now, the user is able to export a Layout View, in addition to a Data View, into a DXF file. This is particularly useful when the user wishes to create a DXF file which reflects a fully assembled drawing, rather than a world view.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.6, to honor a layer's scale threshold values. Previously, this was not done, so that, even though the layer did not appear in the map the layer would be exported because it was visible. Now, if the layer is visible in the Table of Contents, but due to the layer's scale threshold values it does not appear in the map, the layer will not be exported.

 

8. Modification to the CEDRA-DXF-Export extension, Version 1.6, when exporting Arc/Info coverage annotation. The degree symbol, ^, will now be converted into the typical degree symbol when the DXF file is created. As such, the user will no longer see the ^ character when importing the DXF file.

 

9. Addition of the {Text Properties} [Modify Graphic Text] command, for ArcGIS users. This new command enables the user to change the properties of graphic text elements. Specifically, the size, color, font and font style. Users are able to modify the properties of selected graphic text elements or all graphic text elements in the map.

 

10. Addition of the {Text Properties} [Modify Annotation Features] command, for ArcGIS users. This new command enables the user to change the properties of annotation features. Specifically, the size, color, font and font style. Users are able to modify the properties of selected annotation features. If there are no selected annotation features, an appropriate error message will be displayed.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2q

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.9, for ArcGIS users when using the ADDONE option in conjunction with the DEFAULT command. The software will now keep track of the largest value assigned to an attribute using global memory. The first time the ADDONE option is encountered for a specific attribute, the largest value for the attribute will be ascertained by parsing through the entire database at which point the largest value will be placed in global memory. Thereafter, subsequent references to ADDONE for the same attribute, the software will use global memory to determine the largest value, rather than, parsing the entire database. This modification increases performance greatly, especially when the database is large.

 

2. Modification to the Avenue Wraps dynamic linked library (DLL) for handling PC ArcInfo coverages. This modification enables ArcGIS users to have PC ArcInfo coverages loaded in their ArcMap document files. Previously, ArcGIS users could not have a PC ArcInfo coverage loaded in their ArcMap document file. This no longer is the case.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 2.0, when reading the Theme Attribute Data file. The program will now check to see if the THEME and CHOICES commands are properly terminated with the END command. If these commands are not terminated with the END command, an appropriate error message is generated. Once the program has finished reading the entire Theme Attribute Data file, if any errors were detected, a list message box will be displayed informing the user as to what errors were detected. The user can then modify the Theme Attribute Data file, afterwhich, the Reload Theme Attribute Data File tool can be used to import the modified file. Previously, no error checking was performed.

 

4. Modification to the A, N and P tools, for ArcGIS users when creating new shapefiles. These tools will now assign the spatial reference to the respective shapefiles, provided the map has a spatial reference assign to it. If the map does not have a spatial reference assigned to it, the Unknown Coordinate system will be assigned to the shapefiles.

 

5. Modification to the Sequential IDs command within the CEDRA-Skeletonization extension, Version 2.1, to be able to process Tables, as well as, Themes. Previously, the command would only process themes. Now, if there are no active themes, the command will display the tables that exist in the project file, from which, the user selects the table that is to be processed. For ArcGIS uers, the Sequential IDs command can be found in the CEDRA-Skeletonization-Tools toolbar and the user must select the Table that is to be processed. Note that the Source tab at the bottom of the Table of Contents can be used to display the tables which exist in the ArcMap document.

 

6. Addition of the Open Theme Table and Switch the Selection Set tools to the CEDRA-ArcView3-Tools toolbar. This modification is for ArcGIS users only. The Open Theme Table tool is used to open the attribute table for the active or selected layers in the map. This tool will also handle tables in addition to layers. The Switch the Selection Set tool is used to switch or reverse the selection set for the active or selected layers in the map. That is to say, whatever is selected will become deselected and what was unselected will become selected. If the layer contains no selected features, then all features in the layer will be made selected, providing a quick way of selecting all features in a layer. This tool will also handle tables in addition to layers.

 

7. Modification to the ReClassifyTheme subroutine, for ArcGIS users, to better maintain the existing symbology that is applied to a layer. Previously, under certain conditions the classification of a layer would be altered by this subroutine. Now, a layer's classification should be maintained when processed by this subroutine.

 

8. Modification to the {Modeling} [Strip Capacity] command in its computations of the maximum capacity within a strip or a selected set of continuous pipes. The Strip Capacity command would previously "hang" when it came across a situation where by subtracting the elevation adjustment value from the interpolated elevation a negative difference was computed for the first iteration. This should no longer occur. The command has been modified to add the elevation adjustment value, rather than subtracting it, when this situation is detected. This situation would typically occur when the upstream pipe was much larger in diameter than the downstream pipe, which caused the upstream pipe to have a much larger capacity than the downstream pipe.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2p

 

1. Addition of the Relocation tool which enables the user to move a sewer node to a new location and have the geometry of the connecting pipes adjusted accordingly.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users to enable the user to assign a default value to an attribute that is equal to the maximum value in the field plus one (1.0). A new option to the DEFAULT command called ADDONE has been added that provides this functionality. The syntax of this option in conjunction with the DEFAULT command would be DEFAULT ADDONE. Note that this option will work for both numeric and string type fields.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users to enable the user to assign a default value to an attribute that is the current date. A new option to the DEFAULT command called CURRENT_DATE has been added that provides this functionality. An example of this option in conjunction with the DEFAULT command would be DEFAULT CURRENT_DATE. The date string that is generated is of the form month/day/year, where the month and day values are numeric with no leading zero and each component is separated with the / character. For example 6/9/2004 would be generated to represent June 9, 2004. Note that this option will work for both date and string type fields. If the user wishes to generate a custom date string the characters m, mm, mmm, mmmm, d, dd, ddd, dddd, yy and yyyy can be used. For example the user could enter DEFAULT CURRENT_DATE_mm/dd/yyyy to generate a date string 06/09/2004. As can be seen the m characters represent the month component, the d characters denote the day component and the yy and yyyy strings represent the year in short (04) and long form (2004). The m and d characters denote the following:

m month in numerical form with no leading zero

mm month in numerical form with a leading zero, if need be

mmm month in abbreviated text form (i.e. Sep for September)

mmmm month in full text form (i.e. September, October, etc.)

d day in numerical form with no leading zero

dd day in numerical form with a leading zero, if need be

ddd day in abbreviated text form (i.e. Wed for Wednesday)

dddd day in full text form (i.e. Monday, Tuesday, etc.)

Should the user wish to introduce a space in the date string, the underscore character (_) should be used to represent the space. Spaces can not be entered directly. For example DEFAULT CURRENT_DATE_d_mmmm_yyyy would create the date string 9 June 2004.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users to enable the user to control the number of attributes that are displayed in the dialog box, generated by this extension. A new command called NLINES has been added which enables the user to specify a value between 1 and 20. An example of the use of this command would be NLINES 12 which indicates that the maximum number of attributes that will be displayed in a dialog box would be twelve. At least one blank character (space) must separate the number of attributes value from the NLINES command.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users to enable the user to assign a default value to an attribute that is the X or Y coordinate of the feature's start, mid or end point. Thirty-two new options have been added to the DEFAULT command. A description of these options appears in the THEMES.TXT file located in the AVPRJS folder within the CEDRA distribution directory.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users to enable the user to control the number of digits to the right of the decimal point that appears in the seconds component of a latitude or longitude value. A new command called SECONDS has been added which enables the user to specify a value between 0 and 9. An example of the use of this command would be SECONDS 3 which indicates that the number of digits in the seconds component would be three. At least one blank character (space) must separate the value from the SECONDS command.

 

7. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users when using the TAB key. Now, when the TAB key is used the software will highlight the text in the data field which has focus. Previously, the software would simply place the cursor at the beginning or end of the text in the data field.

 

8. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.8, for ArcGIS users when processing a feature in a layer which is classified to refresh the display of the layer. Previously, this was not done which had the effect that if the feature which was processed was modified in such a way that the classification was effected, the display was not updated to reflect the new classification. Now the software will refresh the display so that the classification is properly reflected.

 

9. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Import Points] command when processing a file with one of the Polygon File Formats. Previously, there was a restriction that each data line, below the initial data line describing a polygon, had to have at least five characters. This restriction has now been removed.

 

10. Modification to the Line 3 command |LINE DIR/DIST| in the display of the initial or default baseline direction. The seconds component value is now displayed to five digits to the right of the decimal point. Previously, it was displayed to only one digit. This modification improves the calculations in maintaining the true direction of the baseline when the baseline is a "picked" line or when the baseline is defined by two picks. If the baseline is explicitly entered, this modification will have no effect.

 

11. Modification to the Point 3 command |POINT DIR/DIST| in the display of the initial or default baseline direction. The seconds component value is now displayed to five digits to the right of the decimal point. Previously, it was displayed to only one digit. This modification improves the calculations in maintaining the true direction of the baseline when the baseline is a "picked" line or when the baseline is defined by two picks. If the baseline is explicitly entered, this modification will have no effect.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2o

 

1. Modification to the icatan and icasinan scripts for improved precision in computing arc tangent and arc sine values.

 

2. Modification to the Dformat script for ArcView 3.3 compatibility. This script is used to convert numbers into formatted strings.

