WMS:Terrain Data Tools

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The toolbar for the Terrain Data module.

The toolbar for the WMS Terrain Data module has a variety of tools useful for editing and creating objects within that module. The tools are described below.

Select Vertices
The Select Vertices Select Point Tool.svg tool is used to select vertices for operations such as deletion, or to drag a vertex to a new location. The coordinates of selected vertices can also be edited using the Edit Window. This same tool allows for selection of outlet points on the TIN.
Select Triangles
The Select Triangles WMS SelectTrianglesTool.svg tool is used to select triangles for operations such as deletion. In addition to the standard multi-selection options, another type of multi-selection is available with this tool. By holding down the Ctrl key while dragging the cursor, a selection line can be entered. All triangles intersected by the line are added to the selection list.
Create Breakline
The Create Breakline WMS CreateBreaklineTool.svg tool is used to select one or more strings of vertices. Vertex strings are used for operations such as adding breaklines to the TIN or selecting a string of vertices which will be used to create a stream.
The procedure for creating breaklines is somewhat different than the normal selection procedure. Strings are selected as follows:
  • Click on the starting vertex for the breakline. The vertex selected will be highlighted in red.
  • Click on any subsequent vertices to be part of the string (vertices do not have to be next to each other). The vertices selected are now connected by a solid red line.
  • To remove the last vertex from a string, press the Backspace key. To abort entering a vertex string, press the Esc key. To end a vertex string, press Return or double click on the last vertex in the string. Another vertex string can then be selected.
Swap Triangle Edges
The Swap Triangle Edges WMS SwapTriangleEdgesTool.svg tool swaps the edges of two adjacent triangles and is usually used to make local adjustments to a TIN. To use the tool, simply click on any triangle edge.
Add Vertices
The Add Vertices Create Points Tool.svg tool is used to manually add vertices to a TIN. It can only be used in plan view. When this tool is selected, clicking on a point within the Graphics Window will place a new vertex at that point. What happens to the vertex after it is added (whether and how it is triangulated into the TIN) depends on the settings in the Vertex Options dialog under the TINs menu. These settings can easily be used to digitize elevation data from scanned images of contour data.
Create Triangle
The Create Triangle WMS CreateTriangleTool.svg tool is used to manually create new triangles. Triangles are normally created by triangulating a set of points automatically. However, this tool is useful for localized editing and refining a TIN. To use the Create Triangle tool either:
  • Select three vertices that will form the triangle. The vertices can be selected in either clockwise or counter-clockwise order.
  • Drag a box around three vertices that will form the triangle.
The Esc key can be used to abort the creation of a triangle once having started selecting vertices.
Select DEM Points
The Select DEM Points WMS SelectDEMpointsTool.svg tool is used to select a region of DEM points to make active or inactive. Coordinates of DEM points may not be edited. When selecting a group of DEM points a rectangle or polygon around the points is displayed rather than trying to identify individual DEM points. To deselect a group of DEM points that have already been selected, click anywhere in the graphics window. Multiple groups of DEM points may be selected by holding down the Shift key while dragging a rectangle around the second group.
Place Contour Labels
The Place Contour Labels WMS ContourLabelsTool.svg tool manually places numerical contour elevation labels at points clicked on with the mouse. These labels remain on the screen until the contouring options are changed, until they are deleted using the Contour Label Options dialog, or until the Graphics Window is refreshed. Contour labels can also be deleted with this tool by holding down the Shift key while clicking on the labels. This tool can only be used when the TIN is in plan view.
Set Contour Min/Max
Using the Set Contour Min/Max WMS SetContourMinMaxIcon.svg tool to dragging a box around part of a project in the Graphics Window changes the contours in the selected area to match the minimum and maximum settings in the Contour Options dialog.
Right-clicking with the tool brings up a menu which has a command to clear the minimum and maximum contour settings.

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