Virtual Surveyor is designed for working in projected coordinate systems. Virtual Surveyor sets the coordinate system from the first dataset you add. You can also change the set coordinate system. It is important to set the appropriate coordinate system as all your data will be exported in this coordinate system.


You can also set a local coordinate system in case your initial dataset has no coordinate system.


Initial coordinate system

A new project contains no data and has no coordinate system set. It will show UNDEFINED as in the illustration below.



Virtual Surveyor will set a coordinate system automatically based on the first dataset you add to your project. The set coordinate system will appear in the lower left side of the status menu.



At this moment you will also be able to change the project coordinate system if you want to work in another system then your initial dataset.


Change the coordinate system

This section explains you how to change the coordinate system step-by-step.

  1. Click on Project Coordinate System in the status bar of your desktop application.


  2. Type the name or EPSG code of the coordinate system in the window that pops up.


  3. Click Apply to set the new coordinate system.
  4. All your data will be reprojected to this coordinate system.


Local Coordinate System

  • Virtual Surveyor allows you to set a local coordinate system for your project. 
  • Type Local in the search box and the possible options will appear.
  • You can set a local coordinate system in metric or imperial units.


Note: Local coordinate systems have no reprojection functionality.


Custom Coordinate System

  • It is not possible to set a custom coordinate system in Virtual Surveyor.
  • Virtual Surveyor will show UNDEFINED in case you use a coordinate system that is not supported.
  • Even with an undefined coordinate system, you can use all but the reprojection functionality of Virtual Surveyor.
  • We recommend to set the Display Units if you know the unit system (meter or feet).