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Transfer data between Terramodel and Trimble Survey, GPS or Machine Control equipment.

Last revised 26 Feb 2015.

This page explains how to transfer data between recent versions of Trimble Terramodel and Trimble Total Station, GPS or Machine Control survey equipment with an ACU, CU, TSCe, TSC2 or TSC3 Control Unit running Trimble Survey Controller, Trimble Site Controller or Trimble Access software.

Contents

List available devices

View or edit DC file

Prepare for communication

Transfer points from Control Unit to Terramodel

Transfer points from Terramodel to Control Unit

Transfer strings from Control Unit to Terramodel

Transfer strings from Terramodel to Control Unit

Transfer digital terrain model from Control Unit to Terramodel

Transfer digital terrain model from Terramodel to Control Unit

Transfer feature code library to Control Unit

List

List available devices using Terramodel

Devices describe survey file formats and communication specifications used by Terramodel and Data Transfer Utility, are managed by the Trimble Remote Device Manager and can be installed with Data Transfer Utility or Terramodel.

  • In Terramodel
    • File
    • Download/Import
    • Import Script Manager
    • Edit the Survey Controller script
    • Observe the list of available devices
    • To add a new device, or change the properties, such as baud rate, of an existing device, select Edit.

View or edit a DC file

Open Trimble DC File Editor via Windows Start menu

  • In Windows
    • Start
    • Programs
    • Trimble Office
    • Utilities
    • DC File Editor
  • In DC File Editor
    • File
    • Open

Open DC File Editor via Terramodel

  • In Terramodel
    • Type DCEDIT at the command line and press Enter
  • In DC File Editor
    • File
    • Open

If Terramodel reports "Command not available", alias the command like this:

  • In Terramodel
    • Type ALIAS at the command line and press Enter
      • In the Alias field, enter DCEDIT
      • In the Command field, enter EXEC
      • In the arguments field, enter "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Trimble\DCEditor\DCEditor.exe" for 32-bit Windows or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Trimble\DCEditor\DCEditor.exe" for 64-bit Windows (including the " characters).
      • Add
      • OK

Prepare for communication

Prepare for communication from Survey Controller to Terramodel via Serial Port

  • Connect to the computer with the appropriate cable
  • On the Control Unit
    • Windows desktop
    • Select Survey Controller
    • Files
    • Import/Export
    • Trimble PC communications

Prepare for communication from Survey Controller to Terramodel via ActiveSync

  • Connect to the computer via serial cable, USB, Infrared, or similar.
  • On the Control Unit
    • Select Convert to Desktop
  • On the computer, when prompted by ActiveSync
    • Select No to Partnership (or set up a Partnership)
  • In Terramodel
    • Import Script Manager
    • Survey Controller
    • Edit Devices
      • If Survey Controller on ActiveSync is not an Active Device
        • New
        • Create Survey Controller (Active Sync) device
        • Specify a name and select Control Unit
        • Finish
      • Select Survey Controller (CU) on ActiveSync as an available device
      • OK
    • Close

Prepare for communication from Survey Controller to Terramodel via Survey Data Card

  • In a web browser
  • In Terramodel
    • File
    • Download/Import
    • Import script manager
    • Edit Survey Data Card
      • Instrument/Data Collector
        • Edit Devices
          • New
          • Survey Data Card
          • Browse to specify the exact path of the source .job file, but not the file name
          • Enter a device name (e.g. GPS Job on E:)
          • Close
        • Close
        • Highlight the newly defined device
      • Source Files
        • Always browse files
      • Destination folder
        • Browse to select a folder for temp files (on hard drive with with plenty of space)
      • Raw source files
        • Select template C:\Program Files\Trimble\Shared\Formats\Trimble (DC).lgr
      • Raw data settings
        • Specify a points layer, import all coordinates and all bearings and, optionally, display raw data editor.
      • View File contents, Default units settings, Coordinate shift, Point descriptor expansion, Import summary
        • Set according to your preference
      • For all tabs
        • Untick Show this page at runtime
      • OK
    • Close

