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HP 48gx as a data collector - help getting started

HP 48gx as a data collector - help getting started

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Here is the deal.  I am an engineer for a small mining company and occasionally need to do a little surveying.  I sometimes have to do small topo surveys and would like a data collector.  I currently have a topcon total station and an HP48gx.  Since I won't be using it that often - I would like to keep cost to a minimum.

What do I want/need to purchase to use this calculator as my data collector with the ultimate goal of downloading the data as points in Autocad.

Thanks much,
Chris K

RE: HP 48gx as a data collector - help getting started

I prefer the SMI DC/CVCE card (Data Collection/Construction 5 Enhanced) for the 48gx.  I use a Topcon total station with mine.  You can find them listed on ebay and reasonably priced.  

RE: HP 48gx as a data collector - help getting started

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foresight is a program similar to autocad but is not necessarily required. i preferred this data collector (in my hp48gx) over the smi card.

i personally built many many millions of dollars worth of building with mine...always have the data backed up on the computer, total station, or second hp48gx. it sucks to have the only data in yours and then you drop the thing and it erases everything...oh, the sinking feeling you get when that happens on a large project where you kept putting off backing it up because you were too busy (i learned the hard way). good luck

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