Applicable plans
Valley Ridge Peak


Virtual Surveyor includes multiple drawing tools. Those tools allow you to manually add survey items to your project. Project items can then be used for further analysis with Virtual Surveyor or exported as a CAD file.


Here are the available drawing modes:

  • Point
  • Polyline
  • Arc
  • Boundary 
  • Circle
  • Rectangle
  • Quick Surface


The drawing tools are available in the Drawing group of the HOME tab. You can switch drawing modes thanks to the drop down menus. Polyline and arc are grouped in the same drop down menu. Boundary, Circle and Rectangle are grouped in another drop down menu. The last used drawing mode displays in the ribbon. Click the arrow below the drawing tool icon to access drop down menu.







Quick guide

Point










  1. Enable Point drawing mode in the HOME tab.
  2. Left-mouse click(s) in the viewport to add point(s).
  3. You can choose to use Geometry Snapping in the dialog box.


Polyline










  1. Enable Polyline tool in the HOME tab.
  2. Select the Line Drawing Mode.
    • Free: regular straight polyline
    • Arc: curved polyline. You can turn that feature on/off while drawing and apply the arc mode to a part of the polyline.
    • Guided Breakline: semi-automatic topography line
  3. Choose if you want to use Geometry Snapping.
  4. Left-mouse clicks in the viewport to add polyline vertices.
  5. Right-mouse click to complete the polyline.


Arc

Ridge and Peak only.








  1. Enable Arc drawing mode in the HOME tab (Polyline drop-down menu)
  2. Choose if you want to use Geometry Snapping.
  3. Draw the arc(s).
    • First click = arc starting point
    • Second click = arc ending point 
    • Third click = arc radius and complete the arc


Boundary









  1. Enable Boundary tool in the HOME tab.
  2. Select the Line Drawing Mode.
    • Free: regular straight boundary
    • Arc: curved boundary. You can turn that feature on/off while drawing and apply the arc mode to a part of the boundary.
    • Guided Breakline: semi-automatic topography line
  3. Choose if you want to use Geometry Snapping.
  4. Left-mouse clicks in the viewport to add boundary vertices.
  5. Right-mouse click to complete the boundary.


Circle

Ridge and Peak only.








  1. Enable Circle drawing mode in the HOME tab (Boundary drop-down menu)
  2. Draw the circle(s). Each circle is defined by 2 clicks.
    • First click = point on the circle
    • Second click = another point on the circle and complete the circle
  3. You can choose to use Geometry Snapping in the dialog box.


Rectangle

Ridge and Peak only.









  1. Enable Rectangle drawing mode in the HOME tab (Boundary drop-down menu)
  2. Draw the rectangle(s). Each rectangle is defined by 3 clicks.
    • First click = one of the rectangle corner
    • Second click = first rectangle dimension 
    • Third click = second rectangle dimension and complete the rectangle
  3. You can choose to use Geometry Snapping in the dialog box.


Quick Surface

Ridge and Peak only.










  1. Enable Quick Surface tool in the HOME tab.
  2. Select the Line Drawing Mode.
    • Free: regular straight boundary
    • Arc: curved boundary. You can turn that feature on/off while drawing and apply arc mode to a part of the boundary.
    • Guided Breakline: semi-automatic topography line
  3. Choose if you want to use Geometry Snapping.
  4. Left-mouse clicks in the viewport to add Surface vertices.
  5. Right-mouse click to complete the Surface.


Usage

  • You can use the drawing tools to place survey items on your drone data and export those item as a CAD file.

  • Combined with the Offset tool, the Polyline and arc tools are useful to trace curbs and gutters.

  • The polyline tool can be used to draw breaklines. Those lines are usually required for mine surveys. They are also useful to create TIN.


Tips and tricks 

  • Project item vertices are draped on the elevation terrain. You can edit item vertices if you want them all to be on athe same elevation. Draw the item with one of the tools described above. Select the object and enable the Edit Vertex tool in the TOOLS tab. Set the Edit Vertex Mode to Z. Select all the vertices (Ctrl+A) and set the Z value in the dialog box.