AccuDraw with Popup Calculator

Written by Bob Mecham.

You can keep your calculator turned off when you need to perform math functions in MicroStation.  Using the popup calculator math functions +, – , *, / , = that are available with AccuDraw you are able to make simple calculations with any drawing or modification tool that utilizes AccuDraw.

  1. Start by placing a 20’ line with AccuDraw in the X-field.
  2. Hit the forward slash “/” key on your keyboard.  Be sure your dialog focus is in the AccuDraw dialog for this to work.
  3. In the calculator key-in field type 12.  Notice the updated results in the popup calculator and the dynamic change in the line length.
  4. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard to accept the result.  The popup calculator will close with the result in the AccuDraw X-field.
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Additional practice:

Draw a 400’ line and with a slope of 0.5%

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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.

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