Using Deed Calls & Stakeout to locate property corners

“I had a topography company locate the northern two corner stakes for my trapezoidal property. I am trying to locate the southern two. I purchased your product Deed Calls and Stakes for my iPhone 7. My hope was that I could go to the North east stake, have your app acquire the GPS coordinates of the stake and then move to the North West stake and do the same. From that I would like to walk down the fence line and have your app tell me when I am 1440’ from that stake… should be right at the South West stake. . . . I don’t have typical x Deg N, y Deg E coordinates.”

Normally, you would get the first node position then use the deed document and enter the deed calls to plot out the property boundary. Then you would use the Line Stakeout function to help you walk along the boundary. The Line Stakeout will show you your Station value. The default Station value at the beginning point is 0′. Therefore, the Station value would be the distance you have walked.

It sounds like you have a fence to follow all the way to the southern two stakes from the northern two corners. This means you could use the Point Stakeout function to help you determine when you are a specific distance from, say, the northwest stake. You could try the following steps, but keep in mind the accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS receiver you use. The GPS on the iPhone is not that accurate. Many users use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver to obtain better accuracy. High-accuracy receivers have a high price tag. Hopefully there are markers at the southern two corners to help you confirm the location when you get to the vicinity.

I. Create a node then use Point Stakeout

1. Turn GPS on and wait a few minutes. Walk to the Northwest corner.

2. Follow the instructions under Open a Deed Calls File in the Help document to create a Job.

3. Follow the instructions under Set First Node and Symbolism and use Pick GPS to get a node at your position.

4. Tap the Line tab then tap the Calls button.

5. Tap the Add button to add a line. Accept the displayed values by tapping on the Back button. When app displays “Update Feature?”, tap on Yes. Now you have created 2 nodes. The one at the GPS marker is the Northwestern corner.

6. Follow the instructions under Point Stakeout. For the Target Feature select the Line you have created. The node you are interested in is Node 1. Now when you walk away from that position, you will see the separation distance displayed in the Range field.

7. Walk along the fence southward and stop when Range shows the target distance. Tap the Store Stake Point icon to store this point.

II. Use Line Stakeout

As the partial map you provided shows S83-53-00E 645.50′ for the southern border, you can use the Deed Calls function to create a Line that represents this southern border.

1. Go back to the Deed Calls screen and change the First Node location by tapping the Pick button then tapping on the Point that you have created at the southwest corner.

2. On the Calls page, tap the Edit button then enter the bearing and distance information:

Horizontal Angle: S83-53-00E

Horizontal Distance: 645.50

3. Tap the Back button and confirm to update the Feature.

4. Now you can follow the instructions under Line Stakeout to move along this line to get to the Southeastern corner and store the stake point.

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Deed Calls Pro helped user retrace the past

Map in Bluff City TN area as displayed in the Deed Calls Pro app

After updating Deed Calls Pro to version 1.0.6 on his iPad Pro running iOS 11, a user wrote:

“A quick browse thru the job list and all looks well. I’ll do an edit on this job to make sure but I suspect it is functioning properly.

This is the Bluff City Tn. area along the Holston River 1775-1782. It was the frontier of Revolutionary War America. My 4th and 5th grandfathers and uncles owned a 5 of these plots. Thanks to you guys I got to walk in the steps last year. I got to stand on the river side and know those men had walked that same path 100 times. It was one of the great times of my life and couldn’t have done it without you guys. Maybe my grandkids will do the same one day. It’s more than an app. . . . . . This is only one of the Jobs. In other Jobs I’ve plotted the north side of the river to just south of Bristol and to the south as far as the Watagua River.”

How to designate a different location as the starting point of a deed plot?

“I have a plot in Deed calls and stakeout and need to identify a particular pin as first node (since I have a lat/long ref for this pin). When attempting to use ‘Pick’ from the First Node tab I can select the desired pin and it is identified as ‘starting point’ but when clicking ‘back’ button this designation is lost and the plot continues to be located as if the actual first node I started drawing with is the reference node.”

Picking the first node means to relocate (translate) the entire deed plot to a new location by moving the first node to the location of the node you picked.

If you use the Pick function, you can select the node location to which the first node should be moved to translate the deed plot.

If you use the Pick GPS function and have GPS turned on, then the deed plot will be translated such that the first node is at the GPS position.

Your first node is where the deed calls originate from. If you want to start from a different location, then your deed calls must be rearranged to start from the call issued from that location.

You mention that you have the lat/long reference for one of the pins.
You could re-enter all the calls in the app using this as the first node. Alternatively, you could do the following to designate this as the first node and rearrange the calls:

1. Go to the Calls page and use Save As to save the calls to a text file (*.dcf).

2. Copy this .dcf file to your PC via iTunes.

3. Use a text editor such as Wordpad to view and change the .dcf file. You would change the latitude and longitude values for the First Node. In addition, in the Records section, you would cut the lines of text, starting with the call that corresponds to the new first node and ending at the last call, then paste these lines before the existing first call record.

4. Save the modified .dcf file under a new name.

5. Copy the modified .dcf file back to the documents folder of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app.

6. Open the modified .dcf file in Deed Calls & Stakeout. You should now have a deed plot that starts at the known location.

This same method can be applied to a deed plot created using Deed Calls & Stakeout as well as our other apps that provide the Deed Calls functionality, such as Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter, Deed Calls Pro, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO.

By the way, if you find our apps useful, we would appreciate your posting a favorable review at the App Store. Thanks!

Does the deed call and stakeout app have all the features of both applications?

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will let you enter deed calls to draw a deed plot. Then you could use the Point Stakeout function to help to get to any node on the boundary of the deed plot. Or, you could use the Line Stakeout function to help you stay close to the boundary line while walking around the property.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app only works with the nodes in a deed plot.

On the other hand, the Stakeout iCMT app will let you add Points, Lines and Areas manually or import them from Shapefiles.

 

GPS/GIS apps that will also draw a deed plot

“I have Deed Calls & Stakeout for iPad and have successfully created a plat with property lines. I have walked my property and found the corners. It’s a really great app. What I’d like to do next is walk my property and draw features such as tree lines, roads/paths, rock outcroppings, springs, etc. How do I do that?”

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app was designed to help you create a plat by entering the deed calls then walk the property line. It does not provide the functions for digitizing Features such as tree lines, roads/paths, houses, etc.

The Deed Calls Pro app for iPad has the deed calls functionality as well as the digitizing functions. This app can convert a deed plot that you have entered into a Feature. This will allow you to draw a deed plot, save it as a Feature then draw another deed plot. You will also be able to manually drop GPS points or draw lines and areas in this app and assign different symbols/colors to the Features that represent roads, houses, trees, springs, etc.

If you wish to use GPS to map Point, Line and Area Features to represent tree lines, houses, etc., these tasks are better performed using one of our GPS/GIS data collection apps, such as Forester GPS GIS II, Forester GPSGIS III, iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO. These apps will let you record many GPS fixes at one location and average the data to obtain a more accurate position record. Thy also provide the ability to create a deed plot and convert it to a Feature.

Deed Calls & Stakeout updated to support 64-bit architecture

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app version 1.0.5 is now ready for download.

This app has been recompiled to support the 64-bit iPad and iPhone devices.

When you enter deed calls into the program can you start it on a specified corner then rotate to another known GPS’d corner?

Yes. The Deed Calls app as well as the Deed Calls function in some of our apps will let you change the first node location and the orientation of the deed plot.