It all makese sense. The message means that SQL Compact is not installed or not installed correctly. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 uses this program instead of MS Access to store survey database. Older versions used Access (32-bit). So if SQL CE is not installed that may explain what the problem is. You may notice that your Survey.sdbx file in Working Folder. This file is created by SQL. Absence of this file means there is no Survey database.
To resolve this see you can repair or reinstall Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition in your Control Panel>Programs and Features.
sorry to post on someone elses problem but i have spent a holf hour looking on how to make my own help question fourm and could not find it. my problem is one step after his my TPS300 format file looks ok but it will not properly import into AutoCAD and says you must occupy a point first. I do not know hwat to do or if my fbk file is even usable with AutoCAD. Please help
You should post this question as a separate topic. Maybe a forum admin will break it out...
Your error most likely indicates that your fbk has angle-right entries before an entry that defines the instrument occupied point. If you can post the fbk file (or at least the first part of it, up until it hits the error you mentioned), it could help us identify the issue.
Or you might simply be importing the wrong type of file. I'm not familiar with a "TPS300 format"... Is it a fbk file? Or something else?
I have been having this same problem (that is, not been able to create a survey database). I have successfully been creating sds in 2011 and earlier but have installed 2012 and can now no longer create a sd with the same error message poping up as cadman. We are running 2012 as 32 bit on Win XP with min RAM (I know, the dark ages). I was wondering if you meant "AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 uses this program instead of MS access" etc, not 2011 as I could create sds before but not now. I'm trying to repair/reintall MS SQL without much luck at the moment!
opps, just reread cadmans first post and saw he is using 2011, ignore my previous post but it still does not solve my problem then as it worked fine before in 11 and the only thing I have changed is installing 12. Hmmm.
Grant_NZ here is my note pad fbk file opened in note pad