Caddie DTM .DWG digital terrain modeller

 

 

For anyone involved in Civil Engineering, Surveying or the Construction Industry dealing with real world sites where levels can be anything but flat, Caddie's Digital Terrain Modelling Application (DTM) provides the perfect tool for preparing the site models, sections and contours needed to fully develop a scheme.

Whether using data from Total Stations, Promap or your own site levels, with Caddie DTM you can save hours of dull, repetitive work, reducing the risk of error and creating 3D site models in seconds, and multiple sections in under a minute. With Caddie DTM you can view your sites from any angle to get a better appreciation of the opportunities and challenges they offer, even draping images such as aerial photographs to view site features. And using Caddie DTM requires no special training, so you can be modelling and sectioning your sites in minutes.

Caddie uses the industry standard DWG drawing format, also supporting DXF, making it easy to create models and sections using information from surveyors, Ordnance Survey mapping sites, as well as your own survey data.

Andrew Newman of LK2 Architects tells how he saved himself 2 days work by using Caddie DTM

‘Caddie’s DTM tools are amazingly quick to use; in an hour I produced a 3D model of the terrain and 4 sections through my site, all from a 2D plan.
It would have taken me at least 2 days to produce the same information the way I used to, using AutoCAD and Sketchup.’

 

Caddie DTM provides you with:

 

Direct input of Total Station drawings from site surveyors and mapping providers
Caddie loads and saves in DWG, also supporting DXF to make it easy to create your site models and sections from surveyors drawings, Ordnance Survey data from providers such as Promap

Direct import and plotting of data from spreadsheets and text files
Save time and reduce errors by loading and plotting survey data including coordinates and feature descriptions direct from their original files without the need to transcribe

Download GPS data with automatic conversion from WGS84 to local grid
Load information direct from GPS units with automatic conversion and plotting to save time and reduce transcription errors

Automatic generation of 3D point heights from 2D survey drawings
Produce a 3D model of your site from a 2D survey drawing in seconds, saving time and reducing transcription errors

Automatic 3D TIN (Triangular Irregular Network) generation from 3D points
Produce a 3D TIN model of your site from 3D point height data as supplied by Promap with their DSM (surface) and DTM (terrain) mapping data

Site Levelling with volume change information
Revise your site model including any changes in level and get an instant readout of the volume difference to save time and reducing the need for manual calculation

Optimised cut and fill
Automatic calculation of optimum level for cut and fill schemes including soil type shrinkage factor to help reduce transport of material to and from site and minimize environmental impact

Automatic generation of site sections
Create site sections in seconds, complete with section markers, reference heights and datum levels, saving hours of plotting points, transcribing information and reducing errors

Automatic regeneration of site sections
Automatically update the site sections to see the effects any level revisions have on your proposals to facilitate more effective site evaluation

Volume difference calculation
Automatic calculation of the volume difference between TIN models to help in the planning and costing of site re-modelling

Automatic generation of site contours
Create site contour drawings in seconds, complete with major and minor contours and height labels to provide a 2D representation of 3D site make-up

Conversion of 3D TIN models to 3D Meshes
Automatic generation of a 'softened' 3D Mesh from a 3D TIN model to provide a more natural and smoothed site appearance

Direct download of image tiles from aerial mapping sites
Download aerial mapping images and use them to enhance the contextual appreciation of your schemes by placing them in their environment

Image drape

Map aerial photographs and other images onto your site models to bring the features of your site model 'to life'

 

Caddie DTM is included as standard with Caddie Professional.

 

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Amazing to think that I used to draw all my walls manually, creating lines and offsets then hatching them all in individually - What a chore that was!'



Updating to the latest Caddie is simple, with inbuilt auto-configuration and migration tools; but with Caddie Remote Assistance you can have the latest updates installed and configured for you, like Martin McGahon of Town & Country Planning Ltd.

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'Before calling Caddie support I had spent about an hour attempting to work out why I could no longer enter figures into my Construction Line offset command, but when I called the Caddie support guys, they quickly identified my problem and helped me fix it.  It turns out I had caught the 'NumLock' key by accident changing the function of the number pad keys on my keyboard!

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Peter Fishenden discovers how easy Caddie 20’s ‘AEC Build’ tools are to use...

'What can I say, WOW!

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'Thank you for the latest You Tube link. Very helpful - have been doing this stuff manually; it is great to see that it can be done automatically.
Look forward to the next YouTube training tip.'

Yours
Bruce 
Whitehead

The Price Whitehead Chartered Surveyors

 

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Comments posted after watching the latest Caddie Killer Tips videos;

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Andrew Dukesell

Good tips as ever, really like the polygon selection, I wasn't aware of that.

Very useful.

 

Philip James

Some really useful tips.

Amazing that I couldn't draw a line a few weeks ago.  Picking it up very quickly.  Many thanks to Tony for his unbelievable patience!! Wish I did this years ago.

 

Allister Godfrey

Andrew thanks again for a very instructive video, I had forgotten about the poly select ... that's gonna be another of those tools I can't live without!

 

Allister Godfrey

OMG... I use copy and increment on text A LOT, but I have never paid any attention to copy multiple in the list ... genius!

 

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Philip James of Philip James Architecture reflecting upon his recent move to using Caddie;

'I should have done this years ago...when you first came to see me, in fact!'



‘The Caddie YouTube videos are the best thing you've done, and absolutely essential when one lives and works in north of Scotland as I do; whilst I don’t take in this kind of information too well over the phone I can watch the videos in any spare moment I get, even late at night, and this makes them ideal for keeping me up to date.’

Hugh Mackay, Drafting Services



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Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
For and on behalf of Asset Construction Consultants.



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Philip Tilbury
Herbert J. Stribling & Partners

 



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Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
Asset Construction Consultants



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Anthony Staig IBC Architects



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Graham Rocher 



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‘the Time-tracker printout, detailing ‘Work Time’, Open Time’ and Saved Time, along with the actual time and dates of the drawing sessions made the job of agreeing on the bill easy’

Stewart L Thorley, Building Plans & Design

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‘Caddie Tea Break Tutorials’

Just a quick email to let you know that we were very pleased to be part of the tutorial yesterday. It was a great way to see what the function does, and so much better than reading about it! 

I look forward to trying it out, once I have got the latest version of 19 downloaded.

 

Bruce Whitehead

Price Whitehead 

Chartered Surveyors & Rural Consultants

 

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