This tutorial covers some of the GeoTools commands
for working with 3D Polylines to create a road layout along with footpath and
Civil tools for annotating chainage.
1. Open the drawing named lesson2.dwg
which is located in your GeoTools Tutorials folder. This folder is
located in the folder where you have installed GeoTools.
2. You should see a drawing (see Image 4-8) of a small layout of road median under
development represented by 3D Polyline.
3. First we will join the two median 3D-polylines,
Joining 3D Polylines
1. Click on the menu GeoTools
1=> Join 3D Polylines. or type GT_3DJOIN at the command
Note: The segments to be joined must be exactly touching each
2. Then you are prompted to select the 3D polylines to join. You can select in
two ways i.e.
a) Select the 3D polylines to join manually
Press Enter key to select
the layers for joining the 3D polylines. Image 4-10 shows the dialog box you get
for selecting the layers for joining 3D polylines.
After performing the above steps the 3D-polylines touching each other are
joined, so our next process will be to offset the 3D-polyline for creating
pavement edge on either side.
Offsetting the 3D-polyline.
on the menu, GeoTools => Build =>
3D polylines. or type GT_3DOFFSET at the command prompt.
2. Select the 3D polyline and specify the offset distance 10 feet both
horizontally and vertically
3. Offset the 3D polyline on either sides. This two 3D
polylines represent the pavement edge on either sides of median.
4. While offsetting a message box will be displayed as shown below in (Image 4-12)
stating the number of vertices of source and offsetted polyline
5. The result will be two 3D polylines offsetted
on either sides representing Pavement edges.
6. Create a new layer by name Pavement, and make it as current layer.
7. Now we will transfer this two 3D polylines
into the newly created layer Pavement.
Transfering the 3D
Polylines to Current layer
1. Click on menu GeoTools => Layer
to current layer. or type GT_CCL at the command prompt.
2. This will pop-up the standard selection dialog box
shown below in (Image 4-11)
3. Click on the button Scan selected objects for
selecting the two 3D polylines which we offsetted and then click
on Apply button to transfer them to Pavement layer.
Now our next step will be to create Footpath
on either sides of the Pavement. For doing so repeat steps 1
and 2 from
Offseting the 3D Polylines
but keep the offset distance 5 Feet.
4. The result will be two 3D polylines offsetted
on either sides for 10 feet representing Footpath
5. Create a new layer by clicking on menu. Format
=> Layer- > New
name the new layer as Footpath, and make it as current layer.
6. Now our next step is to transfer the 3D
polylines representing Footpath into the layer Footpath.
7. For doing so repeat the steps
1 to 3 from Transfering
the 3D Polylines to Current layer
8. Apply different colors to Pavement and Footpath layer for differentiating them easily. Similar to the one shown below in (Image
After learning how to join and offset 3D polylines now we will see how to
annotate chainage distances along this road segment.
Annotate chainage distances along
on the menu, GeoTools => Civil Tools =>
chainages along a route. or type GT_Chainage at the command
2. You will be prompted to select the polyline to annotate, select the
Median 3D polyline (Green color) to annotate, after selecting the polyline a dialog box will
pop-up as shown
below in (Image 4-14)
3. Enter the values in the boxes and tick mark
the buttons as shown in the above (Image 4-14).
4. Click on OK button for
generating the chainage annotation for the 3D polyline representing the Median
as shown below in (Image 4-15).
After learning how to
annotate chainage distances along road segment. Now we will see how to get
the detailed road segment information (Polyline statistics)
Detailed polyline statistics
on the menu, GeoTools => Polyline Toolset 2 =>
Compute detailed polyline statistics. or type GT_PL_STAT at the command
prompt, this will pop-up the dialog box as shown below in (Image 4-16)
2. Check the box Create statistics output file
this will save the output to an ASCII text file. And click on Browse button to
specify the path for saving the polyline statistics output file.
3. Check the box Create tabular output
this will generate the polyline statistics in table format as a text object. And
then click on OK button the dialog box will be unloaded and you will be prompted
to select the polyline, select the 3D polyline of which you want to generate
4. This generates statistics like Slope length, Max
X, Y coordinates etc. and will be displayed on AutoCAD text window you will be prompted
to press any key to continue.
5. Once all the details are displayed you will be prompted
to pick start point of table for generating the same details on AutoCAD drawing
6. Pick a point in a blank area and you will
see detailed polyline statistics been generated. And the same details are also
stored in the form of text file in the path you specified.
An example of polyline statistics is listed
1972057.92 485.76 9.41
1972049.39 487.23 9.40
1972041.06 488.61 9.38
1972032.94 489.82 9.53
1972024.92 490.98 9.73
1972016.93 492.13 9.72
1972009.09 493.26 9.71
1971993.80 495.12 9.71