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3D-Win is a Windows program for producing and processing field survey data. The program is available in versions for 16-bit (Windows 3.1) as well as 32-bit (Windows 95/98 and Windows NT) operating systems. The program can be installed on standalone computers or in any Windows-based network.

Several hundreds of program licenses are currently employed by government, municipal offices and private consultants in several countries. Language versions currently available are in the Finnish, Swedish, English, Dutch, Danish and Estonian languages.

The program makes it possible to simultaneously process several overlayed vector and raster map elements, and each element can also be handled separately. The appearence of files on the screen follows the user's own coding and symbolics, either illustrated as true WYSIWYG maps or by simplifying or highlighting specific objects when necessary.

Using an approaching function or a given area, 3D-Win automatically fetches the background maps for you. For example, the area may consist of the survey data collected that day. Only given elements such as buildings, roads, sewers and borders can be included in the background data. The format of the background material has no significance, as it can always be read through a format converter.

The software offers several possibilities for customization. The coding, drawing rules and symbolics of objects can be freely defined and new symbols are easily made using a symbol editor. The format converter accepts definitions of file formats being used, and possible automatic coding and coordinate conversions can be attached to these definitions.

Data transfer

The program has built-in data transfer for most commonly used total stations and data loggers (Geodimeter, Leica, Nikon, Psion, Sokkia) and the possibility to start any external data transfer programs (e.g. Husky HCOM).

Data from the total stations can be processed before being retrieved into the 3D-Win program. At this point you can carry out format conversions, code conversions, coordinate calculations based on observations, coordinate conversions, etc. Also, customer-dependent special functions can be included in the processing when necessary.

Format conversions

In addition to the program's own file format, files can be read and written in several different formats. Most common total station formats and the formats of many CAD and GIS systems are supported as are ASCII row format. These may be freely defined by the user. See the 3D-Conv program for details. Practically all conversions work in both directions, so the program can also be used as a dispatcher between different systems.


Data can be printed on any Windows-supported printer, either as a map illustration scaled as necessary with the required paper size, or as printed text, formatted in any of the formats supported by the program. Also, titles applied by the user can be printed on the map pictures.

Data editing

Editing data is done graphically and can be done on singular points and lines, whole file elements or, using various search methods, on selected active objects. Points and lines can be deleted, added and edited using several different methods and various functions for calculation. Data can be viewed from different angles and it is also possible to do three-dimensional editing on objects. Efficient methods of coding are available for processing point coding and a practically unlimited number of freely formulated attributes can be stored for the points, lines etc. Using code conversion tables, coding is easily converted to match different systems.

Several methods for checking the validity of the geometry and coding of files are available. Using standard Windows fonts, coordinate grids and text can be added to selected places on the maps.

Geodetic calculations

Versatile but easy-to-use methods of calculation are at your fingertips. It is now possible to execute a task with one function, which previously needed five. You yourself define how the calculations are to proceed and how you wish values to appear on the screen and in the result file. Calculation functions include all geodetic calculations and sections, area calculations, coordinate conversions and point comparison functions generally used in geodetic calculations. Results from the calculations are automatically stored in a text file. Observation records are treated per station points and a complete report including point errors is produced on the calculation.


Field measurements

The program can be used directly in Windows-based pen computers or laptops together with most total stations, GPS receivers and digitizers. All the program's editing and calculation functions are then available and the results from the measurements can directly be seen as a map picture. The measurements can be done with any coordinate system defined by the user. Existing vector and raster materials can be used as a background picture.


Data Base

Through Windows' ODBC interface the software is able to communicate with practically all current databases. For example, using various retrieval methods, points and lines can be accessed from the database and new points can be added or updated.

Processing attribute data

The collection and management of attribute data is becoming an extremely important part of field surveying. Using the 3D-Win program you can read any attribute data, edit or complement given values and send the information back to the GIS system.