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1. FieldGenius Windows – Getting Started

In this course you will learn the basics of FieldGenius. This includes creating your own project, how to properly set a project up, importing data and a general overview of how the software works.
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How Do I Update FieldGenius?

Getting FieldGenius set up and updated is a simple yet essential step to keep things running smoothly with the latest bug fixes and drivers. But, before you get going, it’s good to do a quick check on a couple of things. 

1. Take a look at your data collector’s operating system. Is it on Windows or Windows Mobile? 

2.Then, if it’s on Windows Mobile, make sure it’s all connected using Windows Mobile Device Center. And if Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) is not opening, please see the patch below. 

3. What version of FieldGenius are you currently running? To check what version you are running, please see the FieldGenius Version Guide. 

Finding the Latest Version of FieldGenius

Discovering the latest FieldGenius for Windows versions is a breeze with two convenient options. Firstly, our newsletter is your go-to source for immediate updates on FieldGenius Windows, Android, and Hemisphere. To stay updated, simply request access to our newsletter by using the ‘Contact Support’ feature located in the top right corner of this web page.

Alternatively, the MicroSurvey Help Desk Website houses a comprehensive archive of all MicroSurvey software versions (MSCAD, STAR*NET, FieldGenius and more). Access this repository by clicking the button below.

Once the site has been accessed, locate the latest version of the software. Once located, select the All Downloads link. 

Once selected, choose the version that corresponds to your operating system. For Windows Tablet/PC, download the EXE file. For the Windows Mobile and CE version you have two options. You can either select the EXE file, or the CAB file. For the EXE file, continue with this guide. The CAB file must first be copied to the data collector and launched on the data collector. 

Once the file has downloaded, navigate to your downloads folder. Locate the install file and launch it. 

Launching the Installer

Once launched, you will be prompted to give permission to the installer to make changes to your device. Select Yes.

Next select the file location where you would like to have the program saved. We recommend leaving it on the default. 

You will prompted to select the application shortcut options for your system. Leave the ones you want checked, and uncheck the ones you do not wish to see. We typically leave all options selected. Select Install to continue

The installer will then run through its install routine. Once finished select Finish

Once complete, you will be asked to restart the system to finish the install. You will need to perform the reset on both Windows 10 and 11, as well as Windows Mobile.

Once the device has restarted, select the FieldGenius Icon to launch the program. 

How Do I Create a New Project?

Before starting any new job, you will have to create a new project folder. Fortunately, this is a super easy process. When you first load FieldGenius, you will be greeted by the Project Manager. (Alternatively, select the Plumb Bob icon, and then Project Manager.)

To create a new project, select New Project at the bottom. Do note, in any menu, if you select Save as Default the settings will be carried through to any future projects. 

Next, select give the project a name. 

Once the name has been entered, select Ok

Once the name has been saved, the next step is to the distance and angle units. This is found in the Units and Scale menu.

Select the Distance and Angle unit that best matches your needs. Make sure this is set correctly, if set incorrectly, you will not be able to switch at a later time. 

Once the units have been set, select Ok

Next, the coordinate system will be need to be selected. Select Coordinate System

First select the Horizontal coordinate system from the drop down. If you do not have the system you need in the System dropdown please see the guides on Coordinate Systems. 

Next, select the Vertical system. If you do not have the vertical system you need, please consult the guide on installing a Geoid File. 

Once the coordinate system has been selected, select Ok

With the units and coordinate system saved, the next menu to set is the Project Files menu. This includes the Raw File and the Description options. Select Project Files

Within the Project Files menu, you have the ability to load a pre-existing Raw File and AutoMap File. For more information on creating your own description libraries and restoring projects from the raw file, please see the linked guides.

The final part of the project setup, select the Project Information option. This is entirely optional.

In the Project Information menu, you can enter information on the equipment, users and general notes. Once entered, select Ok.

Once all the information has been entered, select Ok to save the project. 

You will then be loaded into the Map Screen, where you can continue with your surveying. 

Want to Import a Simple csv or txt File?

Importing a text file into FieldGenius is relatively simple. Before you begin, ensure the file you wish to load is saved to the data collector. 

Next select the Plumb Bob in the bottom right corner of the Map Screen

Within the Main Menu, select the Import/Export option. 

Next select the Points/Observations menu. 

import export csv

Within the Points / Observations menu, select the ASCII Coordinate Import option. 

Next use the Browse for File button to navigate to the location of the saved file in FieldGenius. 

Once the file is located, select Open.

If the file and format is correctly selected, press the Import option. 

Once the import is finished, you will be greeted with a message indicating the success of the import, and the number of points exported. 

Select OK, and you are now ready to begin using the points in your project. 

Need to Import a CAD .DWG File?

Importing a dwg file into FieldGenius is relatively simple. Before you begin, ensure the file you wish to load is saved to the data collector. 

Next select the Plumb Bob in the bottom right corner of the Map Screen

Within the Main Menu, select the Import/Export option. 

Next select the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu. 

Within the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu, select the DGN/DXF/DWG Import option. 

Next, navigate to the location of your file and select Open

Once the file is located, select Open.

Need to Import a CAD .DXF File?

Importing a dxf file into FieldGenius is relatively simple. Before you begin, ensure the file you wish to load is saved to the data collector. 

Next select the Plumb Bob in the bottom right corner of the Map Screen

Within the Main Menu, select the Import/Export option. 

Next select the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu. 

Within the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu, select the DGN/DXF/DWG Import option. 

Next, navigate to the location of your file and select Open

Need to Import a CAD .xml File?

Importing a xml file into FieldGenius is relatively simple. Before you begin, ensure the file you wish to load is saved to the data collector. 

Next select the Plumb Bob in the bottom right corner of the Map Screen

Within the Main Menu, select the Import/Export option. 

Next select the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu. 

Within the CAD / LandXML / Templates menu, select the LandXML Import option. 

Next, navigate to the location of your file and select Open

Need to Import a Shape File?

Importing a shape file into FieldGenius is relatively simple. Before you begin, ensure the file you wish to load is saved to the data collector. 

Next select the Plumb Bob in the bottom right corner of the Map Screen

Within the Main Menu, select the Import/Export option. 

Next select the GIS Files menu. 

Within the GIS Files menu, select the Shape File Import option. 

Next, navigate to the location of your file and select Open

Want to Use an Existing Localization?

Recreating a localization every time you visit site, or have another surveyor visit a site is not practical. Fortunately, it is very simple to import your localization into a project. For more information on creating a localization, see the links below. 

Importing the Localization

To begin, locate the .loc file you wish to import. For existing FieldGenius projects, it will be located in the Project folder. 

Next, select the Plumb Bob icon in the bottom left corner. 

Once in the Main Menu, select the Survey Tools option. 

Within the Survey Tools menu, select GNSS Local Transformation

Next, select the Import Parameters option. Do note, this will overwrite any existing localization. 

Confirm that you are ok to delete any existing localization. Do note, points already transformed will not be changed unless you press the recalculate point option. 

Once selected, navigate to the location of your file and select open. 

Once selected, you will be returned to the GNSS Local Transformation main menu. If you wish to reprocess existing GNSS Points, select the Adjust GNSS Points option. 

To return to the main menu, select Go Back

You Have Completed FieldGenius Windows - Getting Started!

We hope that everything is a little bit clearer, and that you are ready to begin surveying! Take a look at the RTK and Total Station modules to see how to setup your equipment. 

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