Not every software package makes it easy to export 12d Model data to it. A
number of Eliot Sinclair & Partners (“ESP”) clients were using software packages
that were open source (or not widely used), and thus custom export macros
provided the best results. Below are some examples.
1) An ESP client working on the Wimakeriri River fish habitat studies was using
a software package by the University of Alberta - River2D, a two-dimensional
depth averaged finite element hydrodynamic model which has been customised for
fish habitat evaluation studies.
The requested export format needed to
contain point and break lines to allow the River2D package to perform its own
triangulation. Roughness height value was also supplied, but more was needed to
optimise efficiency on this important project.
2) ESP was supplied an
Adobe Illustrator file in an older version, which they were unable to open. The
ASCII file was deemed to likely be corrupt, so they decided to create a custom
import tool for 12d Model to extract as much information as possible.
client SCIRT needed the ability to import and export complex multi level
attribute groups for many strings, and while there are many native options in
12d to do these exports, most only allow for one type of string.
internal GIS package for cadastral information, Quickmap, allows for the import
and management of custom information. They were eager to upload points and lines
into Quickmap in order to show nationwide areas they have surveyed and
benchmarks established on sites that could be reused by future surveys. Because
Quickmap is an Access Database system that utilises WellKnownText, they needed
another export tool from 12d Model.
With these various challenges to overcome, the best idea seemed to be to engage
the skills of their 12d Model Customisation expert to write 12d Model macros.
With the right 12d Model macros, the ESP team was able to:
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help optimise their client’s River2D work on the Wimakeriri River
extract all the relevant information from the corrupted Illustrator file
assist SCIRT with importing and exporting complex multi-level attribute groups
for many strings with their macro that recognises both drainage and super
- create the export tool they needed for working
successes under their belt, ESP plans to utilise the power of 12d Model macros
even more in the future.