Step 5 – Survey Overview

In this video, we will go over the features of Survey and provide you with an overview of how to use it.

Step 5 – Survey Overview

In this video, we will go over the features of Survey and provide you with an overview of how to use it. Follow along on your own smart device or use the Survey Simulator.

In the top left-hand corner, there is a hamburger menu that when clicked drops down to reveal 6 selections:

  1. Survey – when the project has been created, this is where you will capture your data

  2. Project – where you will create the project and can see other projects created (on the USB drive)

  3. Floor – this is where you will create your initial, and consecutive floors

  4. Scan – here you can select scans taken for viewing, and add the name/label a scan

  5. Settings – here you can customize certain options such as HDR on/off and eject your USB

  6. Reload App – if you are having app issues, this reloads the app to help solve any problems

Under Settings, you have the following options:

  1. Auto Align – turning on automatic alignment, recommended to be set to “on”

  2. HDR – High Dynamic Range image – recommended to be set to “on”

  3. Coverage Opacity – this sets the laser data coverage opacity in the survey screen

  4. Always Show LiDAR Scan – this will display a green line showing the live LiDAR scan data

  5. Quiet Mode – this turns of the noises the Theta Z1 makes when taking panos

  6. 360-degree Camera Volume – this controls the Theta Z1 bleep volume

  7. Units – you can select between cm/inch

  8. Wifi Band – you can select between 24 Ghz or 5 Ghz

  9. Access Point Name – this is automatically set to Planix but you can customize this to your liking

  10. Wifi Password – the app comes with a default password (just like the access point name) but you have the option to change it. We recommend you keep it at the default password as a Factory reset is the only way to rectify if you forget a customized password.

  11. Power Off Timeout – set this to automatically turn off the system when idle

  12. Save Settings – save any custom changes

  13. Reset to Factory Settings – reset all settings back to default set up

  14. Eject USB – when the system is on, you can use this option to safely eject the USB drive

  15. Power Off – shuts down the system (including Ricoh Theta)

  16. Calibrate Compass – calibrates your compass (How-to video included for detailed instructions)

  17. Align 360-degree camera – this aligns the Ricoh Theta lens to the LiDAR for accurate image-to-data sync

  18. Format USB – this will format (erase) the docked USB and apply the correct file system type

  19. Update System File – this is used by Planitar for upgrade and configuration purposes

  20. Update Firmware – this is where you are able to update the firmware when new versions are released

  21. System Information – details on the current firmware and system serial numbers

  22. Save System Log – saves a log of the current system session. When provided to Planitar support, this will help diagnose any issues

Project Creation Screen

In the project name box, enter your iGUIDE name here. Typically this is the property address. Below the project name field you will see “Exterior Wall Thickness”. Using your tape measure you will measure the exterior wall thickness (easiest to find at the front door) and enter it here. Once both of these fields are populated, click “Create” to move to the floor creation screen.

Floor Creation Screen

On this screen you will first see a Floor Name field. You can type in a custom floor name or select an option from the drop down. If this floor has a different wall thickness, you can enter it in the field right below where you have entered the floor name. There is an option to click to select Below Grade. Once you have entered the information for the floor, you click the “create” button to progress to the survey screen.

Survey Screen

To get started on your first pano, click the shutter icon in the bottom middle of your screen. After processing, you can pano around to look at the image in the top portion of the screen. If you are satisfied with the image, relocate the camera to where you would like to capture your next pano and then click the shutter button again. Once this is completed you will be able to pan and zoom within the laser data area on the bottom half of your screen. The arrows above the pano image allow you to review previous pano images taken.

The icon on the bottom right side of the screen allows you to select between single and dual shot mode. “2-shot” mode allows you to walk around the system instead of hiding while you capture scans. If you have selected 2-shot mode, after the first image is processed, you will be prompted by a message on your screen to walk around to the rear of the system and process the second image. Once both images have been processed you will be able to check and make sure the scan image has been generated correctly.

Data Alignment

After capturing a few scans you can check and make sure that your alignment is correct by clicking on the “Align” button in the bottom left corner of the screen. The only scan you will be able to align once you click this button is the currently selected scan. Simply drag to move it. 2-finger spinning allows for rotation if needed. You can click on “Snap” to auto-align the data for you and then you can click “Save” to save your updated scan alignment. If you click on “Cancel” it will cancel all the changes you made on this screen.

Once you are back on the main screen, the top right-hand corner icon allows you to flip between a full-screen view of either just the image or just the laser data; or a 50-50 split view of the laser data/360 image.

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