 

3. Modification to the {Modeling} [Strip Capacity] command in its computations of the maximum capacity within a strip or a selected set of continuous pipes. The Strip Capacity command will now compute a capacity for the entire strip (all pipes within the strip) as well as a dry and wet weather capacity for each pipe within the strip. The methodology or theory employed by the command is as follows:

 

ENTIRE STRIP CAPACITY METHODOLOGY

 

The capacity for the entire strip is determined by solving Manning's equation. The Avenue code shown below illustrates this process. Note that:

 

DE is an equivalent diameter or the diameter of the first pipe in the strip (user specified)

StartDepth is the starting water depth (user specified)

DNinv is a list containing the downstream manhole invert elevations of the pipes

NumPipes is the number of pipes in the strip

UPrim is a list containing the upstream manhole rim elevations of the pipes

NumMHs is the number of manholes in the strip

AsHeadLoss is the head loss at a manhole (user specified)

_units denotes the units of measure (0 : U.S., 1 : SI)

NE is an equivalent Manning's "n" or the Manning's "n" of the first pipe in the strip (user specified)

 

'

' ---Area of the pipe

Pi = 3.14159265

A = Pi * DE * DE / 4

'

' ---Hydraulic radius of the pipe

R = A / (Pi * DE)

'

' ---Total head loss

StartWelv = DNinv.Get(0) + StartDepth

H = UPrim.Get(NumPipes-1) - StartWelv - (NumMHs * AsHeadLoss)

'

' ---Slope of the hydraulic gradient

S = H / LE

'

' ---Depending on the units of measure, set the Manning's "n"

' ---coefficient, and adjust the area and hydraulic radius for

' ---feet (meters)

if (_units = 0) then

C = 1.486

A = A / 144

R = R / 12

else

C = 1.000

A = A / 1000000.0

R = R / 1000.0

end

'

' ---Capacity of the strip

x1 = R^(2/3)

if(S > 0.0)then

x2 = S^(1/2)

else

x2 = 0.0

end

Qcapacity = (C/NE) * A * x1 * x2

 

INDIVIDUAL PIPE CAPACITIES

 

The individual pipe capacities are computed for dry and wet weather conditions.

 

Dry weather condition is defined by using a slope computed based upon the downstream and upstream manhole invert elevations of the pipe.

 

Wet weather condition is defined by using a slope computed based upon (a) the top of pipe elevation or if a starting water depth is specified, an elevation determined by adding the downstream manhole invert elevation and the starting water depth, and (b) the rim elevation of the upstream manhole in a pipe. The Avenue code shown below illustrates the process of computing the top of pipe elevation:

 

'

' ---Calculate the top of pipe at the downstream most pipe, if a

' ---starting water depth has been specified use it in computing

' ---the top of pipe elevation (this is also referred to as the

' ---discharge point elevation)

if (_units = 0) then

if(StartDepth > 0.0)then

tpElv = DNinv.Get(0) + StartDepth

else

tpElv = DNinv.Get(0) + (Diameters.Get(0) / 12)

end

else

if(StartDepth > 0.0)then

tpElv = DNinv.Get(0) + StartDepth

else

tpElv = DNinv.Get(0) + (Diameters.Get(0) / 1000)

end

end

 

The command will then cycle thru the pipes in the strip and solve Manning's equation for both the dry and wet weather conditions.

 

In cycling thru the pipes the command checks if any invert of a pipe downstream of the current pipe is above the hydraulic grade line. The hydraulic grade line is defined as a line going from the top of pipe elevation (tpElv) to the upstream manhole rim elevation of the current pipe. If a manhole invert is determined to be above the hydraulic grade line, the top of pipe elevation (tpElv) is reset to be the incoming pipe's top of pipe elevation at this manhole. Note that the starting water depth is ignored so that the top of pipe elevation is computed by adding the incoming pipe's diameter and downstream invert elevation.

 

If all pipes in the strip are of equal size (same diameter) the process described above is repeated until all pipes in the strip have been processed.

 

If the current pipe has a diameter different than the previous pipe, the command will check if the capacities of the current pipe and previous pipe are within a user specified tolerance.

 

If they are the process continues as described above.

 

If they are not, the command will adjust the upstream manhole rim elevation by subtracting an elevation adjustment value (user specified). This adjusted elevation is then used to compute new slopes.

 

The pipe downstream of the pipe that has a different pipe diameter is referred to as the interface pipe. A slope is computed from the top of pipe elevation to the adjusted rim elevation and capacities of all pipes within this range of pipes are recomputed. Likewise, a slope from the adjusted rim elevation to the upstream manhole rim elevation of the current pipe is computed and the capacities for all pipes within this range of pipes are recomputed. The command then checks if the capacities left and right of the interface pipe are within the user specified tolerance.

 

If they are, the next pipe is processed.

 

If they are not, the adjusted rim elevation is adjusted again and the process repeats. This process repeats until the capacities are within the tolerance. If the capacity of the pipes left of the interface pipe is less than the capacity of the pipes right of the interface pipe, the command resets the adjusted rim elevation to its previous value and cuts the elevation adjustment value in half. The command then adjusts the rim elevation using the new elevation adjustment value and the process repeats until the capacities are within the tolerance. Note that the original elevation adjustment value is preserved.

 

If the command when comparing the capacities for proximity can not converge within the specified maximum number of iterations, an error message to this effect will be displayed. In this case, re-execute the command increasing the maximum number of iterations value. There is no limit as to how large this value can be.

 

4. Modification to the {Annotate} [Profile] command when generating a profile with the strip capacity grade line being shown. The command will now annotate the dry and wet weather condition slope and capacity values for each pipe, in addition to plotting the strip capacity grade line. The dry weather values will appear below the datum of the profile, while the wet weather values will appear above the profile.

 

5. Modification to the {Query} [Pipe] command to allow the user to select those pipes sharing a common Strip ID value. A new data line has been added to the multi-input dialog box which provides a data field for entering a strip ID. Entering any positive value will supercede any pipe numbers that may appear in the first two data fields. So that, if the user enters a strip ID value, the command will search the STRIP attribute for that value.

 

6. Modification to the {Query} [Range], [Highs] and [Lows] commands to allow the user to query pipes on the STRIP attribute. A new option called Pipe Strip ID has been added to choice list. Selecting this option enables the user to query pipes based upon a strip ID value.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2n

 

1. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| in the display of the direction of the blue arrow when a polyline element is selected. Previously, the direction would reflect the polyline's start to end point direction. Now, the direction of the blue arrow will reflect the direction of the first or last course of the polyline, depending upon, which end point of the polyline is closest to the pick that was made to select the polyline.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands to perform a backwater analysis. The [Execute] command has been modified to present a new option within the type of modeler choice box. The new option is called, CEDRA-SAND with Backwater. Selecting this option informs the program that a backwater analysis is to be performed. When this option is selected two pipes must be selected prior to invoking the [Execute] command. The selected pipes represent the downstream and upstream pipes of a path in which the pipes within the path will be backwatered. Upon successful completion of the backwater analysis, a table called o-avsew.bkw will added to the project file, containing the results of the backwater analysis.

 

3. Addition of a new field called BENDCODE in the sewer node shapefile. The value stored in this field reflects the bend code value, which is used in a backwater analysis. The field definition for this new attribute is #FIELD_SHORT,5,0.

 

4. Addition of the new fields called CRDEPTH, NRMDEPTH, DNWDEPTH, UPWDEPTH, DNWELEV, UPWELEV, ENERGYHD, FRICSLOP, and VELOCITY in the sewer pipe shapefile. The values stored in these fields reflect the results of a backwater analysis. The field definition for this new attribute is #FIELD_DECIMAL,10,4.

 

5. Addition of the {Modeling} [Strip Capacity] command to compute the maximum capacity within a strip or a selected set of continuous pipes.

 

6. Addition of the {Modify} [Backwater Data] command to allow the user to modify the backwater parameters which were defined during a backwater analysis. The backwater data is stored in the ExecuteData table, so that, if this table does not exist an error message will be displayed. This table is created when the user performs an analysis with the [Execute] command.

 

7. Modification to the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command when converting a line shapefile into a sewer pipe theme. Prior to asking the user if it is okay to modify the line shapefile by adding the required AVsand pipe attributes, the command will query the user as to the direction of the lines in the line shapefile. A YesNoCancel message box will be displayed where picking Yes will indicate that the lines are defined downstream to upstream, No denoting upstream to downstream and Cancel indicating that the command is to be aborted. The default AVsand pipe direction is downstream to upstream, so that, if the user picks No in response to the above mentioned query, the command will reverse the direction of the lines in the line shapefile to adhere to the AVsand convention.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2m

 

1. Modification to the {Modify} [Node/Pipe Numbers] command to update the node and pipe numbers in the node and pipe specialty tables (SewerWeirNodes, SewerOrificeNodes, SewerStorageNodes, SewerPumpNodes, SewerOutFlowNodes, SewerHydrographs, SewerHydroData, SewerLoads, Sewcarea and SeweHec2Shape). Previously these tables were not processed by this command.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands to perform the analysis in a temporary directory and then copy the resultant model files into the directory, as specified when the output file name is entered. The temporary directory will be either c:\windows\temp, c:\winnt\temp, c:\temp, $temp, or the current working directory whichever is found first. $temp denotes the Windows TEMP environment variable. This modification enables the user to store the model in a directory structure with directory names longer than 8 characters. Previously, the analysis was performed in the current working directory and as such each component of the directory structure had to be 8 characters or less in length. Note that the output filename, which is specified, must still be 8 characters or less in length.

 

3. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| in the display of the direction of the blue arrow when a curve element is selected. Previously, the direction would reflect the radial direction. Now, the direction of the blue arrow will reflect the tangential direction of the curve.

 

4. Modification to the Transformation tool when processing graphic text elements. The tool has been modified for increased speed in determining which point feature a graphic text element is attached to, if any. In conjunction with this modification, the user needs to create an index on the PNTN field (attribute) for all point themes which contain CEDRA text elements. Typically these types of themes will carry the tx.shp extension. Normal ArcView functionality can be used to create the index. Note the index must be created in order to realize the improvement in performance. If not, only a slight performance improvement will be recognized.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2l

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.6, to handle strings when using the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION command. Previously, the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION command would only handle numeric expressions. That is, the result of the equation had to yield a numeric value. The ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION command can now be used to develop a string. In this mode the plus sign (+) operator can be used to concatenate individual strings to form an overall string. In addition, a new function called STRING has been added. The STRING function can be used in conjunction with the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION command to inform the extension that a field should be treated as a string and not a numeric. Since it is possible to store numbers in string (character) fields, the STRING function allows the user to specify that a field contains string values and not numeric values. If the STRING function is not used, the values for a field will be treated as numbers. Furthermore, if the user wishes to explictly enter a hard-coded string, the user should enclose the string in double-quotes ("). In example number 2 below, the fields (attributes) PIN1, PIN2 and PIN3 are separated by a single dash. There is no limit to the number of characters that can appear between the double quotes.

