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Grid Data Overview

It is assumed that the user is familiar with standard spreadsheet operations, and these will not be described here. However, a few noteworthy features of the Dips Grid Data are described below:

Grid Data view

The Dips data entry grid or spreadsheet is referred to as the Grid Data view. Only one Grid Data view may be displayed per document. If the Grid Data view has been closed, any other open views of the document will also be closed.

You can generate a new Grid Data view with the New file icon option in the File menu or toolbar.


A valid row is a row which contains a valid orientation data pair in the two Orientation Columns. If non-numeric, or blank data is encountered in the Orientation Columns, Dips will ignore ALL rows in the spreadsheet including and AFTER the first such row, for the purposes of plotting, etc. Therefore, you cannot leave blanks or write comments in the Orientation Columns. All rows must contain valid numeric orientation data pairs, in order for data to be plotted. In this way, Dips makes no assumptions about the data plotted (i.e., a blank is NOT interpreted as equal to zero, etc.).


The Dips data columns are described in detail in the following topics:


  • The titles of the Orientation, Quantity, Traverse, Set and Distance columns are displayed in "Title Case".
  • The titles of Extra Columns are displayed in "UPPERCASE".
  • However, the Quantity, Traverse and Set columns may appear in UPPERCASE, if they have been saved as Extra Columns using the Save Processed File or Rotate Data options.

Filtered Data

If a Data Filter is applied, the rows (i.e., poles) which meet the current filter criteria are highlighted in the Grid Data view. A note is displayed in the Sidebar as a reminder. As you toggle the Filter dropdown in the toolbar, the highlighted rows in the Grid Data view will change dynamically according the selected filter.

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