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MicroSurvey STAR*NET

MicroSurvey STAR*NET is an easy-to-use Windows application that adjusts 2D/3D survey networks using rigorous least-squares techniques. It handles networks containing conventional observations with up to 10,000 adjustable stations.

If you have used STAR*NET before, you will recognize the same powerful network adjustment functionality that has been used by survey professionals for more than two decades. With the new Version 7, you will find better organization of the reports and plot windows, as well as a handful of workflow tools to ensure you can validate and correct your network as efficiently as possible.


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MicroSurvey STAR*NET V7 is an easy-to-use Windows application that adjusts 2D/3D survey networks using rigorous least-squares techniques.

STAR*NET handles networks containing conventional observations combined with GPS vectors, from up to 10,000 adjustable stations. Differential leveling observations can also be included within a 3D adjustment.

Whether a survey consists of a single-loop traverse or a complex network of interconnecting traverses, all observations are adjusted simultaneously to produce a single best-fit solution. STAR*NET can reduce observations to NAD27, NAD83, or UTM, with separate grid factors calculated for all distances and t-T corrections calculated for all angles.

It Works

  • STAR*NET is the easiest least squares adjustment package to use and understand.
  • Allows more flexibility in how crews collect measurements.
  • Results have been used by surveyors around the world for more than 20 years.

It Integrates Data Easily

  • Easily mixes conventional total station measurements with GPS vectors and leveling data.
  • Use different instruments on the same job in varying atmospheric conditions and STAR*NET will compensate for the accuracy changes.

Input Files: Simple to Work With & Understand

  • The STAR*NET dat input file can be created by many software packages. Records are one per line and can be edited with any text editor.
  • Input data can be entered in any order. You can simply comment out bad measurements.

Results Are Clear and Reliable

  • STAR*NET results are formatted for quick review. Spot errors quickly and easily.
  • The Sum of Squares, Error Factors, and Chi-Square test are sensitive to the inputs and give excellent feedback reports that offer tremendous flexibility.

Gives You Confidence in Your Work

  • Geo-referencing is easier. Reports output both geodetic and ground coordinates with combined scale factors.
  • STAR*NET produces the least squares ALTA/NSPS results you need for your surveys.

Converters for All Types of Formats

  • Convert raw data from various data collection packages – TDS, Carlson, TSC (Trimble), SMI, etc.
  • Some hardware manufacturers (e.g., Leica Geosystems) offer conversion utilities for STAR*NET .dat format.

Custom Transverse Mercator and Lambert grids may be defined for special local requirements or for grid systems in most areas of the world. Angular measurements are supported in both Deg-Min-Sec and GONS.

STAR*NET comes in several editions: Lev, Standard, Plus, and Pro, along with a number of handy conversion utilities, to ensure you get precisely the tools you need.

Additional Information

Manufacturer ID SW-SN-CFG
Manufacturer MicroSurvey
Supported Platforms Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 7 Ultimate
Installation Standalone

Hardware Requirements

MicroSurvey STAR*NET operates entirely within Windows, and has no hardware requirements over and above those of Windows itself except as noted below. We suggest the following basic system as a minimum for efficient operation:

  • Pentium processor - 2 GHz minimum
  • 2 Gigabytes of RAM (2GB or more if you are working in large drawings most of the time)
  • 10 Gigabytes of free hard disk space
  • Video resolution set to 1024x768 or better
  • Mouse
  • Available USB port for the USB Security Key

In order to get printed output, you will require a printer configured to work in your Windows environment. We recommend obtaining the most up-to-date printer drivers off of the manufacturers Internet web site.

Software Requirements

MicroSurvey STAR*NET is designed for use with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (both 32 & 64 bit).

Note: On Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit) machines you will require Administrative rights to install the software.

Note for Windows 98, ME, NT Users

Windows 98, 95, ME and NT, 2000 are no longer supported operating systems.

Network License Use

The new MicroSurvey License Server software is installed on one computer in the office. This computer must have the USB Security key plugged into it. We have had good success testing this on multiple machines.