 

The following illustrates the correct syntax for sample equations that develop strings. Note that PIN1, PIN2 and PIN3 represent sample attributes (fields).

 

1. STRING(PIN1)+STRING(PIN2)

2. STRING(PIN1)+"-"+STRING(PIN2)+"-"+STRING(PIN3)

3. "My String = "+STRING(PIN1)+"000"+STRING(PIN2)+"-"+STRING(PIN3)+"00"

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.6, to allow the user to use the wildcard character (*) when specifying the theme name in the Theme Attribute Data File. Previously, the theme name had to be defined explicitly. That is, the theme name had to be identical to how it appeared in the Table of Contents. Now the user is able to use the wildcard character (*) so that multiple themes, which share common attributes and a common naming convention, can be specified with a single configuration. For example, a view could contain three themes called ThemeA.shp, ThemeB.shp and ThemeC.shp. The user, in this situation, could identify all three themes by entering Theme*.shp below the THEME command in the Theme Attribute Data File. Likewise, if the themes shared a common prefix the user could enter Theme*, which would indicate that all themes beginning with the string Theme would be applied the configuration that appeared in the Theme Attribute Data File.

 

3. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Convert Graphic Text] command to properly compute the text angle and store the angle in terms of degrees. Previously, the command would convert the text angle from radians into degrees when the text angle was already in degrees.

 

4. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Convert Graphic Text] command in terms of performance when processing large number of graphic text elements. The command should now execute much faster when dealing with a large number of graphic text elements. The script icfilstx has been modified to not issue the .GetNumRecords request when the attribute table is in edit mode. This allows the command to run faster.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.7, to check if a field can be editted prior to writing to the field. Previously, the extension would write to a field without performing this check, which would result in an attempt to edit read-only field error message. Now the extension, first checks, if the field can be modified prior to writing any information to a field.

 

6. Modification to the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command when creating a model from existing shapefiles to store as defaults, 10 for the PSHAP attribute and 6 for the PMATR attribute when the values for these attributes are less than or equal to zero. Previously, there was no error checking if the values for these attributes were less than or equal to zero.

 

7. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Import Points] command when processing a line shapefile in order to create point features at the endpoints of the lines in the shapefile. The command will now ignore line features that have a zero length value. Previously, invalid line features (lines that had no length or distance) would cause the command to "hang".

 

8. Modification to the {Annotate} [Profile] command when generating a profile grid to display the index grid lines using a dashed linestyle and the heavy grid lines using a solid linestyle. Previously, all grid lines were displayed using a solid linestyle. The PEN attribute, within the grid line theme, is used to uniquely classify the grid line theme.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2k

 

1. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to enable the user to create two-point line features based upon vertex coordinates. A new option called Line Coordinate File - 3 has been added to the File Type pull-down list that is presented by the command. The Line Coordinate File - 3 option, enables the user to process a file that contains a sequential list of point coordinates, which are to be connected in series. This option creates lines using coordinate pairs. That is, once the option has two points it creates a line. For example, the points contained on data lines 1 and 2 form the first line. The points contained on data lines 2 and 3 form the second line, while the points contained on data lines 3 and 4 form the third line and so forth. As can be seen, the end point of the previous line acts as the start point of the subsequent line. In addition, if the user wishes to copy the attributes of the points into the line theme that is created, the command will store the attributes of both points that define the line. The two character extension _S is added to the field name to indicate that the information in this field pertains to the first or start point that defines the line.

 

2. Modification to the Transformation tool when using the option Set Graphic Text Angle (Explicit), this option will now display the text angle of the selected graphic text element, according to the setting of the direction property, as the default value in the appropriate data field. For example, if the direction property is set to bearings, the default value that will appear in the bearing data field will be the current text angle of the selected graphic text element. Should the user wish to enter a text angle in a form other than that as specified by the direction property, the user can simply enter the desired value in the appropriate data field and enter a blank in the other data field.

 

3. Modification to the Transformation tool when using the option Set Graphic Text Angle (Explicit), this option will now process more than one selected graphic text element. Previously, this option only processed a single selected graphic text element. This option will now process all of the selected graphic text elements. This default text angle that is displayed is the text angle for the first selected graphic text element that is found.

 

4. Modification to the Transformation tool when using the option Set Graphic Text Angle (2 Pts), this option will now treat baseline angles that are between 270 and 274 degrees as if they were between 90 and 94 degrees. In so doing, the graphic text elements will be pointing upward and not downward.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2j

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.5, to display the BACK button immediately below the CANCEL button, when multiple pages are displayed. The BACK button enables the user to return to the previous page that was displayed. Previously, there was no way for the user to back up or return to a page that was previously displayed. Now the user can use the OK button to advance one page and the BACK button to return to the previous page. Note that the BACK button will not appear on the first page of a multi-page set.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.5, to support the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION command. This new command enables the user to have the value for an attribute calculated by evaluating a user-defined equation, as opposed to direct user entry. Immediately below the ATTRIBUTE_EQUATION the user enters on a single line the desired equation. Equations are solved proceeding left to right resolving expressions within parentheses first. When parentheses are nested they are resolved inside to outside. That is, the inner most set of parentheses are solved first, then the next inner most and so forth. When there are more then one nests of parentheses, each nest is resolved inside to outside and from left to right. The user is able to use parentheses to ensure that the desired sequence of calculations is performed

 

The supported Mathematical operators include:

 

1. ^ = Exponentiation,

2. / = Division,

3. * = Multiplication,

4. + = Addition,

5. - = Subtraction.

 

The supported Boolean operators include:

 

1. = = Equality,

2. < = Less than,

3. > = Greater than,

4. <= = Less than or equal to,

5. >= = Greater than or equal to,

6. <> = Not equal to.

 

The supported Functions include:

 

1. ABS = absolute value of a number,

2. ACOS = arc cosine of a number expressed in radians,

3. ASIN = arc sine of a number expressed in radian,

4. ATAN = arc tangent of a number expressed in radians,

5. COS = cosine of a number expressed in decimal degrees,

6. DEG2RAD = conversion of degrees to radians,

7. RAD2DEG = conversion of radians to degrees,

8. ROUND = rounding up of a number to the nearest whole number,

9. SIN = sine of a number expressed in decimal degrees,

10. SQRT = square root of a number greater than zero,

11. TAN = tangent of a number expressed in decimal degrees,

12. TRUNCATE = truncation of a number.

 

The user is also able to employ the IF( conditional to add decision making functionality into the equation evaluation process. When using the IF( conditional, the user specifies an expression, a true condition and a false condition. As such, the command evaluates the expression so that either a true or a false condition exists. The true or false condition that the user specifies is then applied.

 

The following illustrates the correct syntax for sample equations. Note that J2, K2, P2, R2, Q2, M2, L2, S2 and N2 represent sample attributes (fields).

 

1. J2-K2

2. 29.8*P2*R2*Q2^2*SQRT(M2)

3. ((J2-20)/L2)^0.54*N2

4. S2*N2

5. IF(Q2=2.5,0.9,IF(Q2=4.5,0.78,IF(Q2=1.9,0.97,IF(Q2=2.5,(Q2^-0.092*1.0808),4.0))))

6. DEG2RAD(ACOS(0.5))

7. ASIN(0.75)

8. ATAN(0.35)

9. SIN(30)

10. COS(60)

11. TAN(45)

12. ROUND(4.75)

13. TRUNCATE(4.75)

 

It is noted that in the sample equations above there are no leading, trailing or embedded blank spaces. However, such blank spaces may be introduced if deemed necessary for the sake of clarity. If so, they will be disregarded by the program.

 

3. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Convert Graphic Text] command to store the font name and style (italic/bold) in the database. Previously, this was not stored. Now when a graphic text element or a group of graphic text elements are converted the font name and style properties will be stored in the database (shapefile). So that if the {CEDRA Utilities} [Generate Text from Table] command is used to recreate the graphic text element, the graphic text element that is created will properly reflect the original graphic text element.

 

4. Modification to the Transformation tool. Three new options have been added to the pull-down list that is presented by the command. The new options include Set Graphic Text Angle (2 Pts), Set Graphic Text Angle (Pick Line) and Set Graphic Text Angle (Explicit). These new options provide the user the ability to set the angle of inclination for a graphic text element. In addition, these options will update the database if the graphic text element is associated with a feature in a shapefile. Note that the options Set Graphic Text Angle (2 Pts) and Set Graphic Text Angle (Pick Line) will offset the graphic text element from the implied two point or picked line using the value for the annotation offset parameter under the [Text Parameters] command.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2i

 

1. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.4, in which the DEFAULT command has been modified to support the keycodes RETURN_LENGTH, RETURN_AREA and RETURN_AREA_UNITS. These commands will use as the default value for an attribute: (a) the length or perimeter of a feature (RETURN_LENGTH), (b) the area of a feature in square feet or square meters (RETURN_AREA) or (c) the area of a feature in acres or hectares (RETURN_AREA_UNITS). To use these keycodes, the user simply enters the appropriate keycode after the DEFAULT command with at least one space separating the two items. As an example, the user could enter DEFAULT RETURN_AREA to have the DataEditor extension compute and display the area of a feature, in square feet or square meters, as the default value for an attribute.

 

2. Addition of the CEDRA-UndoEdits extension, Version 1.1, which when used with the CEDRA-DataEditor extension enables the user to utilize the CEDRA-DataEditor extension without loading the AVsand extension. In so doing, the CEDRA-DataEditor can operate in a stand-alone environment.

 

3. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Flip/Reverse Lines] command to reverse the values in the DNINV and UPINV fields when a line is being flipped. Previously, this was not done, so that even though the line was reversed the inverts remained as they were. This no longer will occur.

 

4. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command to recognize either the AVS_NODENO or NODID fields as the field containing the node number to which the polygon is attached to. Previously, only the AVS_NODENO field was examined.

