Recording property lines

“I have recently purchased a 19 acre field/forest and have a new survey PLAT with freshly marked property pins. I would like to permanently record the data points onto a GPS device such as an iPhone for when the markers are removed (to install fences, argue with neighbors over hunting areas, etc.). I need the app to be able to guide me between the pins while walking with the GPS.”

For your intended use, you will need a high-precision GPS receiver. The GPS built into the iPhone is good to about 30 ft or worse in some situations. This is in adequate for settling arguments between neighbors.

The Deed Calls and Deed Calls & Stakeout apps are for drawing the deed plot by entering the deed calls (bearing and distance information). The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will then be able to guide you along this deed plot. To correctly place the plot on the map on the iPhone, you will need to have the GPS coordinates for the first point. These two apps do provide a “Pick GPS” button for you to grab one GPS fix. However, it will be an approximate position if you are just using the iPhone built-in GPS.

As you want to record the positions of the stake points and also be guided to walk between the pins, the system to use is a high-precision GPS receiver like the iSXBlue II+ GNSS or the EOS Arrow Gold with an iPhone or iPad running iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO. The iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO apps will let you record a position by taking many GPS fixes and averaging them. They will also let you record an irregular property boundary by walking along the boundary. They provide the Point Stakeout (to guide you to the pins later) and Line Stakeout functions (for guiding you along the property boundary later). They also provide the Deed Calls functionality.

In summary, it boils down to the desired accuracy. Using an iPhone running Deed Calls or Deed Calls & Stakeout app might be adequate for a realtor or a forester (to do a quick approximate deed plot). Deed Calls & Stakeout is useful for someone who needs to find old stakes based on a deed plot. To record accurate stake positions, you will definitely need a much better GPS than the iPhone GPS. If you can accept a 2 m – 5 m (6 ft – 15 ft) error, then you could consider using the less expensive Dual XGPS-150A or Bad Elf GPS.

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Wetland – Stakeout TestFlight 1.0.4 expired

“I was a Beta Tester of your version 1.0.4. I notice today that the Beta testing period has expired. I would like to use the APP but the Beta version replaced the original version on my IPAD. Any suggestions how I can get it back on my IPAD?”

When a TestFlight version of an app expires, it simply stops working. As you own the software license for the official release of Wetland – Stakeout app, you should be able to remove the Beta Version and download the current Wetland – Stakeout app from the App Store without being charged.

“I assume all of my form data, etc. will remain in the APP. In other words, I assume it won’t be like a clean or new install that has nothing with it that I have already done.”

Please copy all of your data files to your PC as a backup.

Please also read our 11/13/17 blog post at the following link regarding the new form templates:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3311&action=edit

Can data be exported to Excel from the Wetland – Stakeout app?

“I understand that the Wetland Stakeout App can export determination or custom forms to PDF, but can the App export data to excel?”

The wetland determination forms is made up of many different components, so is a custom form.

The completed report can be exported to PDF.

The data in the Sheet component (in spreadsheet format) can be exported in CSV format, which is compatible with Excel.

Use iPhone app to update attributes in Shapefiles

“I’m just wondering if I could use my I-phone for my surveying? Would iGPSGIS II allow me to import a table in shapefile format, update alphanumeric attributes in the field and then export it back to my PC? From the descriptions of this software it looks like i can only view ()not edit) the attributes of imported files.”

Yes, iGPSGIS II will let you import points/lines/areas with attributes as Shapefiles, update the attributes then export them in Shapefiles.

Which EOS GPS receiver to get?

Please refer to the comparison chart at the following link:

https://eos-gnss.com/comparison-chart/

Do you have an app with enough accuracy to walk a property line, stake it and build a fence?

We have such apps for use on iPad and iPhone devices. The accuracy depends on the GPS receiver used.

The iCMTGIS PRO with EOS Arrow Gold or iSXBlue II+ GNSS is for performing a survey-grade job with high accuracy. This system has a high price tag. Consumer-grade GPS such as the Dual XGPS-150A or a Bad Elf GPS only claim 2 – 5 meter accuracy and are much more affordable.

Can’t hear sound from iCMTGIS III app on iPhone 6

“When I turn GPS on in my app, I don’t hear any beeps. My iPhone 6 works fine. Volume is turned up. The Navigation Beep and Featuring Beep show checked.”

Please check the Ring/Silent switch on the left side of your iPhone 6. It needs to be moved toward the display side. For additional information, please see the article at

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203794