I have a total station data file (test.gsi) that was collected with a Leica 1200.

How can I import the data to ArcGIS 9.x and plot points with the point name given by the total station observer. After importing the points i need to draw polygons around the points to define land parcels.


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ArcGIS Survey Analyst extension supports .gsi import

Survey Analyst imports and exports measurements and other field data from Total Positioning System (TPS) equipment using the following survey data converter formats: ASCII converter, Geodimeter converter, GSI converter, SDR converter, TDS coordinate converter, and TDS raw converter.

The data import utility can be extended programmatically to import additional data formats.


Which data formats can be imported into a survey project?

You can also convert points to polygons (min of 3 points) programmatically for automating land parcel creation.

  • mapperz thanks for the reply.... mapperz i imported the gsi file to survey database and dragged it to the arcview.. and i got the ponts.. next thing what i want to do is build land parcels from the points and also display the point labels Commented Sep 13, 2010 at 11:02
  • I would use the Cadastral Editor to create 'cadastral fabric' includes points to parcels webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/… & webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Sep 13, 2010 at 12:57
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    Starting with ArcGIS 10.0, Survey Analyst has been deprecated. At the moment, a new question has been asked on this topic seeking an alternative.
    – Chris W
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 17:06
  • Thanks, @ChrisW. Yes, while the Q is much newer, my A to How can I get Sokkia total station .RAW file data into ArcGIS is applicable because Copan also reads Leica .GSI data files.
    – Martin F
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 18:02
  • @martinf I agree, and in fact I would say post your same answer here in the event the two questions are not merged.
    – Chris W
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 21:57

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