You have files available from your photogrammetry process (DSM, orthophoto), terrestrial survey, or lidar data project and want to load them into Virtual Surveyor. Adding any of this data starts with creating a New Project


This article explains how to do this in a step-by-step guide:

  1. You create a new project.
  2. You add data to the project.


Create a project

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


Add data to your project

  1. You can add data by dragging it directly into the application, or
  2. You can also click on choose files in the bottom section of the project view.
  3. Browse to the file or files you want to add to your project.
  4. Select the file(s).
  5. Click Open.
  6. Orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds (.tif, .jpg, .png, .las, .laz) are converted to a terrain first.
  7. During the conversion process you'll see the progress bar appear.
  8. When the conversion is finished, you can click Insert to add the terrains to the viewport.
  9. You can start your virtual survey now!
  10. Or you can 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. Read more information here.
  • 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 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.