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.
Quick Usage Guide
- 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.
Where and When to Use the Export Survey Feature
- 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 to use the .shp format, point files in the .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
- You cannot export a LandXML without a projected coordinate system.
- Virtual Surveyor only exports the single point items (descriptors, numbers, and coordinates) when 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 use the Extract Points tool to force the export of these vertices from the survey items.
- Points that are part of a point grid are also not exported in a .csv file. You need to use the Extract Points feature before you can export those points to a .csv file.