OpenGround Cloud Professional uses a sections component that has been designed from the ground up to quickly and efficiently produce sections.

Creating Sections and Section Types

Using the tools from within the Section Production section of the Map Tools tab, sections can be created via either one of two ways; through the selection of points on the map or with the drawing of a line.

There is also the ability to save a created section line once it has been created.


If a section template that supports dynamic titles is being used to generate the section, then the title given to the Section will be presented at the top of the template.

The title is also used to differentiate between sections when producing site plans.


To enable for easy referencing between multiple section lines, it is possible to set a colour for the section that is being created. This is also used to differentiate between sections when producing site plans.

Simply draw the section, then change the colour used.

Drawing a Section Line

A section drawing can be produced by drawing a line onto the mapping interface and using this as a base for selection of locations.

To create a section in this way, follow the steps below:

It is also possible to enter a buffer value to increase the selection of locations that are present within a certain distance either side of the line. Just draw the line as needed as above then adjust the Buffer value from within the context sensitive ribbon to increase the selection area as needed. The Chainage option will adjust the chainage values within the section drawing.

It is possible to clear the line from the map by selecting the Clear Line option from the ribbon while the Line is currently selected.

Saving Sections

When a Section Line is created it is possible to save it for recalling at a later time. The data on the Section can be used to create a Quick Section Log but also it may be needed to recall Section Lines for later use and produce a new section line in response to the addition of new data.

To save a Section Line, simply press the save button.

The Sections will appear under the Information Layers in their own Sections group.

When you close the map and reopen it, you can add the section lines back again by selecting them from the Section area of the Information Layers on the map legend.

If the Section is no longer needed, then you can delete it permanently from the database by selecting the appropriate layer and pressing remove. Please note that this will remove it permanently and cannot be brought back. There is a warning message to confirm this.

Section Properties

After creating the quick section, a number of options are made available to customise the data.

The Actions section of the tab allows for the data to be exported and reloaded. Selecting the Reload Data option will refresh the log allowing for any changes that have been made to the data to be shown. The print dialogue will allow for a printer to be selected and output. For further information on printing, see the section on Printing Sections.

The Section Setup section of the tab allows for section template to be selected and the output size and scale adjusted. All changes made within this part of the system will invoke

OpenGround Cloud Professional into automatically refreshing the section using the parameters selected. The template is the basic profile used to plot the data onto a page. Different templates that are available within the system can be selected. The paper size can also be changed to adjust the size of the output needed.

OpenGround Cloud Professional will work out a 'best fit' scale for the vertical axis. An alternative vertical scale can be selected from the drop-down list.

The Data Presentation section of the tab allows for further refinement to the selection of location data and adjustments to the scale and chainages. All changes made within this part of the system will invoke OpenGround Cloud Professional into automatically refreshing the section using the parameters selected.

To remove a location from the section image, simply select the check box next to the location identifier, repeating to add the location back to the section drawing.

If the Scale Horizontally option is unselected, all of the locations are spaced evenly across the drawing if selected. If selected, the drawing will be scaled relatively to where the locations are in effect to each other and their chainages.

The Hide Chainages option allows for the extra chainages created for the vertices of the section line to be hidden or shown. This option is available to reduce the clutter that is shown on a section drawing.

When changing the scale of the section drawing to fit onto a different size of paper (e.g., A3 or A2), the sections themselves can get stretched horizontally to be wider than desired. The Fix Log Width button will adjust this so that the section plot widths are shrunk to scale. This will not affect any scales smaller than A4 as the strip plots will be scaled automatically.

The Navigation section of the tab allows for movement around the log and the display within OpenGround Cloud Professional. The Zoom In and Out option adjust the view scale of the log in OpenGround Cloud Professional. The different scales on the right-hand side of the screen allow for quick default zooms to be selected.