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ISSUE Some drawings (especially those created in programs like LDD, Civil, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, etc) can contain objects that do not display when opened in other programs. For example, surface models created in AutoCAD Civil 3D may contain spe...
When you open a brand new Windows computer you may find that the operating system settings are hiding your file extensions and some other useful folders such as the Program Data folder. This makes it difficult to locate or identify the many files you need...
QUESTION: Google Sketchup [http://sketchup.google.com/] is a simple 3D-modeling application, and all sorts of 3D models in the Google Sketchup (*.skp) format are available for free download from the Google Sketchup 3D Warehouse [http://sketchup.google.co...
Often users will receive a drawing from a third party (ie, perhaps an architect or another surveying or engineering firm) which is not drawn in the units required either feet or meters. For example, architecture drawings are typically in millimeters or in...
Some users report seemingly random instability with MsCAD, inCAD or EmbeddedCAD. Symptoms can include freezing or mismatched drawings and databases. This is _not_ normal behaviour for the program and we have developed a series of diagnostic steps to hel...
Some MicroSurvey software updates require that you update your USB License Key in order to run the new version. The rule we use is as follows: * You must update your key if the first or second version numbers have increased (for example, upgrading fro...
QUESTION: Can I use entity snaps with my existing 3D entities, to accurately draw new 2D linework? ANSWER: Yes, absolutely! This is a common problem that many users encounter but are often unaware of the various possible solutions. As is often true ...
GENERAL INFORMATION MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA: All versions of our software prior to 2008 (up to and including MicroSurvey CAD 2005, MicroSurvey inCAD 2006, and MapScenes 2006) are not compatible with the Windows Vista operating system. Only MicroSurvey CA...
The MicroSurvey Assistant is a streamlined way to get most of the repetitive steps done without having to go to the pulldown menus all the time. Most people start jobs in one of a few different ways and each of these options is presented to you via the As...
Download Topcon Data from Topcon 210/310 (Coordinate and Measurement Files) 1) Turn on your instrument. 2) Start MicroSurvey (MS-CAD 2001 or MSX) and select the appropriate file name to open (new or existing). 3) Use the MicroSurvey Pull-down Menu a...
We have a routine called Right-of-Way that will take a traverse line and allow you to offset it by any amount on either side of the traverse line. It asks for opening and closing intersecting directions and will generate all the linework and label it and ...
The linetype routine is based upon the length of each straight line segment or circular curved segment. A smoothed contour is a polyline with a continually changing radius and the segments are all very short. The linetype does not display correctly due to...
We have a very detailed Help file built in that defines all the MicroSurvey Commands. This help file has several tutorials built in as well. We have also supplied you with many movies under the Help menu to show you what the program looks like and how som...
October 20, 2002 Automated line drawing using Z-Coding option In the example diagram below we have both Z and X codes in use to draw lines and curves. The diagram shows a road that transitions from a straight line into a curve then stops. Then a sec...
The prompt for the Drawing Scale when you start a new drawing, is used to define the height of all lettering and symbols. The linework in all cases remains at full scale so you can measure between points and get the same distance as you would in the field...
AutoMap can use your descriptions to place predefined symbols automatically. (ie. "TREED" may be a deciduous tree and AutoMap will insert a predefined tree symbol for you when you use this code and place it on a predefined layer, color, etc. for you.) Use...
When coding in the field, you may use many codes that are similar. Rather than setting every code up individually you can in many cases set up only one code in AutoMAP and have all your similar descriptions be treated the same. An example of this might ...
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The biggest thing that people tend to assume incorrectly is that you can draw a Cul-de-sac just anywhere you want in a drawing as long as you have a line to base the center on. This is not the case. You actually require a street to be defined using the...
The stored format of data on the SDR33 can be configured in 2 ways. The NUMERIC (4) format is the original SDR20 data format and is the default SDR33 configuration. With the Numeric (4) format specified, the user can only enter numeric point numbers in ...
Many customers have called asking how to create a profile from nothing more than a series of points along a centerline of a road or pipeline. NOTE:This technical note takes the form of a tutorial and allows you to follow it through with the same data if...
Previous to MSCAD 2013 the format in which to translate a numerical based Description to Alpha was as follows: Numerical Code,Alpha Code 1000,House 1001,Fence 1002,OIP MSCAD 2013 description translation format is slightly different now requiring...
