Can I view data in Google Earth?

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Answer: Yes, you can!  You just need to export your Simcenter Testlab (formerly LMS Test.Lab) GPS data into a KML file.


A KML file (or Keyhole Markup Language) contains GPS co-ordinates.  A KML file can be used with Google Earth to visualize the location a measurement was taken with a GPS equipped Simcenter SCADAS data acquisition unit.


GPS_KML_Export.pngTo export, right click on the LMS LDSF file and choose "Export to -> GPS -> KML..."

Exporting GPS KML File to Google Earth


To produce a KML file from Simcenter Testlab, select a measurement containing GPS:

  1. Right click and choose “Export to -> GPS -> KML...”  Name your file.

  2. Double click on the KML file to open in Google Earth


Double_Click_KML.pngDouble click on the KML file to open it in Google Earth

Setting Up GPS on Simcenter SCADAS


GPS data can be recorded on a Simcenter SCADAS in parallel with all other types of channels (ie, accelerometers, microphones, strain gauges, etc) in Simcenter Testlab Signature:


  • Insert the GPS antenna into the appropriate connector on your Simcenter SCADAS.  Note: In a motor vehicle, the antenna receiver can be placed on a dashboard to properly see satellites.  It is not necessary to put it on the roof and run the cable through a door, despite the fact that it has a magnetic base.  This can save the antenna cable from being damaged by the opening and closing of the door.


scadas_with_gps.pngPlug the GPS antenna directly into the appropriate port on your Simcenter SCADAS. It is a single connection

  •  In Simcenter Testlab, on the “Channel Setup” Worksheet, set “Clock Sync:” from “None” to “GPS”


clock_sync.pngIn "Channel Setup" worksheet, set "Clock sync:" to "GPS" in the upper right corner.

  • In the “Measure” Worksheet, click on the “More…” button


more.pngPress the "More..." button in the Measure worksheet

  • Turn on the checkbox for "Measure GPS Data" and press the "Close" button.


close.pngTurn on checkbox for "Collect GPS Data"

KML File History


The KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file is named after Keyhole corporation, which was a commercial spinoff of the CIA.  Google bought Keyhole in 2004.


Questions?  Email or contact Siemens PLM GTAC support.


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