At New Century Software, we nerd out on visualizing data. And using linear referencing to visualize data really gets our geo-geek hearts beating. That's why we love SheetCutter, our best-selling alignment sheet generator, and Template Designer (SheetCutter's side-kick) so much. Our alignment sheet duo displays disconnected data, layers of linear referenced information, and key pipeline details in a simple, easily digestible map ... in half the time of other solutions on the market.
Since we're all about generating alignment sheets quickly, we've come up with a few tricks to help you save even more time and ensure you're as productive as possible. Here are our top three tips for using SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner so you can quickly visualize your pipeline.
1. Set an accurate data frame projection
A common beginner user mistake is not setting up the correct data frame projection. Oops! This setting will affect how MapWindows are placed along a centerline, as MapWindows inherit whatever projection is set in the data frame. The stored projection information allows users to create a single chain of MapWindows that are able to span several state planes or UTM zones. To ensure the use of an accurate projection, always check with a project manager before beginning work.
2. Save time selecting MapWindows
Have you ever had a bunch of overlapping MapWindows or a line that seemed to go on forever, and only needed to select a particular set of MapWindows? Well, then this trick is for you! Select a single MapWindow on the route needed then open the renumber tool. This will bring up all the MapWindows on the associated route. Don’t make any changes and click OK. Now all the MapWindows on that route should be selected.
3. Easily access created bands for later use
Do you wish you could use an already created band in another template? Guess what, you can! When a template is completed, select all the bands in the TemplateDesigner table of contents, then right click and select Export. This will export the bands to a file that can be saved. When one or more bands are needed in a new template, simply re-import them. This is also great for when unwanted changes have been made to a template. Re-import the needed bands to “reset” the template to its original state.
We hope these tips and tricks put you one step closer to becoming a SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner expert. For a refresher or first time look into SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner basic sheet and template creation, check out our new NCSU e-Certification courses! For more information check out our blog post Introducing NCSU, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Looking to learn about some more advanced features? Be sure to register for the Visualizing Integrity Data with SheetCutter free webinar on June 25th!