 

5. Modification to the Modify tool (M) when modifying a node or a pipe number to update all specialty tables that reference the original node or pipe number. Previously, when a node or pipe number was changed, the command would not check all of the specialty tables. As such, even though the node or pipe number was changed, some of the specialty tables would still reference the original node/pipe number. This no longer will occur.

 

6. Modification to the Modify tool (M) to operate fully with the {CEDRA Utilities} [Oops] command. So that, if the user wishes to undo an operation performed with the Modify tool, the user can now do so.

 

7. Modification to the {Modify} [Classification] command to display two new options called User Defined Node and User Defined Pipe. These options inform the program that the user has assigned a customized classification to the node or pipe themes and that the program should leave the classification of these themes as is. Previously, if the user had customized the legend for the node or pipe theme and then defined or modified an existing node or pipe, the program would replace the customized legend with one of the AVsand default legends. This no longer will occur. So that, if the user customizes the legend for the node or pipe theme and wishes to maintain this legend, the user should activate this command and select either the User Defined Node or User Defined Pipe option depending upon which legend has been customized. Note that when AVsand is loaded, it checks to see if the project file contains an AVsand model, if so, the legend assigned to the node and pipe themes is maintained. If the project file does not contain an AVsand model and one is created, the program will use the AVsand default model legend for the node and pipe themes. Furthermore, note that the {CEDRA Utilities} [Update Classifications] command can be used to refresh or update the legend that is assigned to a theme. This is useful when the user adds or deletes features in a theme that has a customzied legend. In this case, the legend in the Table of Contents is not updated by ArcView to reflect the addition or deletion of the feature. The [Update Classifications] command, however, can be used to refresh or update the legend to properly reflect the addition or deletion of the feature.

 

8. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Update Classifications] command to not only check the label that is assigned to a class but also the range of a class in order to maintain the symbology and labels used in a classification. Previously, only the label was checked which would not handle the case of a theme being classified on a field of numeric type and with labels that are strings. This modification provides a stronger methodology of ensuring that the same symbols and labels that appear in a legend are maintained when the theme is reclassified. This command is very useful when the user adds or deletes features in a theme that has a customzied legend. In this case, the legend in the Table of Contents is not updated by ArcView to reflect the addition or deletion of the feature. The [Update Classifications] command, however, can be used to refresh or update the legend to properly reflect the addition or deletion of the feature.

 

9. Modification to the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command to add the NODNAM and PIPNAM attributes into the sewer node and pipe themes, respectively. These new attributes are of character or string type with a field width of 40 characters. The intent of these new attributes is to store alphanumeric IDs.

 

10. Modification to the {Query} [Range], [Highs], [Lows] and [Show Ind'q Pipes] commands to include the NODNAM and PIPNAM attribute values in the reports that these commands generate. Note that the NODNAM and PIPNAM attributes can be used to store node or pipe IDs, respectively, which are alphanumeric in nature. The maximum number of characters that can be used in an alphanumeric ID is 40.

 

11. Modification to the N tool, Define Nodes, to allow the user to assign a node name when creating new nodes. An additional parameter has been added to the multi-input dialog box that the command displays.

 

12. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Generate Text] command for increased performance in terms of speed. That is to say, the command will now create text primitives significantly faster. The command will also display the time at which processing began and terminated in the status bar area. In so doing, the user is able to determine how long it took to generate the text primitives.

 

13. Modification to the icfilstx script to store the name of the font in addition to the other pertinent text primitive attributes (such as height, width, etc.). A new field called NAME will appear in the text primitive shapefile. This is a string or character type field with a maximum width of 80 characters. The Text Panel within the Symbol Window can be used to define the current active font.

 

14. Modification to the icfilstx script to store the font type style of the text primitive being created. The font type style pertains to whether the font is normal or italic and whether it is bold or normal. The ITAL field contains a numeric value denoting if the font is normal (ITAL = 1) or italic (ITAL = 2). The MODE field, likewise, contains a numeric value denoting if the font is normal (MODE = 1) or bold (MODE = 3).

 

15. Modification to the icfilstx script to store the color of the text primitive being created. A numeric value corresponding to the color index value is stored under the COLR field. Color index values begin at zero and are incremented sequentially by one. The color index value can be determined by reviewing the Color Panel within the Symbol Window. In the Color Panel there will be several rows and columns of different colors. Color Index 0 represents column one of row one. Proceeding left to right on a row by row basis, the color index values increment by one. So that, the color index value of the sixth column of row one is 5 (typically the color black). Likewise, the color index value of the first column of row two is 6.

 

16. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Generate Text] command to use the current active font, as defined in Text Panel within the Symbol Window, when creating text primitives. The exception to this is when the table that is being processed contains a font name. The font name is stored under the NAME field. If this field exists, the font appearing in this field will be used and not the current active font.

 

17. Modification to the Transformation tool. Two new options have been added to the pull-down list that is presented by the command. The new options include Move Selected Features (dx,dy) and Move Selected Features (dir,dist). These new options provide the user the ability to move a feature or a group of selected features either (a) along the x and y axes a user-specified amount, or (b) along a direction a user-specified distance.

 

18. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Zoom Scale Factor] command to remain active until the user selects the Cancel button. In so doing, the user is able to alter the display of the view without having to reselect the command.

 

19. Modification to the Point 3 command |PLUS/OF| to provide the user the ability to specify a starting station value. When a starting station value has been specified, the plus value that is used in computing the point is the difference between the plus value entered by the user and the starting station value. For example, if the starting station value is 1000 and the plus value entered by the user is 1400, the command would use 400 in computing the coordinates of the point.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2h

 

1. Modification to the {Annotate} [User Text] command to enable the user to create annotation or text for multiple fields in a single operation. A new option called Attribute(s) from the Table has been added to the choice message box that is displayed by the command. When creating text for certain fields in a database, the user should first select the feature or features that are to be processed. Once selected, the [Text or Attribute] command can be activated followed by selecting the Attribute(s) from the Table option. The user will then be asked to identify the field or fields that are to be used in the generation of text. Upon completion of the field identification, a dialog box will be displayed. On a row by row basis, the field or fields selected by the user will be listed. The default order of the fields will correspond to their order in the database. The user, at this point, can control the order of the text by selecting the appropriate field from the Attribute pull-down list. The order in which the fields are listed in the dialog box will reflect the order in which the text is listed on the map. For each field in which text is to be created, the user is able to control the font, font style and font size that is used in creating the text. Any true-type font installed on the computer is available to the user for selection. In addition, the user is able to specify a prefix and/or suffix to the text. Once created, the user has the ability to reposition the text to eliminate any overlap or interferences, if any, using any of the available relocation tools. The [Text or Attribute] command will process Point, Line and Polygon features and always lists the text in a vertical fashion. Users involved with surveying or engineering applications will find this command an ideal tool for labeling curve data, while those involved with marketing or business applications will find this command extremely helpful in transferring database information onto a map.

 

2. Modification to the CEDRA-DataEditor extension, Version 1.3, in which (a) the width of the dialog box has been increased, (b) the DataEditor tool has been converted into a tool menu and (c) the addition of the REMEMBER_LAST command. The CEDRA-DataEditor extension now consists of a tool menu that is comprised of 3 individual tools. The first is the DataEditor tool, previously available, which allows the user to edit specific attributes that are associated with a feature. The two new tools that have been added enable the user to (a) reload the Theme Attribute Data File from within ArcView and (b) delete selected features that exist within the user-defined themes. Should the features that are to be deleted have associated tables related to them, the corresponding records in the associated tables will also be deleted. The new command REMEMBER_LAST allows the user to use the last value that was assigned to an attribute as the default value for an attribute, provided that the current value for the attribute is blank, for a character type field, or 0, for a numeric type field.

 

3. Addition of two new size options to the {Resize} [Application] menu item. These new options enable the user to see the task bar concurrently with the ArcView application.

 

4. Addition of new size options to the {Resize} [Windows] menu item. These new options provide additional pre-defined window sizes for the user to chose from.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2g

 

1. Addition of the CEDRA-DataEditor extension which enables the user to interactively edit the attributes associated with a feature. When loaded, the CEDRA-DataEditor extension adds one tool to the View document toolbar, which is referred to as the Edit Feature Attributes tool. This tool enables the user to select a feature (point, line, curve or polygon) and edit the attributes that are associated with the feature. A multi-input dialog box is displayed containing the feature's attributes. The user can control which attributes are displayed and their order by modifying the file themes.txt which is located in the CEDRA distribution directory, for PC based users typically \cedra\avprjs. The file themes.txt contains a list of themes and the attributes within the theme which are available to the user for editting with the Edit Feature Attributes tool. If a feature is selected that belongs to a theme, which does not appear in the themes.txt file, the user has the option of copying the feature into a theme, of the same feature type, that does appear in the themes.txt file. When loaded, the CEDRA-DataEditor extension searches the current working directory for the themes.txt file. If this file does not exist in the current working directory, the CEDRA distribution directory is searched. In so doing, the user is able to create different themes.txt files for different projects, which the user is involved with, by storing in different directories the various themes.txt files. If the themes.txt file does not exist in the CEDRA distribution directory, an error message will be displayed and the user will not be able to use the Edit Feature Attributes tool. If the themes.txt file is modified while the extension is loaded, the user will need to exit ArcView and reload the project file in order for the modifications to the themes.txt file to be available to the user. That is to say, the themes.txt file is read only once, and it is when the extension is initially loaded. It is recommended that the user copy the themes.txt file from the CEDRA distribution directory into a working directory and modify the file as desired. Any word processor or text editor can be used to modify the themes.txt file. Instructions on how the file should be structured are included in the file.

 

2. Modification to the M tool, Modify, when changing a node's node number to change the node number in the SewerLoads table, if it exists. Previously, the user had to use native ArcView table editing functionality to change the node number in the SewerLoads table. Now, if the user changes a node's node number, the program will make all necessary node number changes for the user automatically.

 

3. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| when using the R option to compute the coordinates of the point so as to coincide with the direction of the blue arrow. Previously, the point that was created was based upon a direction that was opposite (180 degrees out of phase) of that shown by the blue direction arrow. This situation only occurred when the user selected a line or curve feature, with the pick that was made to select the feature being closer to the feature's start point. If the pick that was made to select the feature was closer to the endpoint of the feature, the point that would be generated would coincide with the direction of the blue arrow.

