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Sep
24
New Surface Modeling and Contours Movies
Posted by James Johnston on 24 September 2016 11:02 AM

Please check the Movies section of Knowledgebase for revised Surface Modeling and Contours Movies, using higher quality graphics and the MicroSurvey CAD 2016 interface.

Pick Here to access the movies.

 


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Sep
20
STAR*NET 8.2 Webinar
Posted by James Johnston on 20 September 2016 10:27 AM

A webinar was held today going over new features in STAR*NET 8.2:

 

Cluster Reports

Effective Distances

Coordinate System Enhancements

New features in a range of converters

 

Ron Mak, OLS at Van Harten Surveying, James Johnston and Brian Sloman hosted the event.  Thanks to all who attended and asked questions.

 

If you missed the event, Pick Here to see a recording.


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Sep
12
MicroSurvey Construction Training with Easy Drive in San Antonio
Posted by Olivia Floyd on 12 September 2016 02:47 PM

MicroSurvey Sales Rep David Prangnell visited our dealer/partner Easy Drive in San Antonio last week. They asked him to speak about Point Prep and Layout for a demo event they were having at their office. 

Easy Drive's salesman Victor Cedeno and David had laid out some points the day before and the participants got some field practice with Layout. 

 

 

 

 


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Sep
12
MicroSurvey CAD Fundamentals at Humber College, Ontario
Posted by James Johnston on 12 September 2016 08:47 AM

  MicroSurvey CAD 2016 Training

 

MicroSurvey will be hosting a two day training session at Humber College North Campus in the Greater Toronto area. The training session will cover basic CAD COGO features of MicroSurvey CAD.   Pick Here for a summary of topics covered.

Employers can submit a request for reimbursement of 2/3 of the cost of this training at the Ontario Job Grant Website.  Under the "Questions and Answers for Employers" section of the website a description for the kind of training covered by this program reads:

The training is intended for employed individuals acquiring new skills for their current job, or to prepare for another job with the same employer, and for unemployed individuals seeking a new job. The employer must have a job available at the end of the training for the individual being trained.

Training must not exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following:

  • Colleges of applied arts and technology
  • Publicly-assisted universities
  • School boards
  • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Union-based training centres
  • Product vendors.

We'll be pleased to provide any syllabus or proof of qualifications for any client who wishes to apply for the grant.

 

Networked computers, manuals and software will be provided. (you keep the manuals)  The topics will focus on basic CAD operations, cadastral operations, and annotation options so that the a successful graduate will have the skills required to import data, perform cadastral calculations and produce a properly scaled and annotated drawing.

We suggest that students attending the course take the time to review the help files in the program, watch the training movies supplied (via the help file), go through the tutorials in our Getting Started Guide, and review any relevent Helpdesk articles, so they are prepared for this course.

 

Space is limited and filling up quickly. 

Number of Seats Available: 16

Date: October 6 to 7, 2016

Time: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm Thursday and Friday

Tuition: $695 Canadian

Instructor: Glen W. Cameron, C.E.T. (Former MicroSurvey Technical Support Manager)

Training Facility: Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario

Room N204.

See this map for Location and Parking Information.  Note that students will be charged for parking.

Suggested Accommodations: Comfort Inn Airport North

 

For information about the course contact James Johnston at 1-800-668-3312

To register please contact David Prangnell at 1-800-668-3312


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Sep
7
Updated COGO Movies
Posted by Olivia Floyd on 07 September 2016 03:45 PM

MicroSurvey CAD includes the COGO function used to perform Coordinate Geometry calculations. Please see this page for some recently updated training movies.

 


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Aug
31
STAR*NET 8.2 Overview
Posted by James Johnston on 31 August 2016 03:30 PM

Please join us for a webinar highlighting the advantages of STAR*NET release 8.2

STAR*NET 8.2 includes a range of refinements that extend the speed and capability of this well known least squares adjustment program.  It also includes two completely new features that allow users to find and fix common issues that can be generated by field errors. 

Join us for an overview of the refinements added with this latest service pack and a demonstration of two new features: Cluster Detection and Effective Distance listing.

