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Feature Friday – Volume for fieldworkers

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Feature Friday – January 2022

We have made it our mission to make digital surveying available to every field worker out there. To create the best possible personalized surveying experience for all of them, with handy tips and tricks, connections with other apps or software, and new feature releases frequently.

We combine these releases and updates and how they’ll improve your digital surveying experience in monthly updates: these Feature Friday blogs. This blog is dedicated to some exciting new features that are coming your way shortly and bigger projects we have started working on. In this first edition of 2022, we provide an update on the transition from 3G to 4G, you can read more about volume calculations, you get a preview of synchronizations, and we look forward to work that we will start soon.

3G to 4G

Earlier we told you about the change where 3G is no longer the standard for internet access and speed, but 4G will be. You have already read that we ensure that you and your work are not affected by the phasing out of 3G in the previous edition.

This month, we can tell you that there will be a special order page in the UNI-Cloud where you can order a hardware upgrade free of charge soon. We use 1 upgrade per UNI-GR1 that you have in your possession. You will also mention on this page to which address it may be sent, perfect when that is a different location than your billing address!

This page will go live in February, after which the upgrades will ship in mid to late March, in time for the 3G phase-out. This allows you to survey digitally quickly, easily, and without any problems!

Preparing volume

We are also working hard to develop a much-requested feature: volume calculations. You could read that we studied the possibilities and which of them suits you as UNI users best earlier on.

We are actually developing creating this feature as we speak. Within the UNI-Cloud Survey environment, it will be possible to calculate volume in addition to other measurements such as length and surface, which offers you the opportunity to get even more out of your UNI-Solutions! And also: this feature is reflected in the UNI-Cloud API, allowing API users to connect to their own software when they use our open-source library. This is how you create your own work process!

Project preview during syncing

Yes, okay. We’ll admit it. We’ve already offered you a look into the progress of the project import/export optimization for a number of Feature Fridays in a row, but there is just so much happening! From February on, it is therefore possible to use a project preview when you want to import.

You’ll be presented with a map showing what you’re planning to import. When all information is displayed correctly and the preview matches what you need, choose import. This way, you can immediately see whether it will be successful or whether you have to make some adjustments before you import, instead of afterwards.

Subsequently, it will be possible to choose in the preview which layers and thus objects should or should not be imported too, all created to make surveying easier for you!

Reminder: update UNI-Connect

We launched a new UNI-Connect version around the holidays. A version in which several bugs have been solved, with which you work more stable, and have an even better connection with the UNI-Cloud. A lot of work behind the scenes, but a good example of the work we continue to do for you – also on existing possibilities.

To give you an idea, the processes in the UNI have been optimized in such a way that the UNI “at rest” has gone from 60% processor usage to 10% to 20%. You will definitely experience this in the speed of the software and therefore the usage positively!

Have you not updated UNI-Connect on your own UNI-GR1 to this version yet? Don’t wait too long, because after updating, your receiver will be 4 to 5 times faster in various aspects!

Reminder: What steps do you need to take?

Not a lot, if we are completely honest with you. All updates are done automatically and while you are out surveying in the field or preparing tasks in the office. You might need to turn your UNI-GR1 off and on again, but only when the update stops unexpectedly. After turning it on again, you are good to go.

More releases coming up

We have more releases and possibilities coming up, including the brand-new UNI-Collect survey app, expanding the UNI-Cloud project measuring and editing possibilities, the ability to draw points and lines in the UNI-Cloud, and additional coordinate systems. More on this in future Feature Friday blogs!

So make sure you come back to to read all about our upcoming features and updates and get the most out of your UNI-Solutions!

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