The sections below take you through the steps you are likely to take to set up your project. However, there are some things that it is useful to know before you start. In these videos we explain where you can find example projects, how to navigate around a project, and options for units and display settings.
Example Projects Units and Display Settings Navigation Adjusting Shading of Surfaces
Site plans are PDF’s or image files that you load in to display in your project. If you are doing any on-screen take-off this is the essential first step. Even if you are loading all of your data from CAD files, it can still be useful to load site plans to give context to your visualisations. These videos describe the tools available to define site plans in Kubla Cubed.
Loading a Site Plan Cropping Scaling and Positioning Transparency
EXISTING GROUND LEVELS
After loading any site plans, the next stage is to define the existing ground levels. This is usually achieved using a feature surface, but if you have a file which contains defined surfaces you can load a triangle surface instead. These videos describe the options in Kubla Cubed to define the existing ground levels.
Triangle Surface Feature Surface Importing Point Files (.xyz, .csv, .xls)
On most projects there is a requirement to remove topsoil and/or other material from the site, before building the site back up to the formation levels. In this video we describe the tools available in Kubla Cubed to define topsoil stripping and/or other demolition areas. It is helpful before you start with topsoil stripping if you understand how construction phases work in Kubla Cubed, since a construction phase will be used to define site stripping.
Construction Phases & Calculation Order Topsoil Stripping
Building Pads, Cark Parks, Sports Pitches, Ponds
Kubla Cubed has a range of earthworks feature types, that allow great flexibility when defining your proposed ground levels. You can either use one or multiple earthworks elements together to define your design levels. The most common situation is to use a single feature surface, since this is the most versatile earthworks element. However, in some situations the other earthworks elements can also be extremely useful.
Feature Surface The Platform Element Triangle Surface Understanding Feature Surface Outlines The Slope Element
Roads and Paths
Accurately defining the roads and paths on a proposed site plan is key to producing precise cut and fill values. The Path element is useful for simple pathways with a standard width. However, more complex scenarios require the use of the more powerful Feature Surface.
Defining Roads & Paths The Path Element
ADJUSTING FINISHED LEVELS
Most drawings will define finished levels, whereas the earthworks volumes are only up to the formation level. The defined levels therefore need to be reduced to account for different surfacing materials. In this video we cover the different methods to achieve this in Kubla Cubed.
Adjusting to Subgrade Formation Level
Measurements can be used to measure non-earthworks content in your project, such as the length of a fence line, or an area of the site. They can also be used to query the earthworks quantities in more detail. For example, the volume region can be used to query the earthworks in a specific area of the site. In these videos we overview the options that are available in the measurements panel of Kubla Cubed.
Count, Length and Area Cross Sections Volume Region
Once you have finished defining your project, you may wish to share your work with others, or to import into a machine control system. You can export your project to Reports & Spreadsheets (.pdf, .docx, .xlsl), images (.jpg, .png), CAD files (.dxf, .dwg) and LandXml files (.xml). These videos overview all the options to export data from Kubla Cubed into other file formats.
Report & Spreadsheets CAD Files Images LandXml
BUILDING SITE (ON-SCREEN TAKE-OFF)
This walk-through series of six parts, guides you through the creation of a Kubla Cubed project. We will be using the ‘Building Site’ example project as shipped with the latest version of Kubla Cubed 2019. We will not be using Computer Aided Design (CAD) files in this project – for information on that, see the ‘CAD Walk-through series’.