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Master Layers

Layers enables you to capture multiple areas within a single measurement, giving you a comprehensive, dimensioned diagram of all of the shapes positioned relative to each other.
If you prefer to watch instead of reading, you can view the Layers Video Guide below

How does the Layers feature work?

The ability to capture multiple areas or shapes within a single measurement is made possible by the first edge of the measurement. The first edge acts as a reference / datum line for capturing and accurate placement of subsequent shapes as part of the overall measurement.
When capturing subsequent Layers, you must return to the first edge so that Moasure is able to determine the relative location of the new Layer. The first edge should be centrally located; to maximize accuracy by reducing the time it takes to travel from one area to another. The first edge should also be adequately long – this gives Moasure a better chance to accurately place each Layer relative to others.
In this example, the first edge or reference line is adequately long and centrally located.

Step-by-step instructions on how to create Layers

  1. 1.
    Tap on the “Start/Finish a New Measurement” button in the bottom centre of your screen;
  2. 2.
    Select “Closed Shape” from the list of available measurements options;
  3. 3.
    Select the “Path Type” you would like to use to start your measurement (remember that you can switch between other Path types throughout your measurement at any pause point);
  4. 4.
    Make your first measurement quite long;
  5. 5.
    Once you’re ready to finish your first measurement, tap on the “Start/Finish a New Measurement” button in the bottom centre of your screen;
  6. 6.
    To create a second Layer, tap on the “Layers” button in the left bottom corner of your screen and select “Add Layer”;
Important: The first two points you captured at the beginning of your measurement will be used as “Reference Points” for all Layers. This will ensure they overlay in the correct place.
Important: Remember to save your measurements by tapping File > Save to save the layer measurement. Note that Save will just save the current file.
Save As Copy is for when you want to keep the original measurement unchanged and save your new measurement (which now includes your base measurement layer and additional layer) as a separate file.
Save and Save As Copy
Please make sure the two reference points are easy to access and locate, as every time you create a new “Layer” you will need to go back to the first two reference points.
  • Ideally, the two reference points must be separated by 4-5 metres.
  • When starting a new Layer, you’ll notice that the Path type is set to “Ignore Line”. This will prevent the orientation line from showing on your measurement diagram.
  1. 7.
    Once you’ve moved from the reference line to the first point of your next measurement and are ready to measure, don’t forget to switch from “Ignore Line” to the Path type you’d like to use next (Straight Line, Trace Line, Arc, Circle, etc.)
  2. 8.
    Once you’re ready to finish your second measurement, tap on the “Start/Finish a New Measurement” button in the bottom centre of your screen.
  3. 9.
    To add new Layers, please refer to Point 5.

Key Tips

  • All Layers must share the same first two reference points to ensure they overlay in the correct place.
  • When adding a new sub-layer, the Path between the orientation line and the first point of the sub-layer will be set to “Ignore Line”, meaning this line will not appear on your measurement diagram.
  • Once you've arrived at the sub-layer and when you're ready to begin measuring, change the Path type for the measurement.
  • You can switch between other Path types throughout your measurement at any pause point.
  • Remember, measurement error grows with time, not distance.
  • Pause every 6 – 8 seconds throughout every measurement.
  • Try to maintain a pace of at least 3ft (1m) per second – pause more regularly for longer measurements. Use each pause to plan your next move.
  • Use the "Ignore Points" tool within the app to "ignore" individual points captured during the measurement. Once a point is ignored, a line will be drawn between the points before and after the ignored point(s). Use this feature when you need to walk around an obstacle, or when you don't have line of sight through an obstacle.
  • View measurement feedback from Moasure Coach, to help you measure with confidence and accuracy.