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

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

  1. You create an empty project.
  2. You add data to the project.

Create a project

  1. Start Virtual Surveyor.
  2. Go to File.
  3. Click New.
  4. Select if you want to save your project locally on on a Dropbox.
  5. Navigate to the Location where you want that your project file and terrains are stored.
  6. Specify a Project Name.
  7. Click Create Project
  8. You now have created an empty project

Add data to your project

  1. You can add data by dragging it directly into the project view, 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) will be converted to a terrain first.
  7. During the conversion process you'll see the progress appear.
  8. When the conversion is finished, you can click Insert to add the terrains to the view port.

  9. You can start your virtual survey now!

  10. Or you can add an existing CAD or GIS file which will be imported directly (.dxf, .shp, .csv, xml)

Tips & Tricks

  • The project coordinate system will be determined by the first dataset that you add to your project. Read more information here.
  • You can set the Location to Sharepoint, OneDrive, Box or other cloud storage account and you will be able to work with your data anywhere (the data follows you).
  • You can also add a set of image or elevation tiles. Virtual Surveyor combines them together to one terrain file.
  • You can use the Terrain State feature, to handle multiple drone datasets over time on the same project.

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