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MnCon MnConX MnCogo MnDataSheet MnGetDataSheets MnLevel  MnLTrans   
MnMultShot   MnTrans MnViewControl Stacor

Conad 83

Conad 27 HP33s HP35s

 

   MnCon is a coordinate conversion program that performs conversions within or across the North American Datums of 1927 and 1983.  It works on keyboard input or ASCII (text) files of specific formats.  It converts between any two of 232 different map projections including: NAD27 and NAD83 latitude/longitude, NAD27 and NAD83 universal transverse mercator zone 15 extended, the three Minnesota state plane zones in both NAD27 and NAD83, 68 NAD83 Minnesota county coordinate system zones (including one covering all of St Louis County) and 159 NAD27 project zones.  Essentially MnCon replaces CONAD27, CONAD83 and the National Geodetic Survey's NADCON.

 

CSV files contains all the coordinate values from the Geodetic Database brief data sheets of the same name, in a comma-delimited text format.  Using CSV Control Files shows how to manipulate these files in MnCon.  Click 'Geodetic Station Files' on Geodetics for more information.

 

To install MnCon:  Download and run MnCon_Install.exe. It will copy MnCon.exe, MnCon.hlp, MnCon.cdf (stores character delimited formats), MnDatum.dat (needed for conversions between datums), and History.txt to C:\Program Files\MnDOT-OLM-Software\MnCon\ by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for MnCon.


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The current version of MnCon is 4.1.2, dated June 3, 2013.

   MnConX  is an ActiveX DLL developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to perform the same coordinate conversions as the MnCon program above.  This is a component software developers can include in their software to add coordinate conversion capabilities.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnConX component at their own risk, with no expectation of user support beyond the included documentation.


The downloadable ZIP file contains sample projects that demonstrate how to use MnConX in Microsoft Visual Basic 6 and Visual C++ 6 and in Bentley MicroStation VBA environments. Other programming languages should be able to call the MnConX functions, but this capability has not been tested.


To install MnConX:  Download and unzip Using MnConX Sample Code.zip. MnConX_Install.exe will install MnConX.dll in the Windows System32 folder and register the component.  Download MnConX_Install only.


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The current version of MnConX is 1.0.3, dated August 3, 2012.

   Warning:  MnCogo will NOT run on a 64-bit Windows operating system except in a virtual machine.

MnCogo is a coordinate geometry program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for making survey calculations in field and office settings.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnCogo executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


MnCogo's Section Subdivision function will write an input file that can be read by Bentley Geopak Cogo.  PlotPLS.ba is a Bentley MicroStation V8 macro written by MnDOT that can also use the same input file.  A copy of the macro will be placed in the local MnCogo installation directory by the MnCogo installer.  (Version 1.41, 09/18/2007)


MnCogo uses files in AASHTO's SDMS format as input and output data files.  It can also import MnDOT 80-column, Geopak "print points," and comma-delimited files and export to Geodimeter total station, Geopak COGO input, and comma-delimited files.


To install MnCogo:  Download and run MnCogoInstall.exe.  It will copy MnCogo.exe, MnCogo.hlp, and Wintreiv.exe to C:\Comps\MnCogo by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for MnCogo.  The first time MnCogo.exe is run, it will create several additional files in its directory for internal use.


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The current version of MnCogo is 3.06, dated January 5, 2010.


You may download and run MnCogo Tutorial .  It will install several files that should help to introduce the MnCogo program and demonstrate its COGO functions.

  MnDataSheet  is a program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to view any English or Metric control point data sheet in PDF format from the MnDOT Geodetic Database by entering the GSID number for that control point.  It can also retrieve an NGS data sheet given the ACRN for a control point.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnDataSheet executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


To install MnDataSheet:  Download and run MnDataSheet_Install.exe.  It will copy MnDataSheet.exe to C:\Program Files\MnDOT-OLM-Software\MnDataSheet by default, or to any other location the user specifies.  There is no help file, but tool tips will help the user run MnDataSheet successfully.


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The current version of MnDataSheet is 1.3.0, dated February 9, 2012.

  MnGetDataSheets  is a program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to collect a set of GSID numbers that represent points in the MnDOT Geodetic Database.  The program will write a single PDF file, in either English or Metric units, containing the data sheets corresponding to the list of GSID numbers.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnDataSheet executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


See this document for an example of using MnGetDataSheets along with the MnDOT Geodetic Monument Viewer.


To install MnGetDataSheets:  Download and run MnGetDataSheetsInstall.exe.  It will copy MnGetDataSheets.exe, MnGetDataSheets.hlp, and utility files to C:\Program Files\MnDOT-OLM-Software\MnGetDataSheets by default, or to any other location the user specifies.


