Civil Site Design includes numerous options for generating outputs in the software and accompanying labels. There are three label types in the software:
Plan Labels. These are created directly in the drawing model space, and can be scaled based on the model annotation scale or set by the user. Labels are able to be moved and repositioned to suit drafting output requirements.
Profile View Labels. These labels are created on profiles, as well as station/elevation labels. Labels are able to be moved and repositioned to suit drafting output requirements. Labels sizes are not scaled (for metric customers, labels are sized for output to mm units, and for imperial customers to inches), in preparation for output to sheets.
Viewport Labels. These are created as part of the Sheet Production tools on plan viewports. The software makes a viewport (sheet) copy of the labels for each viewport created
All labels for plan drafting operates through a single command. Every label in the drawing uses a Label Style for the display of the label.
The label displays any combination of:
- Markers (blocks)
- Lines (Polylines)
One item in the label acts as a 'marker' - some labels, such as surface labels, slope labels, station/offset labels and station/elevation labels can be moved by the user in the drawing. Other labels typically 'attach' to an exact location based on the design (eg: the vertical curve start/end location).
For any Label Style, text items can be set to be associated to a Line. Text can be positioned at the start, middle or end of the start or end of a line you define. Text rotation is also set based on the line. The label can be positioned above, below or relative to the middle of the line. If associated to a line, any stretching or roation of the line will move the text.
About Text in a Label Style
When Text is added to a label, it can consist of a Prefix, Text Item (a property of the object to display in the text) and a Suffix. An example of the display of the items in a text field is shown, right.
For more information about creating and editing label styles, refer to the Help System by running the Help command on any of the Civil Site Design menus/ribbons.
To see a video on the creation of label styles, check out this Youtube link.
All plan labels are created from the Label Plan form. Using this form you can create all the different plan labels: surface elevations, alignment stations, stations/offsets, vertical curve details, two-point slope and design codes.
In the drawing, click on a part of the label and use the grips to edit the position. If you have set the text to be associated to a line, move ONLY the line (text will move with the line). If you have set the text style to be plan readable, expect the text to flip (both the text and position above/below the line).
AutoCAD Move and Rotate commands can be used.
Changing the color of the text may flag the text as 'edited', which will stop it from being relative to any line element it is associated with.
Note: Clicking on any part of the label and deleting it using AutoCAD delete will delete the entire label. For these deletes, the Undelete Label command can be used to reinstate those labels.
Resetting Label Edits
The Reset Label command can be used to select label/s and set them back to default. This will move all text, lines and symbols back to their original positions.
Edit Labels Form
The Edit Labels form allows users to open the label creation form, highlighting the label in the label creation form list. Any label that can be moved by the user (such as Surface Labels) will have a button on the form enabling move.
From the Edit Labels form, users can click on the Move Label button and move the insertion point of labels.
Edit User Text
Any label can have any text entry item edited. When a text entry is made, users are able to set one or more 'items'. When the user text is edited, each 'time' can have user text added before the prefix and after the suffix. Also, the prefix and suffix can be directly edited in the form. The Restore prefix and Restore Suffix buttons can be used to reinstate the standard prefix/suffix labels.
Run the Edit User Text command to edit each item in the selected label. What can be edited is based on the label style Items:
Profile Views and Profile View Labels
Profile views can be created to the Model space of the drawing. You can edit the insert location of the profile views. The profile views are easy to update when the design changes, and all profile labels can be edited to address any overlaps.
Use the Station Ranges option when creating profile views to set up station ranges for multiple profile view outputs.
Once profile views have been created, you can viewport them into any layout or xref them as required. For sheet production tools, including user insertion of plan and profile views into layouts, you use the Sheet Production tools in the software.
Sheet Production and Viewport Labels
Sheet production covers two aspects of output:
Creation of layouts with user arrangement of profile views and plan viewports on the layout
Creation of 'viewport' labels, which are a copy of the labels displayed in plan viewport residing as labels in Paperspace