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The Autodesk Geotechnical Module

Contents
The Autodesk Geotechnical Module ....................................................................................................... 1 Contents.................................................................................................................................................. 1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................ 3 Videos and Tutorials ........................................................................................................................ 3 About Keynetix .................................................................................................................................... 3 Getting started ................................................................................................................................ 4 User Interface .................................................................................................................................. 4 Accessing and Importing Geotechnical Data ..................................................................................... 4 Import formats .................................................................................................................................... 4 AGS.................................................................................................................................................. 4 CSV .................................................................................................................................................. 5 Import command ............................................................................................................................. 7 Import procedure ............................................................................................................................ 8 Connect to HoleBASE SI ....................................................................................................................... 9 Connecting to HoleBASE SI ............................................................................................................... 9 Creating and managing database connections ............................................................................... 10 Check for Updates ............................................................................................................................. 12 Check for updates .......................................................................................................................... 12 Create, style and manage Boreholes .................................................................................................. 12 Borehole Manager ......................................................................................................................... 13 Borehole Style Editor ..................................................................................................................... 14 Save:.............................................................................................................................................. 15 Plan Style: ...................................................................................................................................... 15 Strip Style: ..................................................................................................................................... 15 3D Borehole Style: ......................................................................................................................... 17 Profile Strip Style: .......................................................................................................................... 18 Strata Manager.................................................................................................................................. 19 Boreholes per strata ...................................................................................................................... 20

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Create dynamic geotechnical Profiles with Borehole logs................................................................... 20 Create profile................................................................................................................................. 21 Geotechnical Hatch Manager ............................................................................................................. 22 Adding a Geotechnical Hatch - workflow........................................................................................ 22 Help Companion Products ........................................................................................................... 23

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Introduction
The Autodesk Geotechnical Module has been developed and licenced to Autodesk by Keynetix, it has been designed to ease the task of creating and viewing geological and subsurface information. Geotechnical design is like any other engineering practice, the designs need to be revised and refined. In many respects this is more the case with geotechnics as the engineer with limited information tries to interpret the data to best fit the site. To this end the tool has been designed to quickly display data in AutoCAD Civil 3Dto allow the user to start modelling and interpreting the site data. The Geotechnical Module is designed to work with drill hole locations and geology data, this functionality includes: Importing and connecting to geotechnical data, both AGS and CSV formats Creating and managing Boreholes in both plan and model space Creating and managing sub strata surfaces Producing dynamic profiles and projecting log strips on to them Geotechnical hatch and style management The module is designed to show you the geotechnical data as-is, it does not interpret the data, however the surfaces that are created are a great aid and starting point in the interpretation, modelling and visualisation process.

Videos and Tutorials


For video guidance and tutorials showing how the Autodesk Geotechnical Module can be used and examples of workflows modelling the data, visit: www.keynetix.com/fromTheGroundDown

About Keynetix
Keynetix, based in the UK, is an Autodesk Industry Partner and has been developing geotechnical data management software for over two decades. The software ranges from on-site data entry tools for both drillers and engineers, desktop data entry tools including Excel extensions and the world leading geotechnical data management software HoleBASE SI. HoleBASE SIs unique features allow you to manage your data throughout the lifetime of a project and access historical information alongside your current project, transforming the way you archive and manage site investigation. HoleBASE SI allows you to rapidly produce logs, reports, charts and interpretations of your data within seconds. Keynetix also develops the HoleBASE SI Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D, an advanced companion product to the Autodesk Geotechnical Module. This provides extra features to manipulate surfaces, view additional down hole data in log strips and profiles plus lots of extra functionality. Keynetix Ltd 3

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Getting started

User Interface
The user interface consists of a ribbon with seven buttons to access functionality.

Import allows you to import geotechnical data Connect to HoleBASE allows you to connect to a Keynetix HoleBASE SI database Check for Updates connects to the Keynetix HoleBASE SI database and updates the project data Borehole Manager allows you to control the way borehole data is displayed Strata Manager allows you used to create, edit and display strata surfaces as native Civil 3D surfaces Hatch Manager allows you to create and apply complex standard geotechnical hatch patterns Create Profile allows you to create dynamic geotechnical Profiles with Borehole logs Help access the Help and Companion Products functions

Accessing and Importing Geotechnical Data


The Autodesk Geotechnical Module has two primary ways of accessing data; by importing data either from AGS or CSV files or by connecting and dynamically accessing data in HoleBASE SI, a geotechnical data management system developed by Keynetix.