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The current version of MnGetDataSheets is 1.3.0, dated January 9, 2012.

  MnLevel  is a program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to read and adjust a comma-delimited file that contains field data for a level run, as output by Trimble Geomatics Office.   MnLevel computes the closure and writes a report file of the adjustment.   Other individuals or agencies may use the MnLevel executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


To install MnLevel:  Download and run MnLevelInstall.exe. It will copy MnLevel.exe and Trimble Level Run.pdf to C:\Program Files\MnLevel by default, or to any other location the user specifies.  There is no help file, but tool tips will help the user run MnLevel successfully, and a PDF documentation file will be installed along with the program.


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If you have a recent version of MnLevel installed, you may be able to run the update program instead of doing the full installation, which is a much smaller download.

To upgrade MnLevel:  Download and run the MnLevelUpdate program.  Change the path to the location of the MnLevel directory, if necessary.  You may delete MnLevelUpdate.exe when the program ends.


The current version of MnLevel is 1.1.0, dated December 16, 2009.

   MnLTrans  is a coordinate transformation program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to transform coordinate values between two systems, based on a least-squares analysis of a set of points having coordinate positions in each of the two systems.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnLTrans executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support beyond the included help file.


MnLTrans loads one or more ASCII files with points in each of two coordinate systems, locates points with common point numbers, transforms source system coordinates to target system coordinates, and computes a statistical analysis of the transformation.


MnLTrans supports MnDOT 80-Column, Geopak Delimited, Comma Delimited, Geopak Print Points & Cogo Input, and SDMS Points File formats.


To install MnLTrans:  Download and run MnLTransInstall.exe. It will copy MnLTrans.exe, MnLTrans.hlp, and History.txt to C:\Program Files\MnLTrans by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for MnLTrans.


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If you have a recent version of MnLTrans installed, you may be able to run the update program instead of doing the full installation, which is a much smaller download.

To upgrade MnLTrans:  Download and run the MnLTransUpdate program.  Change the path to the location of the MnLTrans directory, if necessary.  You may delete MnLTransUpdate.exe when the program ends.


The current version of MnLTrans is 1.0.2, dated April 16, 2007.

   MnMultShot  is a coordinate analysis program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to compare coordinate values on points that have multiple positions.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnMultShot executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support beyond the included help file.


MnMultShot loads one or more ASCII coordinate files, then compares coordinates and computes a statistical analysis of all points with identical numbers located in any of the files.


MnMultShot supports MnDOT 80-Column, Geopak Delimited, Comma Delimited, Geopak Print Points & Cogo Input, and SDMS Points File formats.


To install MnMultShot:  Download and run MnMultShotInstall.exe. It will copy MnMultShot.exe, MnMultShot.hlp, and History.txt to C:\Program Files\MnMultShot by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for MnMultShot.


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The current version of MnMultShot is 2.4.0, dated May 8, 2012.

   MnTrans is a coordinate transformation program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to transform coordinates in one or more ASCII point files to new values in an output file, based on translation, rotation, and scale factors entered by the user.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnTrans executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support beyond the included help file.


MnTrans supports MnDOT 80-Column, Geopak Delimited, Comma Delimited, Geopak Print Points & Cogo Input, and SDMS Points File formats.


To install MnTrans:  Download and run MnTransInstall.exe. It will copy MnTrans.exe, MnTrans.hlp, and History.txt to C:\Program Files\MnTrans by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for MnTrans.


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If you have a recent version of MnTrans installed, you may be able to run the update program instead of doing the full installation, which is a much smaller download.

To upgrade MnTrans:  Download and run the MnTransUpdate program.  Change the path to the location of the MnTrans directory, if necessary.  You may delete MnTransUpdate.exe when the program ends.


The current version of MnTrans is 1.1.0, dated October 2, 2008.

  MnViewControl  is a program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to facilitate the handling of the MnDOT_Geodetic_Control.kmz file, which displays all the control points in the MnDOT Geodetic Database in the user's default KML viewer.  MnViewControl compares the dates of the newest KMZ file with the local copy and allows the user to start the default KML viewer with the local copy or with the newest version after downloading.  Other individuals or agencies may use the MnViewControl executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


To install MnViewControl:  Download and run MnViewControl_Install.exe.  It will copy MnViewControl.exe to C:\Program Files\MnDOT-OLM-Software\MnViewControl by default, or to any other location the user specifies.  There is no help file, but tool tips will help the user run MnViewControl successfully.


