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 defining the first edge. This initial edge serves as a reference or datum line, ensuring accurate placement of subsequent shapes as part of the overall measurement.

Consider these three key factors when choosing your first edge:

  1. Length: The longer the first edge, the less impact that human error will have on the measurement so walk at a brisk pace, aiming to pause just as the timer bar transitions from the green zone to the amber zone. Maintain a smooth, steady path as you walk - this will enhance Moasure's accuracy in positioning each layer relative to others.

  2. Distinctiveness and Repeatability: Select a distinct and easily repeatable first edge. For optimal clarity and ease, we recommend choosing a long straight line using the 'Straight Line' path type for clarity.

  3. Location: Position your first edge centrally within your overall measurement area. This reduces the distance you need to travel for each additional layer.

Note: There's no option to change the reference edge for subsequent layers. It will always be the first measured edge of the first layer (base layer).

When capturing subsequent layers, return to the first edge so that Moasure can determine the relative location of the new layer. Keeping the first edge centrally located maximises accuracy by minimising the travel distance between different areas."

Step-by-step instructions on how to create Layers

  1. To start a measurement, tap on the '+' icon in the bottom centre of your screen;

  2. Select 'Closed Shape' from the list of available measurements options;

  3. Select the 'Path Type' you would like to use to start your measurement. We recommend the 'Straight Line' path type as your reference line (remember that you can switch between other Path types throughout your measurement at any pause point);

  4. Make sure your first measurement is long with a fast paced walk within the usual timeframe;

  5. Once you’re ready to finish your first measurement, tap on the '+' icon in the bottom centre of your screen;

  6. To create a second Layer, tap on the 'Layers' icon in the bottom right 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.

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 automatically set to 'Ignore Line'. This will prevent the orientation line from showing on your measurement diagram.

  1. 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. Once you’re ready to finish your second measurement, tap on the red 'STOP' icon button in the bottom centre of your screen.

  3. 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.

Using Closed and Open Shapes with Moasure:

Moasure supports measuring both closed and open shapes when working with 'Layers'. However, the closure behaviour is influenced by the initial shape measured on the base layer:

  • If you start with a closed shape on the base layer, all subsequent layers will also be treated as closed shapes.

  • Conversely, if you start with an open shape on the base layer, subsequent layers will follow this open shape pattern.

If you measure an open shape (meaning you do not finish at the same start point), Moasure will automatically connect the endpoints with a dotted line to 'close' the shape, unless the shape consists of only two points forming a single line. You have the option to reopen the shape later if needed. It's important to note these behaviours to ensure accurate and desired measurements when using Moasure's 'Layers' feature.

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