Understand Measurement Types

When you open your Moasure app you will be presented with a screen asking you to tap ‘+’ (the plus icon) to begin your measurement.

Once you select ‘+’ (the plus icon) in the bottom centre of your app, you will see the list of available Measurement Types. Here you will be able to decide which measurement type is right for your project such as closed shape, open shape, point to point, or angle.

By default, Moasure always calculates distance, any elevation change and angle in all measurement types. However, depending on what you're measuring, some Measurement Types may be more efficient than others.

Closed Shape

Closed Shape is a measurement which requires starting and finishing at the exact same point. Therefore, it's crucial to remember your starting point, whether it's a corner, a stone, or a reference marker. This type of measurement is particularly useful for calculating square footage or square meters, making it ideal for tasks such as measuring lawns, yards, staircases, and pools.

Note: When utilizing the Closed Shape feature in the Moasure app, the START – FINISH ERROR is displayed as a percentage, such as 0.8%. This error percentage signifies the deviation between the measurement's start and finish points. A lower percentage indicates closer alignment between these points, serving as a proxy for measurement accuracy and aiding in precise estimates of square footage or square meters.

Generally, a Closed Shape measurement with an Error of 1% or less is considered good.

Always aim to start and finish your measurement at exactly the same point as this will result in a more accurate measurement resulting in less than 1% error.

Open Shape

Open Shape is a measurement type where there's no need for calculating square footage or square meters. This method is particularly useful for measuring distances or elevation changes, making it suitable for tasks such as measuring fencing, walls, pipe or cable runs. Additionally, Open Shape measurements can be applied to the sides of structures such as buildings or gazebos.

Point to Point

Point to Point measurement is a swift and efficient method for measuring distances or changes in elevation. Once you initiate a Point to Point measurement, your Moasure device calculates the distance between your first and second point. Each time you move and pause by placing your Moasure device down and keeping it still, the app will re-calculate the distance between the measurement's first point and the current point. Use Point to Point when you want to find the distance or change in elevation/gradient/rise and fall between two points.

By default, a Point to Point measurement in the Moasure app is set to a 2D view. Switch to 3D view to see changes in elevation in real time.


Angle is used to measure the amount of rotation or separation between two intersecting lines or surfaces. The angle is expressed in degrees and it provides a quantitative measure of the inclination or deviation between these geometric elements. An example use case is a surveyor using Angle to measure distances and map out land where angles is crucial in defining property boundaries and creating accurate topographic maps.


In summary, Closed Shape or Open Shape measurements will likely cover most of your needs. However, the choice between the two depends on the nature of your project, as one may be more suitable than the other.

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