Import formats
Data can be imported from two formats, AGS or CSV (Comma Separated Variable)

AGS
4 Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists Used in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, global usage is constantly increasing

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The module supports version 3.1 and 4 Geotechnical Data transfer format Well established, 20+ years For more info http://www.ags.org.uk

Example of AGS 4

CSV
The importing of CSV data requires two files, a location file and a strata file. The two files are cross indexed by borehole name. The contents of these two files are explained below. Mandatory columns are indicated; columns can be in any order. Location: Contains a row for each individual hole location Column Heading
LocationID LocationType Easting Northing GroundLevel FinalDepth Orientation Inclination

Description

Mandatory

Example

Location unique ID Type of activity at location Easting or longitude of the location of hole Northing or latitude of the location Ground level relative to datum of location or start of traverse Final Depth Orientation of hole (degrees Clockwise from north) Inclination of hole (measured positively down from horizontal in deg)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

BH0001 RC 123456.4 232467.3 35.43 8.37 87 56.3

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Below is an example of a hole.csv file, note CPT (Cone penetration test) one has an orientation and information

Below is an example of geol.csv file.

Strata Contains the strata data per location of stratum Column Heading LocationID DepthTop DepthBase GeologyCode GeologyCode2 Description LegCode Angularity Description Location identifier Depth to the TOP of stratum Depth to the BASE of description Geology code Second geology code General description of stratum Legend code Particle angularity: angular, subangular, Mandatory Yes Yes Yes Example BH001 7.43 8.12 LC SAND Stiff grey silty CLAY 102 Subangular

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subrounded, rounded Shape Colour MoistureCondition HCIReaction Consistency Cementation Particle shape: flat, elongated, flat and elongated Colour The moisture condition: dry, moist, or wet Reaction With HCl: None, Weak or Srtong Consistency: Very Soft, Soft, Firm, Hard All Very Hard Cementation: Weak, Moderate, Or Strong Structure of intact soils: Stratified, laminated, Fissured, Slickensided, Blocky, Lensed, or Homogeneous Maximum particle size Maximum Sand particle size Maximum Gravel particle size Maximum Gravel Cobble or Boulder size Classification code Main component of soil Secondary component of soil Tertiary components of soil Medium sand 1.5 450 CL Sand Clay Gravel Flat Brown Dry Weak Hard Moderate

Structure

Homogeneous

MaxParticleSize SandSize GravelSize CobbleBoulderSize Classification PrimaryComponent SecondaryComponent TertiaryComponent

Import command

The Import command on the geotechnical ribbon is used to bring in the geotechnical data. Once imported the other geotechnical commands can be used to manipulate the data. By default the plan locations and 3D boreholes will be drawn for every hole location. Note: The import will create a SDF database with the same name as the drawing in the same directory. It is important when transferring the drawing to another location that both the drawing and the SDF file are moved. 7

The Autodesk Geotechnical Module Command: KYN_IMPORTAGS

Import procedure
1. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Import to display the Import dialog box.

2. Select the File Type to import, select either: AGS4, AGS 3.1 or CSV. For definition of the formats see Import Formats 3. Use Browse to select the files to import and click Add File. Note: for CSV format you will need to add two files, one for hole locations and a second for the hole geology. 4. Click Import to validate the files and import the data.

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Newly created boreholes in plan

The files are validated, if they are acceptable the data will be imported, otherwise an error message will be displayed. At the end of the import the display will be zoomed to the extents of the new data. You will see the hole locations drawn on the plan view. Changing the view to 3D will display cylinders representing the 3D boreholes, together with the strata levels.

Connect to HoleBASE SI
As well as importing data, the module can also connect and access data directly from a central database, HoleBASE SI. HoleBASE SI is geotechnical data management software, designed as a central store for the reporting, analysing, sharing, exporting and modelling of geotechnical information. Like the principles of BIM, data is collected and managed from which a quick output can be generated, including reports, logs and cross sections. Connecting to HoleBASE will give the Civil 3D Geotechnical Module access to the latest geotechnical data; this will help reduce errors and mistakes from importing the wrong file.
Command: KYN_CONNECTTOSI

Connecting to HoleBASE SI
1. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Connect to HoleBASE to display the Login dialog box.