 

4. Modification to the extension to allow the user to enter a Bearing direction even though the user is prompted for an Azimuth or Cartesian direction. Whenever, the user is prompted for an Azimuth or Cartesian direction, and the user wishes to enter the direction as a Bearing, the user can do so provided the quadrant identifier is in character form, not numeric. For example, the user could enter a Bearing of NW 20 45 50.1, or N 20 45 50.1 W. The normal rules for entering Bearings using the characters, NE, SE, SW, NW, N, S, E or W to identify the quadrant apply. This modification enables the user to enter a direction in a form different than the setting of the direction property, without having to change the direction property.

 

5. Modification to the extension to allow the user to enter an Azimuth or Cartesian direction even though the user is prompted for a Bearing direction. Whenever, the user is prompted for a Bearing direction, and the user wishes to enter the direction as an Azimuth or Cartesian, the user can do so by entering the desired direction preceded by the keycode A or C, denoting an Azimuth or Cartesian direction. For example, the user could enter a Cartesian direction of C 45, or C 20 45 50.1. As long as the keycode precedes the value, with at least one space separating the keycode and value, the user is able to enter directions in a form different than the setting of the direction property, without having to change the direction property.

 

6. Modification to the CEDRA-GridAQuadrilateral extension to enable the user to generate line segments that represent the sides of the polygons that are created and/or polylines that represent the outline of the polygons that are created. Two new data items have been added to the multi-input dialog box that the command displays. By entering Y or N to the appropriate data item, the user indicates whether these features are to be created or not. The default response to the create polyline data item is Y. In so doing, the user can continue to perform subdivisions on the polylines that are created.

 

7. Modification to the {Modeling} [User Hydrographs] command to include two new options called "Edit table with User-Defined Factor" and "Edit table with Factor in Theme". These options enable the user to globally add a value to the flows in the user hydrographs and/or multiply the flows in the user hydrographs by a factor. The adjustment to the hydrograph flows can be made using values explicitly entered by the user or by extracting the adjustment values from a nodal contributing polygon. Both options process the currently selected nodes. If no nodes are selected, the command will query the user as to if all nodes in the model are to be examined. Inflow hydrographs having the same node number and service area number of the selected node(s) will be adjusted. If the "Edit table with Factor in Theme" option is selected, the user will be asked to specify the nodal contributing polygon and the attributes (fields) that contain the value to be added to the flows and multiplied by. If the user does not wish to add a value to the flows or have the flows multiplied by a factor, the user can select the Cancel button in response to the appropriate prompt. Inflow hydrograph flows, under both options, are adjusted using the following equation:

Qnew = (Q + Value) * Factor

where Q is the current flow, Value is the number to be added to the current flow and Factor is the multiplication number.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2f

 

1. Modification to the extension to not resize the ArcView application window when the extension is loaded. Previously, the extension would resize the application window to fill up as much of the desktop area as possible. Now the extension will honor the size of the ArcView application window leaving it in the same position and at the same size.

 

2. Modification to the extension, CEDRA-ChangeFeatures (Version 1.4), which is included with the distribution software. The two commands within this extension will now query the user if the common attributes of the selected features are to be updated in addition to changing their shapes. This query is presented just prior to changing the shape of the selected feature(s). A YesNoCancel message box is displayed. If the Cancel button is selected the commands will abort without changing the shape or the attributes of the selected features. If the No button is selected the commands will only change the shape of the selected features. If the Yes button is selected, the commands will change not only the shape of the selected features but also all of the common attributes. A common attribute is defined as a field which not only has the same name but is also of the same type.

 

3. Modification to the C tool when encountering small segments during the Point and Auto-Search operation. Previously when a small segment was encountered nothing special was done. As such, depending upon the view it was sometimes very difficult, if not impossible, to determine the exact path that was being highlighted. The search engine used by this command has now been changed to alter the display of the view when (a) encountering small segments and (b) when a feature falls outside of the current view. In so doing the user is now able to easily determine which path is being displayed during the Point and Auto-Search operation. Upon confirmation of the path, one way or the other, the display of the view is changed back to its original state. A small segment is defined as one which has a length that is less than 1.5 times the snap tolerance value. If the snap tolerance is defined as a percentage of the view, then this value changes in accord with the view.

 

4. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command to check if the A, B or C fields contains null data. Previously this was not done and as such, if one of these fields contained null data, the field in which the computed load was to be stored would also contain null data. Now, if one of these fields contains null data, the command will use a value of one (1.0) in its computations. Note that this command expects the values in the A, B and C fields to be of numeric type (numbers), not of character or string type.

 

5. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Flip/Reverse Lines] command to redraw the view upon completion of the command's processing. Previously the view was not redrawn, so that if the features which were flipped were drawn in a direction oriented linestyle (such as with arrow heads), the effect of the command would not be immediately realized graphically.

 

6. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command for methods 1 through 4 to allow the user to define the nodal contributing polygon such that each building polygon's center that falls within the nodal contributing polygon will be constituted as contributing to the associated node. Previously, the entire building polygon had to be contained within the nodal contributing polygon. This modification makes the definition of the nodal contributing polygon a little bit easier for the user.

 

7. Addition of the CEDRA-GridAQuadrilateral extension which enables the user to create polygons within a quadrilateral by specifying the number of rows and columns. The quadrilateral is represented by a polyline feature that contains four sides and whose last point matches the first, thereby, forming a closed figure. After the user selects the polyline feature, the command prompts the user for the number of rows and columns. Using this information the command will create the appropriate polygons placing them in the current active layer. The spacing between the rows is computed by taking the distance between the second and third points in the polyline and dividing by the number of desired rows. Likewise, the column spacing is computed by taking the distance between the first and second points in the polyline and dividing by the number of desired columns. The polygons are created left to right and from bottom to top. The left to right direction is controlled by the direction of the first two points in the polyline. In addition, the user has the option of creating points at the vertices of the polygons that are created. The default is not to create points. If the user desires to create points then the user should enter y in the appropriate location in the multi-input dialog box that is displayed by the command. Note that no duplicate points will be created. Like the polygons that are created, the points are placed in the current active layer. If the user does not select a feature or selects a non-polyline feature (point or polygon), an appropriate error message will be displayed and the command aborted.

 

8. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to allow the user to have comment lines in the file that is to be processed. By placing the /* characters in columns 1 and 2 of a data line, the user is able to enter a comment. Comment lines are ignored by the command and enable the user to make the file more readable.

 

9. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command when using one of the Polygon 1 through 12 formats. These formats have been expanded to allow the user to define strings and to support the keycodes: NO POLY, POLY, START, END, CHORD, ANGLE and ARC. Strings may be open or closed figures. That is, the end point of a string may or may not be the same as the start point of the string. The NO POLY keycode informs the command that polygon features are not to be created but rather line and curve features are to be created. Once the NO POLY keycode has been specified it stays in effect until the POLY command appears. The POLY command indicates that polygon features are to be created. As such, it is possible for the user to create a file that creates both polygon as well as line and curve features. If a string is to be created, the NO POLY keycode must appear in the file prior to the definition of the string(s). Note that if only strings are to be created, the NO POLY keycode needs to appear only once. The START keycode enables the user to specify the starting point of a polygon or a string to be the start point of a previously defined polygon or string. Likewise, the END keycode enables the user to specify the starting point of a polygon or string to be the end point of a previously defined polygon or string. The CHORD, ANGLE, and ARC keycodes enable the user to define tangent curves. The default curve definition consists of specifying a chord direction, chord length and radius. The CHORD, ANGLE and ARC keycodes provide the user three new means of defining a curve. The curves that are created using these keycodes are tangent to the previous course. A sample file containing comment lines as well as the keycodes mentioned above is shown below:

 

/*

/* This is a sample of the Polygon 6 file format

/*

/* Comments can be inserted in the file by placing the /*

/* characters in columns 1 and 2 of a data line

/*

/* The special keycodes include the following:

/*

/* NO POLY do not create polygons but rather lines and curves

/* POLY create polygons not lines and curves

/* START set start point of a polygon or string to be the start point of

/* a previously defined polygon or string

/* END set start point of a polygon or string to be the end point of

/* a previously defined polygon or string

/* CHORD tangent curve given chord length and radius

/* ANGLE tangent curve given central angle (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) and radius

/* ARC tangent curve given arc length and radius

/*

/* Command denoting do not create polygons

/*

NO POLY

/*

/* First String (which happens to be a closed figure) with 10 vertices

/*

87831528 4000.0 4000.0 10

586.77753 SW 88 8 41.7

402.97627 NW 34 3 58.3

348.47370 NW 5 12 41.3 361.045

363.51546 NE 23 38 35.7

407.47558 NE 74 27 0.8

/*

/* Note that you can have comments anywhere in the file

/*

282.80400 SE 78 4 28.4 306.486

270.80277 SE 50 35 57.6

171.79402 SE 20 29 13.3

505.86450 SW 8 37 47.6 519.802

268.99867 SW 37 44 48.5

/*

/* Second String comprised of 4 lines and 1 curve defined in a Clockwise direction

