Field-to-Finish type Linework/Coding and Smartworx
Fellow Beer Leggers,
I’m in the (painful) process of trying to migrate directly from TDS-onboard Leica 1101’s & LDD2004 to TS15’s/SmartWorx & C3D2012… I believe that I have my template mostly complete with styles, desc keys, figure prefix, line codes, etc… So far, so good anyway!
My first issue is with Field-2-Finish type linework. I see how easy it can work, however I think in their quest to make things easier, they have made them too easy, and removed some key functionality.
I want to be able to start a line, for example an Overhead Electric line, and then take shots on a Power Pole, a Power Pole with transformer, maybe a shot on the line itself, and then end the line on another Power Pole shot, all the while having the software drawing an Overhead Electric line through the points.
Currently Smartworx will end the line you started as soon as you change the point code.
Our old workflow took the .RW5 files from TDS, ran them through Survey Link to convert to .FBK files, some minor editing of the .FBK files, then importing to LDD2004.
In the past on our TDS-onboard instruments we would enter a Note in the Raw Data saying “BEG ELEC/UG”, then take the individual shots, ending with another Note in the Raw Data saying “END”. Upon running the .RW5 file through Survey Link to convert it to a .FBK file, Survey Link would try and add “CONT___” Notes where the point codes changed along the line. We would just run a routine to comment out any “CONT” lines from the final .FBK files before importing them to LDD, and all worked fine.
For the new workflow I’m thinking that we will export either .RW5 or .FBK files from the Job on in Smartworx, and then either convert the .RW5 to .FBK in Survey Link, or take the direct .FBK file into Civil3D. (Ive found some issues with multiple angle measurements in the .FBK conversion routine that Smartworx uses, so I haven’t decided yet which path would be the least resistance…)
In Smartworx, I believe that I can continue to do the same method using what Leica calls “Free Codes” to insert the old TDS “Notes”, and then having to edit the .FBK files afterwards to remove all of the “END” and “CONT” lines that get added. However, I’d sure like to know if anyone else has a better solution to this issue.
I’d love to see a toggle in the Leica conversion program that would allow me to use the built-in Linework capabilities to control linework independently of the point codes being shot.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
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