Does iCMTGIS PRO accept the Datum – Nad83 CSRS epoch 2010?

Datum – Nad83 CSRS epoch 2010 is the same as NAD83(2011), which we have added to the current release of iCMTGIS PRO.

Please tap on Menu then select Setup.

Select Coordinate System and select NAD83(2011) and the distance unit you will be using.

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.

iCMTGIS PRO updated to version 1.0.4

In version 1.0.4 of iCMTGIS PRO we added a couple additional datum selections: WGS84(1674)/ITRF08 and NAD83(2011).

We have added the Epoch field to the screen that prompts you to specify the datum and coordinate system when you re-import Feature data previously exported in Excel or DXF format.

We have updated the information provided in the section titled “Set up Job & Import Feature Data” in the Help document available on the Main Menu. In particular, please read the subsections titled “Setup Coordinate System” and “Set up GPS“.

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.

GPS/GIS apps that will also draw a deed plot

“I have Deed Calls & Stakeout for iPad and have successfully created a plat with property lines. I have walked my property and found the corners. It’s a really great app. What I’d like to do next is walk my property and draw features such as tree lines, roads/paths, rock outcroppings, springs, etc. How do I do that?”

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app was designed to help you create a plat by entering the deed calls then walk the property line. It does not provide the functions for digitizing Features such as tree lines, roads/paths, houses, etc.

The Deed Calls Pro app for iPad has the deed calls functionality as well as the digitizing functions. This app can convert a deed plot that you have entered into a Feature. This will allow you to draw a deed plot, save it as a Feature then draw another deed plot. You will also be able to manually drop GPS points or draw lines and areas in this app and assign different symbols/colors to the Features that represent roads, houses, trees, springs, etc.

If you wish to use GPS to map Point, Line and Area Features to represent tree lines, houses, etc., these tasks are better performed using one of our GPS/GIS data collection apps, such as Forester GPS GIS II, Forester GPSGIS III, iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO. These apps will let you record many GPS fixes at one location and average the data to obtain a more accurate position record. Thy also provide the ability to create a deed plot and convert it to a Feature.

What to do when GPS signals are blocked by heavy canopy?

“I am currently using the program to plot a property line for our vineyard. One of the corners of the property is tucked deep within some woods where satellite reception is poor. Therefore, the program is not allowing me to record the point. Is there any way to work around this? Perhaps increase the rms limit to within several feet so as to allow for data collection? Thanks for the help.”

This is why iCMTGIS PRO provides the Traverse function to deal with a situation where GPS signals are blocked by heavy canopy. How far is this corner away from a point at which you have good satellite signal reception? What you could do is to record a good point at the periphery of the wooded area then measure the distance and bearing from this point to that corner. Then you will use the Traverse function under GPS – Collect data to specify the GPS point as the starting point and enter the distance and azimuth or bearing information to create the corner point.

You could try and see if you could record the point by relaxing the RMS limit and the DOPS limit, but the position accuracy will be compromised.

If the accuracy requirement of this point is not strict, and you are able to identify the location of this corner on a background map, you could digitize it by using the Add Point Manually function. Zoom in to better place the point.

If you have a deed document including the property description (distances and directions around the perimeter), you could use the Deed Calls function to enter such information in iCMTGIS PRO to draw all or part of the property boundary as a reference for digitizing the corner point.

After you have created the corner point, you can add it to the remainder of the GPS’d property boundary Area by using the Insert Node function.

Custom Symbol Assignment in iCMTGIS PRO

“I have two clients using iCMTGIS Pro and they’re asking how to save custom feature symbols, colors and patterns in a feature list. For instance, how do you manage various patterns/colors for several area features, lines and points?”

In the Help document please select “Set up Feature List”.

Under “Editing a Feature List”, there is this instruction:
“Mark the Activate Pattern checkbox to see the Pattern column displayed in the Value section.” After marking the Activate Pattern checkbox,  you will be able to assign different symbols, colors and patterns to different types of Points, Lines and Areas on the active Topic layer.

After you have saved the Features List, you will be able to select that Feature List to use with a Job. You can do so in the Job Setup screen after selecting Job – Open Job.

If the clients are looking to create their own custom symbols, then they would need to use PC-GIS X to edit the symbols on one of the symbols pages (such as Forestry1, Forestry2 or Surveyor) then use iTunes to copy the corresponding symbols library file to the documents folder for iCMTGIS PRO. For example, for the point symbols, the file names corresponding to Forestry1, Forestry2 and Surveyor are cmtpnt01.lib, ctpnt02.lib and cmtpnt03.lib, respectively. Please note that these files are case sensitive in iCMTGIS PRO. Close the app by double-clicking the Home button of the iOS device. Then reopen the app to see the available new symbols.