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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The top 10 questions asked about MicroSurvey embeddedCAD.

Is embeddedCAD compatible with AutoCAD? If so, what versions?1

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is Powered With Autodesk TechnologyTM, meaning it uses the same engine used in other AutoCAD 2013 software and is therefore 100% compatible with AutoCAD and AutoCAD DWG files, including those from products like Civil 3D with the use of Autodesk Object Enablers.

How do I open a DWG or DXF file I already have stored on my computer?2

Use the MicroSurvey Project Manager to set the project Directory to the location where the DWG or DXF file is stored. When the Project Manager appears, pick on the Set Project Directory button. Browse to the folder where the file is located and press the OK button. Once this is done, simply pick on the file you wish to open click the Open button.

Is this product stand alone or do I need other software to run your product?3

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is a completely standalone application, you do not need a copy of AutoCAD or any other software.

Can I download my data collector into your product? If so, what happens to the original raw data file?4

Yes you can. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD supports direct downloads of virtually all popular makes and models of data collectors. If your make or model is not supported, you can “spawn” an external communication program from within embeddedCAD. MicroSurvey’s own FieldGenius data collector integrates seamlessly with all our desktop products. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD will read the original raw data file and create a traverse database that you can edit and use in adjustments. The original raw data is not changed in any way. Data integrity is maintained.

What traverse adjustments are available?5

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD supports Angle Balance, Compass Balance, Vertical Balance (Elevations), Crandall’s Method, Transit Balance and a 3D Least Squares Adjustment and for those with coordinate data only, an Existing Point traverse adjustment using a Compass Method. All of these adjustments affect the coordinate data only. Re-processing the traverse database will restore the coordinates to their original location. This allows you to experiment with adjustments until you find one that works best for your situation.

What happens to AutoCAD when I install embeddedCAD?6

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is a completely standalone application, and does not modify or interfere with AutoCAD or any other software you may have in any way.

Can I perform map checks (lot closures) with embeddedCAD?7

Yes. There is a lot closure routine that allows you to enter bearings, distances and curve data to compute a closure based on plan or deed measurements. The report that is generated can be printed immediately or saved to a location on your hardrive for future reference.

Can your program perform 3D modeling?8

Yes. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is a fully functional 3D modeling program. You can create TINs, TGRIDs and GRIDs using point and line data. Breaklines allow you to accurately model your topographic survey with very little effort. Once a 3D surface is built, contours and volumes are just a single click away. For those interested in advanced 3D modeling, embeddedCAD supports First and Second order derivatives, Trend and Krige methods for surface generation.

OK, so you do 3D Modeling but how hard is it to use?9

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is one of the easiest 3D modeling programs on the market. For a typical topographic survey, it takes less than two minutes to create a very accurate and impressive model for your clients. This can be viewed as a fully rendered, shaded model.

How long is it going to take me to get “up to speed” with your product?10

If you are familiar with AutoCAD, you can be calculating and modeling with embeddedCAD in as little as a few hours. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD comes with a lay flat Getting Started manuals containing all the tutorials, and 90 days of toll-free technical support. There are also approximately 10 hours of online movies in the program. These movies guide you through the most often used functions of embeddedCAD. Additional support can be purchased on a yearly basis.

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