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Jan 16, 2008

i use a Trimble Total Station Survey equipment, This is used for suveying and measuring distances between points on jobs. These points can be exported onto the pc as a text file and imported onto excel, the file has a northing and easting to locate the point these are comma separated.

I would like to know if excell is capable of working out a distance betwen two of these such points by using the two pairs of northing and easting coordinates. The maximum distance between two points is no more than 50 meters. If for example when imported onto excel point 1's coordinates are locted in cells A1 and B1 and points 2's coordinates are locted in cells A2 and B2.

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I have created a sheet that shows distance between coordinates. Also working on something to put them in order of the closest point. I used a fixed point to find the nearest coordinate, but since i'm using a fixed point it doesnt go the order I want it to. I have attached the excel file I am working on.

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On the reference sheet, I have a set of 900 geographic coordinates longitude and latitude (in decimal degrees). Each pair of coordinates coresponds to a geographic site. Note that of the 900, 200 are the same from target sheet, other 700 are different sites.

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Row 2 is my start point - I input the initial coordinates here - this point is the origin of the 3-D line
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Column C is where I want the calculated X value to go
Column D is where I want the calculated Z Value to go
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Columns G, H, & I are given to me, and I use this data to generate the coordinates in Columns J, K, & L
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Basically, I had planned on writing a formula to:

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What I would like to do, if possible, is to treat each cell in my spreadsheet as a point on a coordinate plane, and to use some type of formula or macro to give me a line of best fit using the positions of the highest valued cells as the data points in my extrapolation.

The tool I'm looking for would take data organized like this:

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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Once I can do this, I will also need a way to take perpendicular sums automatically along the line of best fit at distance of two pixels in both directions and a width of one pixel. You can imagine drawing a rectangular box perpendicular to the line of maximum values and adding the proportions of each cell enclosed by that box. This means that for the example above, i would get 209 for all five points of interest: the maximum value plus the two values of one in the upper left perpendicular direction, the two values of one in the lower right perpendicular direction, half the values of the two cells neighboring the exactly perpendicular cells and a quarter of the outermost cells touched by our imaginary pixel box.

The following image may be useful in clarifying what I'm looking for. The red bar represents the imaginary box containing perpendicular pixel sums, where the green beam is the line of best fit derived from my maximum values.

Attachment 337419

Also, here is a snippet of my actual data to experiment with in solving these strange and exotic problems

Attachment 337420

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