Unable to turn on GPS using iCMTGIS PRO

“I have problems with turning on the gps. When I try to turn on the GPS appears a message ‘can’t find the external accessory’ I am using iCMTGIS PRO with arrow 100 as you can see all lights on arrow 100 are on, where is the problem?”

Please check the Bluetooth connection on your iPad.

(User reported that the problem was resolved.)

Screen background on iPhone XR

pull-down list screen background on iPhone XR

Pull-down List screen background on iPhone XR

“I can hardly read some of the menus as the background color is apparently not easy for me to read. See attached photo.”

This user was running iCMTGIS PRO on the iPhone XR, which provides Display Accessibility settings described in the document at this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207025

It turns out that the user had the Dark mode enabled. Turning off the Dark mode fixed the issue.

Ding sound in iCMTGIS PRO at 10 Hz

My tablets make a ding sound when the GPS is turned on and the cursor moves around. Not too bad when its 1Hz but at 10Hz its a constant buzz. Is there a way to turn of the sound?

Yes, you can turn off the Navigation Beep and/or the Featuring Beep under Setup – Navigation and GPS – Stakeout Setup.

Wetland – Stakeout app TestFlight version 10604 available now

We currently have a TestFlight version for the Wetland – Stakeout app available. If you or your colleagues are looking to try it out for a few weeks, please email your request to support@cmtinc.com.

When your email address has been added to the testers list for an iOS app, you will receive an invitation email from Apple.

Please open that email then tap on the link provided in that email to run the TestFlight app. Then you will see the icon for the app to be tested with an Install button by its side.

Tap on that Install button to install the app to be tested.

The Wetland – Stakeout app is mainly for recording observations at a site using the wetland delineation form templates. It provides the wetland delineation data entry/report forms for all the ten regions in the USA.

The app will let you import a plant list with the indicator status so it can automatically populate the Indicator field and user enters a Species name. You do not need to import the entire list for your Region, but can tailor the list for your local application. You can use Excel to help prepare your plant list.

It will also let you design your own data entry form.

The included Point Stakeout and Line Stakeout functions can help you get back to a previously surveyed area.

The position accuracy depends on the GPS receiver used. The accuracy of an Apple GPS is about 10 m. A GIS-grade external Bluetooth GPS, such as the Bad Elf GPS-2200 and the Dual XGPS-150A, can provide 2 – 5 m accuracy.

The app will let you export the completed form in PDF format. You can keep the Job file on the iPad for future editing. You will create a new Job file for each report form if you want to retain the Job data on the iPad. The Job files can be copied to your PC for safekeeping.

A brief presentation can be found at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81HARTmlxco

Standard MAP only shows a grid

“… when I turned the system on, I no longer have the standard map as a background. I can get a satellite view but that is all. I checked and the position sharing is ON, and I have good wifi connection. … it was gone yesterday but back again today. When it was gone, all I had was checkerboard pattern (like graph paper), but still had my points and line.”

The Map data comes in via wi-fi, and will have an issue when there is a hiccup in wi-fi connection. Occasionally, there could be an issue with the Apple Map server or network. You could check into it by calling up the Apple Map app and see if it exhibits the same problem. If so, the issue will be automatically resolved sometime later.

GPS receivers with sub-meter real-time horizontal position accuracy

“I have purchased Stakeout iCMT Version1.0.4, installed on iPhone XR IOS13. Is it possible to get a gps receiver for iPhone that is accurate to a foot or two? or less?”

Listed below are a number of choices for iPhone-compatible sub-meter GPS/GNSS receivers:

https://www.junipersys.com/products/geode

https://eos-gnss.com/product/arrow-series/arrow-100

https://sxbluegps.com/products/gps-gnss-receivers/

https://bad-elf.com/pages/flex

Here is an article describing tests performed on a few Bluetooth GPS receivers.
https://www.agsgis.com/Bluetooth-GPSGNSS-For-Mobile-GIS-Field-Tested-and-Compared_b_38.html

Do I need the Stakeout function to walk the boundary line of my property?

With the deed plot displayed, you can still walk along the lines by watching the GPS marker. In other words, you will need to guide yourself visually. Without the Stakeout function, the app will not tell you how far you are from your target, nor can it alert you when you are close to your target.

Device is not able to send email

“When attempting to export the KML files, the procedure works fine until we try to email the files to our respective email addresses. At this point, we receive a prompt, “Device is not able to send email.”

“Device is not able to send email.” is an error message from the iPad, not the app. If the iPad is able to send out emails to the recipient, then you should be able to email the KML files as well. Please check to see if you have added the recipient’s email address as contacts in your email server.

I need a copy of the help document for iCMTGIS PRO in PDF format

We have placed a copy of the Help documents for our iOS apps at
http://cmtinc.com/technical_support/MANUALS

If you are new to GPS/GIS data collection, please download iCMTGIS II Manual.pdf or iGPSGIS II Manual.pdf from the above site. These manuals provide an introduction to GPS/GIS data collection.

If you are using our PC mapping software on your computer, under the Help tab there is a Online Manual that you can refer to. You will also be able to download the PCGIS.pdf and PCGIS_05.pdf documents from the above link.

Have a Happy and Productive 2020!

Any one interested in getting your GPS/GIS application story published?

