After completing your survey work with Virtual Surveyor, use the Export Survey feature to export the survey items as a lightweight CAD or GIS file.
Export Survey is available in the EXPORT tab when at least one survey item is visible in the viewport.
- Enable the survey items in the project view that you want to export.
- Go to the EXPORT tab.
- In the Survey group, select the export format (.dxf, .xml, .shp, .csv or .kml).
- Click on Export Survey.
- Specify a file name and storage location and click Save.
- Once completed you can open the file with a third party software.
- Use the Export Survey tool to generate lightweight files to share with your colleagues and customers. Choose the format based on their use case and the third-party application they use. A CAD software usually requires .dxf or .xml files as an input. While GIS users prefer .shp format. Point files in.csv format are used for both jobs.
- Export your survey as a .kml file to open it or let your customers use it in Google Earth.
- Go on site with a .kml file using your smartphone. Open the .kml file with Google Earth (Android or iOS) and allow the localization service on your smartphone. The survey items and your current position appear simultaneously in the app.
In the example below, the red polyline was drawn on a former survey. This line can be used in the field to locate where the pit edge was at that time.
Tips and tricks
- Virtual Surveyor exports only the single point items (descriptors, numbers and coordinates) if you choose to export your survey as a .csv file. Vertices coming from polylines, boundaries and surfaces are not exported in this file type. You can force the export of these vertices by first extracting them from the survey items.
- In the same way, points which are part of a point grid are not exported in a .csv file. Here also, use the Extract Points feature before being able to export those point to a .csv file.