Virtual Surveyor is a productivity tool which means it will help you save time. It is not an automation tool. 


You need to see Virtual Surveyor as a toolkit and build an optimal workflow using the tools available in the software. That workflow differs depending on the type of deliverable you need to produce. So always ask yourself what deliverable your customer needs:

  • Line survey
  • TIN surface
  • Contour lines
  • Volume report
  • Cut/Fill map


Here are some starting points for different workflows:

  • When you need to monitor a construction or mine site then 
  • When you need to make a surface for such a site (and the customer will make the cut/fill map in another software) then
    • clean the terrain first, then 
    • run the Q-Points, and 
    • produce and export your surface from the Q-Points. 
    • Watch a related video here. 
  • When you need to produce breaklines then 
    • there is no need to clean anything, and 
    • you can immediately start drawing the linework by manual drawing, or 
    • using the guided breakline tool. 
    • Off course you can always add points to that. 
    • Watch a related video here. 
  • When you have a lot of trees or building then 
  • When you need a clear layer structure and descriptors then 
  • For a low-maintenance road this methodology with section lines applies. Watch the video. 


Don't hesitate to get in touch when you have other workflows and need assistance is setting that up.