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Measure Pools

Moasure makes it easy to measure pools. In this guide, you will get some tips on how to go about measuring pools.
Before starting measuring a site, we recommend to plan where you will start, pause and finish. A good measuring plan will enable you to stay within the time range limits (6-8 seconds) of the Moasure ONE by pausing at the right time and decisively place the Moasure One down without panicking. If your shape is closed, you can choose the Closed Shape Measurement Type as you will be starting and ending at the same place. For this guide, let's imagine we're measuring an average pool of 6 by 12 meters. We can plan to stop every 6 meters which will be approximately 6 seconds. That way, we will stop approximately 12 times. Another part of planning is thinking about what Path Type(s) we will be using. If the pool is rectangular, we can use Straight Line. If our pool has curvatures however, we need to use Trace Line so we can capture the curved edges. If our pool's edges are straight at some places and curved at others, we can use a combination of straight and trace lines. We can change the Path Type after each pause point (the point at which we place the device down). Last but not least, we need to consider any objects that might be in our way, so that we can plan ahead on how to avoid them. If we use straight line, we can walk right around an object and the round/curved move we make around the object will not be captured as Moasure will draw a straight line between the pause points. If we use trace line however, we would need to switch to Straight Line or Ignore Line to go around the obstacle as going around an obstacle in trace line will trace / capture exactly how we've moved around it. Ignore Line however will not capture how you walk between the two pause points. This is useful if you want that part to be empty on your measurement drawing. Bear in mind however that ignored paths cannot be labelled. If you're interested in labelling where an object starts and ends, you might want to use Straight Line to capture the length of the object and then label where the object starts and ends. Learn more about Labeling in our Edit Label Guide. We're going to measure the pool illustrated below (see illustration 1), which has straight lines only, so we can measure it entirely using the Straight Line path type. It does have some obstacles however. The obstacles are the fountain on the right side and the two sunbeds at the front. Since the pool's edges are all straight, we can simply use straight lines to move around these objects. We will plan to pause at each point where the side moves into a different direction (see illustration 2).
Illustration 1 - Rectangular Pool
The mental planning picture of start / finish and pause points and where we need to move around obstacles is captured in the following picture.
Illustration 2 - pause points and obstacles
Now that we have planned out:
  • where / when to start, pause and finish (every 6 meters at points the edges change direction)
  • what measurement type we will use (closed shape)
  • where to move around obstacles (at the fountain and sunbeds)
  • which path types to use (straight line and potentially ignore line)
We can go ahead and start measuring. As long as we measure with the right technique, we should get a great measurement. Since this is a closed shape, we will be able to see square meters / square footage and get an Error Percentage that tells us how good our measurement was.