How Do I Use Checkpoints to Validate My DirtMate Data?

The surface and volumetric information that DirtMates can provide is only as accurate as the machine offsets they’re set up with. You can use checkpoints as a diagnostic to confirm the machine's vertical DirtMate offset and assure your volumes are accurate.

If a machine drives over at least 2 different checkpoints and both these checkpoints report an offset from the expected position offset, an alert is issued.

Uploading checkpoints 

Checkpoints can be added to your site in the diagnostics section of the DirtMate Dashboard. Open the View options menu, and at the bottom, you will be able to open the diagnostics for your site. Your checkpoints must be uploaded in .csv format, following this process:

1. Enable the Checkpoint Table in the diagnostics screen.

2. This will allow you to download a template (in .CSV format) for the checkpoints with Name, Easting, Northing, and Elevation values.

Note that this file has specific headers required for upload to the DirtMate checkpoints table. 

3. Once you’ve prepared a .CSV file based on the template, drag/upload the .CSV file to the Checkpoint Table to save the checkpoints to the DirtMate Dashboard.

Using the checkpoint map widget

Once checkpoints are added to the DirtMate Dashboard, you can view their location on the map, see the coordinate details of the point, and generate offsets from machines driving over them.

In the View options bar, toggle on the map and checkpoint map widget to see the locations of your checkpoints. Click on a specific checkpoint to see its name and reported elevation.

When the Checkpoint Table widget is enabled, you will see existing checkpoints that have been added to your site. More checkpoints can be added by dragging a .CSV file with additional points into the Checkpoint Table area.

Delete checkpoints from the table by selecting the checkbox to the left of the point name. A gray trash can icon will appear. Click the trash can to delete the selected checkpoint.

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, the Propeller support team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by emailing or by clicking the support tab on the top-right corner of the portal.