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The current version of MnViewControl is 1.1.1, dated October 10, 2011

  Stacor  is a program developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for building or editing alignment files and for converting between coordinates and stations & offsets based on alignment files.  Other individuals or agencies may use the Stacor executable file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


Stacor is a DOS-based program, but it runs under Windows 3 through Windows XP.  Besides its internal formats, Stacor can import Geopak "describe chain" files and export SDMS alignment, Geodimeter alignment, and Geopak input files.


To install Stacor:  Download and run StacorInstall.exe.  It will copy Stacor.exe, Stacor.hlp, Stacor.ico, Stacor.pif, and Aldreprt.exe to C:\Comps\Stacor by default, or to any other  location the user specifies.  The help file contains all the documentation available for Stacor.  The first time Stacor.exe is run, it will create Stacor.def in its directory for internal use.


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The current version of Stacor is 5.80, dated December 21, 2004.

  Conad 83  is a DOS application that performs coordinate conversions within the North American Datum of 1983.  It works on keyboard input or ASCII files of specific formats.  It works on four coordinate systems: Latitude/longitude, universal transverse mercator zone 15, Minnesota state plane or Minnesota county coordinate system.  Any one of those types of coordinates can be entered and the other three types will be output.  See readme83.txt within the zipped file for loading instructions and operating hints.  Please note that MnDOT recommends MnCon in preference to Conad 83.

The Beltrami County North Zone problem that was repaired in MnCon (June 7, 2001) still exists in Conad 83.


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The current version of Conad 83 is dated February 20, 1998.

  Conad 27  is a DOS application that performs coordinate conversions within the North American Datum of 1927.  It works on keyboard input or ASCII files of specific formats.  It works on four coordinate systems: Latitude/longitude, universal transverse mercator zone 15, Minnesota state plane or project coordinates.  Any one of those types of coordinates can be entered and the other three types will be output.  See readme27.txt within the zipped file for loading instructions and operating hints.  Please note that MnDOT recommends MnCon in preference to Conad 27.


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The current version of Conad 27 is dated November 20, 1997.

 HP33s Programs  is a PDF document containing a collection of programs developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for making survey calculations.  Other individuals or agencies may use the program code in this file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


The user must key these programs into an HP33s calculator manually by following the instructions in the document.  The lack of an interface to a PC (or to anything else) was a deliberate choice by HP to make the calculator acceptable for professional examinations.

The package includes traverse, inverse, triangle, intersection, horizontal and vertical curves, area, and angle arithmetic functions.  Each program label includes a checksum that verifies all its steps have been entered correctly.


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The current version of HP33s Programs is dated April 1, 2010.

 HP35s Programs  is a PDF document containing a collection of programs developed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for making survey calculations.  Other individuals or agencies may use the program code in this file at their own risk, with no expectation of user support.


The HP35s calculator has several known bugs, but it seems to work well with this set of programs.  Search for 'hp-35s buglist' on the internet to find more information.

The user must key these programs into an HP35s calculator manually by following the instructions in the document.  The lack of an interface to a PC (or to anything else) was a deliberate choice by HP to make the calculator acceptable for professional examinations.

The package includes traverse, inverse, triangle, intersection, horizontal and vertical curves, area, ratio, and angle arithmetic functions.  Each program label includes a checksum that verifies all its steps have been entered correctly.


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Quick reference guides are available for download in two versions.  Download HP35s_Guide.pdf (six pages) or HP35s_Guide_Small.pdf on a single sheet. 


The current version of HP35s Programs is dated May 10, 2012.


 

New Software Format Notes    ( PDF )

Beginning in April, 2010, all new or updated MnDOT-OLM software will be delivered via a new installer, and only Windows XP or newer Windows operating systems will be fully supported.  Once installed the new programs will store configuration files and/or output files differently from previous versions.  If there is a previous version on the computer, please copy any personal files stored in the installation directory and uninstall the old version before installing the new version.

Due to varying IT policies for granting WRITE access to users, configuration files and/or output files from MnDOT-OLM software will be stored in a data folder to which each user can read or write without restriction.  In Windows XP the folder is C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\MnAppsData\.  In Windows Vista or Windows 7 the folder is C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MnAppsData\.

The new installer is much smaller because it assumes certain files are already installed.  Operating systems previous to Windows XP may require installation of an additional package or may not work at all.

The default installation path is C:\Program Files\MnDOT-OLM-Software\{program name}\.  Shortcuts for the program and for the data folder will be placed in Start Menu\MnDOT-OLM Software\ or Start Menu\Programs\MnDOT-OLM Software\.  If neither location exists, the user must choose one of them.

Optionally the installer can add a desktop shortcut for the program, a quick launch shortcut for the program, or a desktop shortcut for the data folder.  Note that shortcuts created by the installer will be available for all users.  The program shortcuts will link to the common program location, and the data folder shortcut will link to the current user's private data folder.


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