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This article describes different ways of creating a project, opening existing projects, and importing external point clouds into PIX4Dsurvey.

 
Tip: It is possible to create a new project, open existing project or import files by simply drag and drop input files on the screen.

New project

New projects in PIX4Dsurvey can be created by drag and drop input files on the screen, using the home screen or the menu bar. New projects can also be created using the Ctrl + N or ⌘ + N shortcut.

Drag and drop input files

  1. Drag and drop the input file on the screen.
  2. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new PIX4Dsurvey project.
  3. Click Start.

A new project is created and is ready for vectorization. To import additional input files use the File - Import... menu or drag and drop them on the screen.

From the home screen

  1. Click Select from disk (first thumbnail) on the home screen.
  2. On the pop-up Open File, specify the input file and click Open.
  3. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new PIX4Dsurvey project.
  4. Click Start.

A new project is created and is ready for vectorization. To import additional input files use the File - Import... menu or drag and drop them on the screen.

 

From the menu bar

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click New...
  3. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new PIX4Dsurvey project.
  4. Click Start.

A new empty project is created and is ready to import the input files using the File - Import... menu or by drag and drop them on the screen.

Open project

It is possible to open existing PIX4Dsurvey (.p4s) projects by drag and drop it on the screen, using the home screen or the menu bar. Projects can also be opened using the Ctrl + O or ⌘ + O shortcut.

Drag and drop project files

  1. Drag and drop the project file in PIX4Dsurvey.

From the home screen

  1. Click the project's thumbnail on the home screen. Only available for projects that were previously opened and saved on the machine.

Or

  1. Click Select from disk (first thumbnail) on the home screen.
  2. On the pop-up Open File, specify the file and click Open

From the menu bar

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click Open...
  3. On the pop-up Open Project, specify the file and click Open.

The project is opened and a new screen displaying the project opens.

Import point clouds

When importing a PIX4Dmapper (.p4d) or PIX4Dmatic (.p4m) projects, the densified point cloud will be automatically imported if the original folder structure is preserved. PIX4Dsurvey will use the coordinate system defined in the PIX4Dmapper or PIX4Dmatic project.

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The easiest way to import a point cloud into PIX4Dsurvey is to drag and drop it [1]. It is also possible to import the point clouds using the File - Import [2] and in the Content - Point clouds panel [3].

In a new project

When importing a point cloud in a non-existing project, a new project will be created. For more information see New project section. 

In an existing project

When importing point clouds in an existing PIX4Dsurvey project:

  1. Drag and drop the input file on the screen.
  2. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import.

Or

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click Import...
  3. Locate and specify the File name of the file.
  4. Click Open.
  5. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import.
 
Information: When importing external point clouds, such as LiDAR, the coordinate system needs to be:
  • Written directly in the .las or .laz file.
  • When importing multiple projects or files, all coordinate systems must match.

Import .dxf files

 
Tip: You can import existing plans and measurements to combine them with the PIX4Dsurvey project. Imported objects can be used as a starting point for further vectorization.

It is possible to import 2D and 3D .dxf files that are generated in PIX4Dsurvey or in a third-party software by:

  1. Drag and drop the input file on the screen.
  2. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import.

Or

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click Import...
  3. Locate and specify the File name of the file.
  4. Click Open.
  5. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import

If there are 2D objects in the file:

  • Click Set 2D object elevation (unit) and enter the elevation, or
  • Click Import only 3D object to discard the 2D objects.

    PIX4Dsurvey_import_dxf_file.png

    Insert the elevation of the 2D object or discard them by selecting Import only 3D objects.

After the .dxf file is imported, the objects are loaded into the Layers panel and displayed in the 3D view and on images. By default the imported layers are locked and can be unlocked in the Layers panel.

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