MicroSurvey Point Prep 2013 Frequently Asked Questions
Posted by Brian Sloman on 27 February 2013 10:00 AM

Question: Is MicroSurvey Point Prep compatible with AutoCAD? If so, what versions?

Answer: Point Prep drawings are created in .dwg 2010 format (compatible with AutoCAD 2010-2012), and can be saved as any .dwg or .dxf format as far back as AutoCAD R2.5 (mid 80's).  AutoCAD drawings from any version from R2.5 up to 2012 can be opened with Point Prep.  Support for AutoCAD 2013 drawings is coming soon.



Question: Is this product stand alone or do I need other software to run your product?

Answer: MicroSurvey Point Prep is a standalone product built on the IntelliCAD 7.2 CAD engine.



Question: Can I download my MicroSurvey Layout field data into Point Prep? If so, what happens to the original raw data file?

Answer: Yes you can. MicroSurvey Layout integrates seamlessly with Point Prep. Point Prep will read an original raw data file and create a measurements database that you can edit, but the original raw data file is never changed in any way. Data integrity is maintained.



Question: Can your program perform 3D modeling?

Answer: MicroSurvey Point Prep is a fully functional 3D modeling program. You can create TIN’s, TGRID’s and GRID’s using point and line data. Breaklines allow you to accurately model your surface with very little effort. Once a 3D surface is built, contours and volumes are just a single click away. For those interested in advanced 3D modeling, MicroSurvey Point Prep supports first and second order derivatives, trend and Krige methods for surface generation.



Question: OK, so you do 3D Modeling, but how hard is it to use?

Answer: MicroSurvey Point Prep is one of the easiest 3D modeling programs on the market. For a typical surface, it takes less than 2 minutes to create a very accurate and impressive model for your clients. This can be viewed as a fully rendered, shaded model.



Question: How long is it going to take me to get “up to speed” with your product?

Answer: If you are familiar with a CAD based system, you can be drafting and calculating with MicroSurvey Point Prep in as little as a few hours. If you have never used a CAD based system, you can be drafting and calculating in as little as a day. Of course we provide more training movies than any other product, and extremely detailed and comprehensive on-line help.



Question: How much does all this cost?

Answer: The first license of MicroSurvey Point Prep is available starting at $995 US. Call our toll free number to ask one of our technical sales representatives about multiple license discounts. 

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