GeoConnexion International Magazine is soliciting contributions for their Editorial pages for the March/April 2020 issue. Following are the topics of interest.
Technology: Surveying; GNSS; LiDAR; UAV’s; Indoor Positioning; Location Services
Example Applications: Defense; Military; Aerospace; Energy; Oil; Gas; Mining; Geology; Land Management; Cadastres
Editor’s Choice: Australia

Please send your contributions to Mr Robert Buckley:
robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com
Mobile: + 44 (0)7961 843224

In the past we have worked with a couple iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO users to submit their application stories for publishing. If you are interested in increasing your enterprise’s exposure to the world, one way to do so is having an application story published with the GeoConnexion International Magazine.

Very slow to load Features from Shapefiles

A customer reported that it took a long time to load Shapefiles containing county property lines.

The U.S. county property line Shapefiles typically contain more than ten thousand polygons, along with a multitude of Attributes. As we mentioned in our 10/2/19 blog post, it will take time for the app to process a large job with a huge number of Features and Attributes. The app might also crash if a computation or file saving operation is disrupted for some reason.

Typically, you will want to just load the polygons that you need for a particular job, and not all of them. If you have a PC software program that will let you load the county property lines then let you export just the ones that you need, then please use it to prepare the corresponding Shapefiles for importing into the app.

Some of the iCMTGIS PRO customers use our PC-GIS X to accomplish this. PC-GIS X can import and export Shapefiles. So, the users would load the Shapefiles from the county then select the polygons they need to export to a new set of Shapefiles for importing into iCMTGIS PRO. After collecting GPS data, they would copy the .pmp file to their PC and open it in PC-GIS X. Then they will see the Feature data displayed along with the property lines . They will be able to make some changes, if they wish, then use the Plot Preview function to make a nice map for printing to a PDF file or a printer.

If you don’t need to refer to the property lines in the field, then you could simply load the county property polygons into PC-GIS X and combine them with the field data to complete the map.

Displaying iCMTGIS PRO data in PC-GIS X

“I have a project where I collected points using iCMT GIS Pro and EOS arrow. I would like to export the data points to PC GIS X and make a map with a parcel layer in the background and have the features collected shown with the symbol associated to that data point. Can this be done and if so what is the best way to perform this task?”

Yes, you can import the Shapefiles for the land parcels into your GPS Job file after switching the datum, coordinate system and distance unit in your GPS Job file to that used by the Shapefiles. After importing the parcels, you could switch back to the original datum, coordinate system and distance unit.

Shapefiles export does not retain the symbol and color assignment in iCMTGIS PRO. When you import the Shapefiles into PC-GIS X, the Features will be represented by the default symbols. In fact, you don’t need to export the Feature data to Shapefiles if you will be using PC-GIS X to work further with the Features.

iCMTGIS PRO stores your Feature data in a .pmp job file, which retains the symbol assignment. Simply use iTunes to copy the .pmp file to your PC then use PC-GIS X to open the .pmp file.

PC-GIS X can work with .pmp files as well as .fmp files. The .fmp file will store the Features as well as non-spatial map elements, such as a geo-referenced background map (*.tif) or shapes you’ve drawn using the drawing and lettering tools provided in the Palette. After opening a .pmp file in PC-GIS X, you can save the data in the .fmp format.

If you want to send a Job file from your PC to iCMTGIS PRO, please save the .fmp file as a .pmp file then copy it to the iCMTGIS PRO documents folder. A .pmp file only stores Feature data (including symbol assignment) but not the non-spatial data.

Is iCMTGIS PRO app a one-time purchase?

“If we by the app, is it a one time buy? What happens if the account is lost with the employee? Can we transfer to a different iPad?”

The purchase of any of our apps is a one-time software license purchase. You will want to purchase it using your company’s Apple ID. Any iPad or iPhone using the same Apple ID can download the app to use.

Wetland – Stakeout app updated to 1.0.5

.In this release, we have addressed the bug reported by a user for the Rapid Test.
“The formula for the Rapid Test for Hydrophytic Vegetation appears to be incorrect. It seems to be ‘checking’ yes for situations in which the Rapid Test criteria has not been met.”

We have also adjusted the Enter Report Data and Design Report screens for iPAD Air devices (3rd generation and above) and iPad Pro devices with 10.5″ screen.

Websites for some GPS receivers compatible with CMT iOS apps

Our iOS apps can work with any GPS receiver that is compatible with the Apple iPad and iPhone devices.

At the following three websites, you can find GIS-grade GPS receivers that claim 2 – 5 m accuracy:

https://gps.dualav.com/explore-by-product?category=GPS

https://bad-elf.com/pages/products

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/645104

The Trimble R1 boasts 50 cm max. precision.

https://geospatial.trimble.com/products-and-solutions/trimble-r1

EOS and Geneq Inc. provide high-precision GNSS receivers.

Many of our customers are using the EOS Arrows series GNSS receivers with our iOS apps. In particular, iCMTGIS PRO can directly interface with the Arrow GNSS to obtain more accurate position data.
https://eos-gnss.com/product/

The SXBlue Platinum GNSS receivers from Geneq Inc. also work well with our iOS apps, and can directly interface with iCMTGIS PRO. Their SXPAD & SXPRO mobile data collectors can run our Windows Mobile 6.5 and WEHH Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 compatible GPS/GIS data collection software programs.

https://sxbluegps.com/