While ‘Spatial Manager’ allows you to handle any type of 3D information and therefore export 3D-point tables from your drawing or map, there are times when the points Z-coordinate information is in a label form. Here you will find a little trick to get the XYZ coordinate tables in these cases

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'Spatial Manager' - Exporting Z-Coordinates from labels

‘Spatial Manager’ – Exporting Z-Coordinates from labels

In the above videos you can review a scenario in which a survey points cloud is drawn in the XY plane of a drawing (Z=0) and the points Z-coordinate is labeled next to the points themselves

This is a fairly common situation and you will be able to export the labels so that, in addition to the XY coordinates, you will add the text content (the Z coordinate) in the same export process

When the Text Content of text objects is selected as one of the export parameters, a new “TxtString” field will be aggregated to the output table. In our sample we are exporting to a CSV format and the resulting table will contain the XY coordinates, the Z-coordinates (that will be 0 for all points), and the Text Strings, which are actually the Z-coordinates. Through a simple edition of this CSV file you can delete the column of the null Z-coordinates and rename the “TxtString” column as “Z”. And voila, here is the points 3D table

In this example it is assumed that the insertion points of the labels match the survey points themselves, which is quite common. If this is not the case, the displacement of the labels in relation to the points is usually constant, so once all the labels have been selected though the “Select similar” command and before exporting, you can Move them that constant distance

Learn more about Export features in ‘Spatial Manager’:

Note: The full Export functionality of ‘Spatial Manager’ is available in the Professional edition only