MicroSurvey CAD Training Movies


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Movie Section List

Overviews CAD to Field
COGO Commands Batch COGO
Various CAD Commands Various Line Commands
Survey Editing Commands Misc. Survey Commands
Survey Drawing Commands Data Collectors/Traverses
Area Calculations Subd. Lot/House Design
Tables and Ties Raster Images
Surface Modeling & Contours (Premium) Volume Calculations (Premium)
AutoRoute Examples (Premium) Point Cloud Movies (Ultimate)




How to Register your Program Start the program and overview
Managing MicroSurvey Settings MicroSurvey System Toggles
MicroSurvey Labeling Defaults Hot Toggles Explained
Managing CAD Settings AutoMap Library Overview
MicroSurvey Smart Entities Saving and Backup
Customizing your Workspace Plot from Layout Space
Plot from Model Space Explorer Dialog Overview
Entity Properties Overview Mouse options – CADLines/Curves Text Editing


CAD to Field

Open or Import CAD Drawing Cleanup Tools
Adding Single Points Adding Multiple Points
Save to CAD and Other Formats Save to Field Formats


COGO Commands

Start COGO – Enter new Point – Bearing Distance entry Turned Angle entry
Two Point Inverse Bearing – Bearing Intersection
Distance – Distance Intersection 3 Point Inverse for Curves and Offset Reports
Bearing – Distance Intersection Deflection Angle entry
Bearing Offset entry Bearing + Angle entry
Distance entry as a Formula Distance – Angle Intersection
Curve entry Distance – Distance Intersection
COGO Entry with Bearing Rotation Output Scale factor and Labeling Styles
Input Scale Factor Enter a Lot using Azimuths
Hot Toggles


Batch COGO

Batch COGO – New Batch and Lot Entry Batch COGO – House Corners
Batch COGO – Edit and Rerun Batch COGO – Continue and Edit Again


Various CAD Commands

Grips How To draw a Line
How To draw an Arc How to Draw and Edit a Polyline (2D vs 3D)
How To Trim a Line or Arc How to Trim around Text
The Move command Extending Lines and Arcs
Offset, 1 side or both Offset a house and Hatch the house footprint
Boundary Hatch to Exclude Text Copy Object Properties
Fillet Lines and Polylines Scale objects up or down in size
Place and Move Text, Break Line Edit Length Command
3D Viewing and Shade/Render Zooming and Panning Options
Draw a Wipeout Insert Drawing
Symbol Librarian Erase Command
Erase Selected Erase Outside
Changing Appearance of Point Nodes Inquiry Commands
Spell Checker Multiline Text
Write Block to Disk 3D Curve
Cursor Settings


Various Line Commands

Linetypes Parking Stalls
Right of Way Join Points by Range
Best Fit Line Best Fit Curve
Split the backlines of a block into short segments X,Y,Z Coding Linework Generation
SDRMap Linework Generation


Survey Editing Commands

Active Coordinate Editor (Overview – Part 1) Active Coordinate Editor (Overview – Part 2)
Rotate – CAD Method Rotate – Survey Method
Surveyors View (Part 1) Surveyors View (Part 2)
Rescale Drawing and Point Update Rotate Translate and Scale
CAD Lines Dialog CAD Curves Dialog
Point Editing and GRIPS options CAD Polylines Dialog “Smart Polylines”
Point Blocks


Point Commands

Google Earth and Google Maps Support Coordinate History
Locked Points Compute Stakes
Stake Out Report List Points Used/Unused + ADT List
Zoom to a Point Curve Problem Solver
MS Text Dialog Independent Point options and Settings (IPN, IPD, IPE)
Clusters Group Manager Multi-Point and ADT Selection/Editing
Lot Closure Report (Map Check) Lot Closure Report with a Detail and Edits
Helmert’s Transformation Geodetic Options – Transform Points
Import Shapefiles and GIS Data Transfer Points Between MicroSurvey Jobs
Other Program Ties


Survey Drawing Commands

Title Block Insertion in Modelspace Insert Title Block in Layout
Copy and Paste Between 2 Drawings Mapping Grid command
Create a Detail Blowup of part of the Drawing Labeling Lot Numbers
Labeling Lines Label Curves
Other Labeling Options Label Polylines


Data Collectors/Traverses

FieldGenius SyncWizard Leica DBX Import
Import TDS RW5 or RAW Jobxml Import
ASCII import Manually Enter a Traverse
Draw, Coordinate and get Closure on Traverse Angular and Compass Adjustments
New Existing Point Traverse Least Squares Adjustment
Export to STAR*NET


Area Calculations

Area using point numbers Fast Area by Picking Objects
Calculate Area by Sliding Bearing Calculate Area by Swinging into a Curve
Calculate Area by Swinging into a Line Calculate Radial Lot Line for a given Area


Subdivision Lot/House Design

Lot Definition Design a House and place House on Lot
Create a Block and Subdivide into Lots Place Houses on Lots, Generate Reports


Tables and Ties

Multiple radial ties and Table Multiple Perpendicular Ties
Curve Table House Ties
Coordinate Table Line Table


Raster Images

Insert and Manipulate Raster Images Placing and Clipping a Geo-referenced Image
Insert Bing Imagery


Surface Modeling & Contours (Premium)

Creating a Surface from Points and Breaks Special Cases for Surface Creation
Inspecting your Surface Controlling Display of Surface with Boundaries
Drawing and Labeling Contours Intersect Slope
3D Offset Auto Site Design
Drape MS Flatten


Volume Calculations (Premium)

Choosing a Volumetrics Method Surface Volumetrics
Volumes using the Area Method Verifying Area Method Volume Results
Entity Volumetrics and Surface Area


AutoRoute Examples (Premium)

Create or Import Horizontal Alignment Create or Import Vertical Alignment
Create Template Using the Alignment Browser and Creating a Design Surface
Plotting Cross Sections from an Alignment Label Alignment
Sewer Design Station/Offset/Rim
Create a Table of Structures


Point Cloud Movies (Ultimate and Studio)

Open Cyclone Database Import Cyclone Database
Import Other Pointcloud Formats Import Leica Multistation
View Options Clipping and Slicing
Creating a Bare Earth Digital Terrain Model Stockpile Volume Calculation
Creating Cross Sections Using the “Floor and Wall” Tool
Using Smart Pick Viewport Draw a Building Footprint using the “Wall and Wall” Tool
Drafting Architectural Features using the “Wall” Tool