How to designate a different location as the starting point of a deed plot?

“I have a plot in Deed calls and stakeout and need to identify a particular pin as first node (since I have a lat/long ref for this pin). When attempting to use ‘Pick’ from the First Node tab I can select the desired pin and it is identified as ‘starting point’ but when clicking ‘back’ button this designation is lost and the plot continues to be located as if the actual first node I started drawing with is the reference node.”

Picking the first node means to relocate (translate) the entire deed plot to a new location by moving the first node to the location of the node you picked.

If you use the Pick function, you can select the node location to which the first node should be moved to translate the deed plot.

If you use the Pick GPS function and have GPS turned on, then the deed plot will be translated such that the first node is at the GPS position.

Your first node is where the deed calls originate from. If you want to start from a different location, then your deed calls must be rearranged to start from the call issued from that location.

You mention that you have the lat/long reference for one of the pins.
You could re-enter all the calls in the app using this as the first node. Alternatively, you could do the following to designate this as the first node and rearrange the calls:

1. Go to the Calls page and use Save As to save the calls to a text file (*.dcf).

2. Copy this .dcf file to your PC via iTunes.

3. Use a text editor such as Wordpad to view and change the .dcf file. You would change the latitude and longitude values for the First Node. In addition, in the Records section, you would cut the lines of text, starting with the call that corresponds to the new first node and ending at the last call, then paste these lines before the existing first call record.

4. Save the modified .dcf file under a new name.

5. Copy the modified .dcf file back to the documents folder of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app.

6. Open the modified .dcf file in Deed Calls & Stakeout. You should now have a deed plot that starts at the known location.

This same method can be applied to a deed plot created using Deed Calls & Stakeout as well as our other apps that provide the Deed Calls functionality, such as Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter, Deed Calls Pro, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO.

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

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).

 

iCMTGIS PRO updated to display geoid model used

iCMTGIS PRO is able to make use of the NGS geoid separation .bin files for converting ellipsoidal height to MSL elevation. If you are using PC-GIS, PC-GPS or PC-MAPPER, the geoid files are named *.g1 and stored in the respective program folder.

To employ a .bin or .g1 geoid file, please copy it to the documents folder for iCMTGIS PRO. Close the app then reopen the app.

In the new version 1.0.6 of iCMTGIS PRO, when you call up the Coordinate System Information screen, the app will display information about the Geoid Model used for the current location.

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!

iCMTGIS PRO version 1.0.5 update to be ignored

iCMTGIS PRO release 1.0.5 is supposed to be able to display the (*.bin) or (*.g1) geoid separation file used for computing MSL. However, due to oversight, this capability was not included in release 1.0.5.

Please ignore the version 1.0.5 update notification and wait for version 1.0.6 to update your iCMTGIS PRO.

 

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.