The HOME tab contains the functions that are commonly used in the Virtual Surveyor. The HOME tab is the main access point to create points, lines, boundaries, and surfaces, and structure your data with descriptors, numbers, and layers. The HOME tab also can perform advanced water analysis on your terrain, and directly modify the terrain by removing surface objects. 



Tools Group


IconNameDescription
Area SelectEnables Area Select mode. Select multiple items at a time by left-clicking to draw a polygon around the desired items in the Viewport. Then right-click to end Area Select.
EraseEnables the Erase mode, which removes individual items from the project with a single left-click on any item in the Viewport.
Replace TerrainRemoves objects from your Elevation Terrain by drawing a polygon around the object with left-clicks. Right-click to complete the polygon and remove the object.

Result: Terrain Modifier
Remove ObjectRemoves objects from your Elevation Terrain with a single left-click.

Result: Terrain Modifier
CutCopy selected items to the clipboard while removing them from the project.
CopyCopy selected item to the clipboard.
PasteInsert any items from the clipboard into the selected layer and Terrain State.


Drawing Group


IconNameDescription
PointEnables the point drawing mode. When in point drawing mode you can create points in the Viewport with a single left-click.

Result: Point
PolylineEnables the polyline drawing mode. Polyline drawing mode allows you to create polylines by left-clicking in the Viewport along the polyline segments. Right-click to end creation.

Found in the Polyline / Arc tool dropdown.

Result: Polyline
Arc
Enables the arc drawing mode. Arc drawing mode allows you to create arcs by left-clicking in the Viewport. Right-click to end creation.

Found in the Polyline / Arc tool dropdown.

Result: Polyline
BoundaryEnables boundary drawing mode. In this mode, boundary items can be created by left-clicking in the Viewport around the area you want a boundary for. Right-click to end creation.

Found in the Boundary / Circle / Rectangle tool dropdown.

Result: Boundary
CircleEnables circle drawing mode. In this mode, circular boundaries can be created with two left-clicks in the Viewport. Right-click to end creation.

Found in the Boundary / Circle / Rectangle tool dropdown.

Result: Boundary
RectangleEnables rectangle drawing mode. In this mode, rectangular boundaries can be created with three left-clicks in the Viewport. Right-click to end creation.

Found in the Boundary / Circle / Rectangle tool dropdown.

Result: Boundary
Slope SteepnessDisplays the Slope Steepness Terrain Lens in the Viewport.
TransparentDisplays the Transparent Terrain Lens in the Viewport.
Toggle Image TerrainDisables/enables the Image Terrain in the Viewport.


Styling Group


IconNameDescription
PointAllows you to change the point color, shape, or size.
LineAllows you to change the line color & thickness.
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Surface - TIN / Contours Allows you to change the surface line color and thickness as well as switch between viewing the surface as a TIN, contours, or both.


Structure Group


IconNameDescription
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DescriptorSet & apply Descriptor to be given to digitized items.
Apply Descriptor to SelectionCurrent Descriptor is applied to all selected items.
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Next NumberNext Number allows you to automatically number either newly created items or a selection of items. When checked, Next Number applies the current number in the Next Number box to any newly created item. The number is incremented up by 1 for every item created with Next Number enabled.

If unchecked, any newly created items are not given a number, nor are any selection of items that have the Apply Numbering to Selection enabled.
Apply Numbering to SelectionSelected items are given a number starting from the Next Number and adding 1 for each additional item selected.
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LayerChoose, create, rename, remove, and move items to a layer.
Add LayerCreate a new layer.
Rename a layerRename a layer.
Remove LayerRemove a layer.
Move Selection to Current LayerMove selected item(s) to the currently selected layer.


Point Grid Group


IconNameDescription
Point Grid - Q-PointsCreates a multi-point group containing Points within the selected Boundary by placing Points on the terrain where the elevation exceeds the desired Elasticity in both a positive or negative Z. This is a Peak feature only.

Result: Multi-point
Point Grid - Low-passCreates a multi-point group containing Points within the selected Boundary where points are placed in a rectangular pattern, and then moved to a surrounding lowest elevation point depending on the Grid Size. This is a Peak feature only.

Result: Multi-point
Point Grid - TriangularCreates a multi-point group containing Points within the selected Boundary where points are placed in a triangular pattern according to the Grid Size & Azimuth.

Result: Multi-point
Point Grid - RectangularCreates a multi-point item group containing Points within the selected Boundary where points are placed in a rectangular pattern according to Grid Size & Azimuth.

Result: Multi-point


Water Group


IconNameDescription
Extract LevelCreates a Boundary item along a selected elevation.  Commonly used to outline and remove water noise in lakes & ponds. This is a Peak feature only.

Result: Boundary
Create WaterCreates a water item at the selected elevation. Water items are used in further water analysis and volumetrics.

Result: Water


Hull Group


IconNameDescription
Hull All / SelectionCreates a boundary item around all active survey items, or only the selected items.

Result: Boundary


Toposurface Group


IconNameDescription
Triangulate All / WithinCreates a Surface item from the currently enabled survey items including points, polylines, boundaries, and other surfaces (TIN), or only from items within a selected boundary.

Result: Surface