Prepare for communication from Access to DC via General Survey Data Card

  • Go to Trimble Access Installation Manager
    • Download and install TAIM
    • Select Update Office Software during installation
  • Obtain a recent edition of Trimble Data Transfer Utility. TDTU is available from Trimble.com, an installation disk from Trimble or a Terramodel installation disk from Geocomp Systems.
  • Install Data Transfer Utility
  • Optionally, create a shortcut to Trimble Data Transfer Utility (which is in Windows Start menu)
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Devices...
    • New...
    • Select General Survey Data Card for the type of device
    • Select a file location where you will always place the Trimble job files
    • Next
    • Enter a name for the device e.g. Access job on E:
    • Finish
    • Close
    • Close

Prepare for communication from Terramodel to SCS900 via script

  • Install SCS900
  • In Terramodel
    • In Export script manager
      • Edit SCS900 export script
        • Select and configure site controller
          • Select controller
          • Add feature code file
        • Select/Create and configure site
          • Export background maps with scs900 (background).acf
          • Add DC calibration file
          • Add Local geoid file
          • Export control points in P,E,N,Z,D format
        • Select/Create and configure design
          • Export DTM surface file as .TTM
          • Export Roadway model file
          • Export Foreground maps with scs900 (dxf).ACF
          • Export Setout points file
        • Select/Create and configure work order

Transfer points from Control Unit to Terramodel

Download points as .DC via Survey Controller script

  • Prepare for communications using or similar
  • Create a download (or download and import) script in Terramodel
    • Import Script Manager
    • New
    • Create a script
    • At Instrument/Data Collector, select Survey Controller
    • Complete the script.
  • Run the script

Download points as .DC via Data Transfer Utility

  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the .DC file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit to the computer

Download points as .DC from Survey Controller via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .DC file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit to the computer

Download points as .DC from Access via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Trimble Access on TSC2 or TSC3
    • From JOBS, select Import/Export then Export mixed format files
    • Select Trimble DC v10.7 file format
    • Give the export file a name then ACCEPT.
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .DC file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit to the computer

Import points as .DC via script

  • In Terramodel
    • File...
    • Download/Import
    • Trimble Raw survey data (dc)

Download and import points as .DC via script

  • In Terramodel
    • Check that you can download using a script as described above
    • Note the settings in the script
    • Check that you can import using a script as described above
    • Note the settings in the script
    • Create a new Download and Import script using the noted settings
    • Run the script

Import points from Survey Controller .JOB via Survey Data Card script

.JOB files from Survey Controller can be identified by opening them in NOTEPAD. They are binary files which begin with "Trimble Survey Controller Journal".

Import points from Trimble Access .JOB via Data Transfer Utility

.JOB files from Trimble Access can be identified by opening them in NOTEPAD. They are binary files which begin with "Trimble General Survey Journal".

  • Prepare for communication from Access to .DC via General Survey Data Card
  • Copy the Trimble Access .JOB file into the General Survey Data Card device location or connect the physical Trimble Access device
  • In Data Transfer Utility,
    • Select a General Survey Data Card device (if reading .JOB file from disk), or a General Survey device (if reading directly from Access on a TSC2 or TSC3)
    • Click Add...
    • Select all required Survey Controller files from the list
    • Files of Type Survey Controller Files
    • File format DC File v10.7
    • Browse to select the destination folder for extracted .DC files
    • Open
    • Transfer All
    • Close
  • In Terramodel
    • File...
    • New
    • Download/Import
    • Trimble raw Survey Data (dc)_i
    • Browse to select .DC files from the destination folder selected above
    • Continue to import the .DC file following the prompts
    • Inspect the survey in the Raw data editor
    • Process the points, for example with AutoDraft

Import points, strings and DTM from Site Controller (SCS900) via RECORD.TXT

  • On the control unit with Site Controller software, select Settings, then Data output options then Store raw data to record.txt file.
  • Transfer RECORD.TXT file from control unit to computer
  • In Terramodel
    • Run SCS900IN command
    • Browse to select the RECORD.TXT file
    • Specify the import layer
    • Run AutoDraft command to process the point names coded in the field.

