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Top Features

Top Features

Find out what our users like best about Layout. Click on these top features.


Contractor Friendly

  • Streamlined interface with two modes: layout and as-built.
  • Layout mode includes all the tools you need to locate points, lines, arcs, and .dxf drawing entities. As-built mode includes all the tools you need to perform a topographic survey or to collect as-built data. Measure and store points that can be exported for use in CAD systems, or import the data directly into MicroSurvey Point Prep.

Easy Plan Entry

  • Built-in plan entry tool allows you to easily take design measurements from a paper plan and enter them directly into Layout to create a digital version of the drawing.
  • Work in feet, feet and inches, fractions, or metric units.
  • Coordinate points are computed for you automatically as you enter measurements.
  • Create lines and arcs along with points at the same time as you enter plans.
  • Template creator allows you to save your entered plan so it can be used in other projects.

Easy Setup

  • Reference Point routine allows you to measure to two or more known points to establish your total station location so you can begin to work quickly.
  • Reference Point Check allows you to confirm at any time during your work day that your total station position is still valid and accurate.
  • Check Point routine can also be used to check into other known points to confirm that your total station position is accurate and correct.
  • Remote Benchmark allows you to shoot a known point so a known elevation can be transferred to your current total station position.

Easy Layout

  • Graphically stake points and lines by selecting them from the map screen.
  • Graphically stake .dxf CAD drawings by selecting .dxf entities from the map screen.
  • Staking list allows you to manage your day’s work by selecting the points you plan on staking, and Layout will automatically guide your layout process.
  • Stake Point routine can automatically find the next nearest point to your current prism or GPS position for you.
  • Error checking is built in and warns you when you store a layout position that doesn’t meet your error tolerances, preventing accidental errors at the job site.
  • Cut sheet generator creates a layout report that summarizes what points have been located along with point deviations and cut and fill values.

Offsets and Point Patterns

  • Lines and arcs can be offset to the left or right or to both sides by a specific distance.
  • Compute points down and out from a line or arc.
  • Partition lines or arcs by defining a distance or a number of divisions along the line or arc.
  • Compute point offsets between points.
  • Input point patterns and then apply them to points in your project for layout.

As-Built and Topographic Tools

  • As-built routines are built in so you can measure existing conditions for as-built reports or drawings.
  • Easily record points with elevation that can be exported to third-party applications.
  • Generate line work as you measure. Create a picture at the job site while you work.
  • Use GPS or your total station to measure and record your points.

Road Alignment Layout

  • Input alignment data from paper drawings into the built-in alignment editor.
  • Input horizontal alignment, vertical profiles and templates.
  • Easy-to-use stakeout tools.

Advanced Display and Platforms

  • Easy-to-use menu structure makes finding things a breeze.
  • Two different modes separate the layout and as-built process making it more streamlined and intuitive to use.
  • Easy-to-use map screen has all the tools you need to lay out data and collect as-built details.
  • Live graphics screen allows you to pick data from the map screen for layout.
  • MicroSurvey Layout can be installed and used on laptops, tablet computers, and Windows Mobile devices: both portrait and landscape devices supported.
  • Common look and feel across all platforms.

Equipment Support

  • Conventional non-robotic instruments and robotic instruments are supported.
  • GPS base and rover systems supported.
  • Network-corrected GPS rover systems supported.
  • Leica 3D Disto supported.

Desktop Companion

  • Open Autodesk .dwg and .dxf files with MicroSurvey Point Prep and create points quickly from the digital CAD drawing.
  • Export and upload points directly to MicroSurvey Layout for layout at the job site.
  • Export and upload a CAD background file (.dxf) for use with MicroSurvey Layout.
  • Create surface files that can then be uploaded and used with MicroSurvey Layout.
  • Download layout data from MicroSurvey Layout and create cut sheet reports.
  • Download as-built data from MicroSurvey Layout and prepare a drawing file.
  • Download topographic data from MicroSurvey Layout and prepare a drawing file, compute volumes, create contours, or create a DTM model.
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