Stockpile Measurement?

“I’ve been looking at your products and noticed the Contour-Volume-Stakeout app that you have for iOS. I’m wondering if you have something that can use an iPhone or a drone to generate a 3D map for calculating stockpile volumes? I’m looking for something reasonably accurate that is simple to use.”

To generate a 3D map, someone will need to walk on the stockpile with a high-precision GPS receiver to record the XYZ positions. Our iCMTGIS PRO provides the data collection function that you can use in conjunction with the EOS Arrow Gold or an iSXBlue II+ GNSS to record the position values at fixed distance intervals. iCMTGIS PRO comes with the Contour and Volume functionality.

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How to change the symbol and color for all the points of a Topic in iCMTGIS PRO

“Is there a way to change the point color and style of a topic that has lots of point or do you have to change them one by one?”

Please turn on Topic View. If you are running iCMTGIS PRO on an iPad, tap on the second tool icon from the right side at the top. On an iPhone, that would be the last icon on the right side.

Double-click on the symbol by the Topic Name. The new symbol and color you choose will be applied to all the points except for the ones you have previously changed by hand.

Map not showing up in iCMTGIS PRO on iPhone 7 (iOS 10.3.3)

“I purchased the iCMTGIS PRO program about a year ago and have used it since then and like it and now I cant get a map to display I have good internet access when I go to Menu, map, and select show satellite or hybrid it just shows a gray background? Any idea how to fix this? If I close map the background goes to white. I have Version 1.0.6. I have tried closing the program , rebooting the iPhone etc. and cant figure it out? My job points show up but no map?”

Support: Please try using the Maps app on your iPhone. Does it have the same issue?

User: Google maps works but the other map won’t show.

Support: By “the other map” do you mean the Maps Apple app? Yeah, sometimes there is a problem with the Apple Maps server. However, it is working at our location in Oregon. Please try again tomorrow and see if the issue has been resolved.

User: Ok now it works I updated to iOS 11 and now it works – not sure if that did it or it just came back online

Support: Apple Maps must have come back online. The Map function in our apps is based on the Apple Map.

If you have a Geo-Tiff image for your job site, you could load it into the iCMTGIS PRO app as a Background Map. Background Maps work off-line.

Emailed Shapefiles not up to date?

“Now I have been working with the CMTGIS PRO app practically for over ten days. I have been collecting and measuring and I have been really satisfied. Today I have got an issue that I can not solve, hope you can help me. . . . I created a job for the project with that contains a handful of topics that I have been using all time. In the job I have created one topic for stored points, and i have used three topics for lines. The pre defined ‘Fence’, ‘Measure distance’ and one called ‘retur 1’. After I have been working 4 days I emailed the shapes (except for fence) files to use them in qgis, everything worked fine! After the last three days of work I have tried to email all four shape files, but I can not find the shape file ‘Fence’ anywhere but in the job. And, the three shape files I could find and send by email have not got any of the new features I have created the three last days???”

Later, the user found that by exporting the Features as Shapefiles in a Group, he was able to email the ‘Fence’ Topic, and the other three Topics had updated information in them.

For the user’s convenience iCMTGIS PRO lets the user export the Shapefiles for the Topics in a Job individually or in a Group. However, here the issue is that the Shapefiles need to be exported before they can be emailed. Therefore, if you have added new Features to a Job, please export them to Shapefiles before sending those Shapefiles out via email.

iCMTGIS PRO for electric pole staking

“So what I’m needing is software that can collect a start and end point for a new line and then take those and tell me where along that line to set my electric poles in order to keep them nice and straight in line with the starting and ending pole. Also it would need to be able to route me say 90 degrees from one point across the road to another pole 65 feet away (for example). Then if I could take these points and load them into Arc GIS as points to snap to, where I could then use my staking application to draw the new lines on the map at these points.”

Yes, iCMTGIS PRO along with the EOS Sub-cm GPS receiver will enable you to achieve what you have in mind.

