Other Apps and Tools
This app provides templates for creating survey reports. It helps you save time as you can fill in the templates and send them to your clients while on site.
Available on the App Store.
Pocket Laser Level
This app is a free laser levelling tool with three different modes – laser pointer, regular spirit level and clinometer. Great for measuring verticals, horizontals, and angles.
Available on both the App store and Google Play.
This tool uses motion to measure and draw at the same time. You can export CAD compatible files of your measurements and drawings.
Spike by ike
This laser beam measurement device can be attached to your phone. All you have to do is snap a picture of the object and you can record its dimensions.
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My feeling with some of the phone apps that claim to be able to measure accurately (not all of the above) is that you must remember – you are using a phone. It can only be so accurate. If you really need really precise measurements for your survey, I would ALWAYS use a laser or tape measure.
A thing to bear in mind when using these apps is that since your phone will be held in your hands there can be some inconsistencies as the phone will not be stable at all times. As demonstrated and explained by Professor Rami Tamimi, in this video, (iPhone with RTK vs Gimbal vs Total Station – YouTube) you may have to consider adopting a workflow that may involve including additional devices that work to stabilise your phone and produce accurate measurements.
So, let us know what you think. What do you use when carrying out your measured surveys? Do you have favourite apps for measured surveys? What lasers and kit do you take with you?
Let us know now in the comments!
As always, thank you for being here, and keep working smart 😉