Turn 2D drawings into 3D surfaces by digitizing the plans on the screen.

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Layout3D.tml will:

Start with a 2D plan with callout text elevations, run Layout3D.tml and digitize on the screen by picking locations for points along sets and callout text for elevation assignments. Offsets will be drawn automatically, just change the settings to change the offsets.

Start with this 2D like this:


Run Layout3D.tml on each line, and get this:


How to use Layout.tml

After downloading Layout3D.* to the Terramodel installation folder\Terramodel\tmls folder, open a Terramodel project and type layout3d at the command line and press the < enter > key.


You will see the following:


Explanation of each setting



Layout 3D Settings

Note: The original set will be replaced by a set with points at the interval selected here. The offsets created will be from this replacement.

Definition Note: The original set is the one you are creating on the fly with this command.

  1. Point name: Name given to the points along the original set.
  2. Point interval: Interval between the points created in straight sections. Use the mouse option to pick a distance from the screen.
  3. Maximum middle ordinate: Determines the distance between points created along an arc. Use the mouse option to pick a distance from the screen.
  4. Number of offsets: Number of offsets for the set. When this number is decreased, the last offset is removed.
  5. Offset/Delta Z box: Shows the offset and change in elevation of each offset created. Note: Double-click on the offset value to edit the settings.
  6. Load: Loads previously saved offset/delta z groups or classes.
  7. Save: Saves the current offset/delta z group.
  8. Cancel: Cancels changes.

Add Offsets

  1. Type the number of offsets desired in the Number of offsets field.
  2. From the list of offsets now appearing in the offset/delta z box, double-click on the first.
  3. The Offset properties dialog will appear.
  4. Double-click on each offset/delta z and make the necessary changes.

  5. Click Save to save the changes to the offset settings.
  6. Click Load to load a predefined group of offsets.
  7. Close out of the dialog boxes after changes are made.
  8. Continue selecting elevation text and point locations.
  9. Click Done to end the command and draw the offsets if applicable.

    Programmer's Note:

    This command turns Terramodel into the Paydirt/Sitework program. However, you can stay in Terramodel and you don't need your digitizer.