Sharing a Feature List on two iPad devices running iCMTGIS PRO

“I have a couple of feature lists on one iPad that do not show on my other iPad in iCMTGIS pro. Have I inadvertently changed a setting? Can I transfer the feature list and have the same on both iPads?”

The Feature List is a file ending in .fbr. It is a file that you have created. You can copy it to any iPad device running iCMTGIS PRO to use.

If you have marked “Feature List” under Setup – iCloud on an iPad, then the Feature List is moved to iCloud storage and will not be in the local documents folder.

See also: The Disappearing Act

Unable to turn on GPS using iCMTGIS PRO

“I have problems with turning on the gps. When I try to turn on the GPS appears a message ‘can’t find the external accessory’ I am using iCMTGIS PRO with arrow 100 as you can see all lights on arrow 100 are on, where is the problem?”

Please check the Bluetooth connection on your iPad.

(User reported that the problem was resolved.)

Screen background on iPhone XR

pull-down list screen background on iPhone XR

Pull-down List screen background on iPhone XR

“I can hardly read some of the menus as the background color is apparently not easy for me to read. See attached photo.”

This user was running iCMTGIS PRO on the iPhone XR, which provides Display Accessibility settings described in the document at this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207025

It turns out that the user had the Dark mode enabled. Turning off the Dark mode fixed the issue.

Ding sound in iCMTGIS PRO at 10 Hz

My tablets make a ding sound when the GPS is turned on and the cursor moves around. Not too bad when its 1Hz but at 10Hz its a constant buzz. Is there a way to turn of the sound?

Yes, you can turn off the Navigation Beep and/or the Featuring Beep under Setup – Navigation and GPS – Stakeout Setup.

Standard MAP only shows a grid

“… when I turned the system on, I no longer have the standard map as a background. I can get a satellite view but that is all. I checked and the position sharing is ON, and I have good wifi connection. … it was gone yesterday but back again today. When it was gone, all I had was checkerboard pattern (like graph paper), but still had my points and line.”

The Map data comes in via wi-fi, and will have an issue when there is a hiccup in wi-fi connection. Occasionally, there could be an issue with the Apple Map server or network. You could check into it by calling up the Apple Map app and see if it exhibits the same problem. If so, the issue will be automatically resolved sometime later.

Using DXF file with iCMTGIS PRO

“I am going to receive a dxf file for a tract of land… I have not used a dxf file as base map layer only Shapefiles.”

DXF files can be imported into iCMTGIS PRO like Shapefiles.
https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/download-dxf-to-itunes-then-to-icmt-pro/

The important thing to note is that DXF data is not geo-referenced. You will need to find out from the person supplying the DXF what reference system they used for generating the DXF file and what distance unit was used. If it is not a standard coordinate system like LLA pr UTM, then additional work is needed to bring the data in to the correct map location.

Please read the information at the following link:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/matching-up-icmtgis-pro-job-data-and-autocad-drawings/

How to add points at a specified interval along a line

“I can record point staking positions, now would like to use those (3) to designate a line. How do I get the points into the line staking? Eventually, in the simple case, I want to determine a line with 2-4 staked points, then add nodes at a specified interval on the line.”

1. To make a Line Feature that passes through a number of Point Features, first use Topic Menu – New Topic to create a Line Topic.

With the Line Topic active, select the Tools Menu then select Add Line manually.

Now tap on each point you want to have as nodes on the line, in the desired order.

2. When you select this Line Feature to do Line Stakeout, the app will help guide you along the line and also display the distance away from the starting point. This will help you put in new stakes at the desired locations along the Line Feature. You can also store the position of these new Points and also create a new Line Feature that passes through all of these stake points.

3. Another way to accomplish the task is to digitize the Points along the Line and use Point Stakeout to help you get to one node after another.

Now, there is not a function in the app for adding nodes at a specified interval on a line between two points. However, you could use the Create Grid function as a workaround. Suppose you have a straight line between point A and point B. You can create an Area Topic then add a rectangular Area Feature that uses points A and B as two corners on one side. With the Create Grid function, select the Area, set point A as the Start Point, and set the orientation to be parallel to the line segment (AB) then specify the desired interval as the spacing on the X and Y axes. Mark the option to have Grid Points created. After the grid points have been created, you can Create a new Line Feature that passes through all the points generated over the line segment AB. Keep this new Line Feature and delete (or hide) the Grid Point Topic and the Area Topic. You can then use this new Line Feature to go out and use Point Stakeout to stake all the nodes.

Shapefiles do not match points recorded using GPS

“I have a site where I collected points plus 5 existing property irons of 7 known iron pins using iCMT Pro and an Arrow 100. I added the parcel shapefile to the project in PCGIS X. The available shapefile just does not match any of the irons. If I could find the deed or even better an old survey, what would be the best way or procedure to add that to the project in PCGIS X instead of the shapefile?”

