Exporting Job data to PDF

“On a future update could there be a way to export the ‘feature properties’ to a PDF file. Showing the info from the various tabs?”

Many of the items displayed in the Feature Properties screen and its sub-screens are available in the Built-in Attributes List of some of our iOS apps.

Please use Topic – Edit Topic to add the desired Built-in Attributes (such as Date, Time, Area, etc.) to the Topic structure. Then those values will be displayed in Sheet View for each Feature in that Topic. You can export all such information to Excel. When you export to PDF, you will only be able to see the coordinates, Area and Perimeter (Length) information for the Features.

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How do I import same Feature List for iCMTGIS PRO app on both iPhone and iPad?

If you are running iOS 11 or later on your devices, you could use the Files app on your device to manage your files.

Suppose you have created a Feature List on your iPad device. You could email that Feature List to yourself.

When you open the email on the iPhone device, tap on the file then select the Files app icon. Now select the iCMTGIS PRO folder and tap the Add button to add the file to your iCMTGIS PRO app on the iPhone.

The same user who asked this question also asked whether there is a PC program that he could use to prepare a Feature List. We told him that he could use PC-GIS X to do so.

Matching up iCMTGIS PRO job data and AutoCAD drawings

“We recently purchased the iCMTGIS PRO app and are using it along with the EOS Arrow 100 gps receiver and running it on an Apple iPad A few things we are trying to do and have been unsuccessful at are getting the points we used the app to gather into AutoCAD 2014 drawings properly. Also we would like to be able to geo-reference PDF’s of job site drawings and be able to lay them out on the app so that proposed buildings can be located on a site. We use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended for PDFs and run AutoCAD 2014 on windows 10. Looking at cmtinc.com we are curious if the PC-GIS software would give us these capabilities or if we would need another type of software that would suit our needs.”

1. Loading iCMTGIS PRO job data into AutoCAD

To get the collected data points to the correct location in an AutoCAD drawing, the coordinate system used in iCMTGIS PRO must match that used in the AutoCAD drawing. Please refer to the following articles:

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-map-3d/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2019/ENU/MAP3D-Use/files/GUID-D6763C82-7281-4369-BE9D-6DB560519573-htm.html

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-map-3d/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2019/ENU/MAP3D-Use/files/GUID-8A02D384-B075-4459-8E23-ED7D1C0F3D8F-htm.html

Alternatively, you could create a NEZ Coordinate System in iCMTGIS PRO as mentioned in 2.1 below, then switch to that User-defined Coordinate System in iCMTGIS PRO before exporting the points to DXF.

If you regularly use a certain scale and point of origin in AutoCAD, it will be helpful to create the corresponding NEZ Coordinate System in iCMTGIS PRO for repeated use.

2. Loading design drawing into iCMTGIS PRO

2.1 If you have the design drawing in DXF format, you could consider the method described in this blog post:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/how-to-line-up-dxf-exported-from-solidworks-with-deed-calls-in-forester-gps-gis-ii/

2.2 PC-GIS X provides a Geo-referencing function that will let you geo-reference a raster image based on three or more known coordinates. You can export your PDF as an image (e.g. *.tif) file.

For a demo of the geo-referencing process, please see the video at the link below:

You can use your iCMTGIS PRO to record the reference points. To do so, stand at the point on the ground that corresponds to an easily identifiable point on the image and record a Point ( e.g. for 10 minutes). Do so for three or more other points. Some of the points should span an area that covers your job site. Transfer the .pmp file to your PC. Then you can call this job file up on the left panel in the geo-referencing screen.

Importing DXF to ArcMap

“When I export to dxf the file has no position data with it so I can’t add it to my projected ArcMAP GIS file. What do I need to do to get the dxf in a format that can be added to ArcMAP?”

We informed the user that DXF Export does output the position data of the exported Features.

Later, the user resolved the issue himself:
“I bet this is an ArcMAP or Windows update issue because I never had to do this before. I had to edit the file’s properties in ArcMAP and set the coordinate system as WGS_1984_(G1150). Everything drops in as it should.”

Project boundary shifts when I turn on my Arrow 100 GNSS

“I am having an issue with my Wetland Stakeout App that I believe I ran into in the past and figured out but this time I am unable to figure it out. I set up a project and imported a shapefile of a project area boundary in WGS 1984. Before leaving the desk/office I can see the project area boundary is accurate on the air photograph. When in the field and I turn the APP on everything looks correct but as soon as I turn my Arrow 100 GNSS Receiver on the project area boundary shifts about 30-40 feet to the south and my position is shown offset by the same distance.”

A shift of that magnitude is likely due to using the wrong coordinate system or distance unit.

It appears you have selected the correct datum, coordinate system and distance unit for importing the Shapefiles.

The SBAS data sent out by the Arrow 100 uses ITRF08 datum and meters distance unit. Please switch to Meters for distance unit in the Wetland & Stakeout app before turning the Arrow 100 on.

 

How to map an area using iCMTGIS PRO without using a Feature List

A Feature List can help you do certain jobs more efficiently, but it is not required for mapping a Feature. Following is a general procedure for mapping an Area Feature.

You will need to have either a built-in GPS receiver or an external GPS receiver connected to your iPad or iPhone device. Dual XGPS-150A, Bad Elf GPS 220 and Garmin GLO claim about 2 – 5 meters accuracy. EOS Arrow Gold and SXBlue Platinum can achieve sub-meter or higher accuracy.

To map your Area Feature, first create an Area Topic after tapping on the Topic Menu and selecting New Topic.

Then, tap on the GPS icon at the top, select Turn GPS On.

If GPS is available, you should hear beeps and see a GPS marker (a little red triangle) moving on the screen. This means the app will be able to get the GPS positions. You can wait a few minutes for the GPS to stabilize after it has been turned on.

Now tap the GPS icon and select Collect. Select the Area Topic into which to record your Area Feature. Confirm the default setting of Dynamic Area with 1 second interval between the recorded nodes.

In the next screen tap the Store button then start walking along the boundary of the area. When you get back to the starting point, tap the Stop button. You should see the area plotted on the screen.

If you wish to store certain things like light poles or wells along the path, then tap the Nested button. This will halt the Area Feature and let you log a Point Feature. Enter a name for your point. (If you have created the Point Topics beforehand, then you can select it from the drop-down list.) Confirm the Static option. Time Session is how long you want to stand at that point to collect data. The app will average the GPS fixes collected during that time to compute the position. Generally, more GPS fixes yields a more accurate result. When done recording the point, the app will prompt you to continue with the Area Feature or record another point.

If you are using a high-precision GPS or GNSS, such as EOS Arrow Gold or SXBlue Platinum, you could select “Enable External GPS” in the GPS Setup screen. This will tell the app to display the GPS status and position quality information at the top of the screen.

Farming GPS GIS III updated to Release 1.0.3

In Farming GPS GIS III 1.0.3, we fixed an issue involving Location services permissions, which disabled GPS data collection using iPad devices running iOS 12.

We have also enhanced the text file import and export functions. Whereas text file import was limited to importing text files ending in .txt, now the user may choose the .txt or the .csv file name extension. For text file export, instead of exporting all of the Attributes for the Topic, the app now provides a dialog to let the user select specific Attributes to be exported.