Frequently Asked Questions

Does the software support any distance recording tool like Leica Distos?

OrthoGraph Architect supports several distance meters available on the market. Only the iPad models supporting Bluetooth 4.0 are compatible with modern distance meters with native connection. We recommend to use the following iPad devices:

OrthoGraph compatible iPad devices:

  • iPad Air
  • Air 2
  • Mini
  • Mini Retina
  • Mini 3
  • iPad 4

The following distance meters are natively supported:

  • Leica Disto D810i
  • Leica Disto D510i
  • Leica Disto 7500i
  • Leica Disto D110
  • Leica Disto 7100i
  • Leica Disto S910
  • Bosch GLM 100C

Why don’t you support other laser distance meters?

OrthoGraph is a professional measuring application, so we only want to work with professional manufacturers. Leica and Bosch are trusted manufacturers. Among the currently supported devices you can find simple and inexpensive devices (D110), and more complex, highly professional ones (D810) with many functionalities.

In older devices, there is no bluetooth chip which can communicate with iPads – you should enter measurements by hand.

Is there an Android version or only iPad is supported?

The iPad version is on the market since the end of 2011. We are currently working on the Android version, however, we will only release it, when it knows exactly what the iPad version does. It is scheduled to be released later this year.

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.

I am working in locations which don’t have wifi coverage. Is that a problem?

The only time you need to be online is when you download the app, and when you back up your projects to the Cloud, or when you send the project to another party. You can use all features and functionalities (sketching, measuring, storing/yielding data) without being online.

What do I do if I have paper blueprints and old floorplans?

Once you scan, or take a picture of an old blueprint, OrthoGraph can import them as background image for your drawing. After you scale them, you can draw on top of them, and recreate the floorplan in the software.

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.

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.

How does OrthoGraph incorporate the BIM concept?

First of all, you can attach information to every single item and object in the floorplan (walls, floor, furniture, openings, etc.), which you can view later. Also, besides the factory settings, you can add more properties to objects, depending on what you need (wall footing, energy consumption, etc.) Lastly, OrthoGraph supports the Industry Fundation Classes (.ifc) format, which is standard for BIM (supported by BuildingSmart for example)

Can I use the system for land measuring?

The system stores all survey information with three decimal accuracy, and this 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.


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