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Online Utilities
Posted by James Johnston on 24 September 2017 08:36 AM

MicroSurvey online utilities allow you to paste the contents of a text file into an online form.  The output can be pasted into a new text file for use in a MicroSurvey program.  View the descriptions for details of how these utilities can enhance your workflow.

 

Coordinates:

Conventional Data:

GNSS:

Leveling:

General Utilities:


 Pick Here for Instructions

Coordinate Utilities:        

  ASCII to STAR*NET Paste the contents of a comma, tab or space delimited ASCII file into the input window.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  The source file can have a variety of extensions, including *.txt, *.csv, *.xyz or *.asc.  Save your new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain "C" records which can be used as coordinate input, but you will need to add observations to your network before a least squares adjustment can be performed.
 GSI Points to STAR*NET

Paste the contents of a Leica GSI file containing only points into the input window.  The source file will have the extension *.gsi.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save your new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain "C" records which can be used as coordinate input, but you will need to add observations to your network before a least squares adjustment can be performed.  

See the GSI or landxml converters in the Conventional Data group of converters for further options.

Google Earth to STAR*NET

Paste the contents of a kml file saved from Google Earth into the input window.  The source file will have the extension *.kml.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save the new with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain "C" records which can be used as coordinate input, but you will need to add observations to your network before a least squares adjustment can be performed.  

This is an excellent utility to use if you are performing Pre-Analysis as you can use Google Earth to compute approximate coordinates.  See the tutorials for an example that shows how you can insert "dummy" measurements and predict the precision of your survey before the field work is performed.

STAR*NET to PMBC

Produce a "dump" file by selecting the "Dump file" option in Project Options | Other files.  Run the adjustment, and then switch to the dump file tab in your output panel.  Copy the contents by clicking iside, ctrl - A to highligh all, and ctrl - C to copy.  Switch to the converter webpage and  paste the contents by pickingthe input window and using ctrl - V to paste.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Copy the results from the output window and paste into a blank Notepad document.  Save the new file with the extension *.csv.  The resulting file will contain N, E, Z, description, semi major axis, semi minor axis, orientation and z variance for each point you select.

The PMBC format is required for submission to Parcel Map BC in British Columbia.

  

Conventional (Total Station) Data:

 Geolab to STAR*NET Paste the contents of a Geolab conventional measurements file into the input window.  The source file will have the extension *.iob.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save the new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain conventional measurements for use in STAR*NET.
 GSI Total Station to STAR*NET

Paste the contents of a Leica GSI conventional measurements file into the input window.  The source file can have the extension *.gsi or *.tsb.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save the new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain conventional measurements for use in STAR*NET. 

NOTE: The GSI format contains limited setup information and the converter results will not be complete.  You must manually enter setup and orientation information before the network will adjust.

Use this converter in conjunction with the GSI Points converter.

Leica XML to STAR*NET

This converter is designed to read xml data exported from the Leica Flexline total station.  Not all field procedures are supported, but resections, known backsight setups, F1 and F2 observations and descriptions are supported.  The XML format contains more complete setup information than the GSI format.  See these videos for a guide to using this utility.

Instrument Settings Calculator

This utility is not a converter, but allows you to compute your project and instrument library "Instrument Settings."  Answer questions about your equipment and procedures and see what entries you should make for a properly weighted least squares adjustment.

 

GNSS Utilities:

 Geolab Geogenius baselines to STAR*NET

Paste the contents of a Geolab GNSS file into the input window.  The source file can have the extension *.iob or *.txt.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save the new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain GNSS baseline measurements for use in STAR*NET.

NOTE: Geolab and Geogenius baselines can normally be imported directly into STAR*NET.  This utility helps with older format input files that can't be imported directly.

 

Leveling Utilities:

SDR level to STAR*NET  Paste the contents of an SDR file exported from a Sokkia or Topcon digital level into the input window.  The source file will have the extension *.sdr.  Configure your options and select "Submit."  Save the new file with the extension *.dat.  The resulting file will contain leveling measurements for use in STAR*NET.

 

 

General Utilities:

Point Codes to XYZ 

Paste the contents of a comma, tab or space delimited ASCII file into the input window.  The source file can have a variety of extensions, including*.txt, *.csv, *.xyz or *.asc.  Configure your options and select "Submit." Save the new file with the same extension as the source file.  The resulting file be a modified version of the original with point coding converted to MicroSurvey's "XYZ" linework coding method.

See a movie showing the xyz coding system here.

AutoMap to Leica Codelist

Paste the contents of a MicroSurvey AutoMap into the input window. Configure your options and select "Submit." Save the new file with the extension ".CSV."  Use this file to create a Leica Codelist for use in Infinity, Captivate, System Viva or Smartworx.  You find the AutoMap in:

C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\(product Name)\(yyyy)\mscad

See this article to complete the process.

  


 

Instructions:

These online utilities will work with text based data files, and will output text files.  The file extensions will vary depending on the purpose and source.  Check the converter descriptions for specifics.

1. Open the Windows Notepad by hitting the Windows button and typing Notepad

2. File | Open and check that "Files of type" option is set to "any" and not *.txt

3. Browse to your original file

4. Open

5. ctrl - A to highlight the whole file

6. ctrl - C to copy the whole file

7. Close Notepad

8. Open or switch focus to the converter webpage

9. Click your mouse inside the shaded input area

10. ctrl - V to paste the contents

11. Configure the options

12. "Submit"

13. If the data was configured as expected the output window will contain STAR*NET formatted input data

14. Click your mouse inside the shaded area on the webpage

15. ctrl - A to highlight the contents (make sure you don't see anything outside of the shaded area highlighted)

16. ctrl - C to copy the contents

17. Open Windows Notepad again by hitting the Windows button and typing Notepad

18. File | New and create a new empty text document

19. ctrl - V to paste the contents from the converter

20. File | Save as...

21. Browse to the folder you plan to store your STAR*NET project data

22. Type a name for your new file

NOTE: Windows Notepad will add the default extension *.txt to the name of your file.  You must replace this with the extension *.dat

Are you not seeing file extensions when you save?  View this article for a guide to reconfiguring your Windows settings.

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