Virtual Surveyor expands functionality in free version of drone surveying software
Information from Virtual Surveyor
In release 7.4, Virtual Surveyor has added new functionality to the free pricing level of its drone surveying software. Originally offered as a free viewing tool for imagery and elevation models captured by drones, the entry-level “Valley” plan now enables surveyors to create topographic line surveys for small-area projects, and create engineering CAD models from drone orthophotos and/or lidar data sets.
Available under three pricing plans, the Virtual Surveyor software enables surveyors to derive topographic information from drone data that engineers need for construction, mining, and other excavation projects. It lets surveyor selects survey points and breaklines to create accurate lightweight CAD model for further use in engineering design packages. When calculating volumetric change using all data points, like stockpiles or a cut/fill map, the software creates a clean terrain model to remove conveyors and machines through simple clicking.
The company has also renamed and enhanced capabilities of its other plans.:
- Valley (Free): Create CAD models from drone images or lidar for topographic surveying applications in small areas.
- Ridge: Create advanced topographic and quantity surveys, including digital surfaces and contours, as well as stockpile volume calculations, from drone data for advanced surveying projects.
- Peak: Designed for large-area projects, this plan includes productivity tools such as intelligent gridding and guided breakline generation that speed processing. It enables surveyors to measure and track cut-and-fill progress at construction, mining, and other excavation sites over time.