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ncsudirtman
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Like the title says I’m needing to export Trimble .SVL, .SVD & .DSZ file types from AutoCAD Civil 3D drawings. I have a license of Trimble Access 2017 on a data collector with Trimble Link as an additive module tab on my Civil 3D ribbon. But I don’t believe either of these programs will allow me to export the file types I mentioned above? Correct me if I’m wrong however. I won’t be doing this that often but one particular client is running Trimble machine control on his equipment & needs these files for his dozers & excavator. However the company I work for has always exclusively run Topcon GPS equipment & I’ve built Topcon GPS terrain models & linework files for our sites for years. Just wanting to try to keep this client happy and the business all under one roof if possible. Thanks guys

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Those extensions are typically associated with Trimble Business Center, in particular the Construction module. In Survey version of TBC you can export a .svl and maybe a couple others?? I doubt the C3D ribbon can output those extensions. 

If your client has Trimble machine control their office tech should be able to use their office software to make those conversions if you supply the CAD file and surface XML. 

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Pay extremely close attention to project setting, coordinates, units, etc. before sending and send them the correct info as it should be once they import it. 

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well the client originally was out-sourcing the creation of the Trimble files to another company who had TBC I believe (the client does land development & also happens to do their own earthwork/grading for sites but doesn’t have any CAD technical expertise on hand). However, he’s a little frustrated as that company that he was using has become fairly unresponsive & turn around time for the Trimble files is now taking a couple months which is holding up production. So I’m trying to determine whether or not I can create those files for him with what Trimble software I’ve already got seeing as I’m already doing so for Topcon equipment with just Topcon 3D Office (not purchasing Magnet until I absolutely have to)

I guess my question is will I have to purchase TBC in order to do this? If so is there a cheaper option of TBC available & how much am I roughly looking at annually to do this? Again I want to help the client but if the software is going to be more costly than the money generated for the infrequent the deliverables (2-3X per year) then it’s not really worth it to me to do it in house. Very few others in this area run Trimble machine control equipment 

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@ncsudirtman

You can download a free version of TBC 3.0 and still create the files needed.

 

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As noted above you need a licensed version of TBC and some education on the setup & procedure.  TBC workflow is certainly not intuitive.

File Flipper and Siteworks both by Trimble can also do sone convertions.

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i don’t mean to sound cheap but I highly doubt I’ll create more than 2-4 of these files each year. That being said... is there a cost effective way to purchase the software? I know the current Trimble stuff that we have was not cheap to acquire and seeing as this will be an infrequent need we were hoping to try to tackle it with what software we’ve got if possible. 

I know the client purchased the Trimble equipment through Sitetech so they might be my best bet on finding out what options they have for us handling this 

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I do about 20 projects a year in Trimble, and 150 projects in Topcon format. One of my Trimble clients that flipped from Topcon gear in a buyout, gave me the TBC license dongle (USB). I give the dongle back to him on occasion when he tries to learn the software. But he never has the time or the experience to do so.  Ask your client or give me a call at 315-831-8175, we can work something out where I can convert the files for you.

 

You should never need Magnet to convert to Topcon files, 3DOffice is sufficient.

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"Sound Petty". I don't blame you. TBC cost well over $10k

I own lots of software already

Microstation/InRoads $12k

Carlson TakeOff $9k

Magnet Tools $2k

Pix4d $8k

GlobalMapper w/ Lidar Module 

TopoDot 

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@leegreen TBC advanced license does not cost $10,000. It's in the $3500 range, though what you need to do with it could be in a less expensive license type. Field Data is mostly about construction so it might be what you need. See feature list:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16NsPaBxSkCIR1ynj0vUI8grMX7dJ6BUv/view

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@ncsudirtman  Sitetech should handle that for them. You're not the one that bought the Trimble gear. It's their bed they should lie in it. 

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while I agree with you I rarely trust other companies to do things right or build adequate grading models. I’m fairly peculiar about models as I’ve had to use plenty before myself. So I’m happy to help the client when possible to ensure things are done right

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Stop Fighting WMDC!

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I can convert for you.  Send me the surface and linework files.

[email protected]

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Forgot to mention there wouldn't be a charge.  Only takes a couple of minutes.

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Hey mate,

           Don't go buying the full version of Trimble Business Centre, there is a version called the Heavy Civil Edition, (HCE), this is free and will convert all the files you need. Machine files for Trimble equipment is usually .SVD .SVL and .CAL/CFG, you will need to do the calibration calculations in TBC but the others are just straight imports of the designs from Civil 3D. 

You will need to export a LandXML file with the terrain model from Civil 3D and I would suggest all your linework exported in 2D as a DXF from Civil 3D, this will help keep the file size down and more responsive for the machine. Once you have these imported you have whats needed for the SVD/SVL files, the CAL file is for the calibration/localization.

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Hey mate,

             I just sent you a message, give me a hoy if you want some help.

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