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River Analysis 2012 User Guide

River Analysis 2012 User Guide

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Configure the software for digitizing cross sections from on-screen 3D and 2D
topographical maps and from paper topographical maps.

To configure the topographical map, click River tab > Input panel > Section Geometry
drop-down > Configure Section Views. On the Configure Section Views dialog box,
click the General tab.

The following paragraphs describe the Topographical Map configuration options.
These options need to be completed only when first setting up a drawing that uses a
topographical map.

2D/3D Map Scale

Specifies the X and Y coordinate scaling factor when using an on-screen 2D or
3D topographical map. This scaling factor defaults to 1 foot (or meter) per
drawing unit, and should be changed if the topographical map is drawn at a
different scaling factor. This entry is ignored when digitizing from a paper
topographical map.

3D Elevation Scale

Specifies the elevation scaling factor to use when digitizing cross sections from
an on-screen 3D topographical map. This scaling factor defaults to 1 foot (or
meter) per drawing unit, and it should be changed if the topographical map's
elevation scaling factor is different. This entry does not apply when digitizing
from an on-screen 2D topographical map or paper topographical map.

Contour Interval

Specifies the initial elevation contour interval to use when digitizing a cross
section from an on-screen 2D topographical map or paper topographical map.
This entry should match the contour elevation step represented in the
topographical map being used. Once digitizing has started, this elevation
contour interval can be adjusted using the Page Up and Page Down keys. This
entry is ignored when digitizing from an on-screen 3D topographical map.

Map Text Height

Specifies the text height size (in drawing units) of the cross section ID labels
that are placed, along with the digitized cross section, on the on-screen 3D and
2D topographical maps. This entry is ignored when digitizing from a paper
topographical map.

There are times when you may run into map data that has different unit bases for X-Y
data and elevation data. For example, USGS DEM files have their X-Y coordinate data

Resize Options

Converting Between Metric and English Units

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in UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) units (which are metric coordinates),
whereas the elevation component of the DEM data is often in feet.

The 2D/3D Map Scale and 3D Elevation Scale configuration entries can be used to
specify unit conversion factors so that the cross section geometry that is cut from
topographical map is in the same unit base for both X-Y and elevation data.

To convert meters to feet, a scale factor of 3.28084 should be used. To convert feet to
meters, a scale factor of 0.3048 should be used. Therefore, to create cross sections in
feet from a USGS DEM contour map, a scale factor of 3.28084 should be specified for
the 2D/3D Map Scale entry. Similarly, to create cross sections in meters, a scale factor
of 0.3048 should be specified for the 3D Elevation Scale entry.

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