Different Coordinate Values Same Point

Published on June 10, 2013

Written by Bob Mecham.


The two MicroStation tools I use the most for labeling coordinates are XYZ Text and Civil/Site Tools. Both set of toolboxes have icons for labeling coordinates.  You start scratching your head when each tool gives you a different coordinate number.  The screen shot below shows an example of what I mean.

Different Coordinate Values Same Point






What has happened here is an Auxiliary Coordinate System (ACS) that has been defined. The Label Coordinate tool from XYZ Text toolbox is labeling based on the current ACS. If you want to label the point based on the real world coordinates type this into the key-in browser ‘label useacs toggle‘.

Different Coordinate Values Same Point





Now both tools are labeling the same point with the same coordinates.  If you have never seen this before you are lucky, but print this out and keep it on hand.


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