Trial Trench

Trial Trench

Win32 and 64, English

This app makes drawing trial trenches easy and uniformly.

General Usage Instructions

Set basepoint for the cross-sections. Select your language in the top right corner (sometimes you need to make the palette a bit bigger to see the language).

Click New Trench. Click Draw next to 'Draw Topview' to select where the Trench is dug. Based on where you clicked, the Trench Width is calculated. Fill in the trench depth. If the edge of the trench is not next to the reference point like a road you can fill in Reference Offset. Fill in what the reference is. Select if you want to see the Linear dimension above or a grid below the trench. Next is to either paste in a table in the following format (No; Distance(in mm); Depth(in mm); Color; Diameter; Description) in between the data are spaces. Or you can add the cable/pipe/plate 1 add a time. If you click a line in the bottom table you can edit the Trench entity. Click Draw next to 'Draw Sideview' to draw the cross-section.

You can add some photo's with 'Add images'. Select all the photos and then click Draw image and draw a rectangle by clicking twice and the selected images will be drawn inside the rectangle.

Repeat the process for each Trench.

You can use your own template or the provided one for the layouts.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


This opens the TrialTrench palette.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Known Issues


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Author/Company Information


Support Information

When you find any bugs or have suggestions about how to improve this program or have ideas for other program's please take the time to send me a mail to Try to recall what you did that resulted in the error or provide a drawing so I can debug properly. Thanks in advance!

Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added the ability to save all the data in the drawing. Saving is triggered when a draw button is pressed and loading occurs when you open this tool. Added the type Triplex for medium-voltage connections. You can now add trench cables and pipes by selecting blocks (GPS points). Reference offset is selectable.
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