100.0% AutoCAD and 100.0% DWG Compatibility

Powered by Autodesk Technology™ means that inside MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is the same engine that powers other Autodesk products.

Any training you have taken for AutoCAD is DIRECTLY applicable to the usage of embeddedCAD. Any process and workflow tools you utilize will still function as intended. All projects, reference files and objects you have created in the past will work exactly the same.

This is simply the most elegant solution.

Integrated Survey, Design and CAD
MicroSurvey embeddedCAD Premium contains all the survey calculations, design, and drafting functionality that we have at MicroSurvey Software Inc. There is no need to load additional modules or buy them. With MicroSurvey embeddedCAD Premium you have a full toolbox. Everything from downloading your data collector to plotting a finished drawing is included.

An integrated program needs the ability to read standard drawing files. With MicroSurvey embeddedCAD all your files are stored in industry standard DWG format. No conversions are necessary. Our Project Manager displays the drawing preview for DWG files so you can see the contents before you open the file.

The program will round trip all custom proxy objects that may have been added to the drawing by non-standard software. No data is lost by opening in MicroSurvey embeddedCAD and re-saving the drawing. Everything is maintained in the DWG file that was originally there.

In order to maintain compatibility with standard AutoCAD, MicroSurvey does not create any custom proxy objects in the DWG file. Every entity that is created by MicroSurvey embeddedCAD can be manipulated by any standard AutoCAD® version up to AutoCAD 2012.

Shape Files, Fonts, Linetypes, Hatch Files All Work Fine

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD can utilize shape files, fonts, linetypes, and hatch files from AutoCAD. This means that if you have a custom shx font file in your AutoCAD installation, you can use it in your MicroSurvey embeddedCAD installation. The fonts will look the same.

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD also reads and writes DXF files in case you need to go to a non-AutoCAD product.

Powerful Survey Calculations





Record all of your COGO entries with Batch and replay as desired. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD includes a powerful set of COGO functions. Our new Batch COGO capability is unmatched. Build as part of the Active Drawing Technology, it allows you to build complex COGO calculations in a spreadsheet and re-run them as necessary.



MicroSurvey embeddedCAD also includes command line COGO that you can use at any time by just typing “COGO” at the prompt. You immediately enter a familiar style of entry that prompts for point numbers, bearings, distances, and solve points. Intersections are computed by just leaving unknowns blank, and the program automatically determines what type of intersection you are trying to compute. Bearings, Distances, Point numbers can all be picked off the screen by selecting point labels or lines.

COGO commands are also available in a more graphical format. If you select a line or arc on the screen with no command running, you can immediately calculate new points. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD also allows you to compute without storing point numbers. The lines and arcs that you create can be instantly coordinated and numbered at a later time.

Helmerts Transformation.
With the Helmert’s Transformation, you are able to rotate, shift and scale up to 5000 points based upon a best fit solution using 2 to 500 pairs of common coordinate points, all with the execution of a single command! When more than two points are common in each system, redundancy exists and a Least Squares method is used to determine the optimum (best-fit) transformation parameters.

Coordinate Transformations.
Use the coordinate transformation function to easily transform your data from one system to another. UTM, 3TM, SPC (NAD27, NAD83, HARN) and hundreds of others are supported.

Other Tools.
A Proportioning function makes it easy to proportion distances along arcs or curves, to create equal line divisions and divisions based on ratios like dividing a line into 2 segments 1 segment at 2/3 of the overall distance and the other at 1/3.

Radial Inversing can be used to create radial field ties quickly and effectively. List the ties in a line table with the click of a button.

Complete Traverse or Network Adjustments




MicroSurvey embeddedCAD supports a full range of Traverse Adjustment Tools:



Angle Balance
Transit, Compass, Crandall’s classical methods
Vertical Balance
Full 3D Least Squares Adjustment with:

Blunder detection
Instrument Storage
Graphical Ellipse Display
Reprocessing and Pre-analysis

A full 3D least squares adjustment can be done if there is redundancy in your traverse network. It is fully integrated to directly read MicroSurvey traverse files, sort the observation data, compute adjusted coordinate values for all points (including sideshots) and update your drawing database. The program supports adjustment in 1, 2 or 3 dimensions and provides three levels of reporting, complete with statistical analysis.

