In the main view you find the set of tools you need to create survey deliverables from your drone data.


The main view consists of 10 components:

  1. Viewport
  2. Ribbon
  3. Project view
  4. Terrain state manager
  5. Add data control
  6. Selection box
  7. Profile view
  8. Material editor
  9. Status menu
  10. Quick Access Toolbar



1. Viewport

The viewport is the most important component of the Virtual Surveyor software. The viewport is the place where you can see, explore and understand your drone data and create your topographic surveys. You can navigate through the viewport with your mouse or keyboard. 


2. Ribbon

The ribbon is the menu at the top of the application that gives you access to all the operations you can do in your Virtual Surveyor project. The ribbon is organized through a series of logically organized tabs.



TabDescription
HOMEThe main tab that contains the most commonly used functions like drawing and gridding.
EXPORTAllows you to export your work to survey deliverables like a CAD model or stockpile report.
ANALYSISFunctions that help you understand your data such as the slope steepness lens.
VIEWFunctions that relate to the different way you can view your projects.
HELPEasy access to the knowledge base, videos and how to get in touch with us for assistance.
TOOLSExposes a series of operations that you can do to the selected project item(s). 

The appearance of the tabs is different for Peak, Ridge and Valley versions.


The FILE button gives you access to the backstage view which contains the commands to create a new, open an existing and save a project.


3. Project view

The project view is available in the left side of the application. The project view helps to structure your survey in different layers. The project view gives you access to all your project items even when they are not visible in the viewport.


A right mouse click on a project item or layer gives you access to several contextual menus which allow you to create and manage layers and project items.



4. Terrain state manager

The terrain state manager allows you to organize a project site over time with the terrain states. A terrain state can contain drone data or a CAD design of a future state. The terrain state manager is present directly above the project view.



5. Add data control

The add data control is also available on the left side of the application and appears under the project view. The add data control allows you to add drone and CAD data to your project. You can click choose files or drag-and-drop data in the entire main view. The add data control shows progress when your data is converted, imported or downloaded from Dropbox.



6. Selection box

The selection box exposes a Select All function and will present information about the selected project items or item. When you have a single item selected, the selection box will display its properties. When multiple items are selected, the selection box displays a selection summary by item type. You can then further click on an item type to create a selection subset.

 


You can click on the copy icon in the upperright corner to copy the properties of a single item to the clipboard.


7. Profile view

In the profile view you can get a vertical section of your topography along a line. This is helpful to analyze elevations in your projects for a single or multiple moments in time. The profile view allows you to look at your drone data from another point of view in addition to the default interactive 3D view and the 2D map view.

 

8. The material editor

The material editor allows you to define a material with properties like density, value per ton and a display color. Materials are used to convert volume information to tonnage and monetary value. The colors help to easily identify how different materials are spread over your (aggregates) site.



9. Status bar

The status bar is the horizontal ochre menu at the bottom of the main view. The status bar displays some information about your project like the coordinate system and the corresponding geographic coordinate of the mouse cursor. The status bar also allows you to change the project coordinate system and gives quick access to frequently used functions like the 3D and Map view modes



10. Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is a configurable toolbar at the very top of the application that shortcuts to some important functions of the application like Undo and Save. All the Quick Access Toolbar function are available as shortcuts as well.