The Diagram Program has the ability to download and import
data from Sokkia total stations that use an SDR data collector. The data
is downloaded from the SDR data collector using a utility called COMMS,
which has been provided by Sokkia.
Sokkia’s COMMS utility has been integrated into The Diagram
Program, which allows you to receive data directly from your data collector.
This utility also converts the total station data into an ASCII coordinate
format, which can then be imported into The Diagram Program.
The first time you use the COMMS utility, you must use
the Select Device command on the File pull-down menu to select the particular
data collector you are using. Click on the name of your data collector,
and then click the Setup button to set your COM port, Baud rate,
Parity, Data Bits and Stop Bitsto match your instrument settings. Click
OK to save this information.
SDR 33 and SDR 31 Data Collectors: To properly perform a download from one of
these data collectors, the download communication settings on the device
must have POS (Position) set to ON. (See your SDR
data collector manual for more instructions on how to do this.)
Before you shoot any points,
be sure that your instrument is set to Coordinate Mode for both
recording and downloading data. To download the data into The Diagram
Program, use the SDR Download command on the File pull-down menu. Once
the COMMS utility starts, select the File pull down menu, choose Select
Device, then select the SDR 33/31 as the device.
Downloading from an SDR 33 Data Collector
Follow these instructions to download your measurement
data from the data collector and store it in the .sdr format. Then the
integrated COMMS utility can be used to convert the data into an ASCII
format, which is ready to be imported into The Diagram Program.
the data collector to your desktop computer.
your PC, if necessary, to establish a new COM port connection. Some Windows
operating systems may require you to restart your computer in order to
identify the new hardware connection that you have just created.
the Data Collector, verify that POS (Position) is set to ON. If it is
not set to ON, you may not be able to download the data.
the Functions Menu on the SDR data collector select “Communications” and
Press the Right Arrow Button Until the Data Format is “SDR”.
the SEND Button.
“OK” to Select Jobs.
until you see the scene you want to download. Use the Right Arrow
Key to select it (Yes).
DO NOT PRESS
THE OK BUTTON YET; you must first prepare the software to receive
SDR Download from the File pull-down menu in the Diagram Program.
the File pull-down menu, then choose Select Device and make sure the correct
data collector is selected.
the “Receive From Device” icon in the upper-left of the COMMS utility,
or select Receive from the File pull-down menu.
the SDR Data Collector Press OK.
Data is Now Being Transferred to the desktop Diagram Program.
Converting SDR Data to ASCII
Once the data is downloaded from the SDR
data collector, it must be converted to a format that The Diagram Program
can interpret. This is also performed by the COMMS utility, as follows:
first time you convert a file, you must set the working directory – the
location for your data files. Select the Convert pull-down menu (in the
COMMS utility) and then select Working Directory.
to the location of your .SDR files. The data files are normally stored
in the folder: \Crash Zone 7\Wcomms\dat
on the desired folder name to select it. Make sure the correct folder
name is shown typed out above the folder “tree”. Click OK to finish.
back at the COMMS dialog, select the Convert pull-down menu and select
SDR to ASCII.
SDR to ASCII dialog appears, prompting you to select your file. If the
proper folder is not displayed, click Cancel and use the Working Directory
command (discussed above) to select a different folder.
on the SDR file you wish to process as the Input file name on the left
side of the dialog box. This utility only displays the first 8 characters
of a file name. If the filename is longer than 8 characters, it will show
a ~ in place of the other characters.
the desired Output file name on the right side of the dialog box and click
the OK button.
will be shown “Conversion in Progress,” then the ASCII Conversion dialog
appears. Select “Comma Delimited” to convert the ASCII data into a format
The Diagram Program can interpret.
the conversion is complete it will tell you the number of POS records
(Positions) that were processed. Click OK and close out of the COMMS dialog.
SDR ASCII Import, Coordinate Data Table
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