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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Top 10 Questions Asked About FieldGenius

Will FieldGenius work with my existing data collector?1

If your data collector is a Windows Mobile or CE device, FieldGenius is probably compatible. If you are using a data collector such as an HP48 or an SDR 33, FieldGenius will not work. It requires a Microsoft mobile version of Windows to operate.

What hardware devices does MicroSurvey FieldGenius run on?2

MicroSurvey supports more hardware devices than any of our major competitors. Currently, FieldGenius will operate on the following hardware devices: Nautiz X7 by Handheld, Juniper Systems Archer and Allegro Field PCs, TDS Nomad/Ranger/Recon, Trimble TSCE/TSC2, Topcon FC-100/FC-1000/FC-2000, Compaq/HP iPAQ Series, and now the Leica RX1250! Works on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices.

Does FieldGenius have roading capabilities?3

Yes. FieldGenius has the best alignment and template import, staking, and export in the surveying industry. Import points, alignments, profiles, cross sections, and more from your design application using our LandXML import options. All of the staking routines have a graphical interface that helps the user navigate to the correct location. FieldGenius supports all the staking routines below:
1. Choose the alignment, station, and cross-sectional surface and point.
2. Choose the alignment, station, offset, and DTM surface (or interval).
3. Slope staking.
View all your Alignment data in 3D – Work from a perspective 3D view if desired.

How do I get information from my desktop application into FieldGenius?4

FieldGenius contains DXF file support and an XML reader with support for points, lines, arcs, spirals, parcels, surfaces, horizontal alignments, vertical alignments, templates, and cross sections.

LandXML is a common, open data format, or schema, that describes industry-specific data such as points, parcels, and alignments. Land development professionals worldwide can use LandXML to make the data they create more readily accessible and available to anyone involved with a project.

Data can go directly from Land Development Desktop, CAiCE Visual PE, Bentley inRoads, Eagle Point, Trimble TerraModel, or any other software that supports the LandXML schema to FieldGenius without the need for converting your data. As a result, data can be efficiently transferred and be made readily accessible for your project. By utilizing LandXML as our internal data format, FieldGenius not only provides interoperability between different application software, but also between varying versions of that software.

DXF files that are opened in FieldGenius can be manipulated by turning on and off layers so you can control the view. Many different types of entities in a DXF file can be automatically coordinated and added to the points database. Lines, polylines, and arcs can be added to the figures database, so you can stake them too!

How do I get information from FieldGenius into my desktop application?5

FieldGenius includes several different methods of transferring data to your desktop software. First, you can use MicroSurvey CAD Basic to create DXF, DWG, or DGN files. DWG and DXF files can contain Point Blocks for LDD, Carlson, or Eagle Point software. Second, raw data in FieldGenius is stored in TDS RAW format. Third, coordinate files can be created in normal comma delimited ASCII files. FieldGenius also writes out a DXF file of the connectivity from the graphics screen.

If you are using Softdesk or Autodesk Land Development Desktop, FieldGenius can export a FieldBook File (FBK). This allows you to simply grab the FBK file and import it directly into your software. No conversions are necessary. The FBK support includes all the coordinates measured, and all the linework generated in FieldGenius.

Finally, FieldGenius can now write out LandXML files containing all the information collected in your survey.

Does FieldGenius support total stations, robotic total stations, and GPS?6

Yes. MicroSurvey supports virtually all conventional total stations dating back to the early 90s. FieldGenius has built-in support for all major manufacturers' robotic total stations and RTK-grade GPS systems. MicroSurvey’s robotic and GPS support has the most intuitive interface in the industry. All robotic and GPS settings and functions are easily accessible from a control toolbar.

Can I import a CAD drawing into my FieldGenius project?7

Yes. Use the DXF import option to import your CAD drawing. This is a great way to prepare for a trip to the field. With FieldGenius your drawing will appear with more detail than other data collectors. Our drawing import shows blocks, text, polylines, lines, arcs, points, surfaces, and more! FieldGenius allows you to turn on and off layers in the CAD drawing to make it easier to see the information that is important to you. Selected objects in the CAD drawing can be automatically coordinated for staking, setup, backsighting or anything else that you wish.

Does FieldGenius support slope staking?8

Yes. MicroSurvey FieldGenius allows you to work with an existing cross-sectional template to stake the intersection of the template and the existing ground.

Can I adjust my survey data in FieldGenius?9

Yes. Currently MicroSurvey FieldGenius will allow you to edit your raw data, re-coordinate, compute a closure on your traverse, and do an angular adjustment and a compass balance.

How much does FieldGenius cost?10

The software costs just $995.00 US for the Standard edition. Additional modules are available to run robotic and GPS equipment or to do sophisticated staking, surfacing, volumes, or contours.

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