Import point files using point file formats that contain user-defined properties.
When you import an ASCII point file, user-defined attributes described in the point file format are mapped to the user-defined
properties in the survey database. If a matching property does not exist then it is created.
The user-defined attribute data for the points is stored as extended data using the same attribute data system as the LandXML
extended properties. These properties are managed on the tab in the collection in a survey database.
In the dialog box, on the node there is a new right-click menu option to. When you use this option it forces the creation of the Survey-defined extended properties in the current drawing.
When new attributes are created in the survey database during an ASCII point file import, the data type of the drawing side
attribute is replicated in the survey database, for example, Station would map to Station. Also, when attributes are mapped
back to the drawing, the data type is preserved. For more information, see Managing Survey Extended Properties.
- Enumeration type attributes are not recognized by survey and are ignored during the attribute creation and data mapping process.
- Attributes that are displayed on the tab in are formatted using the units and the display format that is defined in the survey database and user settings. The attribute
units and display are not based on the current .
- Attributes that are initially created in a drawing and then added to the survey database during import do not map back to
the same drawing side attribute when you add survey data to the drawing. Survey creates a new survey specific attribute definition
in the drawing. For example: a string attribute "Address" that is created in the drawing would round trip back to the drawing
as "Point.Address" within the Survey User-defined classification.
- User-defined Property support is only available for ASCII point file import using external point files and the Point File
Formats. User-defined Properties are not supported when you import points directly from a drawing or from field book files.
To import point files that contain user-defined properties
- In , on the tab, right-click the survey database collection . Enter a name
- Right-click the new database .
Importing the LandXML Property definitions before you create new user-defined properties can save time because the LandXML
property definitions may match the requirements for the additional properties. For more information, see Extended Property Definition Files.
- Define properties for the . Expand the node, right click . For more information, see Creating and Editing User-defined Properties.
- When you have completed creating the user-defined attributes, in the dialog box right-click .
- In , on the tab, expand the collection and create a new that uses the new attributes you created in step 3. When you set the column name in the Point File format, verify that the
user-defined properties you created are prefaced with “Point.”. For more information, see Understanding Point File Formats.
When you have completed creating the user-defined properties and the new point file format, save the drawing as a new drawing
template. You can use this template when you want to import points into the survey database using the customized point file
- Import a point file using the wizard or the command. For more information, see Importing Point Files.