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, to structure your data with descriptors, numbers and layers, perform advance 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 drawing a polygon around the desired items in the viewport by left-mouse clicking and then right-mouse click to end Area Select.
EraseEnables the Erase mode which removes individual items from the project with a single left-mouse click on any item in the Viewport.
Replace TerrainRemoves objects from your Elevation terrain by drawing a polygon around the object to be removed with left-mouse clicks, and right-mouse click to complete.

Result: Terrain modifier
Remove ObjectRemoves objects from your Elevation terrain in one left-mouse clicks.

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-mouse click.

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


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

Result: Boundary
Quick SurfaceEnables quick surface drawing mode. This mode allows you to create simple surface items quickly by left-mouse clicking around the area where you want the surface created. The surface will be created from the drawn polygon.

Result: Surface
Slope SteepnessDisplays the Slope Steepness Terrain Lens in the Viewport.
TransparentDisplays the Transparent Terrain Lens in the Viewport.
Guided Breakline ToolEnables the Guided Breakline functionality for digitizing breaklines, boundaries and Quick Surfaces. The Guided Breakline Tool will use your input sample segment to automatically draw features for you. This is a Peak feature only.


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 selection of items. When checked, Next Number will apply the current number in the Next Number box the any newly created item. The number will be incremented up by 1 for every item created with Next Number enabled.

If unchecked, any newly created items will not be given any number, and any selection of items having the Apply Numbering to Selection will also have none.
Apply Numbering to SelectionSelected items are given a number starting from the Next Number and adding 1 for each item additional item selected.
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LayerChoose, create, rename, remove, and move items to 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 an Boundary item along a selected elevation.  Commonly used for outlining and removing 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 / SelectionCreate a boundary item around all of the survey items, or only the selected ones.

Result: Boundary


Toposurface group


IconNameDescription
Triangulate AllCreate a Surface item from the currently enabled survey items (points, polylines & boundaries).

Result: Surface
Triangulate WithinCreate a Surface item from the enabled survey items within a selected boundary.

Result: Surface