iCMTGIS III for Tree Inventory

“I am searching for a mobile GIS app to enable me to do some forest inventory. The property is about 100 acres. I am hoping you can help me determine which is any of your apps will be suitable: iCMGIS II or iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS Pro. I invested in an Ipad and Bad Elf Pro+ Bluetooth GPS. I considered competing products GIS Pro and iGIS but ran into issues. I need to inventory tree features and collect attribute data by walking 20 meter (60 feet) wide strips on the property.
-the GPS function of the app guide me along lines 20 or 40 meters apart
-Import an image and geo-reference it for use in navigating my transects. I can convert the attached PDF to .tiff with adobe acrobat. I cannot afford to buy one of your mobile apps and also your PC-GIS, just to enable geo-referencing, so I hope there is a more affordable solution for that? I have used the app MapTiler to georeferenced the map.
– GIS function of recording the location of features and attribute data.
-ability to customise the data input tables for layer attributes. To name variables eg: tree number, species, diameter, height,
– ideally attach photographs to the records.
-I need to be able to export the GIS data to excel or csv file to process the data.”

Ideally there would be a forest inventory app for the iPad that works similar to our CMT-Forester 10 (for PC) and CE-CRUISE (for Windows Mobile PDA) software package. These apps will work up the weight or volume based on the timber cruising and the computation method used. However, we have not produced such a timber cruising app for use on the iPad.

As you will be exporting the tree data and do the computation elsewhere, iCMTGIS III may be a viable solution for you.

iCMTGIS III will let you import a Geotiff (geo-referenced .tif) image file for use as an off-line background image. Our PC-GIS X provides the function for geo-referencing a raster image. If you purchase iCMTGIS III from Apple, we can provide the PC-GIS X to you at a discounted price.

iCMTGIS III provides the Point Stakeout function to guide you to a location, and the Line Stakeout function to guide you along lines.

It allows you to take and attach photos to Features.

It will let you export Point Feature data to a text file that you can import into Excel.

It provides GIS functions for recording the location of Features and Attribute data.

It will let you customize the data input tables for layer attributes, and name variables eg: “tree number, species, diameter, height,” As you are collecting tree data for various transects, you will also need to add the Transect_No as an Attribute.

Please keep in mind that the mapping app will treat each tree as a separate Point Feature. In other words, it needs location information for each tree. Here are two ways to associate each tree with a location:

1. Record GPS position data for each tree and record Attribute/Values based on a Feature List. This may be more time-consuming, and you most likely are not interested in the actual location of each and every tree.

2. Define the Attributes for the Tree Topic layer. Roughly digitize a tree by tapping on the Add Point manually icon then tapping on the PickGPS icon. This will add a new record to the Sheet View for that Topic, and you can enter the Attribute information for the tree. Repeat for all trees to be inventoried.

When data for the Tree Topic has been collected, you can export it to a text file for your PC software to process.

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Wetland – Stakeout 1.0.1 update available for download

This Wetland – Stakeout update provides the following enhancements requested by the users:
1. Includes templates for the Wetland Determination Data Form for all the USA regions.
2. Provides the ability to import data into a Sheet component via a text file.
3. Provides the ability to attach photos to a Feature.
4. Increased the maximum number of data records in a Sheet component to 299.

What’s the difference between Utility Data Collection and iCMTGIS II?

Both the Utility Data Collection app and the iCMTGIS II app provide GPS data collection functions. iCMTGIS II will let you record GPS data for the Features defined in the Feature List, or for a Feature that you add on the spot. Utility Data Collection will let you select any existing Feature Topic for recording GPS/GIS data. If the selected Feature Topic exists in the Feature List associated with the Job, the pre-defined data collection parameters will be used, although you can overwrite them if you wish. For a Feature Topic that does not exist in the Feature List associated with the Job, you can specify the desired data collection parameters, unless you just want to use the default settings.

Utility Data Collection does not provide the Create Grid function. However, it provides a number of newer functions. For example, it will let you attach photos to any Feature. It will let you sort the data records in Sheet View. You can also search the data records based on an Attribute. You can output the Feature data to a PDF file. Besides importing and exporting Shapefiles, it will also let you import and export Features in DXF format. You will also be able to import and export text files for Point Features.

