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Overview of Data Columns

The Dips data columns are summarized below, in order of appearance in the Grid Data view spreadsheet. For detailed information, see the individual topics.

NOTE: Only ID column and the two orientation columns are mandatory; all other columns are optional, and may be included as required by the user.

Predefined Columns

Predefined Column headers have reserved names that are in Titlecase.


The ID column is generated automatically and sequentially starting from 1 to the number of rows of data (i.e., poles).


The Orientation Columns are always the first two columns in the spreadsheet, and are required for all Dips files.


The Quantity Column is toggled on/off in Project Settings and allows you to record the number of identical features represented by a particular measurement.


A Traverse Column is automatically created if Traverses are defined, and allows you to assign the data units to the Traverse from which they were measured using a Traverse ID.


A Set Column is automatically created if Sets are defined, and records the Set ID of data belonging to sets.


A Distance Column is required in order to use the Curved Borehole options, Joint Spacing, RQD or Joint Frequency Options.

Extra Columns

Extra Columns are created with Add Column option. Any data columns after the above Predefined Columns are considered "Extra Columns", and can be used to store any other quantitative or qualitative data that you wish to record. Extra Columns are added / removed with the options in the Edit menu.

Extra Column headers CAPITALIZED.

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