Here is the file. How would you recommend a simple (and humble) user like myself to get more into LandXML? I want to know why there is a LandXML vs XML (I think I know the answer, but just want to see it in print). I can see the potential for this format but seem limited by the current software, I just want to know if there is a way to overcome that! Thanks for your help and input! By the way, this file should contain a surface from an aerial mapping company we contracted. Surfaces, points, alignments etc probably aren't treated any different at the import level I would assume? It was apparently done in Bentley inroads 2004. It appears the LandXML import routine goes thru its first step of preparing the data for import just fine (if not a little slow). After that it tells me what is available to import and its already selected to import all. After selecting that import button a dialog box comes up telling me that surface "Default" contains 78211 points. Basically telling me that it would be quicker or even possible to import only the surface coordinates rather than their triangulation scheme. Of course I want to maintain triangulation, in my mind that is what I am using XML for. If I wanted the points I would ask for an ascii file. In this case I want the surface because we paid good money for its generation. This is really where it seems to fall down here. I don't want the quick import, I don't have 3D breaklines, and wouldn't feel comfortable with using someones 3D breaklines anyhow! If I re-create someones work using all their raw data (points, breaklines, boundaries, etc.) I just got off the phone with Mike Cavanaugh (spelling??), he helped set me straight on a few points. But I still can't import the file. Thanks very much for your help! Sean Twomey Dibble & Associates Survey Technician, LSIT 2633 E Indian School Rd Suite 401 Phoenix, AZ 85032 Phone 602.957.1155 Mobile 602.540.7301 Fax 602.957.2838 Dibble <http://www.dibblecorp.com/> & Associates Inc. _____ From: landxml-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:landxml-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Nathan Crews Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 9:38 AM To: stwomey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; landxml@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [LandXML] Re: LandXML - Bentley/In Roads to Land Desktop 2006 There is a growing number of reports that Bentley files are not importing well with other applications, not just Autodesk. The latest sample files that Bentley submitted do validate and work well, so there may be a new software revision that is causing the problem. If you can zip the LandXML file and send it too me I will check it out and be able to give you some detail on what the specific problem is. Regards, Nathan Crews www.landxml.org -----Original Message----- From: landxml-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Sean Twomey Sent: Mon 12/12/2005 9:20 AM To: landxml@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Cc: Subject: [LandXML] LandXML - Bentley/In Roads to Land Desktop 2006 Hi, I am trying to figure out how to import an XML file into Land Desktop 2006 (all patches). It's a real struggle on the user level to actually get XML to work properly. It seems like a pretty straight forward concept but I can not get it to work properly from a Bentley product to Land Desktop. As I understand it, Land Desktop is pretty much the instigators of the LandXML format. I know XML is a loose set of data coding/formatting and that LandXML is trying to tighten this up with a set of standards. Is this an issue between Bentley and AutoDesk? I emailed a Bentley official once and he seemed to indicate that Bentley's thoughts on XML was that it is a way to get raw data to another computer/cad platform as opposed to a finished surface or complete alignment etc... Does this ring true? If anyone has any help on this I would appreciate it, or at least some sort of steer in the correct direction! To recap I just want help in importing an XML file (a 26 mb file) purportedly from Bentley Inroads into Land Desktop 2006 format. Thanks! Sean Twomey Dibble & Associates Survey Technician, LSIT 2633 E Indian School Rd Suite 401 Phoenix, AZ 85032 Phone 602.957.1155 Mobile 602.540.7301 Fax 602.957.2838 Dibble & Associates Inc.