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Working with lines in Emlid Flow without effort

Linework in Emlid Flow

Do you often work on construction and design projects that require a large number of lines marking a variety of objects in the survey area? The Emlid Flow app allows you to survey lines in several ways and easily export and import such projects in CAD and similar software. Let’s look closely at the possible workflows.


Collecting lines

If you need a detailed representation of the survey area’s relief and features, the linework in the Emlid Flow app will help you mark them on the map and soften up the ground for further processing in CAD.

With the Emlid Flow Collector tool, you can create lines with any number of points—even just one. No worries if you suddenly need to switch to another object or postpone collecting a line; you can resume at any time. To continue the existing line, select it in the project—the app will bring you back to the Collector menu, where you will find the option by tapping the three dots. To denote linear objects, you can choose from a variety of codes featured in the code library. Learn more about the Collector tool in the Collect lines guide in our docs.

Joe Lawson, the owner of a surveying company in the UK, highlights the ease of use of the linework in Emlid Flow:

“Good use of the linework today. Being able to show the linework over the satellite map to the groundworkers on site to ensure I had recorded all the trenches was a big help.”


Staking out lines

If you need to transfer linear objects from design projects to the ground or perform as-built surveys, the linework in the Emlid Flow application is also there for you.

The Emlid Flow Stakeout tool allows you to stake out lines in an instant using the app’s visual aids. It also supports the use of offset and chainage, saving you time in post-processing the resulting data.

Navigating to line

You can easily navigate to the line you want to stake out with the By direction mode: the map automatically rotates with the direction of the rover, so there is no need to constantly check North.

When you get within 5 cm (0.08 ft) of the line, the rover icon and the stakeout plates turn green to help you visually align your rover with the line. To judge the height of the line, you can also switch to the Along line mode and watch the Cut/Fill plate.


Stakeout with offset

To mark the road pavement or locate other linear objects towards the main survey line, use stakeout with offset. Navigate to the axis of the road, then stake out the pavement, guided by the offset plate with the perpendicular distance from the line.

Staking out with offset in Emlid Flow


Offset with Emlid Flow

Offset used to locate streetlights and solar panels


Stakeout with chainage

Need to set out fence posts or set other marks with an interval? This can also be done with the Emlid Flow Stakeout tool. After navigating to the line, switch to the Along line mode and select from which end of the line or its segment to calculate the chainage. Then, mark the points with the required interval, watching the offset on the stakeout plate.

Staking out with chainage in Emlid Flow


Chainage with Emlid Flow

Chainage used to locate streetlights and solar panels

Armando Martinez noted that the new Stakeout tool was easy to use, and he was able to stake out the contours created in AutoCAD within an instant:

“The learning curve has been quite fast. I have created two contours in AutoCAD in the DXF format—one a polyline and the other with independent lines I have staked out without problem.”

Check out the guide in Docs for a description of all the possible stakeout workflows.


Creating lines from points

Sometimes, when you are out in the field, you may need to create linear objects from points in your project and then stake them out. With Emlid Flow, you can do this in an instant. In the project, create a line by selecting the required number of points in the list or right on the map and assign it a code if necessary. The detailed workflow is described in Create lines from existing points guide.

Creating lines from points lines in Emlid Flow


Editing lines

Last but not least, you can edit the collected lines on the go any time you return to work in the area if you find they need changes. To edit a line, open the list of objects in the project, select the line you want to edit, and do any of the following:

  • Change the point order,
  • Delete or add points to a line,
  • Change the line code by choosing any code denoting line,
  • Delete a line while keeping its points.

See the Edit lines guide for the detailed description of each option.


Try linework with Emlid Flow

The Emlid Flow app provides you with powerful features for professional surveying, and linework is one of them. It saves you time and effort with the advanced Collector and Stakeout survey tools. It lets you instantly see the project progress on your mobile device screen and allows you to export design or construction projects to CAD software and vice versa. Linework is available with the Survey Plan subscription. Try it now with a free 30-day trial.