We’ve often said “we don’t mind hard work, it’s unnecessary work that bothers us“.  Such is the case in obtaining lidar data for surface generation.  From our previous experience the process involved:

  1. Use a browser to go to a certain government website.
  2. Zoom and pan around till we found the area of interest.
  3. Click to select our area and place our order.
  4. Wait for an email to arrive telling us our data is ready.
  5. Download to find it’s a massive file.

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Sometimes things that should be simple turn out to be (at best) difficult to do in CAD engines.  For example the need to draw text along linear objects such as lines, arcs, polylines, etc.  Long street names are a good example, if there isn’t a long straight segment for a regular (but rotated) text, what’s left to do.

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