Measuring Stockpiles: The Basics


Measuring stockpile volume 

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 the smart volume method to calculate the volume of your pile. 

If you have overlapping piles, an uneven base, or constrained stockpiles, skip to Measuring stockpiles: Uneven bases, overlapping material, and designs.  

How to measure a stockpile volume:

Launch the Measurement Picker tool from the MEASURE tab by clicking 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. To close the outline, double-click your mouse. The stockpile volume will appear in the left-hand menu. 

Copy measurements to a new dataset

You can copy the outline of a measurement by clicking Duplicate or you can copy measurements to any specific survey using Copy to Dataset. 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. 

How to copy measurements from another survey

  1. Select the measurement or group of measurements you want to duplicate. Example: stockpiles in a stockyard or the grade of a particular road. 
  2. From the measurement actions list select Copy → Copy to Dataset → then click the name of the dataset you want to copy the measurement to.
  3. A copy of the measurement will now be available on the selected survey. 

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.


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