• User Guide - Overview



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There are 3 help files available:
TileLogic Office.pdf - PDF format of this user guide.
TileLogic Office.chm - The online help file (i.e. the file opened when your press F1), which must be located in the save directory as TileLogicMC. exe or TileLogicMAP.exe.
TileLogic Office online guide - Online guide for most current version.
Help is always available by depressing the F1 key, and help is context sensitive.  That is, anytime you press F1 you are taken to the most relevant section of the help file.
In addition, whenever you see "?" in the upper right corner of a window, specific context help is available for each item in the window...
You may click on the "?" and a question mark will be added to your cursor.  With the question mark cursor,  you may click on any item in that window for specific help.

Key formats used in this manual:

<default> - indicates a default condition or value that is used.


Keyboard shortcuts are shown inside bracket [ ].
      - A warning box.
      - A caution box.
      - A tip or note box.
      - An informational box.

Key terminology used in this manual:

ASC - Extension for an  ASCII file.  See CSV.
AUTOPOI - A "timed" POI feature, which allows the user to remotely set a POI, after the given time period (in seconds). 
AUTOBENCH - A "timed" Bench feature, which allows the user to remotely set a Bench, after the given time period (in seconds).
Base Station - a fixed GPS receiver which is used to report correction information to a GPS rover, in an RTK system.
Bench - or "Benchmark".  A point that is defined as the current reference point, from which all future mapped points (X, Y, and Z) will relate to.
File Extension - Or just "Extension",  is the file type designation following the period in a file name.  Example "README.TXT"; the extension is TXT.
Some common formats used: - Created/used directly by TileLogic Office  - Import/Export files
.BAK - a backup file of original TileLogic data file (.tia).   Change extension to .TIA to use.
.BMS - a text file that contains information about alternate Benchmarks.  Non critical file that may not be used.
.CTR - a file containing contour line information.  Generated by TileLogic Office, when lines are generated.  Non-critical file.
.CSV - "Comma Separated Values".  Extension for generic type of human readable data output, where data fields (separate data) is separated by commas.
.DXF - AutoCadtm "Drawing eXchange Format" file.  A generic, and virtually universal format as the name implies for exchange of drawing files.  Most CAD software can import and export this format.
.NET -- Extension for Landraintm "network" files.
.SHP - Extension for Shapefiles format.  An ESRI GIS file format.
.TIA - The extension designating TileLogic Office field files.  TIA files contain all mapping data for a given field.
.TIN - File containing extrapolated grid information for topographical use.  Generated by TileLogic Office, when contour lines are created.  Non-critical file.
.TXT - Extension for user editable text files. Similar to CSV files, but can also just contain simple word documents.
IP - "Install Pass" or may be referred to as a "survey pass".  The path that is surveyed prior to installing a tile line.  The topography data is used to create a Profile.
Landraintm - A tile design program by AB Consulting Co., Inc.  Output files have the extension "NET".
Layer - used by TileLogic mapping, is a way to differentiate between different data groups.  For example, the "TOPO" layer, is for topography data.  Layers are used to group data so that different attributes (color, line type etc.) can be assigned, and also to turn displaying this data on or off.
Profile - The run profile calculated to be the target tile elevations along a path. 
PDOP - "Position Dilution of Precision".  In pure GPS terms this is a measure of the current satellite geometry. It takes into account each satellite's location relative to the other satellites in the constellation. A low DOP indicates a higher probability of accuracy.  PDOP as used in this manual may vary from the preceding pure definition, and depends on the variable selected by the user, in the Protocol.def message definition.  For example, PDOP could refer to the Standard Deviation value supplied for vertical accuracy, such as Novel hardware supplies.  The important point is to understand the indicator you have selected for use as the " PDOP" quality.  Consult your GPS documentation for more information.
POI - "Point of Interest".  A special data point that is set by the user to identify any feature or location.  Note that POI's reside on a special layer, and are separate from the currently selected mapping layer.
RCVR FIX - "GPS receiver fix mode" is the calculated position solution type, and depends on many factors, but most notably what type of correction signals are available and used.  The fix type in TileLogic is either SPS, DIFFERENTIAL, PPS, RTK FIX, RTK FLOAT, with RTK being the best.  These are based on the value reported by the GPS hardware.  See your hardware documentation for more information.
RF - Radio Frequency.  Local fixed GPS Base Stations communicate with with the GPS rover by radio.  Generally in the 900mhz or 450mhz bands.
Rover - As defined within TileLogic Office, the GPS receiver mounted on the machine, which is mobile.  In most cases, an RTK GPS ROVER communicates via RF to a local fixed Base Station, and by RS232 cable to the user's computer.
Serial Port - Also referred to as "COM port" or "RS232 port".  The data link used to communicate with the GPS receiver.
Statusbar - Located at the bottom of TileLogic Office's main windows.  Gives status information regarding program performance, communication performance, and GPS performance.