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.


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.

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.


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.

I have my deed with the property description, but I am not sure where or what to exactly enter into Deed Calls & Stakeout.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will let you enter the boundary information in terms of distances and directions. Therefore, you will need to read the deed document and “translate” the information into distances and bearings for the consecutive line segments forming the boundary.

Two things to note:

1) You will need to know where the point of beginning is. The app needs this information to place the deed plot in the correct location on the map. Without this information, you can still enter the deed calls, but your properly will not be displayed at the correct geographic location.

2) The accuracy of your work depends on the quality of the GPS receiver. The iPhone GPS does not provide high accuracy. Some users get a mapping grade Bluetooth GPS (such as the Dual XGPS-150A or a Bad Elf GPS) to obtain 1-5 meter accuracy. Users requiring higher accuracy would purchase an expensive high-precision GPS receiver, such as an iSXBlue or an EOS Arrow.

The first order of business is to establish the First Node by one of the following methods.

A. If you know the Latitude and Longitude of the point of beginning, then enter them into the Feature Info screen. If you know the location of the point of beginning in reference to a corner of a township, please read the article that we posted previously at

B. If you turn on GPS and turn on Map in Show Hybrid mode, and you can see the reference point on the Map, then you could tap on the Pick button then tap on the Node Tool icon and drop a node at that location.

C. You could stand at the actual point of beginning, turn on GPS, then tap the Pick GPS button to get the Fist Node coordinates.

The location you get with Method B and Method C will depend on the accuracy of the GPS receiver and/or the background map.

If your deed document uses magnetic north, then you should enter the declination angle for your location into the Orientation field.

To enter the calls, first tap on the Calls tab.
Tap the Add button before entering each call.
You will see the deed plotted in the map.

We have posted a tutorial for Deed Calls Pro on youtube that shows how to enter deed calls for multiple deeds.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app only does one deed plot, not multiple deeds. However, the procedure for entering the deed calls is the same.