Use Stakeout iCMT to place utility poles at fixed distance intervals

I purchased your stakeout iCMT app for iPad. I Need help trying to stake a straight line and then adding points in a straight line within those points preferably with distances as well.

The Stakeout iCMT app is mainly for using GPS to guide you to a designated point or node, or to help you walk along a Line Feature. Normally, you would import Points, Lines or Areas into the map, or digitize these Features on the map, then use the Stakeout functions to help you stakeout those Features.

This app does not provide a function to digitize points at fixed distances. Several of our PC software programs, such as PC-GPS and COGOCAD PRO provide a Multiple Point function that will automatically create points that divide up a straight line into equal-distance segments. The result can be saved in DXF file format and imported in Stakeout iCMT.

Also, our Utility Data Collection for iPad, iCMTGIS II for iPad and an iGPSG GIS II for iPhone can be set to record a GPS point at fixed distances as you walk along a line or the boundary of an area.

Nevertheless, you could still use your Stakeout iCMT to achieve your goal of creating the desired utility post locations between the Start and End points in one of the following ways.

1. By digitization

Create a new job and turn on Satellite Map, with wi-fi turned on.

Use the Add Point Manually function to add the starting Point and the ending Point.

Use the Add Line Manually function to digitize the Line Feature, such as along a road. This does not have to be a straight line. If you would like to have a perfectly straight line, then turn on the Snap to Node mode then tap the starting and ending points to create the straight line. Select the Line and tap the Feature Properties icon to view its length. Divide this by the number of poles you wish to put in to get the distance between the posts.

Eyeball the straight line and use the Add Point Manually function to add the utility pole locations at the desired intervals.

2. By using Line Stakeout

Create a new job and turn on Satellite Map, with wi-fi turned on.

With GPS turned on, walk to the starting Point and select Add Point Manually.

Tap the Pick GPS icon to record a point. Put in a stake. Similarly, walk to the ending Point, record the GPS location and put in a stake.

Use the Add Line Manually function, with the Snap to Node mode turned on, then tap the starting and ending points to create the straight line. Select the Line and tap the Feature Properties icon to view its length. Divide this by the number of posts you wish
to put in to get the distance between the posts.

Select the Line Stakeout function and select the straight line that you have just created as the Target Feature. Leave the
Initial Station at 0.

Walk along the line and look at the value in the Station field. This is the distance between you and the initial station. Use this as a guide to walk to the desired utility pole location. When the Station value is the same as the desired utility post interval obtained above, tap once on the Save Result icon to save this Point location. Continue walking and recording more stake points as the Station value increases to the next multiple of the utility pole interval.

By the way, the Stakeout functions are also included in the Farming GPS GIS app and the Forestry GS GIS app.

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