Earthwork is Quest's powerful cut and fill measuring system. With Earthwork, you can measure your cut and fill quantities in record time, and instantly get access to site information and data that you simply can't get from manual methods.
With Quest Earthwork, there's no reason to dread the takeoff anymore-no more calculators, protractors, or slide rules.
Instead, the Takeoff is a simple matter of tracing over your plans-once for existing elevations, and once for proposed elevations-using a stylus pen and digitizer board to generate accurate cut and fill quantities.
You'll have access to several different takeoff tools that enable you to easily digitize contours and count items, like bore logs.
Earthwork's Takeoff screen can handle multiple sheets, and works with any known scale. You can easily customise all your line styles and symbols.
And you can even import your takeoff information directly from AutoCAD or data collector files, or export your cut and fill quantities directly to Estimator..
In Earthwork, an area is a section of your job site for which you plan to calculate cut and fill totals-like the site perimeter, job phase, or special construction areas like building pads, retention ponds and parking lots.
Digitizing areas works the same way as digitizing contours—once for your existing layer, and once more for the proposed layer. Here you can raise or lower the elevations in an area, and strip or replace topsoil.
The 3D view gives you a realistic, birds-eye perspective of your existing and proposed elevations. You can rotate the view so that you're seeing your site from almost any angle; then zoom in for extra detail or zoom out to get the big picture.
Color-code your 3D view by elevation or by cut and fill amounts. And of course, the Flyby feature takes you on a guided tour of the site, at the altitude and speed you select.
The Section view gives you a cross section view of elevations between any two points on the site. Because you can see both existing and proposed elevations simultaneously, you'll get a quick idea of just how much cut or fill will be required for any section of your job site.
The station interval is completely customisable—set it as high or low as you need. What's more, your sections are not limited to straight lines between two points—you can generate profiles consisting of any number of points, so you can easily profile your site perimeter, for example, or the perimeters of any special construction areas.
The Grid view displays your elevations and cut and fill amounts in a gridded format. Choose any pre-defined area to view, like site perimeters, phases or special construction areas.
You'll see totals for both cut and for fill, with the net amount available in the corner. You can even turn off contours, or enable color-coding for cut and fill amounts.
The Summary screen shows a complete breakdown of cut and fill quantities, totaled at the top with breakdowns below.
Breakdowns are displayed by area and layer (existing and proposed), and include the measured quantity, swell and yield factors, and adjusted total quantity. And Earthwork's Balance feature enables you to balance your entire site in just a few seconds.
Share information about your job site with the guys in the field. With the Layout window, you can offset and stake lines in either the proposed or existing layer and generate staking reports.
From there, it's easy to export your staking report to a data file that can be loaded by a GPS or laser total station.
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