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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What is the built-in Attribute name for Corrected or Uncorrected Points? I want it in my xls report.

When you are working in the “Enable the External GPS” mode of iCMTGIS PRO, the app is able to get the NMEA messages directly from a few specific GPS receivers (such as. EOS Arrow Gold and SXBlue Platnum). Therefore, it will be able to display and store the corrected or uncorrected status of the GPS position.

When you call up the built-in Attribute list, you can select and add “C_or_U“, which provides information about whether a point position is Corrected or Uncorrected. Then this parameter will display in the Sheet View and can be exported.

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.

Do the CMT GPS GIS apps function differently on iPhone versus iPad?

Because of the difference in screen size, the layout (location of the functions) are different in a number of places for the iPad and iPhone versions of a universal app. The iPad version can work in landscape and portrait mode. The iPhone version only works in portrait mode. For some apps there may be one or two sub-functions that the iPhone version does not support.

Have a happy and productive 2019!

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.”

On-the-fly Datum Conversion

iCMTGIS PRO and iCMTGIS III provide a screen under Setup – GPS to let you select the datum used by the GPS receiver. This will permit the apps to correctly interpret the incoming GPS data. If you are using iCMTGIS PRO for doing RTK GPS data collection, you will want to select the datum used by the RTK base station.

Under Setup – Coordinate System, there is a screen for selecting the datum and the coordinate system in which you want to have the Feature locations displayed in Map View.

The above two datum settings do not have to be the same. If they are different, the app will automatically convert the location data from the GPS datum to the Map View datum.