Virtual Surveyor is a productivity tool, which means it helps you save time. But it is not an automation tool. 

You need to see Virtual Surveyor as a toolkit and build an optimal workflow using the tools available in the software. The workflow differs depending on the type of deliverable you need to produce. So always ask yourself what deliverable your customer may need:

  • Line Survey
  • TIN Surface
  • Contour Lines
  • Volume Report
  • Cut/Fill Map

Based on this decision, you can apply a workflow. Another important decision to make at this point is if you are going to clean your terrain or not? 

The following sections are great starting points for different workflows:

When You Need to Monitor a Construction or Mine Site

  • Clean the machines and other objects from the terrain.
  • Create the cut-and-fill map.

When You Need to Make a Surface for a Site 

(The customer often wants to make a cut-and-fill map in another software).

  • Create the Boundary you want to work within.
  • Run the Q-Points.
  • Clean the points from objects on the terrain.
  • Produce and export your surface from the Q-Points.

When You Need to Produce Breaklines 

  • You can immediately start drawing the linework by drawing manually or using the Guided Breakline Tool.
    • There is no need to clean anything.
  • You can always add additional points to any needed areas. 

When You Have a Lot of Trees or Buildings

When You Need a Clear Layer Structure and Descriptors

For a Low-Maintenance Road, the Methodology of Using Section Lines Applies

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us when you have other workflows and need assistance setting them up.