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2. From the database connections drop down list select the HoleBASE database to connect to. If no database connections are listed, click Manage Connections to create a new connection. 3. Enter your HoleBASE SI username and password and click Login 4. The project selection dialog will all be displayed, listing all projects are available to you.

5. From the list pick the project and click Open Project 6. The borehole will be drawn and created as in the import process.

Creating and managing database connections


To connect to HoleBASE SI you must first create a connection through to the HoleBASE SI SQL Server database. 10

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1. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Connect to HoleBASE to display the dialog box and click Manage Connections to display the connection manager.

2. From the Connection Manager dialog click New Connection, the Edit Connection dialog will be displayed

3. Enter the database Connection Name; this should be a descriptive name so you can easily identify it in the future. 4. Enter the Database Name, this is the name of the HoleBASE SI database and would normally be supplied by your HoleBASE SI administrator. 5. Enter your HoleBASE SI database credentials, again, the HoleBASE SI Administrator may need to supply you these. 6. Click Test Connection to ensure the database connection is working. 7. Click Save to save the connection settings. 11

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Check for Updates


The Check for Updates command is used to synchronise updates in HoleBASE SI with the geotechnical model in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The 3D boreholes will be updated with the latest data from HoleBASE SI with the changes in geology been reflected in any strata surfaces created. The update merges the changes with the any existing strata surfaces, so any manual edits made to the surface will be maintained.
Command: KYN_CHECKSIUPDATES

Check for updates


1. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Check for Updates. 2. If prompted, enter your HoleBASE SI credentials. 3. The command displays the numbers of changes the update will make.

4. Click Update to update the geotechnical data in the drawing. 5. The boreholes will be updated, inserted or deleted as part of the update process, any strata surfaces will also be updated.

Create, style and manage Boreholes


Boreholes have three main elements: Plan symbol: the borehole block displayed on plan. 3D Borehole: a number of cylinders representing the borehole in 3D; each cylinder represents different strata down the borehole. Log Strip: the log drawn beside the borehole in plan and on profile. The way the elements look are defined by styles and are covered elsewhere. In a 3D view, changing the Visual Style to Realistic will display the cylinders of the borehole rendered with materials matching the geology / strata.

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3D Boreholes rendered

Note: the materials that are used need to be named identical to the geology name, if a material is found with the same name it will be used. The same materials are also used for strata surfaces and profile hatches.

Borehole Manager
The Borehole Manager is used to define which boreholes and elements are displayed. For each borehole you can define which of the three main elements, plan symbol, 3-D borehole and log strip are displayed. You can change the display style for each hole. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Borehole Manager to display the dialog box.

The Borehole Manager

The Borehole Manager displays all boreholes from the import or current project connection in a grid with each row representing a borehole. The grid can be sorted by clicking on the header of any column, clicking again will change the sort order. Include: The Include toggle can be unchecked to prevent the hole data being used in any surface created. Toggled on: the hole will be used, toggled off: it will not be used. This may be required for 13

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holes where the data is not reliable. Using this method will exclude the use of data from the borehole in any strata surface created. Plan: The toggle controls the display of the borehole Plan symbol. Strip: The toggle controls the display of the borehole log strip. Model: The toggle controls the display of the 3D borehole. Zoom: Zooms to the extents of the borehole in plan. Style: Style is used to either pick a predefined style for the borehole or the Borehole Style Editor can be used to edit a style.
Command: KYN_TOGGLEBHMANAGER

Borehole Style Editor


The Borehole Style Editor is used to specify how the main elements in a borehole are displayed. It works in a similar way to other AutoCAD Civil 3D style editing; if you edit the current style then all objects using the style will be updated to use the new settings.

A Borehole look and feel is controlled by four styles: one for each of the main elements that define the borehole Plan, Strip, 3D Borehole and Profile Strip. All four sub styles are managed in a master style, the Borehole Style. Styles are stored in a master style template that is common for all drawings on the machine. 14

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The borehole styles are managed via the commands at the top of the dialogue: Borehole Style: the current style being updated. Name: the name of the current borehole style. Copy Style: copies the currently selected borehole style and creates a new style, using the same settings and sub styles as the copied style. Delete Style: the style will be deleted from the style manager, any borehole using the style in this or any other drawing will be change to use the default style. Default Style: toggle to make the current style the default style for all newly created boreholes. The borehole style editor dialogue is split into four tabs, one for each style element. For each style element, a predefined style can be picked or edited.