SYMPTOMS We've had some reports of drawings saved in MSCAD 2015 crashing AutoCAD while AutoCAD is attempting to load the drawing. These symptoms also apply to embeddedCAD and Civil 3D. Error messages reported include: * FATAL ERROR: Unhandled c0000417...
Your drawings will appear more professional and complete with the addition of details like trees and hedge lines. Using MapScenes PRO, go under the MapScenes Menu to -> Custom Line -> Tree/Hedge Border. Using MapScenes 2006, go under the MsLabeling -> Add...
A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MY TECHNICAL SUPPORT PHONE CALLS HAVE TO DO WITH THE TOPIC OF 2 DIMENSIONAL VS. 3 DIMENSIONAL LINEWORK. Many clients do not realize that they are drawing 3D linework when in fact all they want is 2D linework. How do we know when we ar...
Question: In MS CAD 2002, when I have my drawing rotated on screen using the Surveyors View command, how can I then insert a border and title block that I have as a part on my hard drive, and make it so that it is horizontal on screen (matching my drawing...
This Tech Note describes options for defining and using custom-made LINETYPES within MicroSurvey products. Linetype definitions are stored in an ASCII format file using the .LIN extension. This is the same format that AutoCAD‚ uses, allowing you to use ...
Why is the drawing scale so important? How does the drawing scale affect my text sizes and symbol sizes? How do I know what value to use for the drawing scale? How can I get consistency between the different scenes I have to prepare? How do I figure out t...
I have had a few customers call with problems relating to Labelling Contours. The problem is not the labelling command but it has to do with the contours and whether or not they have been smoothed. If you decide to smooth your contours to make them look...
While this command still exists in the current version of MicroSurvey CAD and inCAD, we suggest you use the tools found in the Active Coordinate Editor. The Active Coordinate editor does everyting the Graphic Coordinate Editor does plus much more. One o...
In today's world we use alignments for everything from centerlines of roads to ditches, and the format that the Station Labels must be in is varies from State to State, Country to Country and from type of job to type of job. To give you as much flexibil...
In the last while, it has come to my attention that some people are losing their Modelling databases because of a misconception about whether or not they have been saved correctly. If you manually pick the command to allow you to save the surfaces then ...
To finish off a drawing you require a Title Block to be placed around your job. There are several different ways that you can accomplish this. Below are some of the different methods to get a Title Block in your drawing. 1)We supply you with a command c...
1)‚ MAPPING GRID If all you need to do is draw a grid on top of your drawing as a visual reference then this command will do just that for you. The Grid can be drawn to look like little plus signs or full Grid lines across the entire job. You can label ...
MicroSurvey offers several different methods of joining points with linework. The points all have descriptions and the descriptions, along with the point number order, help determine what points are joined together. The different methods are: Method 1...
We have had several requests from customers to develop a standardized method of downloading data from the Husky F/S 2 equipped with TDS Survey Pro (Version 4.4.08).‚ The following pages give a detailed set of instructions to accomplish this task. 1) Tur...
We have had several requests from customers to develop a standardized method of uploading data to the Husky F/S 2 equipped with TDS Survey Pro (Version 4.4.08).‚ The following pages give a detailed set of instructions to accomplish this task. 1) Turn on...
If you have drawn your linework in full 3D, meaning you have elevations assigned to the ends of the lines, then the 2 lines probably do not intersect so the trim command will not work. The lines must both be drawn at the same elevations. Please see our te...
The Earthwork Volume Tutorial was designed to show you the major steps, and give you a few options, to calculate volumes. This tutorial can be found either in the HELP menu under MicroSurvey Tutorials, or in our Getting Started manual. You do not have to ...
We called this "Multiple Perpendicular Ties" and it is found under the MicroSurvey menu -> Ties/Leaders/Symbols.
Files sent via email through the internet and copied from a CD can be automatically set to Read Only. If so, then we can not save any changes back to the file. You need to go and turn the Read Only option off by using Windows Explorer.
We have a routine called Right-of-Way that will take a traverse line and allow you to offset it by any amount on either side of the traverse line. It asks for opening and closing intersecting directions and will generate all the linework and label it and ...
