Use PC-GIS X to turn paper map into geo-referenced map

“Greetings, when comping plats we often have need to rotate an object projected into non-spatial data. I use reference points to manually generate a shape file. The ability to rotate would work with stretching and moving to create an overlay. Is there any functionality I have missed?”

Sounds like you are looking to use PC-GIS X to geo-reference an image. Please prepare an image file containing the shape object.

You can use the “Register Photo/Image” tool by clicking on the red “R” button on the tool bar. Select the image file as the target for geo-referencing.

As you have the reference points in Shapefiles, you can import the Shapefiles into a new Map View and save that Job. You can then open that Job on the left side of the geo-referencing screen to use as the reference for registering the image displayed on the right side.

This functionality is explained in the Online Manual under Help.
We have also made a video to demonstrate the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGgkI6MQGGg

After the map image has been geo-referenced, you can use PC-GIS X to
save all or part of it as a .pim file for use in a CMT iOS app that provides the function for loading a Background Map (e.g. iGPSGIS II, iCMTGIS II/III/PRO, Forester GPSGIS II/III, Farming GPSGIS II/III and Utilities Data Collection).

 

Cogo icon in CMT GPS/GIS iOS apps

“I have an icon in the deed calls area of the software for ‘Cogo’ but it is not selectable. How do I activate this functionality?”

The Cogo icon is just a toggle between a coordinate-geometry-based data data input mode and the normal screen mode. It can be found in some of our apps, such as the iCMTGIS PRO, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III.

For the Create/View Deed Calls function, it is employed in the Feature Info screen. When you tap on the Orientation field. You will see the two greyed out icons activated. Tap on the “Angle by 2 Points” icon then tap on an existing node to indicate the start point of the direction line. Tap on another existing node to indicate the ending point of the direction line. Then the azimuth of the specified direction will automatically be entered into the Orientation field, and the Cogo icon is turned off to indicate that you are out of this mode of specifying a direction using two nodes.

For the Contour/Volume function in iCMTGIS PRO, when the cursor is in the Boundary Feature data input field, Cogo is automatically turned on for you to select an Area Feature. Once a selection has been made, this icon is greyed out so you won’t accidentally select some other Area Feature when you touch the screen. This toggle is similar to the Add icon for Add Point/Line/Area manually and Measure Distance/Area.

In Farming GPS GIS III, when the Cogo mode is active, you can tap the “Angleby2Points” icon to specify the direction for the Direction Cut function by selecting two existing Points or nodes as the starting and ending nodes.

If you are interested in using Coordinate Geometry to create new points, some of our PC mapping software programs, such as COGOCAD 09 and PCGPS 09, provide the COGO functionality. COGOCAD 09 can output Feature data in Shapefile format. PC-GPS 09 can work with .pmp files and Shapefiles. Its Feature List does not provide the ability to assign different symbols for different attribute values and its Sheet View does not provide a drop-down list capability.

How to enter a point with known coordinates into a CMT iOS app

You could use one of the following ways to digitize a point for which you know the latitude and longitude values.

1) In a CMT iOS app that provides the Add Point Manually function:
Open or create a Job then select the LLA coordinate system.
Create a Point Topic.
Select Add Point Manually.
Tap on the screen to add a point.
Back in Map View, tap on the Feature Properties icon.
Change the coordinates to be those for your known point.
Tap on the Zoom-Fit icon.

2) In a CMT iOS app that provides the Add Point by Coordinates function:
Open or create a Job then select the LLA coordinate system.
Create a Point Topic.
Select Add Point by Coordinates.
Enter the coordinates of the known point.
Go back to Map View and do a Zoom-Fit.

If your app can import Shapefiles, a DXF file or a text file, then you could put the known points in the Shapefiles, DXF file or text file then bring in the known points.

By the way, if you find our apps useful, we would appreciate your posting a favorable review at the App Store. Thanks!

Saving a master job file in a CMT GPS/GIS app

Many of you collect the same types of GPS/GIS data at different job sites or at different times for the same job location. With the CMT iOS apps that provide the Feature List functionality, you can save time by setting up a Feature List that covers the types of Features that you use on a regular basis. You can associate such a Feature List with any of your GPS/GIS data collection job files.

A number of the CMT iOS apps will also let you define one or more Feature Topic layers. Suppose you have added several Feature Topic layers to a .pmp job file and have set up the symbol/pattern and color for each layer. If you would like to use the same Topic layer setup for other jobs, what you could do is to save a job with this setup but without any collected data as a master job file under an easily recognizable file name (*.pmp). Then to start a new data collection job, you would first open the master .pmp job file then save it under a new job name for the new data collection task.

With the Wetland – Stakeout app, you could save a data collection form containing just the standard user information (e.g. County , State) to a master .pmp job file for later use. In addition, you can save a modified form design as a new template (without data) for your own use or to share with other users.

PC software compatible with iCMTGIS PRO

“I have purchased iCMTGIS Pro and like the APP, works excellent with EOS’s Arrow Gold. My workstation is PC based. What product should I purchase for that … so that I may work with the data I collected with my iPad.”

Although a number of our PC software programs can work with the .pmp job files created by iCMTGIS PRO, PC-GIS X program is the PC software that is fully compatible with iCMTGIS PRO (as well as iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III).

iCMTGIS PRO, iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III employ the newer enhanced Feature List structure, which will let you assign different symbols for the various Values defined for an Attribute. For example, for the Species Attribute of the Tree Topic, you could assign a particular symbol for all Pine trees and a different symbol for all Oak trees. PC-GIS X also provides this capability.

In addition, the Sheet View in these apps will let you select from a drop-down list populated with the various Values defined for an Attribute field. PC-GIS X also provides this capability.

Iphone 6s Plus iCMTGIS PRO syncing problem

“I purchased the ICMTPROGIS Version 1.0.3 for my Iphone 6s for use with an Arrow Gold RTK receiver. I set it up and everything is running fine except, I cannot figure out how to upload .SHP files or basemaps to the ICMTPROGIS program. None of the instructions for using Itunes or Icloud to import files work. I can export data files that I have collected via email fine, but I cannot figure out where these files are stored on Icloud. I have set up Icloud drive to store my .SHP files on, but these do not show up on the ICMTPROGIS app when I go to job, import shapefiles.”

Our apps will let you store job data files in iCloud, but they don’t not support the iCloud Drive.

In iCMTGIS PRO, under Setup – iCloud, if you have marked any of the check boxes, then those files will be stored in iCloud.

To use iTunes to transfer the files to your PC, you will need to first unmark the check boxes so the files will go back into the local documents folder on your device.

How to tell if an app is using Location Services?

The Location Services is shared by the iOS system and all the installed apps.

To check which apps are using the Location Service, please call up Settings\Privacy\Location Services. On the right side of the list of apps look for an arrow mark.

If an app name has a purple arrow mark on the right side, it is actively using the Location Services.

A gray arrow indicates that an app has used the Location Services within the last 24 hours.