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 8 components:

  1. Viewport
  2. Ribbon
  3. Project view
  4. Add data control
  5. Information box
  6. Status menu
  7. Material editor
  8. 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 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 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 and to organize your drone data over time with the terrain states. 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. 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.



5. Information box

The information box is only visible when a project item is selected. It appears under the project view and contains basic information about the selected project item such as the coordinates or volume information. Other properties are displayed depending on the selected project item. You can click on the copy icon to copy the information to the clipboard.



6. Status bar

The status bar is the horizontal ochre menu at the bottom of the application 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



7. 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.



8. 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.