How to enter coordinates into the Stakeout iCMT app

“I am trying to enter a GPS coordinate into the stake out program, and I am getting some weird results. For some reason the coordinates that I have taken off of google earth are taking me to some point in Inner Mongolia instead of Silverton Oregon. I am using the same format of Degrees, Minutes, Seconds. Could you please tell me what I’m doing wrong?”

Which function are you using to enter the coordinates. If it is the “Locate a Point by Address” function, please make sure to specify the correct E, W, N, S designation.

Another way to enter the coordinates is to get the map for your approximate location displayed then use “Add Point manually” to add a point to the map. Then open the Feature Properties screen for that point and change the coordinates to the desired values.


Do I need cellular data for the app to work?

We received this question regarding the Deed Calls & Stakeout app, but the answer applies to our other apps as well.

The GPS data collection functions and most of the other functions will work without wi-fi and cellular data.

Some of our apps, like Forester GPS GIS III, Farming GPS GIS III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO will let you load a geo-referenced *.tif map and use it off-line.

Most of our apps provide a Map function to get and display the Map from Apple via wi-fi connection. However, you can cache the Map to use out there where no wi-fi is available. This means that you can call up the Map and display the area in which you will be working, turn off wi-fi then go out in the field. You will be able to view the Map while working with your app. As long as you do not play with the Map function while you are out there (such as switching from Show Satellite to Show Hybrid) or close Map, the background map should remain available.

Any Android apps?

An SXBlue dealer wrote:”I am a MAC user, but really prefer Android as a mobile OS. Got a lot more Android interest in the last 12 months than I do iOS interest.”

Yes, we have also received many inquiries about Android apps. However, at this time we do not have plans to develop apps on yet another platform. Currently, we have software for Windows, Windows Mobile/ Embedded Handheld 6.5 and iOS.

Finding iron markers

“I just purchased a home, and I have the plat and pretty much all the information I need to find the iron markers for my property line. But I am having trouble finding them. I know where the two front posts are. I was wondering if your app would help me go from the front of my property to the backs markers. And which app I should use.”

If all you need is to find the other iron markers, the Deed Calls and Stakeout app will do.

The Deed Calls functionality will let you get a GPS fix for the first point at the front of your property. It will let you enter the deed calls from your property description to draw a simple deed plot. Then you can select that deed plot as the target for the Line Stakeout function. The app will help you stay on the property line while walking. This should make it easier for you to find the iron stakes that are on the property line.

Please keep in mind that the GPS receiver on the iPhone is not that accurate. This means that in some cases you might need to search in a 500 – 1000 sq ft area for an iron stake when you are in the vicinity of that stake. You could use a consumer-grade GPS receiver such as the Dual XGPS-150A or a Bad Elf GPS with our app to narrow that area down to about 30 – 100 sq ft.

Is the iPhone GPS accurate?

“I am looking at purchasing your Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout app for my iPhone to help me find my property boundary stakes from an old survey. Does it use the GPS off the iPhone? Is that typically accurate enough to get started? Or do you recommend some other GPS devise to use. If so, any suggestions that are reasonable priced?”

The app can use the GPS off the iPhone. It is not quite accurate, probably around 10 meters. Many users purchase the Dual XGPS 150-A or the Bad Elf GPS to get 2 – 5 m accuracy. These are relatively inexpensive. So, if you think you will be able to find a stake within an area of 30 ft x 30 ft, then use your iPhone GPS. If you only want to search within an area of 15 ft x 15 ft, then get the Dual or Bad Elf receiver. You could try it first using just the iPhone and see how it goes.

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.

Deed Calls, Grid and Stakeout functionality for Windows

“We bought your DeedCalls Grid Stakeout software for my IPad. Beautiful, simple and functional program. My question: can you have it for Windows?”

We have a PC-GIS X software program for use on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 that provides the Create Grid, Create Deed Calls and Navigation functions. Many of our customers use it to complete a map and print it to a printer or to a PDF or JPG file.

Our PC-MAPPER software program provides Create Grid, Create Deed Calls as well as GPS data collection and stakeout functionality. It is ideal for use on a Windows tablet PC, both in the field and in the office.

If you would like to try the PC-GIS DEMO program on your PC, please log on to Select “Downloads and Updates” then click on the PC-GIS DEMO link. The password for downloading and installing the demo program is:



Please log onto your desk-top computer as the administrator with full rights, and make sure there are no firewalls or any antivirus or anti-spyware programs that may interfere with the software installation. Should the installation stall for any reason, please try installing the software in Windows SAFE mode.

Context Help is provided for most functions. Under the Help icon in the PC-GIS DEMO program is a full on-line manual.

The DEMO program provides many active functions, and will let you import Shapefiles, but it will not let you export or save the data. It will let you create a grid over an Area Feature. The DEMO program does not provide the Deed Calls functionality, and some of the functions are disabled.