Architect or LandmarkAdding a GIS Stake



Tool set

Standard Insertion

Poly-Vertex Placement

GIS Stake


The GIS Stake tool is a modified version of the Stake tool found in the Site Planning tool set, with a few changes to make it useful in a GIS workflow for reporting and validation, rather than for use on a site model.

The Document Georeferencing dialog box opens if the document is not yet georeferenced, to select a coordinate system. See Specifying document georeferencing. If a GIS Stake is created on a non-georeferenced layer, it uses the document’s coordinate system. If the layer is later georeferenced with a coordinate system different from that of the document, the stakes on that layer use the new coordinate system.

To insert one or more GIS stakes:

Before using the GIS Stake tool, use the Geolocate tool for Geolocating the drawing and obtaining the desired location and service for map or satellite view.

Click the tool and insertion mode. Standard Insertion places a single GIS stake object, while Poly-Vertex Placement mode places a GIS stake at each clicked polygon vertex.

Select a display mode for the background image: No Background, Map, or Satellite view.

Do one of the following:

Click once to place a stake in Standard Insertion mode.

In Poly-Vertex Placement mode, click to set vertices, placing a stake at each vertex. Double-click to stop placing stakes.

Georeference03284.pngIn Poly-Vertex Placement mode, each click places a stake. In this example of five stakes placed, a topographic map was selected for the service.  

See Inserting stake objects for information about stakes.

If you know the exact coordinates for the stake object, click Set Geolocation from the Object Info palette of a selected GIS stake.

The Set Geographical Location dialog box opens; enter the desired stake coordinates.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.



Specify geographical coordinates / Specify geographical (WGS-84) coordinates

Specifies the stake location according to geographical or geographical (WGS-84) coordinates


Specifies the latitude and longitude at the document origin (0,0); enter decimal degrees, or degrees/minutes/seconds (for example, 39.18, 39° 10’ 32”, or 39d 10m 32s) preceded by a minus (-) sign when appropriate

Specify Cartesian coordinates

Specifies the stake coordinates according to Cartesian coordinates, Easting (X) and Northing (Y); enter the coordinates in meters or feet, according to the selected document (or layer) coordinate system. Precision values are always set to eight positions past the decimal point, regardless of the document unit settings.

The GIS Stake tool has certain parameter presets, since its primary purpose is to provide location data.

The stake Mode is: Use as 2D/3D graphic only.

The object’s Label Reference parameter defaults to Coordinate Point (NE) to correspond with the convention of locating points according to their latitude and longitude values. In addition, both Coordinate Point (NE) and Coordinate Point (EN) show values from the coordinate system. Latitude/Longitude and Longitude/Latitude are also available.

The Label Reference of Coordinate Point (XY) reports the stake’s distance from the internal origin.

The Coordinate Units parameter defaults to Decimal Degrees. If using a Label Reference of Coordinate Point (XY), change the value to Document Units, Feet, or Meters.

Specifying document georeferencing

Specifying design layer georeferencing

Inserting stake objects


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