Posted Mon, 26 Nov 2007 00:48:52 GMT by njlg

    how to get the accurate node coordinate?
Posted Mon, 26 Nov 2007 17:22:28 GMT by Denim Umeshkumar Anajwala
The easiest is to export the elevations of slice one (or any nodal data for what it matters) as a shape file and import it to your GIS software. That will give you the exact coordinates (make sure you work in global coordinates!!). I don't think the GUI provides a coordinate inspector :-(

As for excellent and inexpensive GIS software I recommend to take a look at Manifold. It starts at just $245!!! You can find more information at [url=][/url]

Cheers, Chris

Posted Mon, 26 Nov 2007 19:39:26 GMT by Denim Umeshkumar Anajwala
There is a mesh inspector within the mesh geometry editor, but it does not give coodinates  :(  (a new feature to consider?)

If accuracy is not an issue, I usually just zoom way in onto a node and read the coordinates while using the magnifier tool. Otherwise, I usually export the node information by using Flow Materials ... Special ... Save Nodeal Materials as Points. This gets me a list of nude numbers and their coordinates which I can then import into Excel.

For GIS software, we use MapWindow ( It's free.

Posted Tue, 27 Nov 2007 17:11:33 GMT by Denim Umeshkumar Anajwala

Hey Dwaine,

quick question: Why do you suggest exporting elemental data at nodes, rather than exporting nodal data such has elevations or heads? Any particular reasoning for that?

MapWindows looks interesting. I just had a look at Leszek Pawlowicz's introductory videos at
Pretty cool!

Cheers, Chris
Posted Tue, 27 Nov 2007 18:48:56 GMT by Denim Umeshkumar Anajwala
No reason except that I typed before I thought.  If the goal is to just get node coordinates, either will work. Exporting nodal data at nodes has the added benefit of obtaining node data as well as node coordinates. When exporting material properties, I export as elements and also save the element coordinate information.

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