The Transportation Group for Autodesk Inc.’s GIS Solutions Division announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has selected CAiCE Visual Survey as its standard survey software solution. Using Visual Survey, the ODOT will now be able to efficiently produce more accurate surveys and capture raw survey data from the department’s other topography systems – helping to minimize the possibility of data loss.

The ODOT, which manages over 7,500 miles of highway and employs approximately 120 surveyors and support staff across five regions, needed a software solution that could read, translate, and accurately reduce data collected via Leica Total Stations and Digital Levels. By selecting Visual Survey, ODOT survey engineers will be able to collect topography utilizing RTK (Real-Time-Kinematic) data through direct import of Leica’s CAiCE (SDMS) format available on their Leica GPS 500 Series receivers. In addition, they can avoid modifying its existing field collection procedures, since survey engineers can continue to use the tools they’re most comfortable with and re-use data for archived or ongoing projects.

The Visual Survey program’s use of feature tables and cell files will aid in standardization of survey data and will help ODOT engineers save time by reducing the need for manual editing of MicroStation DGN files. Engineers will also be able to seamlessly transfer profiles, alignments, superelevation, survey points and chains, cross-sections, contours, boundaries, and intelligent DTM data to and from their existing design software solutions, thanks to the recent Visual Survey implementation of LandXML import and export capabilities. This capability will save engineers time, minimize data loss during data transfer, and help ensure data integrity.