Applicable plans
Valley Ridge Peak


Like most CAD software Virtual Surveyor is working with a layer structure. By default, project items are assigned to "No Layer". You can define the layer where the project items will be recorded before creating those. You can also move items from a layer to another after the drawing. Use the Layer tool available in the Structure group of the Home tab or you can do a right mouse click in the project view to access the contextual menus. 


Structure group - Layer tool

Project view - Contextual menus


Info! You can also change the name and the number associated to the survey items.


Quick Guide

Create a new layer

Structure groupProject view
  1. Got to the HOME tab.
  2. In the Structure group, open the Layer drop down menu.
  3. In the top box write the desired layer name
  4.  Click on the plus button.
  5. The layer is created in the list.
  1. Make a right mouse click in the grey area of the project view.
  2. In the contextual menu, click on Add Layer.
  3. Enter the desired layer name.
  4. Press Enter or click anywhere to complete.
Easy!


Set a layer active

Structure groupProject view
  1. Got to the HOME tab.
  2. In the Structure group, open the Layer drop down menu.
  3. Click on the layer in the list to select it.
  4. All project items are recorded int that new layer until you activate another layer.
  1. Make a right mouse click on the layer to activate.
  2. In the contextual menu, click on Set Layer Active.
  3. All project items are recorded int that new layer until you activate another layer.
Easy!



Rename a layer

Structure groupProject view
  1. Got to the HOME tab.
  2. In the Structure group, open the Layer drop down menu.
  3. Click on the edit button next to the layer to rename. 
  4. In the text box write the desired layer name.
  5. Press Enter to complete.

  1. Make a right mouse click on the layer to rename.
  2. In the contextual menu, click on Rename.
  3. In the text box write the desired layer name.
  4. Press Enter or click anywhere to complete.
Easy!


Delete a layer

Structure groupProject view
  1. Got to the HOME tab.
  2. In the Structure group, open the Layer drop down menu.
  3.  Click on the cross next to the layer to delete.
  4. The layer is deleted from in the project view.
  1. Make a right mouse click on the layer to delete.
  2. In the contextual menu, click on Delete Layer.
  3. The layer is deleted from the project view.
Easy!


Moving an item from a layer to another

Structure groupProject view
  1. Select one or multiple survey item(s)
  2. Go to the Structure group in the HOME tab, open the Layer drop down menu.
  3. Click on the new layer in the list to select it.
  4. Click on the "Move Selection to Current Layer" button on the right of the box.
  5. Item(s) is (are) moved to the new layer in the project view.
  1. Within the project view, drag and drop a project item from one layer to another.
Easy!



Tool settings

When a layer is activated, it will be used for all the survey item drawn afterward.


Usage

  • You can use the layer manager to structure your project. By enabling/disabling layer through the project view you can generate various views of your project. For example you can create layers for each type of project item and then you can display view focused on a specific survey item.
  • Mountain version users who don't have access to Terrain State feature, can use the layer manager to deal with survey items from different dates

Tips and tricks

  • When you delete a layer, if the layer is not empty, items contained int the layer are deleted at the same time.
  • By default, empty layer are not showed in the project view. A newly created layer that does not contain any items is not displayed in the project view. You can enable empty layers display at the top of the project view. 
  • It also possible to delete all the empty layers in one click. Make a right mouse click in the grey area of the project view to access the contextual menu and click on Delete Empty Layers. This feature is useful when importing a CAD file containing many layers.