This is just the tool you need for computing closed traverse networks that are not easily balanced using traditional methods. Integrated in the adjustment package is blunder detection, published instrument errors, graphical elipse display, reprocessing and network pre-analysis.

Active Drawing Technology







 Active Coordinate Editor
Dynamically view and edit coordinate data with changes reflected immediately in both the coordinate editor window and in the drawing window. The system operates intuitively: selecting a point in the drawing will open the editor and highlight that coordinate in the database automatically. Alternatively, selecting a coordinate in the Editor will zoom to that point in the drawing.

 Active Traverse Editor
Verifying and editing your raw data is now much faster and allows for painless correction with traverse data represented in a smart, spreadsheet-like editor that has incredible drag and drop capabilities. The Active Traverse Editor allows you to not only work with your raw data at any point in the traverse quickly, but it also allows customization of the views available and opens multiple traverse data sets simultaneously. Errors in your traverse data are amazingly easy to spot and fix.

 Active Batch COGO
Batch COGO is a system for data entry and calculation that allows you to browse an entire COGO entry history, quickly identify errors and easily make changes. At any point COGO entries can be edited and reprocessed with the correction immediately reflected in the drawing. What’s more, the interface is built with smart tags for data types like Traverse, Bearing-bearing intersection, Distance-distance intersection and more.

Smart Information




Picking on objects in the drawing will automatically invoke commands based on the objects that are picked. Picking on a line for example will bring up the CAD Lines dialog where you review the starting and end points of the line, slope, change in elevation and more.



Other Smart objects that have this type of functionality are curves, text and points. Picking on a point will start the Active Point Editor and allow you to browse the entire coordinate database. MicroSurvey makes it easy to get at the information you need by simply picking on the objects in the drawing. What could be easier?

Powerful DTM Contouring/Modeling Volumes




As part of a complete package, the system creates surface models at lightning speed. With one of the fastest modeling engines in the business, you can manipulate surfaces by adding or removing points, working with breaklines, and creating boundaries. We stopped testing triangulation speed when it broke through the 100,000 points per second level.



Volumes are computed quickly and easily between multiple surfaces, or between a surface and a specific elevation. Multiple area volumes can be computed simultaneously by defining boundaries. These act like a “cookie cutter” to slice vertically through surfaces to get specific volumes.

Visualization in MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is unmatched with fast 3D rendered views of TINS, Grids, and Triangulated Grids (a more accurate method of representing a surface). Cross sections or Profiles are just a click away.

Complete Site Design



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Describing all the functionality in this area is difficult, because there is so much! Our Road Design Wizard makes creating a 3D road along a horizontal and vertical alignment a snap. Creating templates is made easy with our graphical template editor. Multiple passes can be made down a road with various templates to create a multi-level surface.



Site design for ponds, building sites, canals, ditches, or slopes is as easy as 1-2-3. Select your border polylines and apply slopes. Our system automatically calculates all the intersections and creates new surfaces in one command. Volumes fall right out automatically once you have the site.

Tools are available to slice the surface along spaced cross sections and plot all the results automatically.

Learning Resources

We maintain over twelve hours of training movies on our website; nearly 150 movies explain all kinds of functionality.

To quote Professional Surveyor Magazine:“If you forget how to do something, you do not have to run to the office guru or spend hours going through the manual trying to find out how to do what you want to do. You just go to the movies – the ones in the Help files, that is…you have access to [139] neatly arranged movies that tell and show you exactly what you have to do.”

MicroSurvey inCAD ships with six tutorials directly in the help file that make it easy to learn.  Also included are several example projects to get you started.






Also included is the most modern help system available with a fully indexed, linked help file that exactly models the layout of the pulldown menus.

Quality Tools for Excellent Value

USB Security Key Licensing: MicroSurvey’s flexible licensing system allows your software license to move. With our USB Security Key, you can run a single MicroSurvey license at home, the office, and in the field. Another benefit is the ability to share a license with co-workers. Share 3 licenses between 5 people by just moving USB keys.

Network Licensing: With our network floating license option, you only need to purchase as many seats as your staff will use. Our system allows you to specify a location for the floating license USB Security Key, and user systems will check to see if licenses are available. Nothing needs to be installed on your main server. We are careful what we install on our servers too. Any machine in the office can have the key installed and it will supply licenses to other user machines.