When you export your points to a .csv file, they become available for use in a specific point file format. Virtual Surveyor uses the PXYZD point file format. This article explains the specifics of this format.


  • A point is exported in the P, X, Y, Z, D point file format.
  • Essentially, 5 pieces of information related to the point are exported.
  • This information is structured in 5 columns that contains the following headers:
    • P - Point Number
    • X - Easting coordinate of the point
    • Y - Northing coordinate of the point
    • Z - Elevation of the point
    • D - Descriptor
  • X, Y, and Z are exported to 6 decimals

Layer Information

  • Layer information is not included when exporting to a .csv file.
  • Depending on your descriptor, your CAD package imports the point in the proper layer and associates it with the proper symbol.

Separator Format

The .csv file are formatted according to your Windows regional settings. 

  • Before exporting as a .csv, be sure to set different symbol for decimals and list separators. 
  • Read the Windows support article to learn more about how to tune those settings. 
  • If you change your regional settings, don't forget to restart Virtual Surveyor before launching another point export.