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Exporting a Traverse to an ArcView Shape File

Updated May 19, 2016


This article applies to:
  • Terrain 3D
  • Terrain Forestry
  • RoadEng Civil
  • RoadEng Forestry

The tutorial files referred to in this article can be installed from the Updates section of support.softree.com or from your CD/Flash Drive provided at time of software purchase. See Getting Started for additional information on tutorial files and the location of file install folders.


Exporting a Traverse to a Georeferenced Shape File

This example we will demonstrate how to export a traverse file to ArcView shape format including attributes and geo-referenced coordinate information.

1. Start the Survey module and open NORTHCR.TR1 from the samples folder (Program Files/Softree/RoadEng/Data/Samples).

Figure 1: Survey Screen

We will now geo-reference the traverse by setting the start station to a known UTM coordinate.

2. Choose menu Coordinates | Set / Get Coordinates. Enter the easting and northing coordinates as shown in Figure 2 below.

Figure 2: Coordinates Dialog

3. Re-save the traverse and open the Terrain module.

4. Choose menu File | Open and select Files of Type : All Supported Files. Choose file NORTHCR.TR1.

Figure 3: Open a traverse in the Terrain module.

5. Enter the import options as shown in Figure 4 below.

Figure 4: Import Options.

5. Enter the import options as shown in Figure 4 above.

6. From menu Module | Setup, choose the Projection tab. Enter the projection information as shown in figure 5 below.

Figure 5: Projection Information

7. Choose menu File | Save As and select Save as type: Arcview Shape (*.SHP). Choose file name NORTHCR.SHP.

8. When the export options appears choose Points and Write Prj file.

Figure 6: Export Options.

9. When the export options appears choose Points and Write PRJ file.

NOTE: We must export in Point format because shape files will not allow polyline features to have individual attributes. If you wish to also include the traverse polyline feature you must save it in another shape file with the shapefile organization set to polyline.

10. Click on the Add/Remove button and add the point attributes you wish to include in the export.

Figure 7: Export Options.

11. Click on the Add/Remove button and add the point attributes you wish to include in the export.

12. Press OK twice to save the shape file.


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