There are two ways to get information on regarding a Parcel. The first is to use the Parcel Map Check Report found in the Toolbox. The second is to use the MAPCHECK command. Let’s take a look at both and see why you may want to use one over the other.
The first thing we need to address is that a Civil Parcel must be closed. If you are using the “create from objects” function, this means it must be a closed Polyline. If you are off, even by a hundredth, it will not create a Parcel. Without a Parcel, you cannot use the Parcel Map Check Report.
Once you have a Parcel, you can create the Report from the Toolbox. You will receive a report in HTML format that looks like the image to the left. It will contain all of the segments with the bearing and distance information.
There may be times where you want to keep an unclosed Parcel. Perhaps you are inputting existing lot information from a deed. You can’t create a Parcel object, but you can still use the MAPCHECK command. First, you must have the segments labeled. Once this is done, type MAPCHECK at the command line. it will ask for your Point of Beginning, and then you pick the Labels as you move around the lot.
When complete, all of the information will be displayed in the Mapcheck Analysis Palette. This will include a closure summary, which is very helpful for those non-closing lots.
You can copy all of the information to the Windows Clipboard and save or print that file.
As you can see, both tools are helpful when dealing with Parcels, but each has their own place.