If the Shapefiles and your GPS position for the irons don’t match, most likely it is due to the fact that the Shapefiles were prepared using a different coordinate system than the iron points. Please find out what datum/coordinate system and distance unit are used by the Shapefiles. Open the Job file containing the iron points, set the coordinate system to match that for the Shapefiles then import the Shapefiles.

If you can find the deed, you could use the Create Deed Calls function in PC-GIS X or in iCMTGIS PRO to generate the deed plot then use the Line Stakeout function on iCMTGIS PRO to help you find the other two pins. You will need to know the LAT/LON coordinates of the point of beginning. If the deed is based on magnetic north, then you will need to enter the local magnetic declination into the Orientation field for the Create Deed Calls function.

As you will be using Line Stakeout on the device running iCMTGIS PRO, you might as well enter the deed calls in iCMTGIS PRO as well. When the work is complete, you can transfer all data to PC-GIS X.

GPS receivers with sub-meter real-time horizontal position accuracy

“I have purchased Stakeout iCMT Version1.0.4, installed on iPhone XR IOS13. Is it possible to get a gps receiver for iPhone that is accurate to a foot or two? or less?”

Listed below are a number of choices for iPhone-compatible sub-meter GPS/GNSS receivers:

https://www.junipersys.com/products/geode

https://eos-gnss.com/product/arrow-series/arrow-100

https://sxbluegps.com/products/gps-gnss-receivers/

https://bad-elf.com/pages/flex

Here is an article describing tests performed on a few Bluetooth GPS receivers.
https://www.agsgis.com/Bluetooth-GPSGNSS-For-Mobile-GIS-Field-Tested-and-Compared_b_38.html

Do I need the Stakeout function to walk the boundary line of my property?

With the deed plot displayed, you can still walk along the lines by watching the GPS marker. In other words, you will need to guide yourself visually. Without the Stakeout function, the app will not tell you how far you are from your target, nor can it alert you when you are close to your target.

Is it possible to do point averaging for stake points in iCMTGIS PRO?

The function for storing a Stake Point will just take one GPS fix. However, you can update the coordinates of the stake point as follows:

1. After storing the 1-fix stake point, go back out to Map View.

2. Select the StakePoint Topic then select the stake point of interest from Sheet View.

(If you are able to easily identify the stake point in the Map View, you could tap on it to select it.)

3. Tap the Feature Properties icon.

4. Tap on the Coord tab, tap on the Update button to specify the session time then press the Start button. The coordinates of the selected stake point will be updated with the average position.

5. Go back to the Point Stakeout screen to select the next target point to navigate to.

iCMTGIS PRO automatically includes the Topic name in the Feature ID. Can I assign my own Feature numbers?

The ID field will always take on the Feature Topic Name (e.g. tree001). If you would like a field that just shows a numeric ID, you can define an Attribute (such as ID_NO) for the Feature Topic. However, you will need to enter the number into this field when you collect each point, or you can enter it later via the Sheet View.

Another solution is to use Excel to strip the prefix after the data has been collected.

Is there a way to add comments or numbers to collected points in iCMTGIS PRO?

Definitely. This is why we advise users to make use of the Feature List functionality. If you had created an appropriate Feature List and associated with the Job, then while you are collecting data for each soil bore, you can enter its flag number into the Attribute field that you had set up in the Feature List.

If you have collected just the soil bore point locations, you can still add Attributes to them after the fact. Please call up the Edit Topic function to add any number of desired Attribute fields. You will notice that there are also a number of built-in Attributes (such as the coordinates) that you can add to describe your points. Please note that some of the Attributes, such as the Date and Time only pertain to collected GPS Features and not digitized Features.

When you call up Sheet View, you will see the Attribute fields and be able to edit or add data to the cells. You can also delete unwanted records via the Sheet View.

Please refer to the Help document for detailed examples for the Feature List and Edit Topic functions.

How to update a GPS Feature’s position

A user describes a situation where Satellite coverage wanes below default minimum and data is collected only for 3 seconds instead of the intended 20 seconds. “Then you recollect later and have two points. Early point needs to be deleted.”

There is an “Update” button in the Feature Properties screen that you may find useful.

Say you noticed that a point only had 3 fixes. What you could do is to exit the data collection mode. Select that point by tapping on it or select that record via the Sheet View. Tap on the Feature Properties screen then tap on the Update button to record it for the full session. The Feature ID remains the same.

Device is not able to send email

“When attempting to export the KML files, the procedure works fine until we try to email the files to our respective email addresses. At this point, we receive a prompt, “Device is not able to send email.”

“Device is not able to send email.” is an error message from the iPad, not the app. If the iPad is able to send out emails to the recipient, then you should be able to email the KML files as well. Please check to see if you have added the recipient’s email address as contacts in your email server.