The Apglos Survey Wizard is easy-to-use, but also has a lot of functionalities when it comes to measuring and land surveying. To get the most out of this app, we wanted to provide you with a complete and thorough manual. So you can be quick and efficient in the field.

If you discover things that you would like us to change, supplement or tell, just contact us about is. For questions; try our FAQ-page.

Manual

Menu of Apglos Survey Wizard

On the left side of the top of the screen there is the name of Apglos Survey Wizard. On the right side there is the menu. The menu consists of 5 categories:

1.  : this is the File menu. Here you can open and save files.

2.  : here you can switch between the four main screens: “Import points”, “Export points”, “Draw” and “Calculate”

3.  : in this category you can connect to other devices like Bluetooth GNSS receivers.

4.  : this is the toolbox. You can find some special functions in Apglos here.

5.  : here you find more info on Apglos Survey Wizard

File menu

There are different options in the File menu:

  1. New : it will take erase everything from the map including all layers. Before doing this you will get a warning and then there is a possibility to save all the data before it gets erased.
  2. Open : this option will take you to the ‘Open’ screen
  3. Save : when clicking on this option it will take you to the ‘Save’ screen
  4. Import : this will lead you to the import screen
  5. Retrieve survey information : this option is not always there. It will be there when you open Apglos Survey Wizard and you can recover the data that was in Apglos Survey Wizard before the measurement app closed the last time.
  6. Other settings : this option will take you to the ‘Other settings’ screen

Switch screen menu

The switch screen menu makes you able to switch between screens. There are four menu items:

  1. Extract points will take you to the ‘Extract points’ screen
  2. Import points will make you go to the ‘Import points’ screen
  3. Draw will take you to the ‘Draw’ screen
  4. Calculate is the item that will go to the ‘Calculate’ screen

Connectivity menu

In the Connectivity there are two options. The first option is ‘Connect’. Clicking on this option will make you go to the ‘Connect’ screen.

The other option is ‘Disconnect’. When you click on this option then the software will be disconnected from anything that you connected Apglos Survey Wizard to with the option ‘Connect’.

Toolbox menu

The toolbox menu has some nice items:

  1. Add photo: when an element is selected a photo can be added by clicking on this menu item. After clicking on this item you will be directed to the ‘Photo’ screen.
  2. Auto landsurvey: with this function you can survey in an amount of distance units or an amount of time. Clicking on the item will lead you to the ‘Auto landsurvey’ screen
  3. Remove: when an element is selected and on this item is clicked then the element will be deleted.
  4. Survey accurate: after clicking this item you can survey more accurate, because of averaging data. You need to click this button everytime you want to survey or stake out accurate.

Info menu

The info menu has some items.

The first one is Move license. When you click on this item your license will be removed from the device and an email will be send to you with an activation code for some other Android device.

The second item is Manual. A click on this item will lead you to this page, where you can read everything about all functions of Apglos Survey Wizard.

Then there is Walk through. When you click on this item a walk-through will start and let you experience all basis functions for surveying and staking out.

As last the About function will take you to the ‘About’ screen.

Screen ``Extract points``

After having registrated your license you will start with the screen “Extract points”. On this screen in this measurement app you see a big map from Google Maps. Besides that there is a bar with 7 buttons. And you see the layerselector next to the icon: 

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Zooming on measurement app Apglos Survey Wizard

It is easy to zoom on Apglos Survey Wizard. To zoom in you only have to do the following:

  1. Put two fingers on the map
  2. Move the fingers outwards

When you do this, then you will see that you zoom in. For zooming out you do the following:

  1. Put two fingers on the map
  2. Move the fingers inwards

This will make you zoom out.

Icons on map

On the Google Map you see on the upper left corner some icons. The information behind the icons means the following:

1. : behind this icon the information of the found correction is given and when possible the amount of used satellites is given as well.

The following correction info can be given:

  • Android device: you can only survey when you set this up in ‘Other Settings’
  • invalid: you can NOT survey, because it will not be accurate
  • SPS: you can NOT survey, because it will not be accurate
  • DGPS: you can NOT survey, because it will not be accurate
  • Float RTK: you can NOT survey, because it will not be accurate
  • RTK: there is cm accuracy, so you will be able to survey

2.: here it says the height of the antenna that has been given in ‘Other settings’

Note: The height of the antenna is not always the same as the pole length. Ask about this to the dealer of your GNSS receiver.

3.: the information here indicates the file name that you opened last or that you saved the information to last.

4.: this is a stopwatch and tells the time in seconds between the last time that the location information was send to the NTRIP caster if you have configurated Apglos Survey Wizard as an NTRIP client in ‘Connect’

More information on Google Map

On the bottom right screen of the Google Map there is more information to see. The information is about the current location.

This can be in latitude, longitude and ellipsoidal height. Then the icons say from top to bottom L, L, h. But the information can also be shown in x-, y- and z- coordinate. Then the icons are from top to down: X, Y, Z.

