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The Fieldworks program is an easy to use and powerful program for Land Surveying and Construction applications which features full screen data entry, and fast, accurate execution. It uses the latest and most advanced computer hardware to provide unparalleled features and computation speed, and the Windows CE operating system (and Pocket PC) to make it easy to learn and use.  The entire user manual (with drawings) is included in the on-line help which you can access at any point in the program by pressing the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen, then ? Help.
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Here are some links to the program functions:

COLLECT Field survey data is entered, 3 dimensional coordinates are computed and stored in a “Coordinate File” and the field data is optionally saved in a “Field File.” The field data may be entered manually or transferred electronically from a variety of field instruments or GPS.

STAKEOUT Stakeout functions include radial, points on line, offsets, and elevation staking.

COGO The COGO functions allow three dimensional coordinate files to be edited, stored and manipulated to solve the most common coordinate geometry problems encountered in land surveying.

COORDINATES Enter, delete, move, or list points, edit the pre-defined point description file, transfer coordinates to and from an ASCII file, or Field data to an ASCII file.

OPTIONS Configure the program options.

REMOTE Remote distance and elevation measurements.

RESECTION 2 or 3 point Resection. Computes your instrument location from other known points.

PLOT Plot full-screen graphics to see your points and check for errors.

PLOT Plot full-screen graphics to see your points and check for errors.

NEW JOB Creates a new Job.

OPEN JOB Opens an existing Job.

FILE-Backup->Flash Backs up the current project to the Flash RAM card.

Once you select NEW JOB or OPEN JOB, the full set of Main menu buttons will appear.

Working with files

FieldWorks creates and uses three kinds of files with the same name and different extensions:

1. The project file with a .FWK extension. This file contains the job starting point# and description. This is the file you will open, then the following 2 files are created and opened automatically.

2. The Coordinate file with a .CRD extension. Coordinates are always computed and saved.

3. The raw Field data file with a .FLD extension. This is only created if you have the Option selected to save field data, when you use the Record function or Sideshot in stakeout.

The Plot function will also create one or more files with any name you like and an extension of .PLT which contain a list of the points for plotting.

The data in any of these files is automatically saved as you go, so you never need to press a Save function.

Data entry tips

After entering data into any field, either tap on the next field you want to enter, or press Tab to proceed to the next field. On computers with keyboards you can also hit Enter instead of Tab. Some fields, like the bearing field, will pop up another box to ask you further information, such as the quadrant code (NE, SE, etc.) Double tap on a field which contains data to select the entire field, useful to erase a field. Move the cursor to any spot within a field by pointing to the desired spot.

Fields that have a drop-down list of choices such as point descriptions will have a down arrow on the right side. Tap on that arrow to display the list. Then you may use the up or down arrow buttons, or the wheel on the side of some units, or the joystick button to scroll up or down. In the case of descriptions, once one has been selected, it may be modified.

Using the Custom Keyboard

The FieldWorks program includes a custom keyboard panel to make numeric entry easier (unless you are using a Handheld PC with a keyboard.) To use this keyboard, press the Up Arrow button on the taskbar to the right of the Start button, then select the XYZworks Keyboard. When using the input panel, press the 123 button to go to the number pad and the abc button to return to the alpha keyboard. On the Panasonic Toughbook, press the blue dot button followed by Space (soft) to put the keyboard up or down. When you have the custom keyboard selected, you should get buttons big enough to hit with your fingers:

XYZworks onscreen keyboard

XYZworks onscreen keyboard

NEW JOB, Creating a new job

To create a new project, enter a file name. A file size is not required as a file automatically expands to contain entered or computed points.  After entering a name, the Enter job info box appears asking for the file starting point# and description.

File name: File names must conform to Windows CE rules: up to 64 characters. Allowable characters: A-Z 0-9 $ & # % ‘ ( ) – @_ ! The entry of a period and a File extension (part after the period) is not needed, the required extension of .FWK will automatically be attached to the file name. You never specify a *.CRD or *.FLD extension, those files are automatically opened when needed.

Options or Location button Allows you to specify Main Memory or a Flash card, and the extension to be put on the file, which should be *.FWK. Opening and using a file on a Flash card will consume more power and reduce your battery operating time. The best way to operate is to back up your project in Main Memory to the Flash card periodically, using the FILE-Backup->Flash menu item.

Folder: Allows you to select the folder to place the files in.

After entering a name, this box will appear:

File information

OPEN JOB, Opening an existing job

Opens an existing job, and automatically the coordinate file (and field data file if used). Select a file from the displayed list of *.FWK files.

Open a file display

Press OK to use the file. A box will appear showing the job start point# and description. You may edit the description, but not the start point#.

Job Starting Info

Job Start Pt#:
The starting point number in a job may be any integer (default =1, highest allowable point number = 999999). For example, a job may start at point number 50001 and end at 50500, thus occupying only 500 points on the disk. Point numbers must be all numeric characters (0-9).

Description:
The file description may contain up to 3 lines, max. 80 characters (any characters, including spaces). This field may be used for general information about the file, such as job #, client name, location, crew name, etc..

FILE – Backup->Flash

Select Backup->Flash on the File drop down menu to copy all of the files in the currently open project to the Compact Flash card folder Storage Card\Backup\My Documents. If you do this periodically (every day), you will always have a copy of your data files because the Flash card maintains its data even if the main and backup batteries go dead. If you ever need to restore the backup files from the Flash card, you can use file explorer on the Palm-size PC to copy from \Storage Card\Backup\My Documents to \My Documents, or use explorer on your desktop PC with Active-Synch running to copy from Storage Card\Backup\My Documents to My Documents.

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