When exporting Shapefiles in State Plane, no .prj created

For State Plane Texas coordinate system, please set the Datum to NAD27, NAD83, or NAD83_CORS96. Then you should get the .prj file exported along with the other files for the Shapefiles.

NAS83_CORS96 is identical to NAD83(2011) in our apps.


Stakeout iCMT or iCMTGIS III, which one to get for placing moorings?

“We intend to use the Arrow to place moorings in our mooring grid… I was looking at iCMTGIS PRO, but thinking that is much more than what we need. I rather start with the simpler program if it will give us what we need, experiment with your apps before purchasing the more expensive one, if it even would make a difference.”

This customer is using the Stakeout iCMT. It looks like he will need to switch to iCMTGIS III because of the following reasons:

1) He needs the ability to import point data in GPX format.

2) He needs to have coordinates displayed in decimal degrees rather than in DMS.

3) He needs to work in the “moving map” mode, in which the background map will be rotated so that the boat always points to the top and then a compass is pointing the direction you have to go.

4) He wants the mooring points to be labeled with their names on the map.

5) He does not require land surveying accuracy.

Besides, iCMTGIS III also provides the ability to record Points, Lines and Areas using GPS, as well as the ability to create the mooring grid points over an area. It will not only let you work with latitude and longitudes, but also with State Plane, UTM and user-defined coordinate systems.

How to create a rough area shape using Wetland – Stakeout

“Everything seems to be working well. I had a question about how to map a feature with the app. For example if I wanted to map a wetland boundary with a line or polygon(area), how would I do this? There does not seem to be a way that I can create a new line topic and record data for the line (for example every xxft. Or xx seconds). I am wondering if the wetland app can work in the same way to record spatial data as the iCMTGIS PRO app does? We have been using this app to collect data for projects with our GPS and it works great.”

Wetland – Stakeout app does not provide the GPS/GIS data collection function. If you just need a rough boundary of an area, there are two ways to create the Area Feature.

1. Turn on Map and digitize the Area Feature by using the “Add Area Manually” function after creating a new Area Topic.

2. Turn on GPS. Create a new Area Topic then select “Add Area Manually”. Walk around the area and tap the Pick GPS icon once every few seconds.

Also, you could use iCMTGIS PRO to map the area then export the Shapefiles. Then you can import the Shapefiles into Wetland – Stakeout.

Questions about iCMTGIS II

“1. Does the app have the capability to record bread crumbs? The App store indicates that it can record my track, so I assume this is the same capability. 2. For the record my track capability, can the lat, long, date & time all be exported? If yes, which formats are available?”

1. The iCMTGIS II app has the ability to record Points, Lines and Area Features. It can export the latitude, longitude and elevation to Shapefiles, but not date and time. For Line Features and Area Features, our apps only record the position of the first node. If you record the route as a Line Feature, you can record the waypoints as “nested” points along the Line Feature.

2. “Track” usually refers to a continuous recording of wherever you have been while navigating or recording GPS Features. iCMTGIS III has the capability to record a track. iCMTGIS II does not. However, for Line Features, Area Features and Tracks, our apps only record the position of the first node. Therefore, if you would like to have coordinates along a track, you will need to record the position of waypoints as Point Features. Or you could record the route as a Line Feature and record the waypoints as “nested” points along the Line Feature.

PDF copy of the Help document for CMT iOS app

“I purchased the Stakeout app for my iPhone 6s. I believe it is exactly what I need. The help file is very complete and well written, however, it is hard to read and move around in on the small screen of my iPhone. Is it possible to download a pdf copy of this file?”

Yes, a PDF copy of the Help documents for our apps is available. Please email your request to: support@cmtinc.com

How to increase efficiency in doing multiple Wetland jobs

“Once again, I want to compliment you on the Wetland Stakeout APP. I have been doing this work for 20+ years and have tried many different data form software and yours is by far the slickest. I love the fact that I can personalize it to fit my jobs by adding species lists, soil info, etc. that are associated with my work areas. Lately I have been thinking one nice feature would be a ‘clear/delete vegetation’ and a ‘clear/delete soil’ button. When I do a job I tend to do these steps and I expect most people using the APP do similar:

Fill out a completed form for the region I am in at my first sampling point and save it as Project Name A
Then revise that form for the next sampling points and save each as ‘Project Name B’, ‘Project Name C’, etc.

Doing it like this, I don’t need to clear all of the page 1 introductory information because it is the same project (sampling point, lat/long, soil, etc. revisions are easy to make because they are single line entries). The vegetation and soil sections are tabular with multiple fields. It is time consuming to highlight each field and delete information and I think it would be easier to have an option of clicking a button that simply clears the values in those tables.”

Yes, if you routinely do similar jobs using one of our apps, you could use Job – Save As to save all or part of an existing job to a new job file. As you wish to keep the header information on a report form but not the data entered for the job, what you could do is to save the existing job to the new job files right after entering the header information. Then, within each job, you will just need to change the sampling point coordinates and fill in the wetland delineation data for that sampling point.

Download DXF to itunes then to iCMT PRO

“I have a .dxf file from a surveyor. Currently it resides in my Dropbox file. I do have iTunes, Dropbox and iCloud accounts.What is the best way to get this onto my iPad and available for use in my iCMT Pro app so I can use in the field? Step by step would be great because I am a novice.”

1. You will need to have the surveyor tell you which coordinate system he used to save the DXF file. Did he use the LLA system (latitude, longitude)? If you also care about the elevation, then have him tell you whether he used the MSL (mean-sea-level) elevation.

2. You can copy the DXF file from your Dropbox to a folder on your PC. Please see the article at the following link:

Dropbox Tip: Saving Local Files on your Computer

3. Then connect your iPad with your PC and run iTunes on your PC.

In iTunes select your iPad device then go to the File Sharing section and look for the iCMTGIS PRO. Tap on that.

On the right side you should see all the files stored on your device for iCMTGIS PRO.

Click the Add File button on the bottom of the iTunes screen then go to the folder in which you saved the DXF file.

Select that DXF file, and it will be copied to your iCMTGIS PRO documents folder.

(By the way, if you want to copy any files to your PC, then select those files and click on the Save To button.)

4. In iCMTGIS PRO you can now set the coordinate system and distance unit that match what the surveyor used then import the DXF file.