Leica MDB files
A bit of a newb OPUS question, but is there any benefit to using Leica's MDB format instead of Rinex for static data observation?
If so, what software do you guys use to process the MDB files?
I know of no advantage to submitting the MDB file to OPUS vs RINEX. There is one downside, if more than one occupation in the MDB file, OPUS will not take it as it sees "kinematic" data.
Leica's post processing software packages (LGO or Infinity) both read the MDB file as well as some 3rd party packages.
It doesn't make much difference which format you submit, as long as you have the correct values for the antenna and measure-up to the ARP. MDB format is more compact than RINEX (if I remember correctly), so depending on how much data you are gathering and at what interval (1 sec, 5 sec, etc.) it may be more efficient if your storage space is limited.
I prefer to have RINEX for submission simply because I can easily open and view the files, and the format is the same no matter where it came from. Easy to find the critical values and check against field notes, especially if you are mixing receiver models.
My preferred workflow has always been to log data in the proprietary format and then convert afterward. In the past I had problems with Leica receivers logging to RINEX - they would randomly stop and restart, usually at zero hour UTC, but sometimes whenever they felt like it. But that was a few years ago...
Thanks for the replies.
Any software recommendations?
I've downloaded LGO v8.4 but of course it requires a license to do anything. Do the old versions have the free tools to work with the Mdb files?
There may be some software, BUT not aware of anything other than OPUS that will read and provide results WITHOUT paying. LGO and the newer Infinity are Leica's paid software packages.