On this page we gathered the most important information for using OrthoGraph Architect. If you can’t find here what you are looking for, or you have suggestions, problems, then please write us on [email protected], or use our Forum. We also recommend to check our YouTube channel, the introduction video and the prezi we made:
The OrthoGraph Forum contains many more useful tips and tricks, questions and answers for them, so it is worth checking back there regularly.
Quick Reference Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Technical Support for OrhtoGraph Architect Software
Does the software support any distance recording tool like Leica Distos?
Yes, but since the Bluetooth connection of iPad is restricted by Apple, except two models – the Leica Disto D510 (E7500i) and the Bosch GLM 100C -, you need a special hardware connecting the two devices. Using a bluetooth bridge the software can communicate with these devices. OrthoGraph Architect is capable so full support of Leica Disto bluetooth laser distance meters like Disto D8, D3aBt (D330i) and Disto A6. See more at http://bit.ly/OGLeic
Leica Disto D510 or Leica Disto E7500i is compatible with the 3rd and 4th generation iPads including the iPad Mini.
How is the surveyed ground-plan displayed in AutoCAD?
The findings of the survey can be converted into industry standard “IFC” format, which can be imported to several versions of AutoCAD and Revit. Read more on the dedicated page.
How is the surveyed ground-plan displayed in ArchiCAD?
Also, the findings of the survey can be imported into ArchiCAD, as a fully prepared 3D BIM model. The conversion is provided by an ArchiCAD import Add-On, which is a separate product. The ArchiCAD compatibility is supported as a separate product from OrthoGraph Architect and is sold separately. The iPad software is dedicated only for data capture, and measurements. After the import the OrthoGraph elements are automatically converted to walls, doors, windows, zones and objects. All available property is transfered to ArchiCAD during the conversion.
Can the OrthoGraph be used for on-site area measurement?
Following the assessment of the parameters, you need only to push a button and the device displays the exact floor-space and perimeter of the given area. The more accurate the assessment of the parameters, the more accurate the area measurement. With the help of its built-in automatic assessment function, the software provides you with very accurate information about the floor-space and the perimeters right on the site. A detailed report displays the surfaces of the measured rooms like wall area, painting area etc.
Can the OrthoGraph be used only on iPads or on iPhones too?
When developing the OrthoGraph, our priority was mobility, along with simple and reliable usage. For on-site work, we wanted to devise the smallest usable surveying tools possible for drawing and data recording, and those tools are iPads. Each function of the software has been developed to fit the size of iPads, which ensures optimum work. In its current design, the OrthoGraph Architect component only runs on iPad and not on iPhones.
Can I make cross-sectional images with the software in addition to ground-plan surveying?
Yes, the drawing and surveying functions of the software can be used for the drawing of not only ground-plans but also sectional and other structured images. By means of the universal “Zone” feature, any physical structural element can be assigned by cross-sectional drawings. With the help of the hierarchic drawing levels, you can choose how detailed the images should be.
Can I make a front view image with the software in addition to the ground-plan surveying?
Yes, the drawing and surveying functions of the software can be used for the drawing of not only ground-plans but also front view and other structured images. By means of the universal “Zone” feature, any physical structural element can be attached by other individual drawings. With the help of the hierarchic drawing levels, you can choose how detailed the images should be. A template file can be created in the OrthoGraph ProjectManager in a way that enables the selection of a zone called “front view” with any level at which a front view image is to be recorded during survey.
Can I record the surveyed information in three dimensions?
During survey, the recorded data of the ground-plan can be increased by information about height and section (see the appropriate FAQ answers). During the export of the survey, the data can be transferred to architectural CAD systems (using additional components developed and sold by OrthoGraph), which can make 3D models from the available information. If the height information is also provided during the measurement, the IFC, Google SketchUp and ArchiCAD graphic output is saved as a 3D model. In case of ArchiCAD it is converted into a 3D BIM model with intelligent graphical building elements.
Can I assess the internal height of spaces?
Yes, there are several options in the app supporting this purpose. If the area is simple and the internal height and height of the floor level are constant, they can be easily recorded on the data sheet of the area. In fact, the built-in template contains these data. In the event of areas with a more complex layout, the zones assigned to the various internal heights have to be recorded, and the zones then can be assigned by individual internal height and floor level height. If a 3D image is to be produced of an even more complex layout, each wall section can be assigned by the height parameter, and that enables a considerably more detailed 3D assessment.
If the height of a wall section is not constant or sectional drawings of the wall finishing materials are to be prepared, it can be done easily by means of so-called “spread-out” drawings. For information about these, please see the FAQ reply on sectional drawings.
Is the as-built to be printed from the PC or the iPad?
The inventory sheet compiled as a result of the survey can be created even on-site. This room-book sheet cannot be printed directly from the application, but can be sent in PDF format to the desktop for later usage.
In addition to the metric system, does the software support non-metric units of measurement?
OrthoGraph software supports both the metric and imperial systems of measurement. The prepared surveys can easily be used in CAD software after conversion, where the data entry takes place according to scale, and the data are then available in metric as well as in non-metric units of measurement.
Can I use the system for land measuring?
The system stores all survey information with three decimal accuracy, and thus ensures accurate handling of the data. If the creation of 2D models suffices, the system can be used for land measurement. However, when detailed 3D models are to be produced, we do not recommend the use of the OrthoGraph software for land measurement.