Staking out contour lines

“i am looking for an app that will allow me to find and walk a contour line so i can mark it. Will the coconut – volume-stakeout app be the one i need?”

Do you have the contour lines as Shapefiles? If so, you can import them into the Stakeout iCMT app. Then you could select one of the contour lines and use the Line Stakeout function to walk and mark the contour line.

The Contour – Volume – Stakeout app provides the stakeout functions as well as the ability to create the contour lines for an area if you have the elevation data for many points scattered throughout the area. It does not appear this applies in your case.

Please note that the accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS receiver used. If you require good accuracy, then you will need to get a high-precision GPS receiver (such as the iSXBlue II or an EOS Arrow) to do the stakeout.

Also, please keep in mind that a set of Shapefiles containing too many contour lines can overload the system memory of your device.

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.

App for entering heading and distance information from a platt map

“I want to find and map my property lines, I have 16 acres of woods and wetlands. I have located one survey marker and I have a platt map of my property with headings and distance to the next corner. Which one of your products would let me create a waypoint at the survey marker to use as the starting point and then enter the rest of the heading and distance information so that I can walk and mark my property lines and corners?”

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will let you stand at the survey marker and get the GPS coordinates of that point as the starting point for entering the deed plot information (bearing and distance). If your deed document uses magnetic north, then you should enter the declination angle for your location into the Orientation field in the app. Then you can use the Line Stakeout function in the app to help you walk and physically mark your property lines and corners. This app works on iPhone and iPad devices.

Keep in mind, though, that the accuracy of your work depends on the GPS receiver used, and the built-in GPS receiver of the iPhone and iPad devices is not that accurate. Some of our app users use a compatible external GPS receiver, such as the Dual XGPS-150A or the Bad Elf GPS, to get 2 – 5 m accuracy. GPS receivers with sub-meter precision, such as the iSXBlue II and EOS Arrow, cost a great deal more.

Stake out using iPhone device

“I search application to stakout a polyline with my iphone. I see you make this for ipad but i don’t see for iphone.”

The Stakeout iCMT app can run on iPhone and iPad devices.

If your polyline is stored in a DXF file or as Shapefiles, you can import it into the “Stakeout iCMT” app and let the app help you stake it out.

The accuracy of your work depends on the GPS used. The iPhone GPS is not quite accurate. You can get a compatible external Bluetooth GPS (such as Dual XGPS-150A or Bad Elf GPS) to achieve about 2 – 5 m horizontal position accuracy. High-precision GPS receivers will cost a lot more than these GIS-grade GPS receiver.

iCMTGIS II closes after iOS 10 update on iPad mini

“I have a copy of iCMTGIS II, recently updated/last week, running iOS version 10.2.1 (14D27) on iPad mini/gen 2. With ‘gps on’ and upon tapping ‘Collect’ to collect data, the app closes and doesn’t allow data to be collected. The app remains open in the background, i.e. doesn’t close out, but upon selecting ‘Collect’ again, it repeats the same issue and will not allow data collection.”

We asked the user, “Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the iCMTGIS II app?”

The user replied, “the un-install/re-install worked. . . . thought of un-installing/re-installing but had never done that with an iOS app since it is a download from the app store, but now I know I can. thanks!”

It is possible that the iCMTGIS II app was still open when the user did the iOS upgrade. Before an iOS upgrade, it’s best to close out all running apps. You can do so by double-clicking the Home button then swiping up the displayed app screens.

Can I use iCMTGIS PRO on my iPad to stakeout to survey points and also develop custom data collection forms?

1. Stakeout to survey points

The GPS – Point Stakeout function in iCMTGIS PRO can take you to the survey points. How close you can get to the survey points depends on the GPS receiver. The built-in GPS of an iPad device has an accuracy of about 10 meters (sometimes better, sometimes worse). If there are markers on your survey points, then you could identify the marked points after you get to its vicinity. Otherwise, you will need a high-precision GPS receiver, such as the EOS Arrow or iSXBlue II GNSS to take you closer to the point position. To pin-point a previously surveyed point, you will need to connect the EOS Arrow 200 or iSXBlue II GNSS to a RTK network in your area.

2. Custom data collection forms

The GPS – Collect function will let you record Attribute values during data collection. You can use the GPS – Feature List function to set up the Features/Attributes/Values for your project. Similar projects can share the same Feature List.

GPS Feature Data Collection

GPS Feature Data Collection

You can set up custom value lists to facilitate data collection. During GPS data collection you can have the app display the Attribute fields. You can enter data manually or select the desired data from the pre-defined list. The collected data can later be presented in Sheet View and edited.

If you are not after entering data while recording GPS positions, but are interested in designing your own report forms for entering data for a certain site, then please consider our Wetland & Stakeout app.

What does a .pmp job file include?

The Job file (*.pmp) includes the Feature coordinates, attributes, Shapes, symbols and any labels. When you open a previously saved .pmp file, it will display the same as when you saved the job.

For those of our apps that export to DXF or Shapefiles, the coordinates, attributes and shapes will be exported. The default symbol and line style will be used for the exported data.