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How to navigate to precise coordinates
How to navigate to precise coordinates

How to navigate to precise coordinates within your project

Katherine Lockley avatar
Written by Katherine Lockley
Updated over a week ago

The Fly to coordinates tool enables you to fly to an exact location within your project and to mark that location with a point markup. Once defined, the markup can be edited or attachments added as usual.

How to use the tool

1. Select the helicopter icon in the left-hand toolbar:

This shows the tools panel on the left hand side of the screen. The third icon from below allows open the fly to coordinates panel to enter coordinates

2. Enter your coordinates, defined in metres and separated by commas. N.B. the coordinates you enter must be inside your project CRS or you will not be able to fly to them.

This image shows the panel that pops up when the fly to coordinate icon is clicked. It allows you to add the coordinates.

3. Once you have entered valid coordinates, a grey box will appear, listing your coordinates and showing a point icon. Clicking on this grey box will fly to your chosen location.

4. A transparent point markup will be displayed at the exact coordinates that you defined. At this stage you can choose to save the point by clicking on it or hitting enter. Alternatively, you can discard the markup by pressing ESC or closing the Add coordinates window.

Image showing the transparent markup based on the entered coordinates.

5. If you have chosen to keep the markup, it will appear as in the image below. The Layer manager will also open, providing you with the opportunity to edit the markup e.g. change the name, apply an icon, add it to the timeline etc or add an attachment.

image showing a saved markup in the 'uploads and markups' panel, based on entered in coordinates

Units accepted

Location coordinates must be defined in metres, and be located within the boundaries of your project CRS (Coordinate Reference System), for the Fly to coordinates tool to work.

Both X, Y and X, Y, Z formats are accepted in the 2D environment, but in the 3D environment you must provide a z-coordinate (i.e. the input must be X, Y, Z).

Tip: if you don't have a z-value to hand, you can create a point markup and read off its elevation:

Latitude/Longitude units are not supported at present, however if you have coordinates in this format, they can easily be transformed to match your project CRS using this website or contact us for assistance.

What is a Coordinate Reference System (CRS)?

Every project on Sensat has a CRS. To view what CRS your project is using, go to settings (at the top of the right-hand toolbar) and select Project settings. A CRS is a series of mathematical rules that defines the location of a point (X, Y, Z) in a defined space and ensures that different sets of geospatial information within a project (e.g. a pointcloud and a CAD model) can align with one another correctly.

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