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How to Import an Alignment into Leica Smartworx Viva

There are several ways to import an alignment into Leica Smartworx Viva. Here's a basic overview.

To begin, go to the Smartworx Viva main menu. For this demo, we have a working job open called “Alignment Import.” The first thing you will need to do is put your alignment file into the data folder of the internal memory, SD card, CF card or USB.

Whatever memory medium you use, be sure to put the file into the root directory of the data folder. This can be a DXF file, an XML file, and even Carlson CL and PRO files.

Click on “Jobs & Data," then, click on “Import Data.”
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Select “Import Alignment Data.”

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Under “Data type to import,” use the drop-down menu to choose your file type. For this demo, we will use a “Carlson” data type.

There are two different alignment choices and the section file. Depending on what information you have, you can choose horizontal, horizontal/vertical, or horizontal/vertical/section file.

For this example, in our demo we have a centerline called “DEMO.CL” and a vertical file called “DEMO.PRO.” Like the other import methods of DXF and LandXML, we will need to import this into a Road job.

To get to the Road file directory, click on “To road job.” If you don’t have a road file in your directory, create one by choosing “NEW.”

We’ll call this new Road job “CARLSON ROAD.”

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Then, click “STORE” to create the job. Click “OK.” Now your job has been created.

Because this is just a centerline, it will be imported as just a single stringline. If we had the section files, additional stringlines could be imported.

Now, you will be asked if you want to create any more Road jobs. Click “No.” Remember: once you import an alignment into a Road job, you will not be able to import any additional roads into that particular Road job. So, we cannot put anymore information into our “CARLSON ROAD” job file. We would have to create a new Road file for any additional alignments.

Click “No” to return to the main menu. Then, click “MAP” to go to the Map screen, where you can view that alignment. Click on (F3) “Jobs.” You can now view different information. Click on the “Road job” tab and select “Show Road job data.”

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You can see that our only Road job (CARLSON ROAD) appears because we only have once centerline in this job, “+DEMO.” Click “Ok.” Select the “zoom extents” icon to see this alignment.

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Now that you can see this alignment, you can import it into different applications.

If you hold your stylus on this line, it will give you the ability to use it in the Road application.

Here, you can see all of the different options in the Road application.

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We can use Road Stake and the different options available in Road Stake, or we can use it in the Road Check application.

Choose “Stake line.” Confirm your backsight, then click “Ok.” Now you are in the Road application, where you can stake the line.

This is how you import the alignment into the Roads application in Smartworx Viva. Now, hit Function (Fn) and “Quit” to return to the map.

If the line you want to stake is a centerline only and there are no additional stringlines involved with the line, you can also go back to the Home page and click “Go to Work!" Then, click on “Stakeout +” and then “Stake to ref line.” Under “Choose control job,” use the drop-down menu to pick your control job, which in this case is the same as our working job.

Click (F1) “Ok” to confirm. Now, to stake a line, choose “Line” like you did in the Road application, then click (F1) “Ok.”

Now, under “Line to use,” you will see that there is nothing available. However, since this alignment is in a Road job, you can import it into your working job as a polyline. To do this, click on (F5) “Import.”

Under Data source, choose “Road job” and you will see that the only Road job in the data collector is “CARLSON ROAD.” Click “Ok.” Now, you will see that the line has been imported. When asked if you want to import any other lines, click “No.”

You can see the alignment is now a polyline that you can use to stake to a line.



On the Define Stake screen, you can define what station you want to stakeout, if you have an offset, and if you want to use any type of stationing increments. Click Function (Fn) “Quit” to return to the MAP screen.

As you can see, there are several different ways to import an alignment into Smartworx Viva and more than one way to stake it out including the Road application or the Stake to a line application. To learn more, watch this instructional video.


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