/*

87831529 5000.0 5000.0 5

200 NE 00 0 0.0

200 NE 90 0 0.0

/*

/* Curve defined by chord length, chord direction and a radius

/*

141.4214 SE 45 0 0 100.0

-100 NE 0

-300 NE 90

/*

/* Same as string above but defined in a CounterClockwise direction

/*

87831530 5000.0 5500.0 5

300 NE 90

100 NE 0

/*

/* Negative radius denotes CounterClockwise direction

/* Positive radius denotes Clockwise direction

/*

141.4214 NW 45 0 0 -100.0

-200 NE 90 0 0.0

-200 NE 00 0 0.0

/*

/* Single line starting at known coordinates

/*

87831531 5500.0 5500.0 1

300 NE 90

/*

/* Single line starting at the end point of the string defined above

/*

87831532 END 87831531 1

-300 NE 00

/*

/* Command denoting create polygons not line and curve features

/*

POLY

/*

/* Polygon starting at the start point of a string

/*

87831533 START 87831532 5

100 NE 00

300 NE 90

100 NE 00

-300 NE 90

-100 NE 00

/*

/* Command denoting do not create polygons

/*

NO POLY

/*

/* String with tangent curve defined by arc length and radius

/*

87831534 5300 5900 5

-300 NE 90

50 NE 0

ARC 78.540 50

250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

/* String with tangent curve defined by chord length and radius

/*

87831535 5700 5900 5

-300 NE 90

50 NE 0

CHORD 70.7108 50

250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

/* String with tangent curve defined by central angle and radius

/*

87831536 6100 5900 5

-300 NE 90

50 NE 0

/*

/* Central angle specified in degrees, minutes and seconds

/*

ANGLE 90 0 0 50

250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

/* Same three strings above but defined in a CounterClockwise direction

/*

87831537 5000 4700 5

300 NE 90

50 NE 0

ARC 78.540 -50

-250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

87831538 5400 4700 5

300 NE 90

50 NE 0

CHORD 70.7108 -50

-250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

87831539 5800 4700 5

300 NE 90

50 NE 0

ANGLE 90 0 0 -50

-250 NE 90

-100 NE 0

/*

/* String with Reverse Curves

/*

87831533 END 87831532 12

250 NE 90

ANGLE 90 0 0 50

ANGLE 90 0 0 -50

100 NE 90

-100 NE 0

-200 NE 90

50 NE 0

ANGLE 90 0 0 -50

ANGLE 90 0 0 50

-100 NE 90

ANGLE 90 0 0 50

/*

/* End of the sample File

/*

 

10. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command when processing a line shapefile in order to create point features at the endpoints of the lines in the shapefile. The command will now create two fields called FNODE_ and TNODE_ in the selected line shapefile. The values stored in these fields reflect the from and to node numbers and correspond to the NODENO attribute associated with the points that are created. The field definition for these two new attributes are #FIELD_LONG,12,0.

 

11. Addition of the {CEDRA Utilities} [Sort Table of Contents] command which allows the user to sort or rearrange the themes that appear in the View's Table of Contents. Upon activation, the user is presented with a choice message box containing five options, (a) ASCENDING, (b) DESCENDING, (c) MOVE ACTIVE THEMES TO TOP, (d) MOVE ACTIVE THEMES TO BOTTOM and (e) MOVE ACTIVE THEMES BELOW THEME. As the names of the options indicate, the user can (1) sort the Table of Contents such that (a) the themes appear alphabetically in an ascending order, or (b) the themes appear alphabetically in a descending order, or (2) rearrange the Table of Contents by moving the active themes (c) to the top of the Table of Contents, (d) to the bottom of the Table of Contents, or (e) below the location of another theme which the user specifies. This command is very useful when the Table of Contents contains many themes which when using normal ArcView functionality, rearranging the Table of Contents can be tedious.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2e

 

1. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands when using the CEDRA-SAND modeler in creating the unique strip identification number list. These commands will now create a file called strpsumy.dbf which contains a list of the unique strip identification numbers along with the number of pipes that are assigned a strip identification number. This dBase file contains a record for each unique strip identification number and two fields which contain the unique strip identification number and the number of pipes assigned a strip identification number. Should the user wish to view this file, normal ArcView functionality can be employed to add the file as a table.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [SAND Loads to Hydrographs] command to store the Time values in hours and the Intensity values in cubic feet (meters) per second which are the units that the SWMM modeler expects. In addition, the field size for these attributes has been increased from #FIELD_DECIMAL,8,2 to #FIELD_DECIMAL,10,4.

 

3. Ability to customize the default values for certain AVsand properties such as the Units of Measure, Angular Form, Direction Form, Text Size, Annotation Offset and more. An ASCII file called CONFIG.TXT, located in the CEDRA distribution directory, contains a list of the AVsand properties that can be customized by the user. A single data line appears for every property available to the user. On each data line the property value appears first followed by a comment describing the propery. The comment begins with the /* characters and describes the property along with the possible values for the property. The user may employ any word processor or text editor to customize the CONFIG.TXT file. All that needs to be done by the user is to enter the desired property value on the appropriate data line. The user does not need to modify the comment that appears on a data line but rather should review the comment for information describing the property being defined and its allowable values. This file is read when the extension is loaded.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2d

 

1. Addition of the {Modify} [Set Pipe Inverts] command which enables the user to assign pipe inverts using elevation data that is stored in the sewer node theme. Typically, pipe inverts are stored in the sewer pipe theme. However, some databases have the inverts stored with the nodes rather than the pipes. This command provides a method for transferring the inverts from the nodes to the pipes. When activated, the command searches the current view for the sewer node and pipe themes. If neither is found, an appropriate error message is displayed and the command aborts. If both are found, the command prompts the user for the field, in the node theme, that contains the invert elevation for the outgoing pipe. If the Cancel button is selected, the command aborts. Following specification of the outgoing invert elevation field, the user is prompted for up to five incoming invert elevation fields. At least one must be specified. Once all of the incoming invert elevation fields have been specified the user may select the Cancel button to any remaining queries for any incoming invert elevation fields without aborting the command. The command simply allows the user to specify up to five incoming invert elevation fields. Once all of the invert elevation fields have been specified the command queries the user if it is okay to begin the processing. If not, the command aborts, If so, the command cycles through the desired nodes and (a) gets the manhole's node number and pipe invert elevations, (b) searches through the pipes theme to find all pipes connected to the node based upon the manhole's node number, (c) if there are any matches, identify whether the pipe is incoming or outgoing (the outgoing pipe's UPNOD value will be identical to the manhole's node number), and get the pipe's Cartesian rotation, (d) when all connecting pipes have been found, identify their sequence in a clockwise rotation from the outgoing pipe and (e) populate the pipe theme's table with the up and down invert elevations. Upon completion of the processing, the command displays in the status bar area a message informing the user as to how many nodes were processed.

 

2. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| to redisplay the input dialog box when an error has been detected. Previously if an error was detected in the data that was supplied by the user, the command would display an error message and abort. Now the command displays the same error message but once the user acknowledges the error message, the command redisplays the input dialog box displaying the values that were entered when the error was detected.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2c

 

1. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to enable the user to create line features based upon vertex coordinates, as well as, a combination of node number connectivies and coordinates. Two new options called Line Coordinate File - 1 and Line Coordinate File - 2 have been added to the File Type pull-down list that is presented by the command. The Line Coordinate File - 1 option, enables the user to process a file that contains a unique line identifier with coordinates of the points that comprise the line appearing sequentially, one after the other, to create polylines. For every line that is defined at least two data lines must appear with all vertices comprising the line carrying the same line identifier. Once a new line identifier is encountered the previous line definition is interpreted as being completed. The Line Coordinate File - 2 option enables the user to generate two point lines based upon the coordinates of the two nodes that comprise the line. Under this mode of operation, the file contains a data line for every line to be defined. On a data line, the start node number of the line appears along with its coordinates as well as the end node number of the line. Two passes are made in processing the file, the first is to read and store all of the start node numbers and their coordinates, while the second is to create the lines using the coordinates contained on a data line, as well as, the coordinates saved during the first pass. In addition to the lines that are created, the command will generate points for each start node number that is referenced in the file.

 

2. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| when displaying the direction arrow. Previously, the direction arrow would be pointing in the opposite direction of what it should be when a deflection angle was being specified.

 

3. Modification to the CEDRA Peaking Curve Equation to recognize a new coefficient C6. The C6 coefficient represents a multiplier that is applied to the computed peaking factor prior to the value being ckecked if it exceeds the maximum allowed peaking factor (the X parameter). Within the SewerCurves table the C6 coefficient is stored under the TIME5 field. For the Harmon, Babbitt and Fair-Geyer peaking factor curves, the C6 coefficient should be set to one. If the value for C6 is less than or equal to zero, the analysis program will use a value of one. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

4. Modification to the CEDRA-SAND analysis program. In the Sewer Analysis--Load Input report section the headings CUMULTV-A * C and CUMULTV-AREA-ACRES should have been reversed. This has been done. Likewise, the same modification has been performed when Metric units are being used. This modification effects only the format of the report file, the calculations performed by the analysis were not altered.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2b

 

1. The field definition for the NODID, TONODID, PIPID, DNNOD, UPNOD, DNINDX and UPINDX attributes have been changed from #FIELD_SHORT,5,0 to be #FIELD_LONG,12,0. In so doing, larger numbers for these attributes can be handled.

 

2. Addition of the ability for customizing the available pipe material codes and annotations. Previously, the pipe material codes and annotation strings were program fixed. That is, the user was unable to change the available codes and annotation strings. Now by adding a table to the Project File called PipeMaterials, the user can specify the material codes and annotations strings that the program should use. The table PipeMaterials contains two fields called CODE and ANNOTATION which, obviously, pertain to the pipe material codes and annotation strings. The annotation strings are used when specifying the conduit material for a pipe and when profiles are created. A record should appear in the table for every pipe material the user wishes to use. This table is read by the program when it is loaded by the Project File, therefore, if the table is modified after the Project File has been opened, the user should exit the Project File and then reopen the Project File. In so doing, the modifications will be recognized. Both fields are of character or string type with the CODE field containing a maximum of six characters and the ANNOTATION field a maximum of forty. The materials defined in the PipeMaterials table will appear when using the [P] tool, the [M] tool when modifying pipes, the {Annotate} [Len., Dia. + Slope] and [Profile] commands and the {Modify} [Classification] command. Consult Appendix A of the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information regarding the pipe material attribute, PMATR.

 

3. Addition of the ability for customizing the available pipe sizes used by the CEDRA-SAND modeler. By adding a table to the Project File called PipeSizes, the user can control which pipe sizes are used when an inadequate conduit is encountered. The table PipeSizes contains two records with the first containing the pipe sizes for US units of measure and the second containing the pipe sizes for SI units of measure. The table contains 26 fields called SIZE01, SIZE02, SIZE03, ... SIZE26. These are number fields of type D9.3. If the table PipeSizes is not present in the Project File the CEDRA-SAND modeler will use its default pipe sizes depending upon the units of measure specified. If the table is present, then the modeler will use the pipe sizes specified in the table. The pipe sizes will appear in the CEDRA-SAND input file under the PIPES command at the top of the input (*.inp) file.