Guest speaking will be Ron Mak of Van Harten Surveys in Ontario.  Mr Mak has already found how the cluster detection feature can save him time and money and comments that this feature suits the way his busy firm processes fieldwork.

Pick Here to enroll, we look forward to seeing you and hearing your questions.


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Aug
16
MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a
Posted by Brian Sloman on 16 August 2016 09:05 AM

MicroSurvey Software Inc. is pleased to announce the release of MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a.  This minor update addresses critical issues in the recent STAR*NET 8.2 release, and is recommended for all STAR*NET 8.2 users.

STAR*NET 8.2a is a FREE upgrade for all STAR*NET 8.2 users and any STAR*NET users with a current Annual Maintenance Subscription.

Please click here for more information about STAR*NET 8.2.

What's New in STAR*NET 8.2a

Defects Fixed

  • [D8008] Select Ellipsoid - The new option to use the selected coordinate system's reference ellipsoid did not work correctly with some Lambert projection-based coordinate systems.
  • [D8016] GPS Import - Importing a Leica .asc file may cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D8023] Project Options - Geoid and vertical deflection modeling options are not loaded correctly from the project file.

Download Link

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a Install (includes all conversion utilities): click here

Existing MicroSurvey STAR*NET users with a current maintenance plan may need to use the USB License Manager application to update their USB License Key(s) before this version can be run. If your maintenance plan has expired, please call MicroSurvey Software Inc. at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 or contact your local MicroSurvey dealer to renew it.

For demonstration purposes, MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 can be run for 10-days as the fully-featured STAR*NET-PRO edition, and beyond that as the limited 10-station STAR*NET-DEMO edition. All of the conversion utilities are also unlocked during this 10-day demo period.


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Aug
2
New Volumes Movies
Posted by James Johnston on 02 August 2016 07:14 AM

MicroSurvey CAD Premium includes tools for a variety of types of volume calculations.  Please see this page for some recently updated training movies.

We also post shorter videos on a variety of modeling questions in the "3D CAD Topics" section of this page.  Look here for a hint of the deep capabilities built into the modeling module in MicroSurvey CAD.


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Jul
29
MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2
Posted by Brian Sloman on 29 July 2016 01:19 PM

MicroSurvey Software Inc. is pleased to announce the release of MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2, the latest and highly anticipated version of the industry-leading STAR*NET least squares network adjustment suite. 

Brian Sloman, Development Manager at MicroSurvey and Product Manager for STAR*NET, explains that "STAR*NET 8.2 is all about saving time and money!  Network adjustments run much faster than previous versions, and the new Adjust Network with Cluster Detection command lets you combine measurement data for points with different names that fall within a specified 2D or 3D proximity of each other!  Users no longer have to spend hours tediously pouring through their data files and field books looking for point IDs that need to be manually changed, a common scenario which is both time intensive and prone to mistakes.  Having an effective distance displayed alongside the angular residuals in the Listing file makes it easier to analyze the adjustment results and identify problems like an incorrect prism pole height, and we've made many improvements to the various data conversion utilities and GPS vector imports that make it easier to use STAR*NET to process data from FieldGenius, Leica, Carlson, Trimble, TDS, and other data collectors."

STAR*NET 8.2 is a FREE upgrade for any STAR*NET users who have a current Annual Maintenance Subscription.

What's New in STAR*NET 8.2

New Features

Adjust Network with Cluster Detection
A new adjustment method "Adjust Network with Cluster Detection" is now available, which will automatically detect multiple points that are within a specified 2D or 3D proximity of each other and treat them as one point during the adjustment.
Specify a 2D or 3D distance tolerance, and choose whether or not to include or exclude points that are beyond tolderance of the key point in the cluster but within tolerance of any other point in the cluster.
A dual-pass adjustment will be performed, whereby a complete adjustment will first be run with all iterations, then its results analyzed to determine which points to combine, and a second adjustment will be run with those points aliased together.
After the first adjustment, you will have full control to approve or override any aliasing decisions prior to running the second adjustment, including the ability to control which point ID to use for each cluster.
After the final adjustment, the listing file will report which points were aliased together in each cluster and will display their deltas from the true point.
Input/Output Ellipsoid
A new option has been added to the Project and Company Options, allowing you to specify which ellipsoid you want to use for all input and output involving latitude/longitude values and ellipsoid heights such as P data records, the Geotetic Position (.pos) file, and the Listing (.lst) file.
STAR*NET V6 and V7 always used the reference ellipsoid for the project's selected coordinate system, and in STAR*NET V8.0/8.1 this behaviour changed to always use WGS84.

