Volume Tool

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Getting Started

This article will go over how to use the Volume tool. The Volume tool calculates the amount of material that is needed to add or remove from a surface to match a specific reference elevation.

This tool is located in the Builder Toolbar, under Surfaces:

Volume Tool
Fig 1: Volume Tool

Using the Volume Tool

With the tool activated, define an area for analysis by left clicking points around your project.

Defining an Area
Fig 2: Defining your area

Volume Tool Settings

With a defined area, the Volume Settings dialog will appear.

Volume Tool Settings
Fig 3: Volume settings
  • Point Spacing – Reduces the density of the point cloud to a grid spacing which utilizes less points during the analysis. This feature is computationally expensive, so a sparse point spacing of 6” (15cm) or greater is recommended.
  • Base Elevation – Specifies the target elevation of the design surface for volume calculation.
  • Specify – Click on any scan point to use its elevation as the Base Elevation for this volume calculation.
  • Apply – This button confirms the settings and calculates cut and fill volumes.
  • Remove – This button removes the active Volume from the current analysis.
  • Cancel – This button cancels the command and dismisses the dialog.

After choosing your settings, click apply to start the analysis.

Volume Tool Results
Fig 4: Volume Tool results

After the analysis is complete, you will have a visual representation of cut and fill alongside of a Report dialog.


Volume Tool Report

Volume Tool Report
Fig 5: Volume Report
  • Surface – Selects the command session used to create the cut and fill volumes to report.
  • Target Elevation – The target elevation used to create the analysis.
  • Volume to Fill – The volume of material that you must add to the low areas of the analysis to raise it to the target elevation.
  • Volume to Cut – The volume of material that you must cut in order to lower areas of the analysis to the target elevation.
  • Cross-Sectional Surface Area – Reports the area of the analyzed region.
  • Notes – Additional information to appear in the volume report.
  • Screenshot – A screenshot of the analyzed region.
  • Create Report – Opens the Create Report dialog box to specify the file type and location of the exported report.
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