Measure Driveways

Simplify Driveway Measurements

This guide will walk you through the steps to accurately measure and calculate the square footage of a driveway and demonstrate how to use Moasure's Layers feature to capture additional details, such as a tree ring, within the overall measurement.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. First Measurement

  1. Select Reference Line

    • Choose a long edge of the driveway as your reference line to ensure accurate layer placement.

    • The first line measurement will be used each time a new layer is added.

  2. Choose Measurement Type

    • Open the Moasure app.

    • Tap on 'Closed Shape' from the list of available measurement types.

2. Measuring the Driveway Perimeter

  1. Start Perimeter Measurement

    • Choose a memorable starting position so that you can finish the measurement in the same place.

    • Using the 'Straight Line' path type, begin measuring the perimeter.

    • Walk quickly along the edge, aligning the reference point at the end of the Moasure STICK housing with each part of the driveway you want to capture.

    • Place the device down quickly but gently.

  2. Mix Path Types

    • Use a combination of path types (e.g., 'Arc') for different parts of the driveway.

    • For 'Arc' path type, capture a minimum of 3 pause points: start, middle, and end.

    • The app will draw the best fit arc based on these points.

  3. Navigate Obstacles

    • If there are obstacles like trash cans, navigate around them and continue measuring.

  4. Closing the Measurement

    • Place the Moasure device at the starting point to finish.

    • Tap the red stop icon in the bottom centre of the app to end the measurement.

3. Saving the Base Layer

  1. Save the Project

    • Tap on ‘File’ then ‘Save’ and save to a project folder.

4. Adding an Additional Layer (Tree Ring)

  1. Add a Layer

    • Tap on the “Layers” icon in the bottom right corner and select “Add Layer.”

    • Place the device at the Shared Origin (the starting point of the base layer measurement).

    • Wait for the LED light to change from red to green to confirm the measurement.

  2. Capture Second Point

    • Capture the second point along the initial edge.

    • The shared origin point must be the same each time, but the second point can be slightly ahead or behind.

  3. Ignore Line Path Type

    • After capturing the second point, the app switches to ‘Ignore Line’ path type.

    • This helps track movement and position without drawing or recording this section.

  4. Measure the Tree Ring

    • Switch to the ‘Circle’ path type to measure the tree ring.

    • Capture a minimum of 3 points around the tree ring.

    • Tap the red stop icon to finish, displaying the best fit circle.

5. Saving the Second Layer

  1. Save the Layer

    • Note that selecting 'Save' will overwrite the existing file.

    • Choose 'Save As Copy' to save an additional new file.

6. Reviewing the Drawing

  1. View in 2D and 3D

    • View the drawing in 2D ‘plan view’ for a top-down perspective.

    • Tap on the 3D cube for a standard 3D visualization.

    • Tap on individual pause points to see their XYZ coordinates.

  2. Surface Mesh View

    • Tap the 3D surface icon to view the surface mesh, represented by a colour scale from blue (lowest point) to red (highest point).

  3. Cross Section Tool

    • Use the 'Cross Section' tool to measure the distance between two points.

    • Select a base point, tap ‘View’ > ‘Cross Section’ and select a second point.

7. Exporting the Measurement

  1. Export Options

    • Tap on File > Export to see available formats, including CAD (DWG and DXF) and PDF.


This tutorial covers the essential steps for measuring a driveway using Moasure's Layers feature, and how to review and export the captured information. By following this guide, you can accurately measure and document driveways and other areas with complex shapes.

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