Using Geopak SS3 .722, I'm finding that when I have certain tools activated and I try to change Civil AccuDraw origin, Civil AccuDraw behaves strangely. I'll give a couple specific examples:
I realize that this behavior may not affect most users because they're not going to be as ridiculous as I am at investigating how things work, and since I know these things now I will easily be able to work around it. (That doesn't mitigate the annoyance.)
It's clear that Civil AccuDraw's origin setting tool is somehow dependent on what the active tool can accept, and my hunch is that this is not working as designed, and indeed is irregular and (in my opinion) should be fixed.
The workflow I was doing when I discovered this strange behavior is that I was measuring areas and needed to know the station at the beginning and end of the area.
(EDIT: I mention this step of the workflow only for context: that is the task I was working on, not to suggest that I expected to find the areas using Civil AccuDraw. Other edits are to clarify that for each case I mention above, I had that tool selected as I was attempting to set the Civil AccuDraw origin.)
Robert GarrettSenior Product EngineerBentley Systems Inc.
Unknown said:In the examples you listed, Civil Accudraw is not even in play because it is not relevant to the described tasks. Civil Accudraw does ONLY one thing. It feeds point information to other commands.
This response boggles the mind. Yes, you're right: CA does only one thing. It feeds point information to other commands. But I'm not talking about what CA reports as much as I'm talking about how you set the origin baseline. In my view, however, it shouldn't matter what tool I'm working with. When setting the origin, I should be able to select any element that could be selected if any other tool had been selected. The selection of the CA baseline should be 100% independent of any tool that you're currently working with.
Allow me to present my workflow more concisely:
Try these steps on any file and I'm confident you'll see the same. I don't believe this workflow is especially out of the ordinary. In fact, I go through similar steps all the time when I'm at quantities stage.
Unknown said:Perhaps you should send a video clip. Civil Accudraw will not even be active when Measure Area by Element is active.
The HUD won't be rendered, sure, but it does work if you use the hard display. (And by the way, I think this is a very important drawback to the HUD: this is just one reason that a user might need station and offset coordinates when not actively constructing new linework. Hence, I have little interest in the HUD and would rather have a setting available that would either disable it altogether or have it so that as soon as I open CA, the hard window comes up.)
A couple notes but you may need to schedule some time with one of our support team to walk thru the process. Or you can contact me directly Robert.Garrett@bentley.com.
I see the goal you want to reach, but the measure area command would not accomplish what you want with or without CA. You could draw in some construction elements of course and thus make a new area for a shape or flood fill but the wiring for Civil Accudraw to feed start and stop is just not there. At the risk of beating a dead horse, Civil Accudraw (also Microstation Accudraw) feed points to other commands. XY, DXDY, StationOffset, Distance-Distance are all point functions thus when a command needs an area or volume there is no role for Accudraw to play.