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Data File formats

Currently 4 different borehole data file formats (text format) are supported.
.AGS format (AGS Data File 3.1)
The AGS format as established by the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists. Version 4
is not supprted. More information is available at www.ags.org.uk.
.CSV format
CSV is a comma separated text file format. Lines starting with a hash (#) are ignored.
The file has to be columnated in a specific order, where the columns with the black header text are optional :


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.TXT format (I.T. Works Boormanager)
Data created by the Dutch program 'Boormanager' can be imported as TXT files. Select the Export option 'Save
as ASCII text files' in Boormanager to create TXT files containing borehole data. Borehole Importer uses the
files "itwbmla0.txt" and "itwbmbo0.txt" created by Boormanager.
.GEF format (GEF-BORE-Report)
The GEF BORE Report format is a standard provided by the 'Civieltechnisch Centrum Uitvoering Research en
Regelgeving' (CUR) in the Netherlands. More information is available at www.geffiles.nl.


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Settings tab
The second tab in the main window contains the settings for the application. These settings are stored in the registry
and are remembered for the next time you use the extension.
Boreholes
without
coordinates
Spatial coordinates
are not mandatory
data within the
standard borehole
formats supported
by this extension,
therefore, if no
coordinates are
specified for a
particular borehole
in the data file,
specify whether the
program should
prompt for
coordinates or skip
the borehole.
Surface
elevation
Don't derive - use
elevation data
specified in the data
file. If no elevation
is specified at a
borehole, the
elevation "0" is
used.
Derive where
borehole contains
no data - If no
elevation is specified
in the data file,
derive the height
information for that
borehole from the
selected Civil 3D
surface
Always use
derived data - Ignore all borehole elevation data, always derive the height information from the selected Civil
3D surface
Ignore borehole and surface elevation - All boreholes are projected to elevation zero.
Profile view Settings
Maximum distance tot Alignment - Boreholes at a distance greater than this value are not projected in the Profile
View.
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Horizontal scale of boreholes - Specify the width of the boreholes in the Profile View.
Only use last word of soil name for shape style name - Specify whether to use the complete soil name for the
Civil 3D Shape Style Name, or only the last word (i.e. when checked, 'Dense brown clayey GRAVEL' gets the Shape
Style 'Gravel')
Labels - Select the labels to be created
Points
When creating Civil 3D Points Point Groups can also be created for each soil type. For large data files and/or a large
amount of files to import the performance of the program can suffer when creating Civil 3D points .
Application settings
Language - The language of the program can be set to English or Dutch. A restart of the Borehole Import extension is
required.


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Import tab
The main window of Borehole Importer is the import tab. On this tab you select the borehole data file(s), and
choose how the data will be represented in the Civil 3D model.

Path to
input
files
Click on
Browse ... to
select the
folder which
contains the
data files.
The last used
path is
opened, you
have typed a
path into the
text box.
Files in
folder
Select the
files, which
have to be
imported.
Supported
file formats
are
automatically
recognized
and
displayed.
Create
Civil 3D
points
By selecting
this option,
the location
of each
boreholes
and each soil
horizon represented by a Civil 3D Point. The soil type of the underlying layer is included in the "Description" of
that point.
Civil 3D Surface (existing ground)
Select the Civil 3D surface of the existing ground. Depending on the settings, the elevation of the boreholes can
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be derived from this surface.
Project boreholes in Profile View
By checking this option borehole profiles are created in the Civil 3D Profile View selected.
Note:Boreholes are not dynamically projected. If you change the profile view (location, scale, etc) you will need to perform the
import again. The boreholes are created as AutoCAD Blocks, with the hatch pattern created according to Civil 3D Shape Styles. If a
style with the particular soil name (derived from the borehole data) doesn't exist, it is created. To reflect style changes, the
boreholes also have to be imported again.
Import...
Click Import to the process the selected files.
Statusbar
Reflects the import status.


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Coordinates window
If the coordinates of a borehole are not specified, the program will prompt for coordinates (unless otherwise
specified in the settings). Entering coordinates is possible in several ways:

1 - Select in the drawing
Select a point in the drawing (left icon) or an existing AutoCAD Block (right
icon)
2 - Enter coordinates manually
If the (exact) coordinates are known, they can be entered in the text boxes.





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Files processed
After processing the data, the imported file names are coloured, as shown below.
The colours have the following meanings:
Green - File is imported and processed correctly
Orange - File is (partly) processed, errors were found (see event viewer)
Red - File not processed (see event viewer)






















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Event viewer
If errors occur while importing borehole data, a warning is displayed on the Import tab after processing.
The specific files and errors are displayed in the Civil 3D Event Viewer:








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