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Valley Ridge Peak

One of the most common traditional land survey methods to create a topo over an area is to run parallel transects at set intervals that capture the XY & Z coordinate which are then used in your surface creation. The Rectangular / Triangular Point Grid tools allow you to simulate this same process virtually, allowing for easy creation of hundreds to thousands of points from your drone survey data. 

The Rectangular / Triangular Point Grid tool works by placing points in either a Rectangular or Triangular pattern, with a constant X & Y spacing between every point based off of your input Grid Size, and the Z from the underlying drone data.  

The final output of Rectangular / Triangular Point Grid is a Multi-point item containing all of your points. You can find the Rectangular / Triangular function as part of the Point Grid tools within the Home tab of Virtual Surveyor. 

Quick guide

  1. Create a Boundary around the area you wish to run the Rectangular / Triangular Point Grid and then select it.
  2. Within the Home tab Navigate to the Point Grid section and choose Rectangular / Triangular in Type.
  3. Set a Grid Size parameter.
  4. Set an Azimuth direction.
  5. Click on the Point Grid button to start generating Rectangular / Triangular points.
  6. A progress bar in the bottom left of the software will display and points will be created on your terrain.
  7. Your Rectangular / Triangular points will display in the Viewport and will be contained within a Multi-point item

Tools settings

  • Type: Choose Rectangular or Triangular to set the pattern that is used for your Point Grid. 
  • Grid Size: Sets the spacing of your grid type. Every point will be equidistant according to the set Grid Size.
  • Azimuth: Sets the direction of the point grid pattern with 0° being true North, and increasing degrees rotating the direction from there clockwise.


  • Both Rectangular & Triangular types will place points with equal spacing but in their respective patterns.

  • It is commonly used in combination with your other survey items (breaklines & field shots) in your surface creation.

Tips and Tricks

  • Your Grid Size can typically easily be half of your typical field collection spacing. For instance if you were doing a topo and your traditional survey would have been collected at 50ft (15.24m) spacing, you can usually use 25ft,(7.62m) or even 15ft (4.57m).
  • If you require more detail in your contours you can decrease the Grid Size.
  • Keep in mind, the more you decrease your Grid Size, the more points you need to clean, and the larger your data set becomes.
  • Remember, you can always use any Point Grid tool over small subsets of your whole project. If you have areas where Low-pass Points would work best, use them there, and other Point Grid types in the other areas where it may not be suitable.