Applicable plans
Valley Ridge Peak


Virtual Surveyor includes multiple drawing tools. These 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.


Below are the available drawing modes:

  • Point
  • Polyline
  • Arc
  • Boundary 
  • Circle
  • Rectangle


The drawing tools are available in the Drawing group of the HOME tab. You can switch drawing modes through 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 is highlighted in the ribbon until you end using that mode by right-mouse clicking, or clicking on the icon again. Left-mouse 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 vertex to vertex straight polyline.
    • Arc: curved polyline. Can be turned on/off while drawing to apply the arc mode to a part of the polyline.
    • Guided Breakline: semi-automatic topography line extraction.
  3. Choose if you want to use Geometry Snapping.
  4. Left-mouse click in the viewport to add polyline vertices.
  5. Right-mouse click to complete a polyline.


Arc

Ridge and Peak feature.








  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 completes the arc.


Boundary









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


Circle

Ridge and Peak feature.








  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 perimeter.
    • Second click = another point on the radius to complete the circle.
  3. You can choose to use Geometry Snapping in the dialog box.


Rectangle

Ridge and Peak feature.









  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's corners.
    • 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.


Usage

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

  • 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 a TIN.


Tips and tricks 

  • You can always edit your created or imported lines via the TOOLS tab when an item is selected. Click on the Edit Vertex button in the TOOLS tab to begin your edit modes
  • Project item vertices are draped on the elevation terrain. You can edit item vertices if you want them all to be on the 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.