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Loading a DWG file onto a Trimble Geo7x???

  • 1.  Loading a DWG file onto a Trimble Geo7x???

    Posted 06-26-2022 13:16
    Is it possible to load a DWG CAD file onto a Trimble Geo7x? I have a DWG file that I would like to be able to view on my Geo7x to find data locations in the field.

    Eric Kelley

  • 2.  RE: Loading a DWG file onto a Trimble Geo7x???

    Posted 06-26-2022 15:47
    Hi Eric,

    TerraSync, which I assume you are using on the WM Trimble, does not support DWG, but Pathfinder Office allows DXF files loaded as background files, and will allow those to be transferred to TerraSync.  I don't have a device handy right now, but would assume if PFO/DAta transfer allows DXF, then the Map view would allow display.  I did not find anywhere in PFO that allowed DWG though.

    Joel Cusick
    GIS Specialist
    Region 11 - Alaska Regional Office
    240 W. Fifth Ave.
    Anchorage, AK 99501-2327
    cell:907 280-9724  wk:907 644-3549 

  • 3.  RE: Loading a DWG file onto a Trimble Geo7x???
    Best Answer

    Posted 06-27-2022 18:57
    You will be able to do what you want but you need to convert the format. DWG is the Autodesk native format with support mostly limited to specialized CAD and mapping applications, DXF was developed as their general agnostic exchange ("X") format to other software.

    PFO will load DXF as a background file but it's not supported by Terrasync so Data Transfer won't allow you to select it. Your only choice for a TerraSync vector file background is to convert the .dwg to a Shape file .shp, or alternatively save it as one of the supported image background formats (JPG/2000, TIFF, ECW, MrSid).

    If you happen to be running Access on the 7X I believe DXF is supported as background so you would need to convert the .dwg to .dxf.

    Simplest way would be to try and acquire a  .shp or .dxf version from your source, even for PFO there are more options available to convert .dxf to .shp than from .dwg.
    Otherwise there are online converters but pay careful attention to the coordinate reference systems so it's placed correctly.
    If all else fails there are folk here who may be be able to help, Global Mapper is good for this.

    John Winkler