Enhanced Features

Adjusted Observations and Residuals
The Listing file will now report a effective distance value along with any angular residuals in the "Adjusted Observations and Residuals" section.
This makes it easier to interpret the angular residuals without having to cross-reference it against the slope distance of the measurement.
Conversion Utilities & GPS Vector Import
Many improvements to several of the data conversion utilities and GPS vector importers including MicroSurvey FieldGenius, Leica DBX, Carlson SurvCE, TDS Survey Pro, Trimble JobXML, and others as detailed below.

Defects Fixed

  • [D6867] Adjustment Speed - A major slowdown when adjusting projects in STAR*NET 8 compared to previous versions has been addressed.
  • [D7931] Coordinate Systems - On upgrading V6/V7 projects to V8, certain SPCS NAD83 coordinate systems in Nebraska, Montana, South Carolina,and Puerto Rico do not migrate correctly and will not automatically select a coordinate system.
  • [D7079] Coordinate Systmes - On upgrading V6/V7 projects to V8, Custom coordinate systems do not migrate correctly and will continue to notify you to select the coordinate system every time the project is opened.
  • [D7074] Coordinate Systems - Editing a custom coordinate system would not immediately take effect until the program was restarted.
  • [F2971] Coordinate Systems - Indiana Geospatial Coordinate System (InGCS) is now supported with 92 predefined InGCS zones.
  • [D7034,D7037] Data Editor - Data files located on a Linux file server can result in false notifations that the file has been changed.
  • [D7916] Data Editor - Opening a project containing a very large number of data files may cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D7187] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files containing BL records in feet did not scale them to meters as necessary.
  • [D7192] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files may produce unnecessary "Removing geodetic position (EP) record" warning messages.
  • [D7807] GPS Import - When importing a FieldGenius .raw file that does not contain BL and CV records, antenna heights were not scaled from feet to meters when computing the ECEF positions for the base and rover positions which results in incorrect baseline values.
  • [D7117] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files in feet would produce rover antenna heights that were not scaled from feet to meters.
  • [D7115] GPS Import - Trimble TSC .dc files containing vectors classified as Construction, Adjusted or Averaged were being skipped during conversion.
  • [D7982] Input Data - Inline comments following a descriptor (like 'descriptor #comment) were not ignored.
  • [D7010] Level Loop Tolerance Check - For metric projects, the vertical misclosure (given in meters, like 0.012) was compared directly against the maximum tolerance (given in mm, like ±16.000) to determine if the loop met or exceeded the specified standard of accuracy.
  • [D7030] Listing File - The Project Options Settings does not list the Vertical Deflection Model.
  • [D7010] Listing File - The Level Loop Closure Check will compare a closure value in m against a closure tolerance in mm for metric projects.
  • [D7008] Listing File - The Adjusted Coordinate Observations section is missing some columns.
  • [D7069] Network Plot - When Sideshots are disabled in the Plot Options window, they should not appear in the Inverse command.
  • [D7101] Network Plot - Lost Stations were not removed from the network plot.
  • [T2029] Network Plot - Predefined Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) layers have been added to the Image Manager.
  • [D7104] Printing - The "Processing Summary" would print with only 1 letter per line along the left side of the page.
  • [D7980] Printing - Exiting from the Print Preview caused the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D7024] Startup - STAR*NET may produce an &quotApplication Error" on startup if certain Microsoft redistributables are not present.
  • [D7136] STAR*C&G - ANSI-encoded .cgr files were not read properly, resulting in a fail to convert them.
  • [D7110] STAR*Carlson - Resection may result in a direction set that is ended prematurely with a DE record before all of the relevant DM records, and those trailing DM records did not contain the correct instrument height.
  • [D7111] STAR*Carlson - Resection may result in an "Invalid field code" error message which prevents conversion.
  • [D7915] STAR*Carlson - Comment records are not included in the converted data file.
  • [D7409] STAR*DiNi - Added *.dat to the default file filter.
  • [D6493,D7159,D7422] STAR*JobXML - Foresight observations were not converted when a round contains observations to only one point. Such rounds will now produce an M record.