Import points, strings and DTM from Site Controller (SCS900) via .DXF

  • Transfer DXF file from control unit with Site Controller to computer
  • In Terramodel
    • File...
    • Download/Import
    • AutoCAD import for SCS900

Transfer points from Terramodel to Control Unit

Export points as .DC via setout script

  • In Terramodel
    • File
    • Import/Export...
    • Run the Trimble setout (dc) Script

Export points as .CSV via ASCII points script

  • In Terramodel
    • File...
    • Export Script Manager
      • New
      • Create a new script to both export to disk and upload
      • Next
      • The output format is ASCII Points
      • Next
      • In Export to file, specify the location and a file extension of *.CSV
      • For the output format, select P,E,N,Z,D
    • Run the export script

Upload points via Survey Controller script

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • Create an upload script in Terramodel
    • Export Script Manager
    • New
    • Create a script
    • At Instrument/Data Collector, select Survey Controller
    • Complete the script.
  • Run the script

Upload points via Data Transfer Utility

  • Prepare for communications using Data Transfer Utility
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the .DC or .CSV file to the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit

Upload points via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .DC or .CSV file to the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit

Upload points as .DC into Trimble Access

  • In Terramodel
  • Prepare for communications from Access to .DC using ActiveSync or similar
  • Transfer the DC file to Trimble data directory on TSC2 or TDC3
  • In Access software on TSC2 or TSC3
    • Import the DC file from \Jobs\Import-Export\Import fixed format files\DC V10

Export and upload points via script

  • In Terramodel
    • Check that you can export using a script as described above
    • Note the settings in the script
    • Check that you can upload using a script as described above
    • Note the settings in the script
    • Create a new Export and Upload script using the noted settings
    • Run the script

Transfer strings from Control Unit to Terramodel

Download a roadway via Data Transfer Utility

  • Prepare for communications
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the .DC file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit to the computer

Download a roadway via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .DC file from the Trimble Data Folder on the control unit to the computer

Download a roadway via Geomatics Office

  • Prepare for communications via ActiveSync or similar
  • In Trimble Geomatics Office
    • New file
    • Metric
    • Start RoadLink
    • Pick job
    • Import from Survey Controller
    • Export as a survey controller (DC) file

Import a roadway via script

  • In Terramodel
    • Download/Import
    • Trimble Roading 3D (DC)

Import a roadway via RoadXML

Transfer strings from Terramodel to Control Unit

Export design templates as .DC via roading 3D script

  • In Terramodel
    • Define a roadway with design templates
    • File
    • Export/Upload
    • Trimble Roading 3D (DC)
    • Run the export script

Export cross sections at intersecting sets as .DC

  • In Terramodel
    • Create XLines at the required cross sections
    • Using GCDCOUT command
      • Select HAL/VAL or Roadjob
      • Select the 3D sets
      • Set JobName, chainage range, sideslope grades and output filename.
      • Create the .DC file

Export sets as .DC

  • In Terramodel
    • Using GCMULTDC command
      • Select 3D sets to be uploaded
      • Select output .DC file
      • Export .DC file

Export sets as .DXF to SiteVision

  • In Terramodel
    • Export using SiteVision Office (dxf) script
  • In SiteVision Office
  • Import .DXF

Export sets, plines and text for background map as .DXF to SCS900

  • In Terramodel
    • Export using AutoCAD (dwg or dxf) script
      • Save as type .DXF
      • Specify conversion mapping file SCS900 (dxf) or SCS900 Background.
      • Specify version 11
    • Do not explode blocks.
  • In SCS900
    • Import .DXF

Upload roadway or sets as .DC via Data Transfer Utility

  • Prepare for communications
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the DC Roading file to the Trimble Data Folder on the control unit

Upload roadway or sets as DC via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .DC Roading file to the Trimble Data Folder on the control unit

Upload sets as .DC to SCS900

  • In Terramodel
  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • Copy .DC file to SCS900

Export and upload plines, sets and text as .DXF

  • In Terramodel
    • Export Script Manager
      • New
      • Create a new script to both export and upload
      • Next
      • Select Survey Controller on ActiveSync
      • Next
      • Select AutoCAD file format
      • Next
      • Specify R11 format
      • Complete the script definition
  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Terramodel
    • Run the export script
  • On the Control Unit, specify Foreground Map if you want to select the objects in the field or Background Map if you don't.

