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Carlson SurvCE/SurvPC setup guide

SurvCE starting from version 5.06 supports Reach. In this tutorial you'll find the information on how to setup data collector running SurvCE/SurvPC with Reach via Bluetooth.

Configuring Bluetooth connection

In this tutorial the Bluetooth connection with Windows device is shown. Exact steps of pairing the devices may vary on different platforms.

  • In the ReachView app go to the Bluetooth tab. Turn on Bluetooth and make Reach always discoverable

  • On data collector go to Bluetooth settings and select Add a Bluetooth Device. Select Reach from the list of discovered devices and confirm the connection

  • When pairing is completed you will see the data collector is listed in ReachView

Windows OS workaround for SurvPC

If you are using SurvPC on Windows system with built-in Bluetooth adapter, you also need to check the COM port assigned to the BT device:
1. Go to Control Panel and choose Devices and Printers

2. Right click on Reach device and select Properties

3. Go to Hardware tab and check Standard Serial over Bluetooth Link. In this example it's COM8.

Configuring ReachView

After successful Bluetooth pairing you should configure BT position output and correction input if needed.

Position output

  • Go to Position output in ReachView and select BT tab. Select NMEA format and click Apply

Correction input

  • If you want to send the corrections from your controller via Bluetooth, go to Correction input and select BT tab. Set RTCM3 format and apply settings

Configuring SurvCE

Configuring Reach profile in SurvCE

  • After launching SurvCE and creating a new project, go to the Equip tab and select GPS Rover

  • Select NMEA GPS Receiver as Manufacturer and DGPS as Model

  • Then go to Receiver and click on Antenna type icon.

  • Click New in a opened window

  • Specify the antenna offset in both L1 and L2 tabs. Antenna offset for Reach RS/RS+ is 0.065m and for Reach RS2 is 0.134m.

Configuring the communication between SurvCE and Reach

  • Proceed to Comms tab and pick Bluetooth settings

Windows OS workaround for SurvPC

If you are using SurvPC on Windows system with built-in Bluetooth adapter, you just need to choose Generic BT Type and select COM port assigned to the BT device:

  • In a dialog window click Find Device

  • Once Reach is detected, select it

  • Connect Reach and SurvCE

  • You will see the confirmation of connection

Configure SurvCE to receive RTK corrections from NTRIP caster

  • In GPS Rover dialog select RTK tab. Select Data Collector Internet as Device and NTRIP as Network

  • Go to Network settings and fill in NTRIP caster details

  • After this, select the mountpoint and click on the green tick

The setup is finished. You are ready to collect the data with Reach and SurvCE!