Entering Surveyors Coordinates for Drawing Property Lines

Entering the surveyor's coordinates is a very precise way of drawing property lines. The following section describes how you would enter a sample set of coordinates in order to draw the property lines as shown in Illustration 1.

Illustration 1: Site Plan

To Enter Surveyors Coordinates for Drawing Property Lines

1. While in Site mode, select Draw ® Site Line ® Property ® Enter Surveyors Coordinates.

2. To set the starting point for the first property line, move your cursor to an above left position outside the building, and click.

Note:

SoftPlan adds the property lines until the property area is enclosed.

3. Specify the following items for drawing a property line.

Bearing

This section allows you to enter the bearing of a property line. See Illustration 1.

Illustration 1: Property Line Bearing

Direction 1  - This item indicates the direction of the line, either north (N) or south (S), from the starting point.

Degrees      - This item sets the angle of the property line, 0-90.

Minutes       - This item sets the angle of the property line in minutes.

Seconds       - This item sets the angle of the property line in seconds.

Direction 2  - This item indicates the direction of the angle either east (E) or west (W) from Direction 1.

Note:

·   A minute equals 1/60 of a degree.

·   A second equals 1/60 of a minute.

·   Some bearing coordinates appear to give you the same effect when the property line is drawn, for example an angle of N 45° 0'0" E appears to be the same as S 45° 0'0" W. The difference between the lines is the direction in which they were drawn. See Illustration 2.

Illustration 2

·   Note that the current bearing for the property line is displayed at the bottom of the Bearing section in the Add Site Line menu.

Length

Use this item to set the length of the line in feet and inches.

Reverse

Use this item to reverse the direction that the line is drawn, either from North to South or from South to North while maintaining the same line length.

Create a curving property line by entering its radius in the Arc Radius field.

Complement   - Press Compliment to draw the property line with the alternate curve. See Illustration 3.

Illustration 3: Drawing a Property Line with an Alternate Curve

Reverse Center  - Press Reverse Center to move the center point of the circle to the opposite side of the chord. See Illustration 4.

Illustration 4: Moving Center Point to Create Curved Property Line

Back

Use to cancel the settings for the current property line. You can then re-enter them.

Next

Draws the current property line and allows you to enter the settings for the next property line. Note that the property lines are added in a clockwise order.

4. To draw the property lines as shown in Illustration 1, enter the following information in the Add Site Line menu:

i.    With the line's bearing direction set to N and E, and a 90-degree angle, enter a length of 126' in the Length field.

ii.   Click the Next button.

iii.  With the line's bearing set to S and E, set the Degrees of the new line to 30.

iv.  Enter in a length of 75'.

v.   Click the Next button.

vi.  Set the bearing of the line to S and W.

vii.  Set the degree of the line to 10.

viii. Enter in a length of 187'.

ix.  Click the Next button.

x.   Set the bearing of the line to S and W with a 90-degree angle.

xi.    Enter in a length of 131'.

xii. Enter an Arc Radius of 150'.

xiii. Click the Next button.

xiv. Set the bearing of the line to N.

xv.  Set the degree to 0.

xvi. Enter in a length of 249.112'.

5. Press ok from the menu.

Note:

·   As each property line is drawn, it is automatically labeled with its bearing coordinates and its length measurement. See Illustration 5.

Illustration 5: Labeling of Property Lines

·   If one property line for a site is missing, use the Form Polygon command to automatically draw it. To learn how to do this, see Adding a Missing Property Line.

·   If necessary, make changes to any of the property lines by editing them. To learn how to do this, see To Edit a Property Line.