1. Data Collection

You can use the GPS – Collect function in iCMTGIS PRO to record the start and end points then create the Line Feature.

2. Line Stakeout

The GPS – Line Stakeout function in iCMTGIS PRO will help you stay on the straight line and display your distance from the starting point. This will allow you to set a pole at a specific distance from the staring point. The app also provides a function to let you store the position of the pole. There is a tolerance setting in the Stakeout function that will issue beeps and flash a “Target” message as long as you are within range.

3. Traverse and Point Stakeout

“Also it would need to be able to route me say 90 degrees from one point across the road to another pole 65 feet away (for example).”

The GPS – Collect – Traverse function in iCMTGIS PRO will let you occupy an existing point and create a new point based on distance and angle (bearing or azimuth). Then you can use the GPS – Point Stakeout function to help you get to the new point.

If that “other pole” already exists as an imported point, then you will simply use GPS – Point Stakeout to get to it.

In fact, I would incorporate the point representing that other pole or any other location in the Line Feature mentioned in Step 2 above. In other words, you would create your entire “route” as a single Line Feature (no matter how many bends there are) then use the Line Stakeout function throughout.

4. Digitization

You can draw Points, Lines and Areas within iCMTGIS PRO. You can export these Features to Shapefiles to use in other apps. You can also import Points, Lines and Areas from Shapefiles.

“Would one of your less expensive apps do some of the tasks I talked about in my first email just to try it out?”

The Stakeout iCMT app is very cost effective for performing the point and line stakeout tasks. What it does not provide, among others, are the GPS – Collect function and the GPS – Traverse function. In addition, it gets the GPS position from the Apple CoreLocation, which is not as accurate as the GPS position that iCMTGIS PRO gets directly from the EOS GPS receiver in the “Enable External GPS receiver” mode.

The Stakeout iCMT app will be great to use for a practice run of your stakeout operation or for training your employees.

Using an iPhone or iPad app to change the shape of an area

“After I add an Area using the GPS pick function, I want to be able to add a few nodes to be able to make the shape exactly how I want it. Is this possible?”

Which app are you using?

iCMTGIS PRO and iCMTGIS III provide the Insert Node and Mode Node functions.

A number of our apps, such as the iCMTGIS II app, have the Move Node function.

You could add Point Features at the positions of the additional nodes then use the Add Area manually function and tap on all the nodes that form the exact polygon that you want. Then you can delete the original shape.

User’s reply:
“Thanks! It just says Stakeout iCMT 1.0.4 in the About info. I just added another area manually over the existing one, extending out where I wanted it, then deleted the original as you suggested. That worked fine.”

Apps for recording GPS points

“I have downloaded your Deed Calls application and it works great. However, I am looking for an additional feature and I’m unsure which product will get me what I would like. I need to enter deed calls AND use the GPS to set points all in the same area. With deed calls, it seems to allow me to set the starting point with GPS, but after that, seems that I have to have the deed calls.”

The PickGPS function just grabs one GPS fix. This, in combination with the GPS that comes with the iPhone and iPad devices, which lacks accuracy, will not give you an accurate starting point for your deed plot. You will want to check the deed plot against the satellite map to see it is located approximately correctly.

The Deed Calls Pro app provides both the ability to create a deed plot and the ability to digitize points using PickGPS.

Our Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III for use with iPad devices and the iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO apps for use with either iPhone or iPad devices, provide the Deed Calls function plus a GPS Point data collection function that will let you record multiple GPS fixes at one location and compute the average position.

The accuracy of your work will still depend on the precision of the GPS receiver you use. Some of our customers use the Dual XGPS-150 or the Bad Elf GPS 2200 to get 2-5 meter horizontal accuracy. Other customers use high-precision GPS receivers (iSXBlue II+ GNSS and EOS Arrow GNSS) to obtain better position accuracy.