Basic Slope Staking Report
(Landscape Orientation)
User’s Guide


The Basic Slope Staking Report (Landscape Orientation) for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® by civil+plus® allows you to generate slope stake notes as a report document. The reported geometry is taken directly from the points in your corridor model, and can be filtered by point codes on the left and right sides independently. The report is formatted such that there are up to 4 points to either side of the centerline per line arranged such that the offset of the point increases as you move away from the center, and additional points will trigger creation of a new line. Each line contains the following information: point code(s), offset, elevation, and slope from the previous point (formatted as a percentage).

Report Preview

NOTE: This report is configured for use with either imperial or metric units.  The values shown in the report do not show a units label.  If a units label is required, please contact us to discuss this (and any other) customization. Precision and station formatting may be adjusted via report parameters.

Running the report

To run the report:

  1. Open the AutoCAD Civil 3D ToolSpace pane and expand the nodes to find this report, as shown below.
    Report in ToolSpace
  2. Once the proper report node has been found, either: right-click and select ‘execute’, or just double click…
  3. If the report has not yet been activated, you will be prompted for activation…provide the code given in your order receipt email.
  4. After successfully verifying an activated license for this report, the application will open the ‘Run Report’ dialog:Run Report
  5. From here, you may: save settings, load previously saved settings, show a ‘preview’ of the report, and insert the report directly to the DWG.
    1. If you show a preview, you will be able to: print, export as a PDF, XLSX, etc.
    2. If you insert to the DWG, you will have the option of inserting to model space or one of the various paper space layouts in your active drawing.

The Run Report Dialog

The Run Report Dialog allows you to specify query and selection set options for running a report in addition to options for inserting the report to a DWG (including pagination, layout, etc.)

Set Queries

Queries are defined on the ‘Root Queries’ sub-tab of the ‘Set Queries’ tab.

Run Report - Set Queries and Query Extensions

To specify a selection set to apply your query options to, use the selection set field. This field has 3 command buttons:

  • Shows a drop down list of all items of the targeted type in the current DWG (as shown above)
  • Clears the selection set
  • Allows you to graphically select items from the DWG

If you leave your selection set empty, the query will execute against ALL entities in the DWG; if you specify even one item, the query will run against only those item(s) contained in the selection set.

You may specify values to use as filters for the various properties listed. The filter values specified will be used in constructing the query which is executed against the selection set to determine which entities contribute to a report. To allow any value for a given property, use an asterisk (‘*’) as a wildcard; to allow only those entities with a specific value for a property, enter the literal text value for that property, or use a combination of a partial value with a wildcard to search for all similar values (e.g. ‘ABC*’ will match ‘ABC’, ‘ABC123’, ‘ABCD’, etc.)

This tab also provides options to adjust the point code filters used when sampling the corridor point data. To access this setting, expand the ‘Aggregated Section Entities’ property group and click in the field for ‘Aggregated Section Points Entity Options’. A button will appear in the cell (displaying an ellipsis) – click on this button (as shown below) to access the ‘Edit Aggregated Section Points Entity Options’ dialog.

Run Report - Set Queries - Access Query Extension Editor

The ‘Edit Aggregated Section Points Entity Options’ dialog contains 4 settings. The only settings which should ever be modified are the Right/Left Code Filters. These settings control which points are to be included in the slope stake notes report. Use an asterisk (‘*’) as a wildcard for pattern matching, and a pipe character (‘|’) to separate distinct codes. The matching patterns are case-sensitive. Be sure to duplicate the filter for both sides if the code set for each side is identical… (copy/paste works well for this).

Query Extension Editor

NOTE: DO NOT modify the Left/Right Max Count Per Line options as this will affect the sorting and organization of the points within the generated report.  Increasing the value will result in valid points not being displayed; decreasing it will result in unused columns.

This report contains several parameters which are used in generating the report – this may be set using the ‘Report Parameters’ sub-tab:

Run Report - Edit Report Parameters

The ‘Title’ parameter is used verbatim to set the title text on the cover page. The ‘PreparedBy’ parameter can accept any text value you like, or, if you prefer to use your Windows username, leave it set to the value ‘@’ (the default value, as shown above). The remaining parameters are used to control the displayed precision of elevations, offsets, and station values (and whether the station values take the form ‘0+00’ or ‘0+000’).

This report does not contain any reference queries, however, for general information on all tabs please consult the General Help file for Compiled Reports .


The options tab enables you to control how a report will insert into a DWG. You may control such properties as layer, scale, pagination (single continuous page or paginated), multi-page layout options, etc.

Run Report - Options

When you are done setting the queries, options, etc, you can execute and render a report using one of two options:

  • Preview the report (see below).
  • Insert the report to a DWG

If you choose to insert to DWG, you can click on the pull-down list on the ‘Insert to DWG’ button to access a list of workspaces to insert to, including model space and all of your layouts defined in the currently active DWG file.

Run Report - Insert to DWG - Model and Paper Spaces

NOTE: Reports will always be executed against the currently active DWG file.

The Preview Dialog

When you click the ‘Preview’ button in the Run Report dialog, the report will be executed and rendered to a document. This document is then shown in the Preview dialog:

Previewed Report - Title Page

Previewed Report

This dialog allows you to do the following:

  • Save/Open rendered report documents
  • Print, Print Preview, adjust layout, etc.
  • Zoom
  • Adjust the report background color
  • Apply a watermark to the report
  • Export the document to various forms, including:
    • PDF
    • CSV
    • XSLT
    • RTF
  • Email the document in any of the several formats available for exporting using your default email application.

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