 

4. Addition of the {Modify} [Node/Pipe Numbers] command which enables the user to generate sequential node and pipe numbers. When the command is activated, the program checks if there are any selected node and pipe features. If not, then all node and pipe features are processed by the command. If there are selected node and pipe features then only the selected features are processed. Once this is determined, the command prompts the user for the starting node and pipe numbers as well as a distance tolerance. The command uses the starting node and pipe numbers and assigns them to the first node and pipe it processes. All subsequent node and pipe numbers generated will be incremented by one. The distance tolerance is expressed in world units and is used to determine which node is close to an endpoint of a pipe. For most applications, the default value should be sufficient. This command will alter the values in the NODID, PIPID, DNNOD, DNINDX, UPNOD and UPINDX fields and should be executed prior to invoking the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command.

 

5. Modification to the CEDRA-SAND analysis program when generating the ASCII report files. Previously, when the report files were being generated and large node or pipe numbers (greater than 9999) were being used, the first comma in the report file would be missing. This would cause an error, in the [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands, when the report files were being read. This no longer will occur.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.2a

 

1. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| to remove the requirement of picking two points to define the baseline direction when a point feature has been selected. Previously, when a point feature was selected and confirmed, the user had to pick two points to define the direction of the baseline. When an explicit direction was being specified these points were not necessary. Now, when a point feature is selected a new parameter, in the multi-input message box that is displayed by the command, will appear. This parameter carrys the label Pick two point baseline (Y = yes, N = no). If the user wishes to define the baseline direction when a point feature is selected, following the confirmation of the feature and the display of the multi-input message box, the user should enter y in the field to the right of the Pick two point baseline label. Once entered, the user can pick the two points that define the direction of the baseline. If the user does not wish to define the baseline direction when a point feature is selected, the user can simply enter the appropriate information in the multi-input message box that is displayed. The default baseline direction when a point feature is selected is along the x axis or a Cartesian angle of zero degrees. When a line feature is selected, the default baseline direction is identical to that of the line's direction.

 

2. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| to display a blue arrow denoting the direction of the baseline. In so doing it is easier for the user to identify which side is to the right or left of the baseline. Note that when central angles are being specified, the user should reverse the direction of the blue arrow. That is, when central angles are being entered, the command adds 180 degrees to the direction of the baseline and then adds the specified central angle to the reversed baseline direction.

 

3. Modification to the Point 3 command |PLUS/OF| to display a blue arrow denoting the direction of the baseline. In so doing it is easier for the user to identify which side is to the right or left of the baseline.

 

4. Modification to the Point 3 command |PLUS/OF| to handle curves whose central angle is greater than 180 degrees. Previously, when a curve with a central angle greater than 180 degrees was being processed, the command would not properly compute the coordinates of the new point(s).

 

5. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to enable the user to create line features based upon node connectivities. A new option called Line Connectivity File has been added to the File Type pull-down list that is presented by the command. This option, when selected, assumes that the root name of the file that is selected matches the name of a visible point theme in the view. Within the Line Connectivity File will be a single record, for every line to be created, containing as a minimum a start node and an end node number. These node numbers correspond to a node number that appears in the corresponding point theme. As the records are processed, the command extracts the coordinates of the start and end nodes from the correspond point theme and creates line features. The user has the option of including or excluding the other attributes in the Line Connectivity File with the line features that are created. Furthermore, the user is able to specify the field in the corresponding point theme that contains the node numbers, as well as, the fields in the file being processed that contain the start and end node values. Since the user is able to specify the fields that contain the respective node numbers, the node numbers do not need to be purely numeric. That is, the node number fields may be either numeric or alphanumeric. However, processing numeric node number fields will be faster than alphanumerics fields.

 

6. Addition of four new conduit material types. These new material types are assigned the following attributes:

PMATR Abbreviation Plot Annotation

27 AA TRUSS

28 AB DIPPOLY

29 AC NA

30 AD HDPE

These new materials types will appear when using the [P] tool, the [M] tool when modifying pipes, the {Annotate} [Len., Dia. + Slope] and [Profile] commands and the {Modify} [Classification] command. Consult Appendix A of the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information regarding the pipe material attribute, PMATR.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1u

 

1. Modification to the Transformation tool. Seven new options have been added to the pull-down list that is presented by the command. Six of the seven pertain to defining the individual points that establish the old and new baselines. The seventh enables the user to employ a Stretch transformation. The seven new options include Pick Baseline Point 1, Pick Basline Point 2, Pick Baseline Point 3, Pick New Baseline Point 1, Pick New Baseline Point 2, Pick New Baseline Point 3 and Stretch Features. In order to use the Stretch Features option all six baseline points must be specified. The six baseline points are comprised of three points defining the original or old baseline and three points which correspond to the three original or old baseline points but in a new coordinate system. The command scales, rotates and translates the original or old baseline points to match the new baseline points. A baseline, when using the Stretch Feature option, is defined by Points 1 and 2, which establish a direction, and Point 3 which is a point offset from an imaginary line connecting Points 1 and 2. The Stretch Features option is different than the Transform Features option in that it will distort the features it processes. The distortion occurs because the command forces the third point in the original or old baseline to match the third point in the new baseline. The Transform Features option, on the other hand, simply uses the third point, if specified, to compute a Y scale factor. If not specified, the Y scale factor is assumed to be the same as the X scale factor.

 

2. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| to provide the user the ability to specify a zero distance value without the command aborting. When the direction mode r is employed, the user is able to enter a zero distance value without aborting the command. Previously, the command would aborted when a zero distance was specified. Now when a zero distance is entered, under the direction mode r, the command accounts for the relative angle without creating a point and redisplays the multi-input dialog box for further input. Note that under the e and a direction modes a zero distance value will result in the command aborting.

 

3. Modification to eliminate a variable/class name conflict. Previously certain extensions, when loaded with the CEDRA-AVsand extension, caused a variable/class name conflict for the variable/class, path.

 

4. Modification to the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command to prompt the user for the PSLOP field when a pipe theme can not be found. Previously, this field was not asked for its corresponding field and was populated with the default slope value of zero. Now the user has the ability to specify which field contains the slope value. The values in the specified field are then transferred to the PSLOP field. In addition, if the specified field is a string field and contains the % character in the string, the command will remove the % character and convert the string into a number.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1t

 

1. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Update Classifications] command to provide the user the ability to assign a specific color and symbol to a specific theme. A new option, Match color and symbology from File, has been added to the pull-down list that is presented by the command. This option reads the ASCII file, symblayr.txt, which is located in the CEDRA distribution directory, for PC based users, \cedra\avprjs. This is a normal text file and can be modified by the user as desired. Within the file are instructions as to how the file should be structured. Essentially, the user specifies on a data line the name of a theme, a keycode and a keycode value. These three parameters are separated by at least one space or blank character. The name of the theme must appear as it does in the View's Table of Contents with the exception for CEDRA layers. For CEDRA layers only the root name of the theme needs to be specified. That is, those themes which end with the cn.shp, cv.shp, ln.shp, pg.shp, pl.shp, pn.shp and tx.shp characters do not need to have the exact theme name spelling in the symblayr.txt file. For example, the theme L_0pn.shp would be defined in the symblayr.txt file as L_0, not L_0pn.shp. The pn.shp characters are omitted. The valid keycodes are COLOR, FILL, PEN and MARKER. The keycode COLOR enables the user to assign a color to a theme. The keycodes FILL, PEN and MARKER allow the user to assign a specific fill pattern, linestyle or point marker, respectively, to a theme. The valid keycode values for the COLOR keycode are BLACK, BLUE, CYAN, GRAY, GREEN, MAGENTA, RED, WHITE and YELLOW. The valid keycode values for the FILL, PEN and MARKER are those numbers greater than or equal to zero. These numbers correspond to the index value for the symbols displayed in the Symbol Palette window. These numbers begin at 0 and increment sequentially by one on a row by row basis. That is, when the Symbol Palette is displayed usually three patterns, line styles or markers appear on a row, depending upon the type of palette that is displayed. For the first row the index values would be 0, 1 and 2 proceeding left to right in the row. Likewise, for the second row, the index values would be 3, 4 and 5 also proceeding left to right. This process is applied to all of the remaining rows in the palette. Once the symblayr.txt file is read, the command searches the Table of Contents for the specified theme. If a match is made, a single symbol legend type is applied to the theme and the appropriate color and/or symbol assignments made.

 

2. Addition of a new extension, CEDRA-ChangeFeatures, which is included with the distribution software. This extension is comprised of one button and one tool that enables the user to change the shape of a single feature or a group of features using the shape of another feature. The button is represented by the Link icon and its balloon help appears as Change Selected Features, while the tool is represented by the StyleRamp icon and its balloon help is Change Feature's Shape. The function of these commands is to change the shape of selected features by substituting the shape of other features. The Change Feature's Shape tool operates on a single feature, while the Change Selected Features button will process the current selected features, which may be comprised of one or more features. The Change Feature's Shape tool will prompt the user to select the feature to be changed, followed by prompting the user to select the feature whose shape is to replace the feature initially selected. The initial feature's shape is then changed to be identical to that of the second feature selected. The second feature is left unaltered. The Change Selected Features button will change the shape of the current selected features by using the shapes of features in a specific theme which have an identical attribute with the current selected features. The user is asked to identify the theme containing the new shapes as well as the field or attribute that is to be used to make a match between the features.

