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  "Failed to Get Outline" - Error
Posted by: tyron.tomlinson - 04-28-2022, 08:08 AM - Replies (1)

Hi all

First time poster here, but long time guest user of the forum.

Am currently having an issue printing a .pdf drawing for an earthworks project I am quantifying.

It is a multi-phase project, with some overlapping outlines between phases.  I am getting the error "Failed to Get Outline" (see attached picture) when I am trying to print to .pdf, but I am not sure whether this is due to the overlapping outlines, or whether I am doing something else incorrectly.

I seem to be able to print the 'Existing" and final phases of the project, but not the intermediate phases.

The first phase has a single "Platform", the second and third phases also includes a "Platform", and the final phase includes two "Paths", a "Slope" and a "Platform" (if this makes any difference). 

Would be happy to receive some suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

Kind regards


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  K3 Crashing
Posted by: msullivan - 04-05-2022, 02:07 PM - Replies (1)

I,m mike from Maryland, USA.                  Way to go Brandon!

My construction phase's: existing ground (-4" topsoil/not useable at compacted backfill), H.D.P. /mass grading (design ground elev. 2ft+/- above top of pre sited foundation elev., garage 1ft below gar. f.f. elev.), Finished grade (outline at fill limits, 3d contour lines, platform 3d polyline at 1ft below basement elev.)

My software crashes continuously happen when trying to cut in a platform/basement thru finished grade & thru into my mass grading surface. The idea behind our earthwork is to have a mass graded site at an elevation where when the contractor comes to cut in the basement and pour the concrete for the walls/foundation and the spoils from that work are then used to fill/final grade around the structures thus alleviating the need to remove excess earth. 

My thought is that the k3 software does not want to cut thru multiple surfaces?  

How can i work around this dilemma? should i change when i add the platform, i've tried multiple different solutions to no avail, please help before i lose my mind!

Thanks in advance

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  Topsoil Spread
Posted by: djungst - 03-31-2022, 05:43 PM - No Replies

I want to spread 6" of topsoil in the grass areas of the project.  How do hold down the cuts and fills so that the finished grades are achieved when the final 6" of topsoil is spread?  I can see that if I actually put the spread phase in the sequence before the cuts & fills were calculated, that would get me to the correct final grade, but if there are slopes that will be flattened by the cut and fill process, this would also result in more topsoil than needed since the 3D area of the site before cuts and fills could be greater than the 3D area after cuts and fills.

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  User Review
Posted by: Kate - 02-09-2022, 04:12 PM - No Replies

Read and/or watch this review of Kubla Cubed, hosted by one of our users.  Published by Equipment World in their blog, The Dirt. 


Have you written a review? Share a link in this thread. 

We love to hear your opinion of the software. Read some more reviews here, or write one of you own: https://www.softwareadvice.com/construct...a-profile/

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Posted by: Ganesh Thorat - 02-02-2022, 05:19 AM - Replies (1)


I'm Ganesh, works in a ground mounted solar filed. Which requires grading of large land (in order of 200 to 500 acres). I require to do earthwork at solar table levels. Basically need the spot level grading at every solar table level, such that my gradient will be within permissible levels (mostly below 8-9 degrees). Will that be doable using Kubla software?

Thanks and Regards.

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  Copy & Paste Outlines
Posted by: djungst - 01-25-2022, 01:52 PM - Replies (1)

I have created an outline for topsoil strip.  On another TAB (phase), I want to use that same outline to setup a platform so that I can determine the site balance elevation.  I am pretty sure that I am getting the copy part right on the topsoil strip phase, select all points using the arrow feature in the upper left hand corner of the outline coordinates list and then doing a control-C, but I cannot get these coordinates pasted on the next phase.  What is the sequence of operations I must do on the new phase to paste the coordinates?

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  What the meaning of "Side Better"??
Posted by: Billion Yap - 12-16-2021, 02:48 AM - Replies (1)


As the Topic ask. 

The "Cut" & "Fill" have any effect to side batter?  have any calculation rules?


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  Mass balance
Posted by: Newuser - 12-08-2021, 02:32 PM - Replies (1)

I have a pdf with contur lines. I added them into my pdf and did a top soil strip.
Now I want to rescape the area to get the best massbalance. The site slops several meters so need to get the best balance of the site.
How do I do this?

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Photo Preparing data for import
Posted by: Jules Attwood - 11-09-2021, 12:44 PM - Replies (1)

I have just completed a complex 19 phase cut & fill project in Kubla Cubed with a site area of 275,000m2 and thought I'd share my observations regarding the workstream.
The reason for so many phases is that there is a culvert running through the middle of the site and no surplus materials are to be taken off-site. Therefore a balanced materials movement was required. This equates to 184,000m3 of materials movement.
The final Kubla Cubed file size is 31Mb

The Client issued information was, as usual, not the best with existing topographical survey information buried as a group within the proposed site layout DWG files.

In Autodesk Civils 3D
1. Purge the dwg.
2. Delete all layers to leave the site outline and the grouped existing survey point data.
3. BURST the remaining information so that all elements can be selected and reviewed independently.
4. Check that the existing survey points/contours contain XYZ information. (Luckily they did).
6. The file was ready for import into Kubla Cubed. 

5.Next was to create new layers and assign different distinct colors to the contours in order to import just the relevant information by phase into Kubla Cubed. (Contour Image attached which was further broken down to each phase)
    a. By doing this I was not importing the complete site proposed topo for all the phases, thereby reducing the file size.
6. With the topo contours now having distinct colours it was easier to import into their relevant phases These were imported as Feature Surface, break lines and Outlines (Image shows all phases combined)
Note:-Very few projects that we receive with DWG topo contour information have the contours "smoothed" and this leads to jagged contours and some falling back on themselves. Importing as Break Lines created better results.

I trust this is informative.

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  Unable to set boundaries with feature surface tool
Posted by: Saudidave - 11-06-2021, 11:41 AM - Replies (1)

I'm new to Kubla Cubed but very experienced with other construction software including on screen digital measurement programs.

I can import a drawing, set the scale by either measure of a known length or inputting the figures. I am also able to align the drawing. When going in to the feature surface tool and attempting to set the site boundary I'm unable to do so as the cursor doesn't draw anything. I am choosing manual / interpolate and the pen symbol. What's going wrong?

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