OpenRoads Tip: Attach Media Files to Survey Data

Written by:  Bob Mecham

OpenRoads Survey allows users to attach media files such as photos, movies and sounds to survey data. Beginning in, images can be automatically imported and assigned to specific points from any data collector format.  The rule is that the point must contain an attribute where the attribute name contains “PHOTO” and the attribute value contains the image relative path and name.  If you manually want to attach the media files with your data they can be attached easily using the following steps.

openroads-survey media

1. Use the MicroStation Element Selection tool to select a Survey Element.

2. Hover over the element and select the Element Properties icon from the mini-toolbar.

openroads-survey minitoolbar properties

3. From the Element Properties fly-out click the ellipsis icon for Media File. The Media dialog box will appear.

openroads-survey properties media

4. Click the Add button and browse to the media file to attach.  Additional Media files can be added to one survey data figure or point.

openroads-survey media dialog


openroads-survey culvert browse

5. In the Media dialog box click the Accept button to attach the media and close the dialog.  A Media glyph will appear on the survey data.

openroads-survey media dialog image

6. Select the survey element again with the Element Selection tool from the mini-toolbar and select Media icon to view the image.

openroads-survey media icon

7. The image viewer/editor will appear.  If more than one media file was attached the green arrows will allow for viewing multiple files.

openroads-survey culvert image


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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.


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