  • [D6503] STAR*JobXML - Files containing a negative Horizontal Circles value could not be converted. Negative plate readings are now normalized by adding 360 degrees to the negative value.
  • [D7215] STAR*JobXML - Attributes in the Description1 and Description2 fields were ignored, these are now appended (space delimited) to the contents of the Code field.
  • [D7467] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may be missing when "Include All Shots" option is used.
  • [D7410] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may be missing when "Average Shots in Sets" option is used.
  • [D7049] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may result in a crash if the set contains a missing setup.
  • [D7317] STAR*Leica DBX - Attributes were inconsistently appended or not appended to the field codes, depending on the record type. This is now controlled by an option which affects all record types.
  • [D7211] STAR*Leica DBX - A project without a coordinate system set was causing vectors to not be output, it will now output vector records but it is unable to output coordinate records.
  • [D7026] STAR*Leica DBX - A "View Log" menu could be observed floating on the dialog when using the "Windows Classic" display theme.
  • [D6951] STAR*Leica DBX - Specifying a precision value which exceeds the limit can result in a crash.
  • [D7944] STAR*Leica DBX – Sets of Angles data can now output partial set data, in the event of a power failure before the set is completed.
  • [D7945] STAR*Leica DBX – Resection data now only outputs the specified (2D or 3D) components of each observation.
  • [D7947] STAR*Leica DBX – Browsing for the DBX folder has been changed from a folder browser to a file browser.
  • [F2766] STAR*Leica DBX - "Reference Line" measurements can now be processed and converted.
  • [F2755] STAR*Leica DBX - "Measure Foresight" measurements can now be processed and converted.
  • [F2754] STAR*Leica DBX - "Survey" measurements can now be converted as either M or SS records.
  • [F2752] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added to not export any coordinate records.
  • [F2751] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added for "Special Code handling" as required for users in the United Kingdom.
  • [F2719] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added to specify the coordinate order (NE or EN) of Coordinate records.
  • [F2544] STAR*Leica DBX - Unused Setups are now processed and exported, but they are commented out in order to prevent inappropriate weightings.
  • [D7403] STAR*SDR - Alphanumeric serial numbers in the Instrument Record (01 line) would prevent conversion.
  • [D7691] STAR*TDS-Lev - Unexpected fields in an MO record will cause the import to abort, these are now ignored.
  • [D7021] Multilanguage Translations - Launching a conversion utility through the Insert menu will only launch the English version.
  • [D7678] Multilanguage Translations - Installing the Russian version of STAR*NET installs Spanish help files.
  • [D7838] Multilanguage Translations - The Processing Summary panel now supports Unicode text.

Download Link

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2 Install (includes all conversion utilities): click here

IMPORTANT UPDATE: MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a Install (includes all conversion utilities): click here

Existing MicroSurvey STAR*NET users with a current maintenance plan may need to use the USB License Manager application to update their USB License Key(s) before this version can be run. If your maintenance plan has expired, please call MicroSurvey Software Inc. at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 or contact your local MicroSurvey dealer to renew it.

For demonstration purposes, MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 can be run for 10-days as the fully-featured STAR*NET-PRO edition, and beyond that as the limited 10-station STAR*NET-DEMO edition. All of the conversion utilities are also unlocked during this 10-day demo period.

Additional Online Resources

MicroSurvey STAR*NET Product Website: click here

MicroSurvey STAR*NET Online Training Movies: click here

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 Release Notes: click here

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 Upgrade Notes: click here

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 Known Issues: click here

Additional Supporting Applications

MicroSurvey USB License Manager (included in the STAR*NET install): click here

MicroSurvey USB Network License Server (must be purchased separately): click here


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Jul
28
New Robotic Operations Movies
Posted by James Johnston on 28 July 2016 03:20 PM

Visit the FieldGenius Movies page to learn about a variety of operations using a robotic total station.


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