AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Getting TDS RAW Survey Attributes Into It?

Dec 15, 2010

We process survey data using Attributes to add extra intelligence and reduce errors.

For example, when shooting trees, the RAW file will contain something like this:

SS,OP 50,FP1299,AR308.2057,ZE91.0918,SD128.282,--TREE
FC,PN1299,FNTREE
AT,TNSZ,TV11.0
AT,TNTY,TVMAPLE

or when shooting a street sign:

SS,OP 50,FP1437,AR324.1135,ZE91.4728,SD123.235,--SIGN
FC,PN1437,FNSIGN
AT,TNTY,TVNO PARKING

The FC code sets up that attribute information will follow for the point number indicated by PN and the FN is basically explaining the name of the feature type. On the collector, this is all menu driven, making for few data entry errors.

The AT codes list the attributes name TN and then the TV reports its value.

Is there a way to preserve these attributes and their data when processing them into an FBK? Ideally, they would need to become part of a point description.

When processing this for that "other" CADD package, I am able to use these values in building labels for my survey points.

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We have our description keys set to use parameters to scale blocks. We would like to use attributes in survey for more flexibilty. Is there a way you can scale using a style or description key via atributes?

Civil 3D 2012 SP4.0 Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
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May 3, 2012

here's my process:

1- Import the asc file into my drawing.

2- Convert the asc file to a FBK file

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Mar 13, 2009

Using AutoCAD 2004 full version.

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Assuming that I don't know the first thing about attributes (I now know a little, but I'm afraid that it might be wrong), but I know AutoCAD well (for what I do as a surveyor) what is the process of creating an attribute, and importing bulk amounts of data into it. The data would include:

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Using Land Desktop 3 I am able to create AECC points, but I do not have any Land Desktop experience at all, so I would rather stay away (I have no real need for it).

I do not have any 3rd party software that I know of that creates attribute points from a survey file, except for Trimble Geomatics Office, but it does not give me the format or all the data that I require.

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Mar 6, 2012

How are you or your company managing points as in field shots, storage, dulplicate point numbers?

are you using vault?
are you using the point database?
are you using one drawing file to import and store the points?

what we are doing now is using the point database as a storage location but it fails for notification on when a point # is duplicated.

surveys has a drawing file they use to import, store and build the existing ground surface from the points. this allows the notification of when a  point  number is duplicated. but it is not as secure or flexable as the old LDD way.

We don't use field books just text files from the collectors imported in. Vault is not an option for us. (at this time)

so what i am looking for is how others are adapting to this change, and what worked or not.

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Jul 18, 2012

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I am trying to make a single point label style that will return a blank line in the label if no data is provided.
 
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STCB 500 Rim=300.00
12" CONC N IE=295.00
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STCB 500 Rim=300.00
12" CONC N IE=295.00
12" CONC S IE=296.00
 
I can work around this by having a label style for each number of pipes, but i would also like this code to be inseted into a table style and in that case i don't know of any way to assign multiple styles to one table.
  
My current code looks like this:
RIM=<[Point Elevation(Uft|P2|RN|AP|GC|UN|Sn|OF)]>
<[1 SIZE(CP)]> <[1 TYPE(CP)]> <[1 DIR(CP)]> <[IE TEXT(CP)]><[1 INV(Uft|P2|RN|AP|GC|UN|Sn|OF)]>
<[2 SIZE(CP)]> <[2 TYPE(CP)]> <[2 DIR(CP)]> <[IE TEXT(CP)]><[2 INV(Uft|P2|RN|AP|GC|UN|Sn|OF)]>
<[3 SIZE(CP)]> <[3 TYPE(CP)]> <[3 DIR(CP)]> <[IE TEXT(CP)]><[3 INV(Uft|P2|RN|AP|GC|UN|Sn|OF)]>
<[4 SIZE(CP)]> <[4 TYPE(CP)]> <[4 DIR(CP)]> <[IE TEXT(CP)]><[4 INV(Uft|P2|RN|AP|GC|UN|Sn|OF)]>
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Jun 27, 2012

Here is my procedure.

1. Import survey point via ascii file into a new drawing call it Field-dwg.
2, Create a survey data base
3. Import all points in the the data base under import event.
4. open existing drawing, work-dwg, import points as needed from the Survey Data Base.

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so I re-import the points, all is good.

Then I goto work-dwg, and  try to update the point, nothing happen.

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Apr 17, 2013

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When I exported to autocad, first it crashed, then the annotation ability seemed to be missing and the points scaled/disappearred.

Or is this how it is...
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