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Traverse XL: An EXCEL-based Program for Entering, Displaying, and Analyzing Spatial Measurement Data

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Recording and examining spatial measurements of resources and structures are important skills within many survey engineering and earth science disciplines. The entry, display, and analysis of spatial measurement data can be accomplished through a variety of measurement software products, but software licensing costs and learning curves can sometimes hinder user access. Traverse XL is designed to facilitate the entry, display, and analysis of spatial measurement data. Measurement data for both polygon and linear traverses can be input through a variety of measurement formats and are easily edited. A traverse map display is provided that allows users to view traverse geometry as data are entered. A coordinate adjustment routine is available for polygon traverses, which creates a geometrically closed figure through the use of standard survey engineering calculations. Several coordinate geometry and conversion functions are also provided in a data conversion utility. Traverse XL is built within the EXCEL spreadsheet environment, and it provides a flexible platform in which to manipulate and view spatial data. Completed traverse data can be easily copied from Traverse XL and used in other applications. Users can view all formulas that are used for data manipulations within Traverse XL and customize the formulas for their specific needs. Traverse XL is an accessible software package suitable for working with resource measurement data.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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  • Surveying and Land Information Science (SaLIS) is the official publication of the American Association of Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS).

    SaLIS is a scientific journal devoted to reporting research and new work conducted to advance geodetic surveying, land surveying, large-scale mapping, and geographic information systems designed to advance the development and management of the cadastral parcel data layer and other land information applications. SaLIS publishes research articles, technical papers, technical notes, papers on the current state of surveying education, surveying history, book reviews, and current literature reviews. Every four years, the journal publishes the U.S. Report to the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). The Proceedings of the Surveying Teachers Conference are published bi-annually.

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