Measuring Stockpiles: The Basics

When it comes to streamlining accurate measurement and report creation, Propeller has several templates designed to help you calculate common measurements you need on-site.

To quickly measure stockpiles, we recommend using the Stockpile template in the Measurement Picker. It uses smart, reference, or custom surfaces to calculate the volume of your pile.   

How to measure stockpile volume

Launch the Measurement Picker tool from the MEASURE tab by clicking the CREATE A MEASUREMENT button.


Choose the tool you would like to use to measure stockpiles. There are numerous templates to choose from under the Calculate Volume option. You can also narrow your search by clicking the Polygon icon or searching for keywords in the search bar.


Use the Magic Polygon tool or draw a tight outline around the stockpile by clicking your mouse to drop points around the edge of the pile. Double-click to close the outline. The stockpile volume will appear in the left-hand menu. 


Use the Surface Comparison tool to calculate volume changes over time. 


Use the quick tools to Duplicate or Copy to another dataset. Right-click on the outline, or click in the polygon and select an option.


The outline of the copied measurement will appear at the exact same coordinates on the dataset it was copied to. Propeller will automatically recalculate any measurement, such as volume, based on the surface of the dataset it has been copied to. 

Share Measurements by creating a link and sending it to users. Anyone with a link will be able to view the measurement.


Export your stockpile measurement by sending an orthophoto or creating an outline, surface, or contour. 


Calculating mass and dollar value from material properties 

Material Properties help you easily calculate the volumes and value of the inventory you have on site.

Select Material Properties in the Stockpile Template to add and edit the type, cost, and density for any material you have on-site. You can then add these properties to any measurements you calculate.

All the materials you’ve added can be found in the dropdown menu. 

Learn more about setting up and creating reports with material properties at Material Properties.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, you can connect with our support team by clicking the support button on the top right corner of your user portal.

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