Save: click Save to confirm current changes and apply to boreholes. Plan Style: Defines the look of the borehole on plan.
Selected plan style: Select the style to be used for the plan within the borehole style. This will be the style edited if the other options in the tab are edited and saved. Name: the name of the current style. Copy Style: copies the currently selected style and creates a new style, using the same settings as the copied style. Delete Style: the style will be deleted from the style manager Label X offset: the X distance in the current AutoCAD units of the label insertion point from the borehole location Label Y offset: the Y distance in the current AutoCAD units of the label insertion point from the borehole location. Size: the block size of the symbol used to represent the borehole. Layer name: the layer to insert the plan block symbol on.

Strip Style: defines the look of the log strip drawn on plan.

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Selected strip style: Select the style to be used for the log strip on plan within the borehole style. This will be the style edited if the other options in the tab are edited and saved. Name: the name of the current style. Copy Style: copies the currently selected style and creates a new style, using the same settings as the copied style. Delete Style: the style will be deleted from the style manager Strip X offset: the X distance in the current AutoCAD units of the top left of the strip insertion point from the borehole location. Strip Y offset: the Y distance in the current AutoCAD units of the top left of the strip insertion point from the borehole location. Strip width: the width of the log strip. Layer name: the layer to create the log strip on. Show leader line: toggle on to draw a leader line between the borehole location and the log strip. Show ground level: a toggle indicating whether to draw a ground level symbol at the ground level on the log strip. Vertical exaggeration: specifies the multiplication factor used to increase the vertical size of the log strip.

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Depth alignment: indicates which side of the log the strata depth value should be drawn, the None option will not display any depths. Hatch by: specifies what hatching should be used within the log strip Geology Code: hatching will be based on the geology code Legend Code: hatching based on the legend code

Strata Description: indicates what texts to create beside the log strip, options are: None Code

3D Borehole Style: Defines the look of the 3D borehole model.

Selected 3D Borehole Style: Select the style to be used for the 3D borehole model within the borehole style. This will be the style edited if the other options in the tab are edited and saved. Name: the name of the current style. Copy Style: copies the currently selected style and creates a new style, using the same settings as the copied style. Delete Style: the style will be deleted from the style manager Label X offset: the X distance in the current AutoCAD units of the center on the borehole cylinder from the borehole location. 17

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Label Y offset: the Y distance in the current AutoCAD units of the center on the borehole cylinder from the borehole location. 3D Borehole Diameter: the diameter of the 3D borehole. Layer name: the layer to insert the 3D borehole on.

Profile Strip Style: defines the look of the log strip drawn on profile.

Selected profile strip style: Select the style to be used for the log strip on profile within the borehole style. This will be the style edited if the other options in the tab are edited and saved. Name: the name of the current style. Copy Style: copies the currently selected style and creates a new style, using the same settings as the copied style. Delete Style: the style will be deleted from the style manager Strip X offset: the X distance in the current AutoCAD units of the top left of the strip insertion point from the borehole location. Strip Y offset: the Y distance in the current AutoCAD units of the top left of the strip insertion point from the borehole location. Strip width: the width of the log strip. Layer name: the layer to create the log strip on.

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Display distance from alignment: toggle on to draw the perpendicular distance of the borehole from the alignment. Display ground level: a toggle indicating whether to draw a ground level symbol at the ground level on the log strip. Depth alignment: indicates which side of the log the strata depth value should be drawn, the none option will not display any depths. Hatch by: specifies what hatching should be used within the log strip Geology Code: hatching will be based on the geology code Legend Code: hatching based on the legend code

Strata Description: indicates what texts to create beside the log strip, options are: None Code

Strata Manager
The strata manager is used to create and display strata surfaces. The surfaces created are standard Civil 3D surfaces, they can be edited and manipulated using Civil 3D commands and are displayed in the tool prospector like any other surface. The manager is designed to make it fast and easy to switch between strata surfaces, the display of each surface can be checked on or off, there is no need to change the display style to hide the surface. From the Geotechnical ribbon, click Strata Manager to display the dialog box.

