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Category: SurvCE / HowTos
Topic ID: 1098
Title: How To Use Cutsheets in SurvCE/PC
Created: 0000-00-00Last modified: 0000-00-00

There can be as many as five cutsheet files active at one time, one for point
staking cutsheets, one for centerline staking cutsheets, one for slope stake
cutsheets, one for "grade stake" style cutsheets and finally one for the "story
stake" cutsheets. The latter two (grade stake and story stake) cutsheets are
described in some detail within the Stake Road command. All cutsheet files can
be given distinct names, and any of them can be turned on or off for purposes of
storing. And finally, if cutsheets are reported from the raw file, a distinct new
name can be assigned prior to recalling the raw file and creating the cutsheet file.
All cutsheet files are ASCII and can be viewed in a text editor or an Excel
The Cutsheets button leads to the following options:

  • Point Stakes: Toggling this option on enables writing to the selected cutsheet file. The buttons allow the user to select the file, customize the Point Cutsheet report format as well as edit and view the current point cutsheet file. This applies to the command Stake Points.
  • Alignment Stakes: Toggling this option on enables writing to the selected cutsheet file. The buttons allow the user to select the file, customize the Alignment Cutsheet report format, and edit and view the current alignment cutsheet file. This applies to commands within Stake Line/Arc, and to Offset Stakeout, Point Projection and Stake Road (in Roading) and includes station and offset options in the stored file, as well as cut/fill. A special "centerline-style" cutsheet file, containing station and offset information, can be named and saved within the Roading command, Cross Section Survey. This file is viewable in the editor within Set Cl Cutsheet Format, but has no cut/fill values, just "as-built" data. Centerline-based cutsheets have more configurable options in the report, such as Stake Station, Staked Offset, Design Station and Design Offset. The Design Point ID is one of the configurable items to report, and since commands such as Offset Stakeout, Point Projection and Stake Road do not stake out Point IDs, the program uses either the command name (CL for Stake Centerline, PP for Point Projection), offset reference, or template ID as the "design point name". "RCurb", for example, would be the name given to the design point in Offset Stakeout for top of curb, right side. This might lead to a variety of ID names for the design point.
  • Slope Stakes: Toggling this option on enables writing to the selected cutsheet file. The buttons allow the user to select the file, customize the Slope Stake Cutsheet report format as well as edit and view the current slope stake cutsheet file. This applies only to the commands Stake Slope and Stake Road available within Roading. Slope Stake Cutsheets have an extra option to "Include progressive offsets report", and also have different options such as "Pivot Offset" , "Slope Ratio" and "Elevation: PP/CP" (Elevation of Pivot Point and/or Offset Point). Note that columns can serve a dual purpose in the slope stake report. If progressive offsets are enabled, the header lines (such as Design Station) are ignored for the additional information, and you obtain the incremental, delta distance and elevation from each point on the section or template from the offset stake to the catch and then all the way into centerline. These last three options allow you to customize the respective output report. To change an item label, highlight the item, change the Header Label field, then tap Update Item. You can select an item in the list and turn it ON or OFF (no reporting). You can also control the order of the report items by using the Move Down and Move Up buttons. Changes must be made prior to starting a new cutsheet file.
  • Grade Stakes: With this option on, even the Grade Stake method used for stakeout, within Stake Road, will output a specific format.
  • Story Stakes: This will output a "story stake" cutsheet if "Story Stake" is clicked on within the Stake Road command. Cutsheets for both grade stakes and story stakes (all points in the cross section) are discussed in the Stake Road portion of the manual.
  • Select File: Tap this button to select the output file. The file name is shown below this button.
Format Select the format button to configure each cutsheet to your liking. Column order and column headers are completely user-defined and any column can be turned off if not useful.
  • Header Label: You can substitute header text of your own choice for the defaults. Here, the text Pt ID was substituted for Design Pt#. Tap Update Item after changing a Header Label. These changes should be done prior to starting a new cutsheet file—they cannot be applied retroactively to a file that already contains information. However, the header line in that file (e.g. Market.txt) can always be edited using Notepad or any text editor to accomplish the change.
  • Down-Up: Items in the list can be moved up and down to change their order. For example, if you prefer Fill before Cut in the report, just move Cut down below Fill.
  • Cutsheet from Raw: SurvCE automatically stores cutsheet data and header information to the raw file for the job. You can capture and report the cutsheet information directly from the raw file. Before doing this, it is recommended that you start a new cutsheet file, configure the header lines, and order of information as desired, then run "Cutsheet from Raw". This option is very useful if no cutsheet file was established in advance of field work. This enables a cut and fill report by reading the raw file directly.
Edit File Select this option to edit and review the cutsheet file. Shown below is an alignment cutsheet file as viewed in the Edit File option. Notice that the vertical bars of the spreadsheet can be moved left and right to condense the display. Just pick them in the title line and move them. The Cutsheet editor also includes the ability to insert and delete lines. If you insert a line and enter a Design Elevation and a Stake Elevation, the program will compute the cut or fill. Using the Special button, you can increase or decrease the Pt ID, Design Elevation or Stake Elevation by any desired amount, and the cut or fill will be computed. Do not use the Special button to directly modify the cut or fill. If a second vertical offset is entered during stakeout, then two cut and fill results will appear for each point (useful, for example, for top and bottom of curb). Settings Button Select this for button, at the top of the main Cutsheets screen, for additional format controls for the cut and fill report. For the "story stake report", which is a report of all cut/fill and distance information to each break point on the target cross section, options for the slope stake report within Stake Road include "Progressive" or individual distance between break points, Total distance from the staked point to each break point and Combo. The "Combo" option shows a "progressive", incremental slope ratio for each segment (last column), combined with a total HDist and VDist measurement to each point. For the Slope Stake Option, if "Total" or "Combo" are selected, the total distance reported can be from the Catch Point or from the Offset to the Catch Point. The normal Stake Road command also offers "Progressive" and "Total" options for the story stake report. Store Grade ID Only avoids storing a Point ID with each point. If you click on "Show Report Up to CENTER", you only get the cutsheet report for the Slope Stake and Story Stake break points on the same side of the alignment of your measured point. If this is turned off, you get a full report on both sides of the alignment. The Slope Stake Report can also be stored in the ".not" file associated with the job. The prefix for Left and Right of centerline is defined at the bottom of the dialog. "R" for Right would save space versus "Right", which was used in the example cutsheet file above. Various uses of these settings are explored within the examples found in Stake Road in the Road Menu portion of the SurvCE Manual.