Last revised: January 25, 2012
The download for this utility can be found here.
Civil/Site Tools (CivTools) is an application designed for Surveying and Civil/Site users.
NOTE: This utility application includes very basic surveying and civil/site capabilities. The Bentley Road and Site Design Solutions provides much more comprehensive functionality -- click here for more information.
CivTools.ma and CivTools.DLL should be copied into the same folder (i.e. ..\mdlapps\).
Key in: MDL LOAD CIVTOOLS from the Key-in Browser
MDL LOAD CIVTOOLS
from Utilities > MDL Applications > Browse, select CivTools
The Civil/Site Tools palette displays.
Used to place 3D line-string or curve-strings that represent contours. Turn on the Planar option to place contours. If the Planar option is off, you can key in different elevations for each datapoint to allow breaklines to be easily defined.
Allows you to label contours individually or in groups. You can label groups by striking a line across all the elements to be labeled. Only contours on major or minor contour levels (as defined in the CivTools parameters) are processed.
Provides the ability to place breaklines as lines or curves at a specific elevation and optionally increment or decrement the elevation of successive vertices.
Allows you to place a coordinate marker with the respective Northing and Easting coordinates (and optionally the elevation) of an identified point. You can choose the output prefixes and suffixes as well as the order of the NE or EN coordinate output (the latter is in the Coordinates tab of the Civil Tool Properties dialog).
Allows you to modify contour vertices without modifying the vertices' elevation.
Modify the elevations of sequential contours (identified by a crossing line) to a user-specified absolute or delta interval.
Enables you to set Z value for all vertices of a line-string, curve-string, or complex-string to a specified value.
Enables you to place text and an optional marker to marker elevation. The elevation can either be keyed in, or taken from the datapoint elevation.
Provides the ability to place "curves" using straight lines and arcs.
Allows you to set the level, symbology, and size of the all the elements placed using the Civil/Site tools.
By default, CivTools uses what is set in Settings > Design File... > Working Units > Linear Units for coordinate placement. You can override that with the "Use Design File Settings" setting in this dialog. Note that not all coordinate readout values are available when overriding Design File Working Unit Linear Units.The parameter resource file: civtools.rsc, gets saved in ..\Workspace\system\data\ (default). You may want to experiment with the configuration variable MS_CIVTOOLSPREFS, as that can be set to a file name that specifies the file that you want to use. In order for the civtools.rsc file to be created, one of the commands of the available CivTools must be activated.
Please post any questions or comments regarding this utility in the Bentley Library Forum.
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The logic that we use in CivTools for preferences is to first look for the file civtools.rsc. This file is typiicaly in the Ms_DATA directory. If we find that file we will open it for read write. We check the version number then we read in the values and are done. If the version does not match then we will read defaults. When you unload the application it will save the settings. One other utility function in the application is to dump the settings to a text file. You can use the command "civtools dumpprefs" to get a text file of the settings. If you pass in a file name when you call this command the file will be generated to that name. If not you will be prompted to create a file. The application was not created or intended to use a shared preference file and doing this could cause problems.
This tool does not seem to save the settings after closing MicroStation and re-opening it. Both the *.ma & the *.dll are placed in the same location (.../mdlapps/).
Is there something that I should be setting, like a variable or a value? Or is there a file missing that controls the user settings/preferences?
Your help is much appreciated.
Is there a variable to be set on this? It will not keep my settings. Once I close MicoStation and open it back up all the settings are back to default.
YES!! Thank you this is awesome :)