Yes we can. The Mapping Grid command can draw either a full grid over your job or a grid of little ticks over the job. This command is available under the MicroSurvey menu down to Drawing Utilities. This grid does get plotted out, with the diagram, to pap...
We do not recommend that you save directly to a floppy or CD. We suggest that you save to your local hard drive, then use Windows explorer to copy the appropriate files to the floppy or CD, as required. The jobs are often larger than what the floppy can h...
WHEN I FOLLOW THE STEPS IN THE EARTHWORK VOLUME TUTORIAL TO CALCULATE VOLUMES WITH MY OWN DATA, I FIND THAT THE ANSWER IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO WHAT I KNOW IT SHOULD BE. WHY? Several things can cause bad results. First, check your data to ensure nothing h...
Layers are found in the CAD program and are used to assist you in controlling the various types of information in the drawing. It allows you to control the colour of the objects, the line type of the objects, and most importantly the visibility of the obj...
ESEL, is a command that few even know exists. What is ESEL? ESEL is a command that Erases SELected items from the drawing. You pick on a specific item, such as a polyline, and the command will automatically erase ALL polylines on the same layer that the s...
MAY 29, 2003 AUTOCAD R 14 VERSION This update synchronizes MicroSurvey inCAD with the MicroSurvey CAD product. It contains a number of corrections and fixes that cover different areas of the program. It is also a critical update if you are using FieldG...
JULY 28, 2004 This service pack has significant product improvements and added stability. A copy of MicroSurvey inCAD for AutoCAD R14 through R2005 must already be installed prior to installing this service pack update. Choose your version of AutoCAD & i...
JUNE 15, 2006 MicroSurvey inCAD for AutoCAD R2006 No Movies (52MB) [http://downloads.microsurvey.com/incad/inCAD2006/nomovies/inCAD2006forAutoCAD2006.exe] MicroSurvey inCAD for AutoCAD R2005 No Movies (52MB) [http://downloads.microsurvey.com/incad/...
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JULY 28, 2004 This is the full installation files for MicroSurvey inCAD 2004 for AutoCAD. This will install everything you need except for the training movies. A copy of AutoCAD R14 through R2005 must already be installed prior to installing MicroSurvey ...
JULY 28, 2004 This is the full installation files for MicroSurvey inCAD 2004. This will install everything you need including movies. A copy of AutoCAD R14 through R2005 must already be installed prior to installing MicroSurvey inCAD 2004. Choose your ve...
ADDING ATTRIBUTES TO YOUR CUSTOM SYMBOLS OR PARTS In some cases, it would be nice to have text automatically placed with your symbols, but have the ability to enter the correct and different text for each symbol. So how is this done, you ask? The abil...
1) Turn on your instrument. 2) Start MicroSurvey (MS-CAD 2001 or MSX) and select the appropriate file name to open (new or existing). 3) Write the data collector file. Use the MicroSurvey Pulldown Menu as shown below: 4) The Program will now open th...
Q) When I extract points to a surface I sometimes get little red circles on every point I select. Where are they coming from? How did I get these? A) The order of operation that causes the red circle problem is this: Step 1) Extract a set of points to...
What may have happened is that you have inadvertently moved an object to a location that is a very long way from your main drawing. The distance has cause the drawing to appear very small, so small that it appears as a dot in one corner of the screen. The...
We can now read the Softdesk Point blocks found inside of AutoCAD DWG and DXF files. Simply open the DWG or DXF file via the MicroSurvey Project Manager, and then go to the MicroSurvey Menu -> Other Program Ties -> LDD / Softdesk / DCA Points -> Import Po...
While STAR*NET is relatively new to the MicroSurvey product line, our customers have been using the program for decades so a number of tools have been developed over the years that make these two products complement each other. There are a range of imp...
ALBERTA LAND SURVEYOR NEWS MAGAZINE MARCH 2000, VOL 29-1, PAGE 41. DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS AND MICROSURVEY It has been a year since my last article in the Alberta Land Surveyor News and during this time MicroSurvey has been a very busy company. To k...
If you find that the MsModelling and MsDesign menus are missing after you have opened a drawing in INCAD:MsModeling and MsDesign require a premium license before they are available.‚  If you are expecting to find these two menus, you may have failed to or...
