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Using Work Areas

Feb 05, 2016
Video Length:  1:11:25
Presented By:  Amanda Berry
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Work Areas provide a perfect way to organize your schedules, scales, and UCSs. Whether you want to separate out phases in your schedules, or you need to show an area at a different scale and UCS, you need to know how to manipulate a Work Area.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • TOC/Intro
  • When Would You Use a Work Area?
  • Using Work Areas with Plants
  • Important Rules for Work Areas
  • Using Work Areas When Breaking Up a Drawing Into Multiple Sheets
  • Dividing a Plan into Separate Bid Sheets Using Xrefs

0:00 – 4:59: TOC/Intro

5:00 – 10:59: When Would You Use a Work Area?

Creating Different Schedules for Different Areas in Your Drawing (6:50)

  • Building A planting, Building B planting, Building C planting
  • Front yard, back yard
  • Work to be paid by Client A, vs. Paid by Client B
  • Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3
  • Sheet 1, Sheet 2, Sheet 3
  • Quantity troubleshooting


Allowing for Multiple Scales in One Drawing (8:20)

  • Creating an enlargement in one area
  • Affects callouts, text, dimensions, and hatches



Breaking the Drawing into Manageable Sections (9:30)

  • Check plant callouts or irrigation piping only in one section



Gaining Quick Access to Different UCSs (10:08)

  • Switch quickly between rotations along a road or drawing to drawing

11:00 – 29:59: Using Work Areas with Plants

Creating and naming a new Work Area (13:00)



Drawing a Work Area (13:20)


Note: Do not allow Work Areas to intersect each other. Intersecting Work Areas can create duplicates in your schedules. (14:30)



Creating a schedule for the plants in a Work Area (15:20)



Setting a different scale for a Work Area (17:20)



Placing a label and a Shrub Area hatch in the scaled Work Area to show its scale (19:00)



Placing a Plant Schedule within the scaled Work Area (20:35)



Applying a User Coordinate System (UCS) to a Work Area (21:05)



Restoring the World Coordinate System (WCS) using the Restore UCS tool (22:40)



Restoring a UCS in a Work Area in Paper Space (24:15)



Creating a schedule for an entire drawing that includes Work Areas (25:25)



Creating a schedule for all Work Areas in a drawing (the schedule is separated by Work Area) – a great tool for a summary schedule. (26:20)



Using the Highlight tool to highlight and error check plants within a single Work Area (27:28)



Using the Verify Labels tool to verify that all plants within a Work Area are labeled (28:34)

30:00 – 36:49: Important Rules for Work Areas

1. The insertion point of a block must be inside a Work Area (e.g., tree, shrub, amenity, irrigation head). (30:00)


2. For a groundcover or Shrub Area to be recognized as inside a Work Area, the majority of its polyline boundary must be inside the Work Area. (If possible, keep the entire area within the Work Area where you want it.) (31:30)


3. Work Areas shouldn’t overlap. (33:00)


4. Work Areas shouldn’t be inside other Work Areas. (33:10)

(Note that Work Areas can overlap or be inside each other if you plan to run your schedules separately for each Work Area. If you run a schedule for your entire drawing, overlapping and intersecting Work Areas will cause problems.)


5. As of the shooting of this webinar, Plant Schedules are the only schedules that offer the “All” option for running a schedule for all Work Areas in the drawing. Other schedule tools will only run a schedule for one Work Area or for the entire drawing – not a global schedule that’s separated by Work Area. (34:10).



Question: Is it possible to show multiple (but not all) Work Areas in a schedule? (34:40)

Answer: Possibly. It’s on our wishlist for possible future development.



Question: Will we ever offer the capability of having one Work Area inside another? (35:40)

Answer: This capability is also on our wishlist for future development, but at a higher priority than schedules showing multiple Work Areas.

36:50 – 54:29: Using Work Areas When Breaking Up a Drawing Into Multiple Sheets

Creating new Work Areas (39:20)

Note: A schedule will have the same name as the Work Area it refers to.



Assigning a UCS to a Work Area in Model Space (42:35)



Changing a Work Area’s boundary by adding vertices to it (44:00)



Renaming a Work Area (45:45)



Restoring a UCS and setting the scale within viewports (47:00)



Using Discipline Graphics to place matchlines for different sheets (50:10)



Placing a schedule on a sheet (51:50)



Adjusting the schedule style to allow it to fit on the sheet (52:15)



Creating a summary page and placing a schedule for all Work Areas in the drawing (53:40)

54:30 – end: Dividing a Plan into Separate Bid Sheets Using Xrefs

Importing the planting plan as an Xref (55:20)



Quick demo of our fxREF tool (55:50)



Creating separate Work Areas to divide a site into areas to be paid for by different clients (56:50)



Note: fxREF automatically puts files into WCS when you attach them. (58:10)



Freezing the L-WORK-AREA layer in the main drawing (1:01:05)



Running a schedule and exporting it to a spreadsheet (1:01:25)



Creating a new viewport from a Work Area using the New Viewport tool (1:02:30)



Using separate viewports in Model Space and applying a UCS to one of these viewports (1:05:55)