The grid lists all strata in the imported data and gives some summary information for the strata. The grid can be sorted by clicking on the header of any column, clicking again will toggle the sort order. Display Top: Toggles on to rapidly show or hide the top surface of the strata, the surface will be created if it does not already exist. Display Base: Toggles on to rapidly show or hide the bottom surface of the strata, the surface will be created if it does not already exist.

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Strata name: the unique name for the strata, the value is dependent on the band by option. View boreholes: click the button to display the borehole by strata dialog. The dialog will display a list of all the holes used in creating the surface. Individual holes can be toggled on and off so that their data is not used in creating the surface. Vertical exaggeration: This is used to specify the vertical scale. By changing the exaggeration, the boreholes, strips and surfaces will all have their vertical scale changed. Band by: The banding option is used to specify the data to be used to create the surfaces. Changing the banding will not affect current surfaces but will allow new surfaces to be created. The Band by options will be dependent on the geotechnical data currently loaded into the drawing.
Command: KYN_TOGGLESTRATAMANAGER

Boreholes per strata


The dialog is displayed by clicking view locations in the Strata Manager. It lists all the boreholes used in the creation of the specified strata, the strata can be tuned by including or excluding individual hole data.

Include: Toggled on: indicates the Hole is being used to create the strata surface. By toggling off, the surfaces are updated without the Hole data. Zoom: Zooms to the whole location on plan. Show Non-Strata Boreholes: As default Boreholes for strata dialog will only show the holes used in the strata surface, holes with no data for the current strata will not be displayed, by checking on this option the other holes will be listed, this is a good way of seeing any anomalies in the data.

Create dynamic geotechnical Profiles with Borehole logs


The aim of the geotechnical module is to quickly see and understand the site, creating dynamic profiles of the geology strata and being able to see logs projected on to the profile view is an excellent aid.

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Create profile
Create profile works in the same way as the standard Civil 3D profiles, however they have the extra ability to project the required boreholes on to the profile view and automatically hatch the strata areas. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Create to display the Create Profile dialog box

The command uses a wizard to create a new profile and alignment if necessary. Profile information: Step 1 Specifies how and what profile to create. Profile Name: The name for the profile Profile Style: the profile style to be used for geotechnical profile, these are standard Civil 3D profile set up styles and can be created and edited in the normal way. Alignment: Either select the alignment to be used from the drop-down list or alternatively, you have three options to create or select an alignment: Select From Drawing: Select an existing alignment from the drawing Create New: Pick two points for the start and end of the straight alignment. Create from Polyline: Pick a polyline from the drawing and convert into alignment.

Borehole selection: Step 2 The borehole selection page provides three methods to select boreholes to display on the profile.

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Buffer : A distance is specified to find all boreholes within the distance from the alignment Boreholes By Type: From the pull down list select the hole type to use Manual: The user can select the individual boreholes Create: Clicking Create will prompt the user to locate the bottom left corner of the profile, the profile will then be generated with the borehole strips beam projected onto the profile.
Command: KYN_CREATEPROFILE

Geotechnical Hatch Manager


Traditionally complex hatch combinations may be used to represent different geologies; often the standard AutoCAD hatch patterns are not flexible enough. A geotechnical hatch may be made up from three overlaid hatch patterns each with its own colour and scale. The Geotechnical Hatch Manager allows precise geotechnical hatches to be created from multiple Hatch overlays. When rendering log strips or profile areas the geotechnical hatch that matches the geology will be used.
Command: KYN_OPENHATCHINGMANAGER

Adding a Geotechnical Hatch - workflow


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. From the Geotechnical ribbon click Hatch Manager to display the dialog box. In the name text box, enter the name of the geological strata the hatches are to represent. Select the hatch style from the first hatch style dialog. Select the colour for the Hatch from the first dialog. Type the scale for the first hatch. Repeat the process for second and third Hatch overlays if required.

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Help Companion Products


This link will take you to the Keynetix web page where you can read up to date information about products developed for advanced and compatible functionality with the geotechnical workflows you have access to in AutoCAD Civil 3D with the Autodesk Geotechnical Module.

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