Whenever we go to a conference we create a demo set unique to the conference site. This week we are at the Fall FLUG Conference at the Sheraton Tampa East. Earlier this morning we walked the site and took photos with our iPhones. This is what we do at each conference we attend.

Mark walking the conference site taking photos.

Mark walking the conference site taking photos.

Step 1: Take photos. When we arrive at the conference site, we walk the property and look for items to photograph. Anything to do with utilities, security, or something unique to the property works well.

 

Bad Elf Plugin

The Bad Elf Plugin for iPhone 6.

We also use a product called Bad Elf. It’s a plug in for the iPhone that improves the GPS location accuracy. More info on Bad Elf coming up in the next blog entry.

 

Step 2: Prep the CAD Files. For MicroStation we attach a Google Earth map and for AutoCAD we use Bing maps. At the same time, the CAD file’s map units are set.

Geographic Coordinate System in MicroStation

Geographic Coordinate System in MicroStation

In this example we used a Florida map that has units set to feet: NAD27 Florida State Planes, Western Zone, US Foot.

Step 3: Import the photos. PhotogeoDGN can also place thumbnails of the photos and metadata.

PhotogeoDGN in McroStation v8i SS2

PhotogeoDGN in McroStation v8i SS2