A few weeks ago, we posted a Grid <=> Ground (5:01) video showing how TPC Desktop 2016 will let you convert ground coordinates to grid coordinates when importing an ASCII file. This is a common scenario anytime you work with ground coordinates for data collection/stakeout and a TPC survey that uses a CRS (Coordinate Reference System) and its grid coordinates. In the video, we show how TPC integrates the conversion right into the import. You could do the same steps manually, after the import, but this new feature turns those more complicated steps into one very simple one.
We just added a video on Standardized Import Settings (3:38)
Here is a screen shot of the Pacsoft import settings. Notice that we are converting ground coordinates to grid, just like in the video. But also notice that:
• we are adding 10000 to each imported point number so there won’t be any point label conflicts
• we are creating a separate drawing of the import, so we can see exactly what came in
And the new standardized option we think you’ll appreciate the most is When an imported point matches an existing point. This addresses the age old conundrum of what to do with imported points that use existing point labels and what to do if the coordinate or geodetic positions don’t match. TPC 2016 provides three new options that pretty much cover the bases, along with very clear notes in the Details report about what matches were found and how TPC resolved them.
So when you get your TPC Desktop 2016 this coming January, just open the settings dialog for any one of the dozens of file types TPC supports and press F1 for a complete run-down on what all the new standardized options do.
John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP
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