Utility Data Collection has, of course, a few functions dedicated to meter reading data collection. There is a dedicated data input screen that takes you from record to record for sequential data entry. The app provides the option for you to display a route connecting discrete points. You can even have it highlight which points already have data recorded for them. In fact, these functions can be used to advantage for any general GPS/GIS data collection application as well.

Therefore, if you are considering purchasing the iCMTGIS II for GPS/GIS data collection, and you do not need the Create Grid function, you could consider getting the Utility Data Collection app instead.

Is there a way to take pictures and tie them to points within iCMTGIS II?

iCMTGIS II does not provide this functionality.

Utility Data Collection app will let you take pictures and attach them to points within a job. It will also let you attach pictures from your photo library to any point. Please look at the function list for this app at this link.

If you have PC-GIS X, you could use it to tie photos to any Feature in the job. You will then be able to call up the photos at any time by clicking on the associated Feature. You could also use PC-GIS X to attach one audio file or one video file to a Feature.

The photos tied to the Features using the Utility Data Collection app will stay associated with the Features when you transfer the job file to PC-GIS X.

Can I attach photos to a Feature?

Currently, the ability to attach photos to Features is provided in Deed Calls Pro and Utility Data Collection. These apps will let you link photos from the Photo Library or from the app’s Documents folder on your iPad device.

There is also a Camera button that will let you snap a photo on the spot. If the photo you’ve just taken looks fine, tap the Use button to have it automatically linked to the Feature. If you decide not to use that photo, then tap the Cancel button.

Deed Calls Pro for iPad released

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You asked for it. You got it.

A number of users of the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter tool app wanted an app that provides the deed plot functionality as well as the following capabilities:

  1. Ability to rotate the deed plot to align with the background map.
  2. Ability to select a coordinate system other than the Lat-Lon-Altitude system.
  3. Ability to adjust the deed plot using the Compass Rule or the Transit Rule.
  4. Ability to have multiple Features created on the map.
  5. Ability to attach photos to a Feature.

In response we have released the Deed Calls Pro for iPad, which provides these features plus many additional useful functions. The Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter tool app will continue to be available for users who just need to make a basic deed plot by entering distances and angles.

Deed Calls Pro will let you import shapes from Shapefiles and DXF files. It can turn a set of deed calls into a Line or Area Feature on the job map. You may have multiple Features created on the same job map.

For an existing Line or Area Feature on the job map, the app can create a set of deed calls that can be saved into a text file.

To showcase your property, you may attach one or more photos to the Features.

Deed Calls Pro will also let you digitize Point, Line and Area Features. No matter which method was used for creating an Area Feature, the Area Feature may be subdivided into smaller areas. The app also provides a function to combine adjacent areas into a larger area.

You can obtain a PDF report containing all the Features on the job map, or a PDF report containing a deed plot and the associated deed calls. If you have loaded a background map or basemap created via the optional PC-GIS, that background map can also be output to the PDF file along with the deed plot. You may send the PDF file and the Deed Calls File (*.dcf) via email. This app also supports DXF export and cloud storage.

The Deed Calls Pro app is compatible with the optional PC-GIS X mapping software. Following is a list of what you can do with this app:

* Create deed plot from distance and angle data entry
* Create deed plot from a text file
* Import Shapefile
* Enter data in various units, including rods and chains
* Label segments, areas and corners
* Apply Compass Rule and Transit Rule adjustment
* Specify deed plot orientation angle
* Convert deed plot to Feature
* Attach photos to Feature
* Digitize Points, Lines and Areas
* Measure Areas and Distances
* Select Coordinate System
* Load .PIM registered image as background map
* Load .PBM CMT Basemap as background map
* Save data to .pmp job file
* Import and export Feature data in DXF format
* Create Buffer Area
* Divide an Area
* Combine Areas
* Output deed plot and CMT background map to PDF
* Send out the job data, PDF, DXF and Deed Calls files via email
* Store files in Cloud storage

Deed Calls Pro is now available at the iTunes App Store.