THE BOTTOM LINE 65
Figure 2.54
The completed deed in
the Mapcheck Analysis
palette
The Bottom Line
Create a series of lines by bearing and distance. By far the most commonly used command
when re-creating a deed is Line by Bearing and Distance.
Master It Open the Mastering Lines and Curves.dwg ﬁle, which you can download from
www.sybex.com/masteringcivil3d2010. Start from the Civil 3D point labeled START, and
use any appropriate tool to create lines with the following bearings and distances (note that
the Direction input format for this drawing has been set to DD.MMSSSS):
N57
06
56.75

E; 135.441
S41
57
03.67

E; 118.754
S27
44
41.63

W; 112.426
N50
55
57.00

W; 181.333
Use the Inquiry commands to conﬁrm that lines are drawn correctly.
Master It Continue working in your drawing. Use any appropriate Inquiry command to
conﬁrm that each line has been drawn correctly.
Create a curve tangent to the end of a line. It’s rare that a property stands alone. Often, you
must create adjacent properties, easements, or alignments from their legal descriptions.
Master It Create a curve tangent to the end of the ﬁrst line drawn in the ﬁrst exercise that
meets the following speciﬁcations:
Arc Length: 66.580
66 CHAPTER 2 BACK TO BASICS: LINES AND CURVES
Create a best-ﬁt line for a series of Civil 3D points. Surveyed point data is rarely perfect.
When you’re creating drawing linework, it’s often necessary to create a best-ﬁt line to make up
for irregular shots.
Master It Locate the Edge of Pavement (EOP) points in the drawing. Use the Create Line
by Best Fit command to create a line using these points.
Label lines and curves. Although converting linework to parcels or alignments offers you
the most robust labeling and analysis options, basic line- and curve-labeling tools are available
when conversion isn’t appropriate.
Master It Add line and curve labels to each entity created in the exercises. Choose a label
that speciﬁes the bearing and distance for your lines and length, radius, and delta of your
curve.

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