AccuDraw & Bearing KeyIns

Written by Bob Mecham.

Need to key-in bearings? Here is a little known trick that makes this easier.
First, set your AccuDraw settings to read-out in bearing mode and set the level of precision you desire
(Settings > Design File > Angle Readout).

You may also want to toggle off ‘context sensitivity’ for AccuDraw which will keep the compass from rotating
(Settings > AccuDraw > Operation tab).

Now the good part!
As we know, AccuDraw can operate in polar mode (hitting the spacebar toggles between rectangular and polar mode). The following shortcuts have been programmed for polar mode input:
Northeast equals quadrant #1
Northwest = quadrant #2
Southwest = quadrant #3
Southeast = quadrant #4

How do you apply this?
The quadrant number replaces the standard input of N6^37’50″E with a
Key-in of 1 6^37’50” and AccuDraw will interpret it as N6^37’50″E

Wait, it gets better!
Do you hate keying-in the [shift][ 6] keystroke to get the degree input? Try hitting the semicolon ; instead. So now your input can be: 1 6;37’50

AccuDraw Bearings Keyin

We just went from 12 keystrokes to 9. While this does not seem to be a huge difference, it does make this task 25% more efficient and eliminates cumbersome key-strokes. We know your supervisor will appreciate the productivity boost!

Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.


One comment on “AccuDraw & Bearing KeyIns

  1. Lorys Lea Reply

    Great tip..
    Can we publish this tip in control alt delete’s next issue I really like it .. plus pictures…of coarse we will acknowlede where it comes from…
    or better yet you format it your self and send to Khoi at pen& brush .. I’ll email him your newletter link…

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