Leica DBX Instruments / PCMCIA Cards

(This functionality is available with the Input / Output module)

The instruments utilising Leica DBX include the System 1200, Viva and Nova and use Compact Flash (CF) cards to store the data.

To transfer between the DBX instruments and the system, you must have either a CF card drive installed or connected to your computer (with the appropriate device drivers loaded), OR the data from the card stored on your computer. Refer to your CF card drive manual for details of these drivers.

When using the Field Transfer/Input/Data Recorder command with a Leica DBX device selected, ensure that the "Port:" is set to "FILE:" in the communication settings. This will facilitate a browse dialog that can be used to select the data from the storage location, including the CF card.

Note: When using Windows Vista / Windows 7, the file to be selected is prefixed with the project name.

The Input operation transfers the data from the selected Leica database into the selected storage location.

Operation Code Support and data formats

These Leica instruments support all the LEICA / WILD Operation Codes.

Sample code lists for use on the Leica DBX instruments are available from the LISCAD User Folder. You may also create, edit and upload alternative code lists using Leica Geo Office to suit your particular needs.

Note 1: Geographic co-ordinates in the Leica database will only be added into the raw file if they can be transformed to grid co-ordinates via an internal transformation in the Leica job.

Note 2: The Leica DBX download should be used for both TPS and GPS data.

Note 3: If a point has an ellipsoidal height, LISCAD will attempt to use the appropriate Leica Geoid Model (GEM file) to convert the height to an orthometric height. It is expected that the GEM file referenced in the DBX will be in the same folder as the DBX files. The user can only browse to the GEM file of name referenced in the DBX. The name of the required GEM file is displayed in the Filter section of the folder browser dialog. If there is no geoid model, LISCAD uses the geoid separation set in "Utilities/Configure/Earth Constants" to calculate an orthometric height. A note is put in the RAW file for every point that has had LISCAD's Geoid separation applied to it. Similar warnings are also placed in the field file and the reduction report.

Note 4: By default, distances and heights from the Leica DBX are added to the raw file correct to 3 decimal places. If however, the distance measurements in the Leica database are correct to more than 3 decimal places then a registry setting is available to specify the desired number of decimal places (3,4 or 5 is possible) output to the raw file. Note: The registry value needs to be created as a DWORD.

The value for the desired number of decimal places that you wish to use is held in the registry. Note that the setting is held in: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\LISTECH\LISCAD\9.x\SEE\Field Transfer\ .

Setting Used to
SYS1200DistPrec: This defines the number of decimal places which is to be used for distance measurements from the Leica database. If this is set to 3 or less (default), both metric and imperial (feet) measurements are correct to 3 decimal places, if it is 4, both metric and imperial (feet) measurements are correct to 4 decimal places and if 5 or greater, it is to five decimal places (only for metres - not applicable for feet).

Image Support

Images captured on-board a Leica DBX instrument, both linked and non-linked, will be imported as part of the process. Once imported into SEE, the images can be viewed via the Examine Point Attributes and Edit Photos commands.

Note: Links to Areas/Polygons are not imported and Links to lines are only imported if Leica lines are imported.