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Roading Workflow from MS-CAD to Field Genius

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Roading Workflow from MS-CAD to Field Genius

Postby Alex Leonard » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:06 pm

Anyone out there transferring road designs from paper to MS-CAD and then staking them out with Field Genius?
I'd be interested to know what the suggested work-flow is.

I'm starting with paper plans with alignment information but no surveyed topography. I can build both horizontal and vertical alignments in CAD, as well as cross-section templates, but have no existing ground surface to section.
At this point I would be very happy to be able to generate a coordinated stakeout list on paper giving elevations per road station - but this seems to not be possible directly in MS-CAD. But FG is supposed to be stronger in this area than MS-CAD, but not so easy to enter alignment data by hand.

I can export to Field Genius - including a LandXML file that is supposed to maintain the road alignment definitions, but still cannot create a staking list due to the lack of a vertical alignment (gets lost in transfer?) and/or LandXML cross-sections (which MS-CAD does not know how to make).

With the great integration between these two programs, I keep thinking this should be easier than it appears to be - what am I missing?
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Postby Alex Leonard » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:37 am

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Postby Jason Poitras » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:41 pm

If you want the alignment data in both units, it would be best to start the project in MicroSurvey CAD.

The alignment you create in the desktop can be exported as a LandXML file that FieldGenius can read in.
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MSCD - FG ROUTINES

Postby Richard Sands » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:14 am

I'd like to see the features we do in FG such as described here put into MSCAD.
Would that then help speed up the Roadworks development in MSCAD?
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Postby Alex Leonard » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:06 am

Richard,
I agree - certainly, the FG functionality is superior to the current CAD implementation - however, because the LandXML data exchange is currently only uni-directional, to accomplish what I set out to do when this thread began, it turns out I had no choice but to use CAD as a starting place.
It seems to make sense that both programs (at least appear to) work the same way - and especially be able to seamlessly pass the relevant data to/from each other.

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