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Import Settings Template

Various selections must be made as you progess through the Import Wizard which essentially tells Dips:

  • Which Data Types you would like to import;
  • For each Data Type, which Header Data you would like to populate; and,
  • From which columns/rows would you like to read the data from the Excel Import File.

If you tend to import Excel files with the same formats, you can save time by creating an Import Settings Template so that you're selections for the following are saved:

  • Data Types (i.e., Linear, Planar, Linear BH Oriented Core, Linear BH Televiewer, Curved BH Oriented Core, Curved BH Televiewer, Clinorule, Grid Data)
  • Traverse Information Import
    • Sheet
    • First Data Row
    • Append All Unused Columns as Comments
    • Import Headers from Row
    • Data Format
    • Header Data entries and corresponding From Column
  • Grid Data Import
    • Sheet
    • First Data Row
    • Append All Unused Columns as Extra Columns
    • Import Headers from Row
    • Global Orientation Format
    • Declination
    • Columns (i.e., Quantity Column, Distance Column)
    • Units (i.e., Metric or Imperial)
    • Header Data entries and corresponding From Column

NOTE: Import File(s) and Overwrite Existing Traverse Information / Overwrite Existing Grid Data options are not saved by the Import Settings Template. By default, the data will be overwritten.

Applying a Template

To apply a template to Dips Import Wizard, select from the Template dropdown at the top of the Import Data Types page. The Data Types willl be automatically checked in accordance with the Import Settings Template selected, allowing you to proceed with Next.

NOTE: You can optionally import a Import Settings Template not yet listed under the Template dropdown by selecting Open.

Once an Import Settings Template is applied, the only thing you will have to do is add Import File(s) and click Next to proceed with each Data Type.

Predefined Templates

Predefined Import Settings Templates may come installed with Dips. These templates are created in collaboration with companies who supply field measurement tools for gathering orientation data. The Predefined Import Settings Template corresponds to their raw data output format, for quick and easy import of their data into Dips.

Predefined Import Settings Templates currently available in Dips include:

  • RockMass Technologies - Scanline
    • Formatted for output data from RockMass Technologies' Axis Mapper scanline mapping
    • Orientation (Dip/Dip Direction) data collected along a Linear Traverse.
  • RockMass Technologies - Spot Mapping
    • Formatted for output data from RockMass Technologies' Axis Mapper face mapping
    • Orientation (Dip/Dip Direction) data collected as spot measurements.

User-Defined Templates

Creating and reusing User-defined Import Settings Templates is helpful for importing data of the same format over and over again.

SAVING TEMPLATES

After you have navigated through Dips Import Wizard, the last dialog page ( Import Summary) will give you the option to save your current selections as a template for later use. Before clicking on Finish, ensure that you have Save Current Settings as Template checked and specify a Name for the template.

MANAGING TEMPLATES

Use the Import Settings Template Manager to rename, import, export, or delete any saved User-defined Import Settings Templates.

The Import Settings Templates are saved as a .dipsiws file.

To acces the Import Settings Template Manager:

  1. Select: File > Import > Manage Templates
  2. In the Import Settings Template Manager dialog:
    • You will see a list of available User-defined Import Settings Templates.
    • Select an Import Settings Template to Rename, Delete, or Export.
    • To import an Import Settings Template from elsewhere, select Import and open the .dipsiws file
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