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Enter a traverse

The Traverse tool supports efficient, single-handed entry using the numeric keypad. You can also use several shortcuts and overrides.

Examples

The following traverse examples show data entry using the numeric keypad with shortcuts and overrides:

Traverse with quadrant bearing and feet

The data is as follows:

  • Straight line, N45°59'59'"E, 100.00 feet
  • Tangent curve left, radius 50 feet, arc length 60 feet
  • Exit curve tangent, straight line, 50 feet

To enter a traverse using quadrant bearing for direction and feet for distance, the keystrokes on the numeric keypad are as follows:

  1. 45.5959-1 ENTER 100 ENTER
  2. ENTER 0 ENTER -50 ENTER 60 ENTER
  3. ENTER 50 ENTER

Traverse with north azimuth and meters

The data is as follows:

  • 89°15'37'", 40.2 meters
  • 179°47'46'", 6 meters
  • Tangent curve right, radius 8.2 meters, chord length 11.6 meters
  • Exit curve tangent straight line, 32 meters
  • 359°45'14'", 14.2 meters, close traverse

To enter a traverse using north azimuth for direction and meters for distance, the keystrokes on the numeric keypad are as follows:

  1. 89.15.37 ENTER 40.2 ENTER
  2. 179.47.46 ENTER 6 ENTER
  3. ENTER 0 ENTER 8.2 ENTER 11.6 ENTER
  4. ENTER 32 ENTER
  5. 359.45.14 ENTER 14.2* ENTER

Traverse starting with a non tangent curve (quadrant bearing, feet)

The data is as follows:

  • Non-tangent curve with chord bearing, radius 50 feet, chord length 25 feet
  • Straight line, S80°25'24'"E, 50 feet
  • Tangent curve, radius 25 feet, arc length 50 feet

To enter a traverse starting with a nontangent curve, the keystrokes on the numeric keypad are as follows:

  1. 41-56-06-1cb (or 41.5606-1cb) ENTER 0 ENTER 25c ENTER
  2. 80.2524-1 ENTER 50 ENTER
  3. ENTER 0 ENTER 25 ENTER 50 ENTER

Traverse with radial bearing curve and direction shortcuts

The data is as follows:

  • Straight line S80°25'24'"E, 50 feet
  • Straight line, 20° clock wise from previous bearing, 45 feet
  • Curve with radial bearing S41°26'06'"E , radius 25, delta (central angle) 45
  • Tangent curve, radius 25, delta 45
  • Straight line N25°35'05'"E, 45 feet
  • Straight line 80° counter-clockwise from previous bearing, 45 feet

To enter a traverse with direction shortcuts, the keystrokes on the numeric keypad are as follows:

  1. 80.2524-2 ENTER 50 ENTER
  2. +20 ENTER 45 ENTER
  3. 41.2606-2rb ENTER 0 ENTER 25 ENTER 45d ENTER
  4. ENTER 0 ENTER 25 ENTER 45d ENTER
  5. -80 ENTER 45 ENTER

Additional keypad information

Keep the following in mind when working with the numeric keypad:

  • Quadrant bearing is entered by typing a hyphen (-) and the number of the quadrant.

    You can also type 45-59-59-1 or 89-15-37.

  • The next course of the traverse is automatically populated with the exit tangent bearing of the previous course.

    This makes it easy to enter a tangent curve and exit a curve with a tangent straight line.

  • A circular curve is entered by typing a zero (0) in the Distance field and pressing Enter.
  • A negative radius is used for a curve to the left.
  • An asterisk (*) is used to indicate the final leg of the traverse and to force the traverse to close onto the start location.

Tip:
  • Insert a row by right-clicking an existing row and clicking Insert Before or Insert After.
  • Delete a row by right-clicking the row and clicking Delete Row.
  • Reorder a row by dragging the row to a different location. The traverse will be recomputed based on the new order of the courses.
  • Add a closing location by right-clicking a row and clicking Set closing location before this course or Set closing location after this course.
  • Move between cells in the traverse grid using the arrow keys or by pressing Esc.

Data entry shortcuts

The Traverse tool uses the following shortcuts and overrides:

Quadrant bearing shortcuts

When entering bearings using the quadrant bearing format, you can use numbers to specify the quadrant instead of typing the required letters. This allows you to work solely with the numeric keypad and speeds up the data entry process.

QuadrantKeystrokeUse in grid fieldExample

Northeast quadrant (NE)

-1

Direction

45-59-59-1

Southeast quadrant (SE)

-2

Direction

45-59-59-2

Southwest quadrant (SW)

-3

Direction

45-59-59-3

Northwest quadrant (NW)

-4

Direction

45-59-59-4

Direction shortcuts

Direction shortcuts can be used after the first traverse leg has been entered. The following direction shortcuts use the direction in the previous traverse leg:

KeystrokeUse in grid fieldDescriptionExample

+<angle>

Direction

Add the entered angle (clockwise) to the previous direction to get a direction for the next course.

+20

-<angle>

Direction

Subtract the entered angle (counterclockwise) from the previous direction to get a direction for the next course.

-20

+

Direction

Add 90° (clockwise) to the previous direction to get a direction for the next course.

Type + instead of a dimension.

-

Direction

Subtract 90° (counterclockwise) from the previous direction to get a direction for the next course.

Type - instead of a dimension.

Closure shortcuts

Close a traverse using the following keystrokes:

KeystrokeUse in grid fieldDescriptionExample

*

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Close a traverse onto its start point or defined, closing location.

45-20-30-1 ENTER 25*

/

All fields

Force closure instead of typing a dimension. COGO attributes are not stored.

Type / instead of a dimension.

**

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Set a closing location at the end point of the traverse leg.

45-20-30-1 ENTER 25**

Tip:

You can also check the Closed check box in the Modify Features pane to close a traverse.

Curve overrides

Curves described on a plat or plan may not conform to a single set of curve parameters, such as radius and arc length. Use the following shortcuts to override curve parameters in the Direction, Radius, Arc Length, Chord Length, and Delta Angle fields:

OverrideKeystrokeUse in grid fieldExample

Tangent bearing curve

tb or TB

Direction

41-56-06-4tb (using quadrant bearing)

Radial bearing curve

rb or RB

Direction

41-56-06rb (using quadrant bearing)

Chord bearing curve

cb or CB

Direction

41-56-06cb (using quadrant bearing)

Chord length

c or C

Arc Length and Delta Angle

25.01c

Delta (central angle)

d or D

Arc Length and Chord Length

90-59-59d

Arc length

A or a

Chord Length and Delta Angle

25.01a

Calculator shortcuts

Use operators in the Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length fields to quickly calculate and derive distances.

OperatorUse in grid fieldDescriptionExample

+

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Add two distances.

Add a ROW width to an existing radius to get the outer radius. Type 30+15 in the Radius field.

-

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Subtract two distances.

Subtract a length described on a plan, for example, "..except the northern 52.8 feet". Type 100-52.8 in the Distance field.

*

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Multiply a distance.

Enter a road frontage and multiply the value by the number of lots with the same frontage to get the length of the ROW frontage. Type 40*4 in the Distance field.

/

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

Divide a distance.

Divide a line to get the proportioned width. Type 122/3 in the Distance field to get a proportioned length of 40.67.

Distance overrides

Use the following shortcuts to override distances in the Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length fields:

OverrideKeystrokeUse in grid fieldExample

Meters

m or M

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

25m

Kilometers

km or KM

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

25km

Feet

ft or FT

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

25ft

Yards

yd or YD

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

25yd

Miles

mi or MI

Distance, Radius, Arc Length, and Chord Length

25mi