QuestionWhen I run MicroSurvey inCAD 2010 SP1 (v10.1.1) or newer, there is a delay when the Project Manager appears before I can use the Open and New buttons.  What's up with that?AnswerWhen MicroSurvey inCAD 2010 was initially released, we turned off the...
Have you ever had an ASCII file that contained header or footer lines, or contains lines of data that you do not want to import or has lines part way through the file that are comments, and it simply can't be brought into the program without removing and ...
This patch fixes a bug where the Alignment Labeling options were not accesible at the command line.‚ Example, typing "E" or "Exising" would not execute anything.This patch is available for all version of AutoCAD from 14.01 to R2006.Au...
In your System Toggles (Toggles button at the top of the working drawing) there is a new toggle, 5th down on the left "List East, North Format". Be sure to pick this and then create the coordinate listing. Turning it off again reverts back to No...
Did you know that there are a few differences between polylines drawn in 2D and polylines drawn in 3D? To start with the command to draw each type of polyline is different.The command POLYLINE will allow you to draw a 2D polyline where the command POLY3D ...
When working in our programs, we recommend that you do not try and save or saveas, directly to a floppy disk or CD. With Floppy disks you have a shortage of space. A floppy disk can only hold 1.44 Mb of data. You might think that most small jobs would fit...
The following series of movies were made to help users get the most from the traverse functions in MicroSurvey CAD and MicroSuvey inCAD.‚  They help explain how to use the traverse routines, how to make edits and how to manage your traverse data.‚  Enjoy!...
Scale the elevation of Lines, Polylines, CAD Points and other linework with SCALEZ SCALEZ is a good tool to convert any 3D linework to 2D. To make it easy, you can freeze the layers with other information that does not need to be scaled to 2D, prior to ru...
You have 2 ways to accomplish this. The first is our older method using the Graphical Editor command. It allows you to select a group of points based upon many different selection methods. You can grab points based upon their description, elevation range,...
Q. I am running a Least Squares Adjustment (LSA) with MicroSurvey 2002 (CAD or Express). Everything appears to be computing but when I view the results, nothing has changed. All the observations have residuals of 0 and the coordinates of every point are u...
At MicroSurvey we are doing a lot to ensure the integrity of your drawing and database. In doing so we check every drawing by default to see if the points and lines in the drawing match what we know in the database. If a point is shown in the database but...
When learning a new program such as MSCAD, there are always many ways to get a task done. The trick is to find the easiest and fasted way, that works for you. To draw lines between your survey points the easiest way is to type in the command COGO (or pick...
You can type %%D, %%P and %%C in the text command. Not all fonts will permit these characters. If you're using a true type font you can use the following: Press ALT key + 0176 for the degrees symbol. Press ALT key + 0177 for a plus / minus symbol.
Q) I need to create contours for the bottom of a lake. I already know how to do normal contours for most jobs but if the lake elevation is at zero elevation, how do I do the contours below zero? A) By default the MSCAD program does not extract any data be...
What you have found is a feature called CAD Lines and CAD Curves. With no command active, if you pick a line or a curve, we automatically display a dialogue box with all the data on the line or curve. You have options of doing calculations right from here...
I am an Alberta Land Surveyor and we now use digital submissions for our plans. To make this easier, I heard that you now have the ability to map layer names to new layer names and check the job later to make sure that everything is on the correct layer. ...
Did you know that there are a few differences between polylines drawn in 2D and polylines drawn in 3D? To start with the command to draw each type of polyline is different.The command POLYLINE will allow you to draw a 2D polyline where the command POLY3D ...
The 1100 series Total Stations from Leica, record data to a PCMCIA card. You do not have to use the download routine in any of the MicroSurvey programs, as the card (with the adapter) can be plugged into the computer and accessed just like any other drive...
Can not open existing drawings‚ with inCADProblem:I can not open any existing drawings‚ with inCAD.‚  The project manager appears, but when i select the drawing to open only see a message "nil" at the command line.‚  I can, however,‚ create new ...
MicroSurvey provides a selection of toolbars for use in inCAD 2010 or newer. If you have closed them and need to find them again, once you have a drawing open go to: Tools | Toolbars | inCAD and pick the toolbar you require from the list that app...