Case study of a galactic survey agent

OrthoGraph is definitely not earth-bound –
we just surveyed the Millenium Falcon

If the rebels used OrthoGraph for the reconstruction of Millenium Falcon

^0013BFA9C6EAEAFF4B0555613998BA6DF42599B3FFC3831C25^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrOrthoGraph is the force. The force, which is given to building surveyors to do their work in an easy, fast and accurate way. As we stand in the right side of the Force, we were toying with the idea of making a detailed survey in OrthoGraph on the worn-out Millenium Falcon. How would OrthoGraph make the whole renovation process of the starship easier? How can the rebels spare time by using OrthoGraph, if they need to have a quick and professional solution to make the starship prepared for the next mission?


A detailed survey is always needed for every reconstruction. It helps to get every data what is has to be known for an accurate and professional work. Now let’s see, is OrthoGraph absolutely ready for all hard challenges?

We know that Han Solo loves his starship, so he would seek the best and most accurate solutions if he wanted to renovate it.
Let’s see how would OrthoGraph work if it were used in a galaxy far away!

If we look at the starship, we find that it has huge and difficultly shaped areas – for example there are a lot of curved walls, niches and unusual solutions to separate different places, as it is the case with the cargo bay, storage repair bay etc. - which can cause some troubles during a survey.

How could the surveyor team cope with these difficulties by using OrthoGraph?


As Millenium Falcon is a huge construction, it would be quicker to make the survey in a team. Then the rebels could spare time, which is a very important aspect especially because the Empire may strike anytime.
To make teamwork possible, the surveyor team should use the OrthoGraph Cloud Services, which allows teamwork function for more people to work on the same project, and merge the survey results into one floorplan.

Now it’s time for the team to grab their iPads to take a tour around the starship and map it. More often than not, the team would find narrow, difficultly shaped spaces, where it’s not always easy to decide where the one location ends, and the next location starts. So it’s recommended to sketch and measure the locations separately and merge them through the openings or walls. This could be done even if the rooms to be merged are being drafted by separate members of the team.

If the rebels made the survey in team, one should start from the Power core, one from the Cargo Bay and one from the Storage Repair bay.

Now we’re following the survey, which would start in the Power core. First, the outlay of the room should be sketched. OrthoGraph uses automatically straight lines, so after making the basic sketch, the surveyor could make the floor plan more detailed by bending segments and moving corners. After that, the surveyor should make the base measurements –it’s recommended to start with the straight lines.
Then, the surveyor can continue with the measurement of bent walls and diagonals.

In order make the work even faster and accurate, let’s bring in sci-fi technology; the surveyor can use a compatible Bosch or Leica laser distance meter. We know that laser gadgets are popular in this galaxy anyway. If a wall section has too difficult shape, it’s recommended to put survey stickers on it to mark measurement points – it could also help the surveyor to manage accurate work. The measured data will be transferred via Bluetooth to OrthoGraph directly and the floor plan will update instantly according to these data.

There is no furniture in the Power Core, so it’s not necessary to add one, it’s enough just place a doorway/portal to the suitable place with the right parameters. After having a completed floor plan about this room, the surveyor can make photos about anything, which needs to be surveyed. Finally, he can add labels to make comments and annotations.
If the surveyor wanted to see the plan in 3D, he could do it with the 3D view button.

After finishing the Power Core, it’s recommended to continue the survey with the Common Room. It’s a huge place, so it’s worth to use the Measure During Sketch function. This means that the surveyor draws and measures the structures wall-by-wall, enabling to map out difficult shapes. It’s recommended to start the measurement with the straight walls, and then follow those steps, which were taken during the survey of the Power Core. A laser distance meter can be a great help here too, to get the accurate distance values.


After making detailed measurements, setting wall lengths and thicknesses, the surveyor can place objects and set all their relevant properties; he can add labels and make a 3D walkthrough. Then, the floor plan of Power Core and Common room has to be merged with the move location tool. With this function, you can join walls easily.

The surveyor then gets a full report at the scene on values such as surface areas, perimeters, volume, etc.

When all surveyors, who were involved in the project, finished their part of the work, they can see that all plans are merged locally with the file stored on the server.

The rebels would be all happy, because they don’t have to redraw the plans after going back to the office and they won’t find any missing data or inaccuracies. Also, they could export the complete work results only with a touch into different formats – IFC or DXF – that are compatible with most CAD programs of the galaxy.fileocska-03


So, the mission was completed! The rebels have an accurate, detailed survey about the starship, and OrthoGraph proved that it could work well not only on Earth… but in other galaxy far away as well.

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