vdPClassify & vdPCADdesign for AutoCAD 2022

AutoCAD 2022 has recently been released including the industry-specific toolset for GIS and mapping. Then it’s the time of year again to tune the applications to it.

Set up a VMware machine and update Windows
Download, install & register AutoCAD Map 2022
Download, install & register Visual Studio 2019
Adjust Visual Studio project settings with references to 2022
vdPClassify2022 for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map available
vdPCADdesign2022 for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map available
EvidesCADdesign2022 for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map available

vdPCADdesign, implementation sewer-house connections

Due to the need and soon to be a legal obligation to digitally store sewer house connections, vdPConsulting recently delivered an implementation of vdPCADdesign.

The starting point was to increase the sewer-house connections in AutoCAD with which scale 1: 200 drawings can be made. The AutoCAD polylines and blocks are provided with additional information so that an export to ESRI Shape files can be performed. These files form input for the BOR system in which the sewage system of the entire municipality is managed.

vdPCADdesign has a simple user interface; an AutoCAD ribbon and some dialogs.

When adding new pipeline features, the properties must first be entered/selected in accordance with the datamodel, some of which are mandatory. Then the user can – as usual with a polyline – create the geometry. When closing the polyline, the pipe is drawn, on the correct NLCS-layer, with color and linetype. The Xdata-information is linked to it and a label is created. These labels “stick” to the pipes and when the location of the pipe is adjusted with regular AutoCAD functionality; grip edit, insert vertex etc. the labels are also adjusted.

There is a function to get an overview in table format of the different features.Similar to the AutoCAD Map datatable. It is also possible to export this table to Excel.

vdPCADdesign is a C#.NET utility and available for various AutoCAD-versions.

More information?
Ask the cadgis-consultant.

vdPClassify & vdPCADdesign for AutoCAD 2021

AutoCAD 2021 has recently been released including the industry-specific toolset for GIS and mapping. Then it’s the time of year again to tune the applications to it.

Set up a VMware machine and update Windows
Download, install & register AutoCAD Map 2021
Download, install & register Visual Studio 2019
Adjust Visual Studio project settings with references to 2021
vdPClassify2021 for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map available
vdPCADdesign2021 for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map available

vdPCADdesign, analysis & implementation

The first step in a vdPCADdesign project is an analysis of the available Product Catalog and the desired data model.

  • What type of objects do we want to distinguish; pipes, bends, end caps, valves, fire hydrants etc.
  • Are these point, line or polygon objects, in other words they must be drawn as polyline, blockreference or closed polyline.
  • What information must be linked to those objects. Which comes from the catalog, which must be selectable from selection lists and which are free text fields.

In addition, it must be investigated whether point objects should be linked to line objects in a certain way.

  • Some points may be placed on a line at any location; a fire hydrant somewhere on a pipe.
  • Other points must be placed at a kink point of a line string; a bend at the bend of a pipe.
  • Certain points must be placed at the end point of a line string and adopt the direction of that segment as the angle of rotation; an end cap at the start or end point of a pipe.

The desired styling must also be mapped.

  • On which layer names do the objects appear; preferably we conform to NLCS layer codes.
  • Which standard color and line type are given to all objects on the relevant layer.
  • Which symbol is used with the relevant point objects.
  • Which information fields are used to display the labels.

As a result of the analysis, some things must be implemented in code.

  • Think in particular of the Ribbon interface. Here the functions are provided for entering the desired objects.
  • But also reading the catalog will have to be aligned with the structure of the existing Product Catalog.

The majority of the settings are recorded in a number of control tables for data model and styling. In addition, a DWG template must be set up with the definition of line types and symbols.

If the contractor uses vdPCADdesign, with the utility-company’s Products Catalog, the revision drawing contains customised object-information and can easily be loaded into the asset-managementsystem as a GML-file.

As a result, the revision is processed faster, the asset-managementsystem is up to date faster and the WIBON-obligation can be met on time.

vdPCADdesign is a C#.NET utility and available for various AutoCAD-versions.

More information?
Ask the cadgis-consultant.

vdPCADdesign, introduction

Contractors carrying out work for utility-companies must provide revision drawings. These are usually layer-coded drawings in accordance with a drawing standard, without object-properties. These drawings must first be checked by the client, possibly provided with object-properties, and then loaded into the asset-managementsystem using an ETL-process.

All in all a time-consuming process, which often makes it impossible to meet the WIBON-obligation in time.

vdPCADdesign has been developed to implement information about the Product Catalog from the utility-company. With vdPCADdesign you can easily draw cables and pipes with AutoCAD-polylines and appendages with AutoCAD-blocks. The datamodel and the selection lists for the object-properties are defined in flexible control tables. This information is stored with the AutoCAD-objects.

The cables and pipes can be automatically labeled and these labels ”move” when the cables and pipes are moved. Appendages “know” whether they should be placed on a cable or pipe, at a vertex-point or at an endpoint and whether they should take over the direction of the segment as the angle of rotation. Appendages can also be labeled automatically.

If the contractor uses vdPCADdesign, with the utility-company’s Products Catalog, the revision drawing contains customised object-information and can easily be loaded into the asset-managementsystem as a GML-file.

As a result, the revision is processed faster, the asset-managementsystem is up to date faster and the WIBON-obligation can be met on time.

vdPCADdesign is a C#.NET utility and available for various AutoCAD-versions.

More information?
Ask the cadgis-consultant.