The Lite edition of n4ce is self contained, having all the processing tools available in Survey, with the addition of model creation and editing, a CAD editor and Drawings. This makes Lite an ideal choice for users looking for “field to finish” solutions. If you are on site looking for a setting out package or are new to digital processing and want a basic package, Lite will not disappoint. An ideal starter package.
Unlike the Survey edition, Lite has graphical editing tools in both CAD and models, including points, features and Digital Terrain Model(DTM). The DTM creates annotated contours. Sections created from the DTM and/or features can be plotted in CAD. Prism volumes are provided and final presentation drawings using templates. Ideal for on-site use and startup companies.
The DTM is a set of non overlapping triangles created using a modified Delaunay algorithm. The code table can be used to eliminate certain coded points from use in the DTM. If a layer containing points is turned off again these points will not be considered. If the comma codes X (ignore) or Y (2D) are used these negate the use of these points as well. Break lines are assigned to line codes to control forced features.
Groups break the DTM up into zones; for example road, pavement, buildings or named spoil heaps. When viewed in plan or 3D it becomes clear which parts of the model are being represented. In area or volume calculations quantities representing these groups are itemised.
Isopachytes are height difference models generated between two DTMs and are used in volume calculations. Cut and Fill quantities can be
clearly seen by setting height shading values appropriately.n4ce handles volume calculations using a complex prism calculation to a reference surface which could be a mathematically derived surface, or as in the case shown here, another model. Different parts of the model can be isolated using Groups.
A table of results can be added to a drawing which is complimented with a report. Each individual spoil heap volume can be thus identified.