in the ALS (Alberta Land Surveyor) News
2000, Vol 29-1, Page 41.
Submissions and MicroSurvey
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 keep pace with technology and standards
passed by different jurisdictions, MicroSurvey has continued
to add new features to our programs. To address the needs
of Alberta surveyors in particular, we have added a Mass Layer
conversion routine to allow you to submit your drawings
in electronic format and comply with new layering standards.
routine was supplied to every customer free of charge in
our latest update of MSCAD Pro and MS98, Service Pack #2.
It is also included in all new copies of MSCAD Pro and MS98
and future versions.
routine is found under the MicroSurvey pulldown menu, under
Layer Control, Mass Layer Conversion and is comprised of
two commands. First is the Layer Table Editor. This uses
the LTO files supplied by Martin Newby and Land Titles and
allows you to create new LST files or use existing files
from those sources. In short, it allows you to map your
current layers to layer names required to submit your drawings.
Once you have set the layer table as required, you can save
it and then process it. The saved file can then be used
again on future jobs. The processing of the LTO.LST file
changes the layers set in the table to the match the standards
as you have configured them. You can have separate LST files
for Land Titles (LTO.LST) and City standards (LTOCALGY.LST)
or any other source that requires their own layering configuration.
A report is generated to show the changes in your drawing.
second feature is called, Check Layer Conversion and it
allows you to review each layer, one at a time on screen,
and allows you to confirm what is on each layer. If you
find something that is on the wrong layer then you can change
it to another existing layer or one you create on the fly.
you have done your conversions and checked your layers you
can then save your file in DWG format via the SAVEAS command
found under the File menu.
last thing you need to do is create a plot file to submit.
This is the tricky step for some. The first thing you need
to do is obtain and configure, in Windows 95/98/NT, a HPGL
or HPGL/2 plotter driver. One we
can suggest using would be the HP Draftpro
EXL driver from the Hewlett Packard web-site (www.hp.com).
You would configure this driver to plot to a file instead
of COM1 or LPT1. The output plot file will have the extension
of PRN by default and will have to be renamed to PLT for
submission. You would configure this driver even though
you do not own or use this plotter at your office,
it is just a means to get the plot file you require.
can submit the PLT file and DWG file, as required. If you
do run into any problems then please feel free to contact
either Martin Newby about the LTO standards at (403) 294-1028
or Glen Cameron about the MicroSurvey routines at (705)
"Tips and Tricks"
has been brought to you by Glen W. Cameron,
CET. Glen is the Technical Support Manager for MicroSurvey
Software, Inc. working out of Corbeil,