Leica iCON office enables communication with external field computers and instruments by transmitting and receiving data. iCON office users:
- Install the instruments they use (as simple as installing a printer),
- Specify and store parameters specific for the instruments that will be used.
Communication is enabled with the iCON CC50 and iCON CC60/61 field controllers, the MPC1310 machine control computer, and a variety of measuring instruments including Leica iCON robot 50 and Leica iCON gps 60.
Leica iCON office supports digitizing hardware, such as Summagraphics, Ushikata, Calcomp. So users can digitize drawings. By pointing at a point, user can immediately observe results - graphically or numerically.
Surveying and setting out
Leica iCON office contains all necessary coordinate-calculation functions for data measurements, e.g., free-station calculation using the least squares method. Users can define and calculate the traverse, and they can easily analyze calculation results using detailed reports that follow calculations of traverse measuring.
Leica iCON office enables rounds-of-measurements calculations. It displays results of round mean values, the difference from station mean values, and differences between circles. When calculating leveling runs with iCON office, users can calculate these runs with intermediate points and optional equalization of height differences.
- Store traverse points in a global file so that all projects can get access to them; several functions, at setting out, facilitate the work.
- Calculate setting out data for an optional number of stations and back sights.
- Calculate setting out data for an optional number of files.
- Use the radius function for limitation of a setting out area.
Leica iCON office has a radial road-set-out function that enables users to set out a road line with optional intervals and offset. With iCON office, they can easily supervise points that were set out by using the setting-out control function that checks distances and bearings between points.
For each project in iCON office, users can adjust and store specific parameters for the current coordinate system. Other powerful functions enable them to transform points between different coordinate systems.
Numerical tables, which support searching and data replacement, facilitate numerical editing of data.
Leica iCON office contains many functions for automatic data processing, e.g., classification, comparison, filtering, extract with polygon, transformation, mean value, and area calculation. Several functions create text reports that summarize data and results of calculations.
Import and export of data
Leica iCON office contains easy-to-use routines that convert files, which are accessible in iCON office, to formats accessible in other external systems - and the other way around, i.e., routines that convert external files to formats accessible in iCON office.
Users can convert files to other formats by selecting one or several files and then pressing the Transfer button. A two-section window displays convertible files in one section and converted files in the other section, which simplifies file selection.
The import/export function supports formats such as AutoCAD DXF/DWG, SOSI, MX Genio, Atlas 2000, AutoKa PC, KOF, Ispol, Bever, AnPakke, and LandXML.
The toolbar displays several graphical interpretation tools: base line (with foot point, orthogonal setting out, and surveying), offset, intersection, and area calculation. The snap tools enable users to easily lock a selected tool to a certain point.
By using snap tools, users can copy and paste points and objects between different documents. Some functions create help points that provide support while editing.
Users can open several files in the same window when the files constitute different layers. They can display symbols and line types with different colors and weights by connecting the point code to a code list or by manually setting them. Point numbers, codes, and heights enable easy identification of all points on the screen.
A background image (e.g., a map, an orthophoto, or a scanned drawing) can be transformed and used as a reference in all graphical windows. Each file type can have individually stored display settings.
Leica iCON office has sophisticated drawing functions that enable users to display surveying data at a certain scale. Users can edit drawings in the ordinary graphical window. A special view displays the appearance of the current hardcopy.
Users can display an optional number of files in the same drawing. For example, in a plane drawing, different file types may be included, e.g., line files, coordinate files, and contour-lines files. For each displayed file, users can display a connected coordinate list in the drawing.
Drawings of optional size, scale, and rotation are easily generated. User can create various types of drawings: plane drawings, cross-section drawings, tunnel drawings, or profile drawings.
Automatically positioned coordinate cross, panels, and frames facilitate development of a complete drawing. Tools are available for positioning text, symbols, and lines in the drawing. Enclosed polygons can be filled with optional color or pattern.
Directly in Leica iCON office, users can open drawings in AutoCAD formats (dwg or dxf), where they can be used as references. And iCON office enables snap-to-points in AutoCAD documents. Users can totally or partially convert AutoCAD files to coordinate file format.
By transmitting block attributes, users can, for example, continue working with height or point descriptions. They can complement an AutoCAD file (e.g., a prototype drawing) with data from iCON office. And via a code list, they can control layer names, block names (symbols), and line types.
Users can display all files in a 3D view - including data with height information, i.e., coordinate files, road lines with height profile, terrain models, cross-sections, and AutoCAD files.
Users can mix different file types in the same view. They can easily switch between 2D and 3D views. And by displaying a coordinate file in 3D, they can verify the 3D effects of their editing and determine if there are points with incorrect heights.
Users can display terrain models with illuminated areas that may be colored - depending on their levels. Models can be overlaid with a map or an orthophoto. If there is a transformed background image in the graphical 2D view, the same image is always available in the 3D view. Users can add a reference surface (water level) to check water drainage, for example.