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Add Query Point

A Point Query allows you to obtain analysis results along any vertical line through your soil profile. The results can be displayed directly on the model or graphed.

A Point Query is defined by a single point in the Plan View, and represents a vertical line in 3-dimensions.

To add a Point Query:

  1. Select Add Point add query point from the Query tab.
  2. You will see the Query Point dialog, in which you can specify the method of generating the analysis points along the vertical line defined by the query point. There are three options:
    • Automatic - automatically generates more analysis points near the ground surface, where more accuracy is required, and progressively fewer points as depth increases. This is the default selection.
    • Evenly spaced divisions - creates evenly spaced divisions along the entire length of the query, according to the specified number of divisions
    • Custom divisions per layer - allows you to specify the number of divisions for each layer, for multi-layer models, by selecting the Define button and entering the number of divisions for each layer in the Define Custom Divisions dialog
  3. Choose the desired method, define the number of divisions (if applicable) and select OK.

  4. You will be prompted to define the location of the Point Query in the Plan View. This can be entered graphically with the mouse, or you can use the keyboard to type in the x,y coordinates in the prompt line.
    • The Snap option is useful for graphically snapping the query to vertices or center points of loads
    • If you hold the Shift key down, you can graphically add multiple Point Queries without exiting the Add Query Point option.
  5. After the Point Query location has been entered, the query will be added to the model, and displayed in both the Plan View and 3D View, as described below.

Query ID Number

Queries are automatically given an ID number, which is displayed beside the point query in the Plan View. The ID number is used to identify the query when graphing, exporting results, display purposes etc.

Point Query Results

When a query is initially added, the results are automatically computed and displayed on the model. In the following example, a Point Query has been added at the center of a circular load. NOTE:

  • In the Plan View, the point query result is displayed as a single value, corresponding to the current viewing depth.
  • In the 3D View, the point query results are displayed as a 3-dimensional bar graph along the length of the query.
Display of Point Query results in Plan View (left) and 3D View (right)
Display of Point Query results in Plan View (left) and 3D View (right)

Graph Query

Point Query results can be graphed with the Graph Query option.

Editing Queries

After a query has been added, you can easily edit its location, properties, display options, visibility etc. See the following topics for information:

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