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5 Recommendations for the safety of a surveying equipment

It was difficult to convince the bosses at the time; the equipment to buy should be insured against theft, damage and accidents. It is understandable in the first instance, with questions such as: If the equipment will then be donated to the municipality, why would not they better pay the insurance? Against theft? Doesn’t this […]

Template to convert geographic coordinates to deg, UTM and AutoCAD

This Excel template is initially made to convert geographic coordinates in decimal to degrees, minutes and seconds. Just the opposite of the template that we had done before, as seen in this example: In addition: Concatenate them into a string Turn them to UTM coordinates, with an option to choose a Datum Concatenates point command […]

Stay inspired! Letter to my staff

Today is a special day; new challenges make me a better chance of settling. In a week I won’t be more your immediate boss and one of you will be the new one, so that things don’t stop and also to acquire the freshness that changes require. Although I’ll be around, surely I’ll have less […]

Draw a polygon with bearings and distances from Excel to Microstation

A few years ago I published an article showing how to concatenate data in Excel to construct a polygon with AutoCAD, without having to do all the protocol: @ Distance <angle…. The other day we were in the AutoCAD course someone asked me if that could be done with the Microstation command line. The answer […]

5 trusted minutes for GeoCivil

GeoCivil is an interesting blog aimed to CAD / GIS tools use in the Civil Engineering area. Its author, a compatriot of El Salvador is a good example of the guidance that have taken the traditional classroom to – almost – learning communities in line; without doubt a milestone that thanks to the global connectivity […]

XYZtoCAD for working with AutoCAD coordinates

AutoCAD by itself only brings many features for coordinate management or tables’ creation from starting points. What Civil 3D makes, but basic version does not, and therefore when we go working coordinates generated by a total station, GPS or from doing stakeouts, we must resort to macros watered by there. But XYZtoCAD is not a […]

Trimble purchase Ashtech; what could be waited about this

The news has not already been very surprising in these times when large companies buy their competitors, get merged or break up into pieces; but there’s no doubt it makes us think what could happen to the company that manufactured equipment that we use or were in plan to acquire. In my view and a […]

More videos for Civil 3D, AutoCAD and Revit Map

… The best, after AUGI MexCA left for maintenance… Some time ago I did an AUGI review in its tropical chapter and found a valuable amount of resources for AutoCAD Civil3D and Map technologies users. Unfortunately the site went into maintenance over a year ago, an update we have been waiting and will secure arrive […]

Create contours with Global Mapper

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post. Global Mapper is one of those rare programs that are worth very little to pirate and for that reason tend to go unnoticed. What I’m going do in this exercise I’ve done with other programs before: With Bentley Site… it took me a […]

Google ContouringGE, it can be done!

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post. A few days ago a friend asked me how to do to see the contour lines in Google Earth using an application called ContouringGE 1.1 that is supposed to work with any 4x version, Windows XP or Vista. And because definitely I couldn’t, […]

Facebook: videos for surveyors

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post. At giant steps Facebook is becoming a common tool for business and education. Being an “Internet of people” companies have become the first look at the people interconnected with each other, which has given it a value beyond the conventional network. One of […]

Manuals for the use of GPS and Leica Total Station

By following a link from the gvSIG mailing lists, which today has formalized the final version 1.10, I found an interesting site. This is, driven by Oxford Archeology which seeks to promote the use of tools and free systems for surveying applications in archaeological projects. The most valuable of the site are the manuals […]

GPS Promark 3, first impression

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post. I’ve taken out of the box these toys, in a week we will do training to see how it works. For now, I’ve barely seen the videos and some of its attributes. Promark 3 predecessors. In this same line, there previously were, and […]

GPS MobileMapper 6, postprocessing data

A few days ago we saw how to capture data with the Mobile Mapper 6, now let’s try to do post-processing. This requires to have installed Mobile Mapper Office, in this case I’m using 2.0 version that comes with the purchase. Downloading data. The most practical way for this is to use Prolink, although if […]

Where is Bentley going with the Civil area

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post. So this topic is too pretentious, I just want to have a reflection on what I can understand. I had started trying to talk about Geopak, but right now I just get PowerCivil, it saves me a lot, I only have to test […]

PowerCivil for Latin America, first impression

I have already installed this toy, of which I spoke yesterday; I am referring to V8i version. As input raises a panel where are concentrated all features. At the bottom there are the following tabs: Surfaces Geometry Preferences Drainage Topography Templates Corridors Work modelators Each one has a shortcut menu in the left pane […]

Adjusting data based on a more precise survey

This is an example of a common problem that is happening to me now. I have done a survey earlier with a less precise method, possibly with GPS, tape and compass. The fact is that when mounting the total station, we realize that the information occupies a deformation. The matter is that if it is […]

Contours from polylines (Step 2)

In the previous post we had georeferenced an image that contains contours; now we want to turn it to Civil 3D contours. Converting image curves to digital mode For this there are programs that virtually automate the process like AutoDesk Raster Design, equivalent to Bentleys Descartes or ESRI’s Arcscan. In this case I’ll do it […]