MAGNET Modeler for Autodesk: Parameters for ditches

This article explains how to create ditches on the surface model and how to manage ditch parameters.

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MAGNET Modeler for Autodesk: Parameters for ditches

The ditches object allows you to create a V-shaped ditch on the surface model.

The ditches object reads AutoCAD polylines, lines, arcs, circles, ellipses, and splines. A ditch is a V-shaped geometry cut into the surface model along the polyline.


•  layer 

Layer where ditch polylines or lines are.

•  materials 

Material of the ditch.

•  description 

A descriptive text for the entry. If defined, it will be shown instead of the long description.

•  info text 

Information text attached to items.

•  info URL 

URL link attached to items. MAGNET Explorer can launch a web browser with the URL.

•  object data tables 

These are Autodesk Map object data tables that will be used for source of object information for the elements in the virtual model. The table list also matches wildcards.

•  width 

Width of the ditch in drawing units.

•  depth 

Depth of the ditch in drawing units.

•  target_layers 

These material area settings affect only the surface on layers defined here. The default value (*) means that all surfaces are affected.

•  group 

The name of the group of these items.

•  generation_priority

If multiple layers are at the same height, the generation priority defines which one has a higher priority and shows it on top of the other object. (In practice, it is recommended to give a small additional height value to the object to ensure the correct order of components.)

•  auto_segmentation_distance 

Divides the original polyline with this distance and adds new points. This parameter is useful for better control of following surface and long arc segments.

•  auto_segmentation_angle 

Divides polylines using an angle threshold so that the resulting polyline will fall within this angle value. This only affects curved polyline segments like splines and arcs.