To create a new project, you'll need files available from your photogrammetry process including the Digital Surface Model (DSM) and orthomosaic, terrestrial survey, or lidar data project, and load them into Virtual Surveyor. 


Create a Project

  1. Click on File (or start Virtual Surveyor).
  2. Click New.
    1. Set the directory where you want to save your project. This can be in your Dropbox or on a local drive.
  3. Specify a Project Name.
  4. Select the appropriate Template for your project.

  5. Click Create Project

Add Data to Your Project

  1. You can add data by dragging it directly into the application.
    1. You can also click on or choose files in the bottom section of the Project View.

  2. Browse the file or files you want to add to your project.
    1. Select the file(s).
  3. Click Open.
    1. The orthomosaic or point cloud (.tif, .jpg, .png, or .las, .laz) is converted to an Image Terrain.
    2. The DSM (.tif, .tiff, .tfw, .img) is converted to an Elevation Terrain.
    3. During the conversion process, you'll see the progress bar appear.
  4. When the conversion is finished, click Insert to add the files to the Viewport.

  5. You can now start your virtual survey!

  6. You can also add an existing CAD or GIS file that are imported directly (.dxf, .shp, .csv, xml).

Tips & Tricks

  • The Project Coordinate System is determined by the first dataset that you add to your project. 
  • Save your project on Dropbox, then you can work with your data anywhere (the data follows you).
  • Virtual Surveyor automatically downloads the data from your Dropbox (see Dropbox Settings) if you add a dataset that is stored online.
  • You can also add a set of images or elevation tiles. Virtual Surveyor combines them into one terrain file.
  • You can use the Terrain State feature to handle multiple drone datasets across different timeframes on the same project instead of creating a new project for each flight.