Virtual Surveyor gives a default Descriptor to each drawn survey item. You can set the Descriptor before placing a survey item and you can also change that Descriptor after it is created. Use the Descriptor tool available in the Structure group of the Home tab or right-click in the Project View to access the renaming editor through the contextual menu.

Structure Group Editor

Project View Editor

Info! Using the same method to name and rename survey items, you can also change the number associated with the survey items and the layer they are in.


Naming Survey Item(s)

You can name project items before you start drawing them on the Elevation Terrain to help you save time.

  1. In the HOME tab, enable the drawing tool you want to use.
  2. Look in the Structure group of the HOME Tab and type the name of the survey item in the Descriptor text box.
  3. Select the Layer you want the item to appear, in the Layer dropdown menu.
  4. Draw the survey item in the Viewport.
  5. The survey item appears in the Project View with its respective name.

Renaming Survey Item(s) After Drawing

You can rename one or multiple survey items, after you have drawn them on the Elevation Terrain, using either the Project View or the Structure group in the Home tab; whichever method is the most efficient for your situation.

Rename a Single Item

  1. Right-click on the item to be renamed in the Project View.
  2. Select Rename.
  3. Type the desired name in the text box.
  4. Press Enter to complete.

Rename Multiple Items

  1. Select one or multiple survey item(s).
  2. Go to the Structure group in the HOME tab.
  3. Rename the Descriptor in the text box.
  4. Click on the Apply Descriptor to Selection button to the right of the box.
  5. In the Project View, a survey item descriptor is changed to read the same as the label in the Viewport.

Tool Settings

When a Descriptor is set in the box, any of the same item type created has that descriptor applied until it is changed. It does not matter whether this Descriptor has been set to name or rename survey items.

Examples of Naming Survey Items

  • Generally, when creating stockpile volume calculations, each stockpile has a dedicated name or code. By setting a distinctive descriptor to the volume items, you can display meaningful labels in the Viewport and export quantities with the associated stockpile name or code.

  • Associating a Descriptor to each survey item helps the user keep track of them all and makes any review of exported data much easier to follow. For example, in road surveying, each line represents a different part of the road.