The Material Specification Editor provides options for editing material specifications, specifically creating/editing soil classifications for your project. This Editor displays a list of standard soil specifications shipped with HGA, and allows the display of the soil type names and patterns for each classification.
The Material Specification Editor may be launched from two locations:
•Click on the Material Specification button in the main toolbar OR
•Select the Material Specification option from the Modules menu.
The Material Specifications Editor will appear as a tab in the main HGA view, as shown in the screenshot below:
The left side of the tab displays the existing specifications (which may be chosen from the drop down box). The right side of the tab provides the option for editing an existing custom material specification or creating a new one.
Please Note: The material specifications that come with HGA cannot be directly edited; however, you can copy these specifications and make your own custom version(s). Custom specifications can be used in other projects using the import/export functions as well as custom Database Templates.
In the Existing Specification side the following buttons are available:
Use the buttons to navigate through the individual entries for a specification.
Use the button to set the selected specification as the project default.
Use the button to delete the specification.
Use the button to edit the selected specification (only available if you have selected a custom specification) this will move the specification to the right side of the tab for you to make your edits.
Use the button to export the specification to a spreadsheet or comma separated variable file (.csv)
Use the button to export material images as individual files to a specified folder
In the Edit Specification side the following buttons are available:
Use the button to create a specification (don't forget to provide a name).
Use the button to add a new entry to the specification.
Use the button to delete the selected entry from the specification.
Use the button to save the specification (it will now be available on the Existing Specification side of the tab).
Use the button to import images file (bmp or jpg) to be entries in the specification.
Use the button to import names for your entries in the specification.
Use the button to export the specification.
When creating your own custom specification you may borrow the names and images from existing specifications.
Use the button to copy a single entry from an existing specification to your custom specification.
Use the button to copy all the entries from an existing specification to your custom specification.
To select an image to be associated with an entry simply select the image cell and you can browse to the location of your image.
Please Note: When importing a custom specification ensure that you have the same format for your source file as what appears in the Material Specification Editor. This means there must be two columns in the file to be imported with the following headers: Name and Image. Furthermore, at a minimum, all records in the Name column must be populated.