Behind the coordinate information theres stands the icon: 

The information behind this says the maximum deviation of the coordinate. When there is no ‘T’ mentioned before the number then the number is in the units as they are configurated in ‘Other Settings’.

Otherwise the deviation is given in HDOP and VDOP.

The buttons on the screen ``Extract points``

In the bar just above the map you see seven buttons. These buttons make sure that you can survey anything that you want in the field. The buttons are:

1. : survey a point

You only have to click on this button. When the correction is ‘RTK’ or ‘Android device’ when you made ‘Phone GPS’ usable in ‘Other settings’ a point will be drawn on the map.

2. : survey a line

To survey a line you have to select a point first. This point will be the start point of the line. When you click on this button the end point of the line will be determined and a line will be drawn on the Google Map. Also a point will be added on the map on the end point of the line.

3. : survey an arc

To survey an arc you need to select a line. The start point of the line is the start point of the arc and the end point of the line will be on the arc. When you click on this button you will get the end point of the arc that will go through the end point of the line. The line will be deleted when the arc gets drawn. Also on the end point of the arc a point will be drawn on the Google

4. : survey a polyline

To create a polyline you need to have selected a point, line or polyline. After clicking on this button a polyline will be drawn when a point is selected and a line piece will be added to the line or polyline when they are selected. A point on the end point of the polyline will be also added to the Google Map.

5. : survey a polygon

A polygon can be created by selecting a line, polyline or polygon and clicking this button. When you click this button a point will be added on the current location and a polygon will be drawn when a line or polyline is selected with the current location between the start point and end point of the line or polyline.

6. : add a comment

When you click this button a point will be added to the Google Map. After that the ‘Comment’ screen will be shown. If you click on this screen on OK on this screen the point will be changed to a cirkel with a ‘T’ to say that it is a text.

7. : add a symbol

When you click this button a point will be added to the Google Map. After that the ‘Block’ screen will be shown. If you click on this screen on OK on this screen the point will be changed to a cirkel with a ‘B’ to say that it is a block /  symbol.

Layer selector on the screen ``Extract points``

All the above mentioned items can be surveyed in a predefined layer. You can select the layer by clicking on the icon: 

After doing this a dropdown list will appear. Here you can scroll moving your finger up and down to find the correct layer. When you find the desired layer you click on it.

From origin there is only one layer. This layer has the name ‘0’.

Selection on Google Map

In Apglos Survey Wizard you can select all elements:

  • points
  • lines
  • arcs
  • polylines
  • polygons
  • comments
  • blocks

When a non-point element gets selected it gets orange or the border gets orange. When a point element is selected then the selection is indicated by the symbol: 

When a line element is selected then it is important to know which side is the beginning and which point is the end point. This is done with the following symbols:

  1. Start point: 
  2. End point: 

Screen ``Import points``

The “Import points” screen looks a lot like the “Export points” screen. The information and icons, information and selection on the Google Map are exactly the same.

Besides the Google Map you have on the screen the point selecter next to the icon , a direction selector next to the icon . Then there is a black bar with the desired location information. Left to the Google Map there is the other information for staking out.

Selecting elements for stake out

You can select a point to stake out with the point selector behind the icon . When you do this the coordinate values in the coordinate bar and the distance, height difference and the direction to the points gets changed right away.

The other option to select an element to stake out is to select the element from the map. Points, lines, polylines, polygons, comments and blocks can all be staked out.

Direction assistance

With the direction selector behind the icon  you can select the direction that you want audio distance. When you reach the desired location within a distance of 0,01 m then a beep will be played. For horizontall audio assistance select ‘XY’. For vertical audio assistance select ‘Z’.

Desired coordinate information

The black bar with the desired coordinate information has two options. It can have the symbols ‘L, L, h’ for latitude, longitude and ellipsoidal height. It also can have the symbols ‘X, Y, Z’ for x coordinate, y coordinate and z coordinate. This can be changed in ‘Other settings’.

Stake out information

On the left side of the Google Map there is the stake out information. The stake out information consists of three elements:

1. : this is the direction arrow. This arrow gives you the direction to the desired point seen in the direction of the tablet. So when you turn the tablet the arrow should turn as well. If it doesn’t then the Android device you are using Apglos Survey Wizard on is missing some sensor.

2. : this gives the information on the horizontal distance.

3. : behind this icon it says the vertical distance. When the arrow is pointing down then your current location is higher than the desired location. If the arrow is pointing up then your current location is lower than the desired location.

More staking out functions

In the bottom left of the stake out screen there are two more functions.

1. : when a point has been selected and you could stake it out then you can click this button. After clicking this button the point that has been staked out will be marked with the symbol: 

2.  When the snap points of a line, arc, polyline or polygon needs to be staked out and they are not on the Google Map then you can select the element and after that to click on this button. On the start point, the end point and all direction changes there will be added a point. After that you can select them and stake them out exactly.