Export a roadway to GCS900

  • In Terramodel
    • Create a roadway
  • In SiteVision Office
    • Import the Terramodel .PRO
    • Convert/Connect to GCS900

Export and upload a roadway to SCS900

  • In Terramodel
    • Prepare SCS900 export script
    • Create a roadway
    • Run SCS900 export script to create data files in specified sync folders
    • Connect to SCS900 instrument
  • Note that the Roadjob alignment and templates are exported but subgrades are not.

Export and upload strings to Survey Controller or Access as GENIO

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Terramodel
    • Export .CRD file with 12D strings using SURVCONT command
  • Upload CRD file from computer to instrument with Survey Controller or Access with GENIO Roads

Transfer digital terrain model from Control unit to Terramodel

Download .TTM via Data Transfer Utility

  • Prepare for communications (see above)
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the .TTM file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit

Download .TTM via Windows Explorer

  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .TTM file from the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit

Import digital terrain model as .TTM

  • In Terramodel
    • File
    • Download/Import
    • Trimble DTM (ttm)
    • Run the import script

Transfer digital terrain model from Terramodel to Control Unit

Export digital terrain model as .TTM

  • In Terramodel
    • Create a DTM layer
    • Check the DTM with 3D Visualizer, contours, and so on
    • File
    • Export/Upload
    • Trimble DTM (ttm)
    • Run the export script

Export gridded digital terrain model as .DTX

  • In Terramodel
    • Create a DTM layer
    • Check the DTM with 3D Visualizer, contours, and so on
    • Use TRMBGRID to create a .DTX file

Upload digital terrain model as .TTM via Data Transfer Utility

  • Export DTM as .TTM (see above)
  • Prepare for communications
  • In Trimble Data Transfer Utility
    • Move the .TTM file to the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit
  • On Control Unit
    • Use Stakeout/DTM

Upload digital terrain model as TTM via Windows Explorer

  • Export DTM as TTM (see above)
  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Windows Explorer
    • Move the .TTM file to the Trimble Data Folder on the Control Unit
  • On the Control Unit
    • Use Stakeout/DTM

Upload to SCS900 as .TTM via Business Center

  • In Terramodel
    • Export DTM as .TTM (see above)
  • In Business Centre - Heavy Construction Edition
    • Import .TTM
    • Export to SCS900

Export and upload digital terrain model to Survey Controller as .TTM

  • In Terramodel
    • Export Script Manager
      • New
      • Create a new script to both export and upload
      • Next
      • Select Survey Controller on ActiveSync
      • Next
      • Select Trimble DTM - TTM format
      • Next
      • Complete the script definition
  • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
  • In Terramodel
    • Create a DTM layer
    • Check the DTM with 3D Visualizer, contours, and so on
    • Run the TTM export script you created above

Transfer feature attribute library to Control Unit

Export a feature attribute library as .FCL

  • In Terramodel
    • Draft
    • Automatic drafting from points (AutoDraft)
    • Create or edit an AutoDraft Configuration (.ADC) file
      • Add Root field codes to the feature descriptions, where required
      • File
      • Export
      • Export .FCL
      • Specify .FCL file name and location

Convert feature code library .FCL to feature definition library .FXL

  • In Trimble Feature Definition Manager (supplied with Business Center)
    • From File menu, select Convert

Export and Upload a feature attribute library (on older Survey controllers only)

  • If you haven't already got the Terramodel export script "Trimble Feature codes (fal)", create one like this
    • File
    • Export/Upload
    • Export Script Manager
      • New
      • Create a new "Trimble Feature codes (.FAL)" script to both export and upload
      • Next
      • Select Survey Controller on ActiveSync
      • Next
      • Select Feature codes (.FCX) format
      • Next
      • Complete the script definition
    • In Terramodel,
      • Draft
      • Automatic drafting from points (AutoDraft)
        • Create or edit an AutoDraft Configuration (.ADC) file
    • Prepare for communications using ActiveSync or similar
    • In Terramodel
      • Run the "Trimble Feature codes (fal)" script
      • Browse to select the AutoDraft Configuration (.ADC) file
      • Nominate an export file name and location
      • Complete the script to create a Feature Attribute Library (.FAL) with the same name as the .ADC file, on the Control Unit.
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