 

3. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to provide the user the ability to create point features at the endpoints of lines. If the user has selected a file containing the .shp extension, when prompted for the name of the file to be processed, the command assumes that the user wishes to create point features at the endpoints of the line features stored in the Shapefile. Under this mode of operation, the Shapefile must have been loaded, in the current view, prior to invoking the [Import Points] command. Using the name of the shapefile, selected by the user, the command will scan the view's Table of Contents for a visible theme of the same name. If no theme is found, a warning message is displayed and the command terminates. The name that appears in the top line of the warning message is the root name of the shapefile that was selected by the user. A theme with this same name must be present in the current view for the command to operate under this mode. It is the theme in the view that is processed and not the file that resides on disk. If a theme is found, the command will begin to generate point elements at the endpoints of the selected line features in the theme. If no lines have been selected then all line features in the theme will be processed. The point features that are created will be stored in the current active layer and will be assigned typical AVseries point attributes. In creating the point features, the command will not generate duplicate points at common endpoint locations. In eliminating duplicate points, the command employs one of two methods. The first method is to examine the selected line theme for the FNODE_ and TNODE_ attributes. These are typical Arc/Info attributes that represent a from node number and a to node number. If these attributes exist, the command will create a point feature for every unique node number. In addition, the command will create an attribute called NODENO that will contain the FNODE_ or TNODE_ node number. The second method is employed when the FNODE_ and TNODE_ attributes do not exist in the selected line theme. Under this method, the command checks for common coordinates. Note that this method is considerably slower than the first because every endpoint is compared with every other endpoint. In examining the theme in which the created point features are stored, the user will notice the PNT and NODENO attributes. The PNT attribute represents the sequential point number assigned to the point and will begin at one (1) if the theme contains no other point features or will begin at one higher than the highest PNT value present in the point theme. The NODENO attribute will either be identical to the PNT attribute if the selected line theme does not contain the FNODE_ and TNODE_ attributes or will represent the FNODE_ or TNODE_ node number, if the selected line theme does contain these attributes.

 

4. Modification to the {Text Properties} [Change Text Properties] command. The default value for the Maximum Chord Deflection in Degrees option has been changed from 18 to 24.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1s

 

1. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command. A new option has been added called (Poly Area) x (Poly B) x (Poly C) / Nodes in Poly. This option uses the area of a land polygon as Attribute A and expects each polygon to carry its own B and C attributes. Thus, if the area of a land polygon is A, the polygon's load is (A) x (polygon B) x (polygon C). Once the polygon's load has been computed, the command divides the value by the total number of nodes (NODTYP <= 10) that are attached to pipes (INPIPE = 1), within the land polygon. The result of this division is then applied to each of these nodes thereby providing for an equal distribution of the total polygon demand. In this method, it is not necessary for the land polygons to be assigned to a node.

 

2. Modification to the {Preferences} [View Parameters] command to enable the user to specify the snap tolerance either as a percentage or as an absolute value. Previously, the user was able to only specify the tolerance as a percentage of the view display window width. If the user wishes to specify the tolerance as an absolute value, the keycode a should be appended to the desired value. For example, if the snap tolerance is to be defined as 10 feet, the user should enter 10 a, that is, the number ten followed by at least one space and then the a character. If the keycode a is omitted, the command assumes that a percentage snap tolerance is desired. If a percentage snap tolerance is to be entered, the user does not have to divide the value by 100 prior to entering the value. Previously if a 2 percent snap tolerance was desired, the user would have entered 0.02. Now the user should enter 2, if a 2 percent snap tolerance is desired. Note that the snap tolerance does not have to be a whole number, a value of 2.45 would be acceptable. In addition, when the command is activated, the command will append the text percent or absolute to the current snap tolerance value. This is done to allow the user to determine the type of snap tolerance in effect.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1r

 

1. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Generate Text from Table] command to handle CAD drawing attribute tables for text elements. Previously, only AVseries text attribute tables could be processed. Now it is possible to generate AVseries text features from the text elements in a CAD drawing. A CAD drawing attribute table for a text element is denoted by having the SHAPE, ENTITY and TEXT fields. Using this new functionality provides the user the ability to edit text that is imported from a CAD drawing.

 

2. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command. The scripts which comprise this command have been extracted to form the CEDRA-ImportPoints extension. In order for the user to use the {Import} [Points] command the CEDRA-ImportPoints extension needs to be loaded, if not, an appropriate error message will be displayed.

 

3. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to provide the user the ability to create point features using the text elements in a CAD drawing. The text elements that are processed are those which represent numbers. Text elements that do not represent a single numeric value are ignored. The user has the option of creating point features at the start of the text element, the end of the text element, at the mid-point of the text element or at the location of the decimal point within the text element. The number which the text element represents will be assigned to the Z attribute for the point feature. Note that the Annotation or Text theme of a CAD drawing, when using this command, should appear above any of the other themes that are associated with the CAD drawing in the view's Table of Contents.

 

4. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to enable the user to create point features at the endpoints of line endpoints. No duplicate points will be created at common line endpoints. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1q

 

1. Modification to the {Modeling} [Curve Data] command to create three additional records in the SewerCurves table. The total number of records in the SewerCurves tables, as created by this command, will be 13. The first nine will contain rainfall intensity curve data, the tenth record will contain a peaking factor curve defined by nine points and the final three will correspond to the Harmon, Babbitt and Fair-Geyer peaking factor curves, respectively. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] and [Re-Execute] commands when using the CEDRA-SAND modeler to include the peaking factor curve identification number when processing sanitary loads. Previously, all sanitary loads were assigned a peaking factor curve identification number of one. Now, the peaking factor curve identification number is taken from the SewerLoads table using the value assigned under the PEAKCRV attribute.

 

3. Modification to the W tool, Assign Wastewater Loads, to allow the user to assign a peaking factor curve identification number to the load. Previously, there was no provision to do so. Now, an additional data line is presented in the multi-input dialog box which provides the user the ability to specify a peaking factor curve identification number. This value will be stored in the SewerLoads tables under the PEAKCRV attribute. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

4. Addition of the FLOWSPLIT attribute to the pipe theme. This attribute contains the flow split code that is to be used when using the CEDRA-SAND modeler. This attribute only has an effect for those pipes that are connected to Diversion type nodes (NTYPE = 19).

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1p

 

1. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Copy Selected Features] command to provide the user the ability to specify whether attributes, that are associated with the selected feature(s) to be copied and which are missing from the resultant theme, are to be copied in addition to the shape of the selected feature(s). Previously, the command would always copy any missing attributes which would result in the list of attributes, associated with the resultant theme, being expanded. The user now has a choice which is presented in the form of a query (Yes-No-Cancel message box). Responding Yes results in the command copying any missing attributes along with the shape of the feature into the resultant theme. A response of No results in the command copying only the shape of the feature ignoring any attributes that may not be present in the resultant theme, while a response of Cancel will abort the command.

 

2. Modification to the {Modeling} [Update Model Geometry] command to create all AVsand fields when establishing the node and pipe themes for the first time. Previously, the last two fields of the node theme and the last eleven fields of the pipe theme were omitted by the command. The user would then have to add these fields, using normal ArcView functionality, following the field specifications of Appendix A of the [AVsand User's Manual].

 

3. Modification to the {CEDRA Utilities} [Update Geometry] command to store the line length value in the fields LENGTH and PLONG, if present, for line type themes. Previously, only the LEN field would be updated with the line length value. Now, the LEN, LENGTH and PLONG fields will be updated if they are present. Note that any previous value in these fields will be overwritten.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1o

 

1. Modification to the {Import} [Points] command to accept the space, comma or tab characters as separating characters between the items on a data line. Previously, only the space and comma characters were valid delineating characters, at this version, the tab character has been added.

 

2. Modification to the script that prepares the SWMM input file when processing multiple outfall nodes. Previously, the I command lines were not grouped together. This has been changed so that models with multiple outfall nodes will now be handled properly.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1n

 

1. The AVsand extension will now take into account the View Properties settings for Map Units and Distance Units when the view is not assigned a projection. Previously, when the View was not assigned a projection, the extension would assume that the Distance Units setting was the same as the Map Units setting. This modification allows the user the ability to work in an environment where the Map Units is set to meters and the Distance Units as feet. In so doing, the user is able to enter distances in terms of feet rather than meters since the Distance Units property controls the units in which distances are specified.

 

2. Modification to the {Query} [Node] and {Query} [Pipe] commands, when searching for a single feature, to allow the user the ability to enter a single node or pipe number under the low number parameter. Previously, if a single node or pipe feature was to be found, the user had to enter the same number under both the low and high number parameters. Now, if a single feature is to be found, the user is able to simply enter the desired number under only the low number parameter, without having to specify any value for the high number parameter. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

AVsand New Features at Version 4.1m

 

1. Modification to the Point 2 command |POINT DIR/DIST| to provide the user the ability to turn an angle off a baseline in addition to being able to explicitly enter a direction. Previously, the user was only able to explicitly enter a direction. Now the user has the option of specifying an angle that is turned off a baseline direction. A new parameter, direction mode, appears in the multi-input message box. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

2. Modification to the [Import Points] command to enable the user to build polygons from an ASCII based file. The polygons that are created can contain sides that are linear (straight) or curved. Additional file types have been added to the file type pull-down list Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

3. Ability to work with views that contain raster images.

 

4. Ability to work as an extension with Version 3.1 of ArcView.

 

5. Ability to work with views that have been assigned a projection.

 

6. Modification to the {Modeling} [Load Generation] command to allow the user to uniformly distribute the load, computed in a contributing nodal load polygon, amongst the nodes within the polygon. A new option has been added to the Load Generation pull-down list called (Bldg A) x (Bldg B) x (Bldg C) / Nodes in Poly. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.

 

7. Modification to the {Modeling} [Execute] command to speed up the post-processing of the results that are computed when using the SWMM modeler.

 

8. Modification to the {Modeling} [Re-Execute] command to speed up the post-processing of the results that are computed when using the SWMM modeler.

 

9. Modification to the {Modeling} [Curve Data] command to increase the number of digits to the right of the decimal point in the SewerCurves table from two to three. This modification helps Metric based users who require three digits to the right of the decimal point in their peaking factor curve data.

 

10. Modification to the CEDRA-SAND modeler to use the appropriate metric values when computing the time of concentration based upon the FAA equation as described in Appendix E. Consult the [AVsand User's Manual] for more information.