OptiSurface Newsletter – 2016 October

Welcome to the OptiSurface Newsletter.

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Our News shows some of the fields designed by our clients.

The Design Of The Month shows an OptiSurface 1Way for conversion from Pivot to Linear Move Irrigation.

The Feature Of The Month explains how to use the Profile Tool.

If you have any problems or questions please reply to this email or call me on +61 405-686-425 (Australia) or Preston on +1 870-340-2020 (USA).
Graeme Cox & The OptiSurface Team
DAVCO OptiSurface
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News Of The Month

From our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Tile drainage does not solve all drainage problems.
OptiSurface was used to fix this remaining surface ponding.

@OptiSurface Interesting 300 ha block we levelled. Client had trouble with bad inland sea areas. Should be good now
From Brendan Weier ‏@Dirtmovinfarmer

New OptiSurface case study with drone video footage.

New Dealer Plans are available! Contact Preston Marthey (870)340-2020 for details.

Design Of The Month

Conversion From Pivot to Linear Move Irrigation Drainage
This farm is converting pivot irrigated fields to linear move irrigation. The irrigator’s wheel tracks restrict drainage perpendicular to the travel direction which causes ponding that waterlogs the crop and bogs machinery.  OptiSurface 1Way was used to create a variable slope design that drains in the direction of irrigator travel. The earthworks was only 79 yd3/ac or 160 m3/ha.

Existing Topography
Drainage Analysis
Proposed Topography
Proposed Cut/Fill Map

Feature Of The Month

Overview:  The profile or cross section of the terrain straight across the surface or add a Profile Section Polyline and displays the Existing and Proposed Topographies against each other.  The section line can be moved or rotated to any part of the map.

Displayed By:
Menu: Tools > Profile


  1. Section Line – shows the line cutting through the length of the Map, if editing a breakline, the section line shows the breakline instead.
  2. Shift +/-  – click, hold and drag the Shift arrow to adjust the section line or use the buttons on found in the lower right to adjust.
  3. Rotate – click, hold and drag the Rotate arrow to rotate the section line or use the button found in the lower right to rotate.
  4. Red Dot – highlights the area in the Map window where the mouse pointer is located on the Profile view.
  5. Profile View – displays the Section Line (from Proposed Topography), in blue, against the Existing Topography, in red.
  6. Reference Line – dashed line represents the Reference Line, which can be added in the Profile manually by hitting right click on the Profile View > Add > Reference Line.
  7. Fitted Curve – orange line represents the Fitted Curve, which can be added in the Profile manually by hitting right click on the Profile View > Add > Fitted Curve.
  8. Offset Line – light blue line represents the Offset Line, which can be added in the Profile manually by hitting right click on the Profile View > Add > Offset Line.
  9. Mouse Pointer – when the mouse pointer is placed in the Profile View, text boxes appear showing several figures.
    a.  Red Text Box – displays the elevation and the slope of the Existing Topography in that section.
    b.  Blue Text Box – displays the elevation, slope and depth of cut (C) or fill (F) of the Proposed Topography in that section.
    c.  Black Text Box – displays the elevation and depth of cut (C) or fill (F) where the mouse pointer lies.

Actions in Profile View:

Mouse Wheel – zooms in and out the Map Window.
Mouse Wheel button – holding the mouse wheel button and dragging a window to the right zooms in that window.  Holding the mouse wheel button and dragging a window to the left zooms out.
Mouse Left Click – holding left mouse button and dragging pans the Profile View.
Mouse Right Click – shows more options and actions:

  • Add Reference Line, Fitted Curve or Offset Line
  • Export – exports the Profile as image and may include data set.
  • Autoscale Left Axis – turn this ON to let the left axis auto-scale, otherwise turn it OFF.
  • Autoscale Bottom Axis – turn this ON to let the bottom axis auto-scale, otherwise turn it OFF.
  • Profile Options… – adjust the sampling space or profile direction.

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