Archive for February, 2011

The FDO Toolbox

February 11, 2011

The FDO Toolbox is a GUI to the FDO API. It is a free open source standalone application to create, analyze, and process spatial data. It has features like; Bulk Copy, Bulk Update, Bulk Delete and more…. In the Object Explorer pane there is  a section for creating and saving Tasks. Map 3D, Civil 3D, and MapGuide Enterprise users will recognize the familiar Connect to Data. It also comes with a comprehensive User Guide.  Below are some screenshots and links to the download site along with a link to Jackie’s Blog.  FDO Toolbox supports 32 and 64 bit.

Special thanks to Jackie Ng and the Open Source community.

Access to the FDO providers

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Access to the graphical data

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Access to the tabular data

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Link to the project and download site

Jackie Ng’s Blog

Lining it all up…. Frame Generator tip

February 4, 2011


Working with Frame Generator, placing steel on a skeleton and achieving the proper alignment of the steel is a  required tool every user needs to have in their bag.

In following Tip we will show you the process to identify the alignment, pick the reference beam or axis, and finally place the needed steel part.

The picture below is the Frame Skeleton part model we will work with in this example. As you can see the potential for some steel shapes to align to a different angle (not vertical or horizontal) could be a problem for our design.


Lets place the steel in the exact order as show in the figure below. If you look closely at the steel part near “PICK 1” you will see it is rolled somewhat…


Accepting the selections from above, the results are below, note the rolled steel position. It is possible to adjust the rolled angle needed for our design buy selecting placement of the steel in a different order…


The figure below represents a completely different placement order, and if we examine the steel at “PICK 3” placement location we can see the roll of the steel is aligned with the steel placed at “PICK 2”. Selecting the position at “PICK 2” then selecting the “PICK 3” position will align the part to the previous pick location “PICK 2”.


After making the selections above the results are shown below…


During the process of creating a frame it is a good idea to make alternate selections to properly place the steel. Users can even pick axis lines under other frame parts already placed to help with the alignment of the new parts to be placed…

For a  better example of how these pick selections work when placing steel parts, review the following video link posted below…

Frame Generator part placement

Hope this little tip will help with your Frame Generator steel design work…

Working with Steel, what a Deal…!