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.

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App for entering heading and distance information from a platt map

“I want to find and map my property lines, I have 16 acres of woods and wetlands. I have located one survey marker and I have a platt map of my property with headings and distance to the next corner. Which one of your products would let me create a waypoint at the survey marker to use as the starting point and then enter the rest of the heading and distance information so that I can walk and mark my property lines and corners?”

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will let you stand at the survey marker and get the GPS coordinates of that point as the starting point for entering the deed plot information (bearing and distance). If your deed document uses magnetic north, then you should enter the declination angle for your location into the Orientation field in the app. Then you can use the Line Stakeout function in the app to help you walk and physically mark your property lines and corners. This app works on iPhone and iPad devices.

Keep in mind, though, that the accuracy of your work depends on the GPS receiver used, and the built-in GPS receiver of the iPhone and iPad devices is not that accurate. Some of our app users use a compatible external GPS receiver, such as the Dual XGPS-150A or the Bad Elf GPS, to get 2 – 5 m accuracy. GPS receivers with sub-meter precision, such as the iSXBlue II and EOS Arrow, cost a great deal more.

Direction of deed calls line segment

“I just bought Deed Calls Pro and I was wondering when adding a line segment with bearing information how to get the line to go the other direction. For example: N54°3740W draws the line in the wrong direction.”

Please note that, in the deed plot you are doing, the green node is the last starting node. The line segment does go from the green node to the yellow node in the NW direction. If you enter a long distance, you should e able to see the line labeled with the correct bearing. If you wish to change the direction, then change the bearing of the line segment.

Plotting multiple deeds

“I have the Deed Calls Pro App for the Apple ipad. Is it possible to plot multiple deeds and place them adjacently next to each other? I am having trouble determining how create a new deed while still viewing a previous deed description. “

With Deed Calls Pro you can create multiple Features that represent the deed plots.  The Created Deed Calls function will create one single deed plot at a time. You can save the deed description in a file using a unique file name.

When you exit the function, the app will ask you if you wish to create a Feature. Answer “Yes”. Then an Area Feature will be created.
Tap on the Area Feature then tap on the Feature Properties icon.
Mark the Show Segment label check box to display the angles and distances.

Now, do not have any Area or Line Feature highlighted on the map.
Select Create Deed Calls to enter the First Node and deed calls for your next property. When you turn on the Snap to Node icon, you can pick an existing corner as the First Node. You can enter the deed call for a line segments that is shared by two properties.
When done entering the calls, again confirm to create the Area Feature then have the segment labels displayed.

This functionality is also provided by iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS II/III and Farming GPS GIS II/III.

Using independent GPS to re-position a deed plot

“Can I create a deed plot using metes and bounds information then use a separate accurate GPS receiver to get the coordinates of the initial point to re-position the deed plot?”

Yes. As long as you can get the LAT-LON coordinates of the initial node, you can enter them into the Create Deed Calls routine, and the existing deed plot will be moved to the correct location. You will also be able to enter an orientation angle to help line up the deed plot with the roads on the displayed Apple Map. Such capabilities are provided by the following apps: Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter, Deed Calls & Stakeout, Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout, Deed Calls Pro, Farming GPS GIS, Farming GPS GIS II, and Forester GPS GIS.

With respect to staking out the boundary of the plot, please note that, if the external GPS is one that does not interface directly with the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, the Stakeout functions in the Deed Calls & Stakeout app will not be able to use it to help guide you to a target location. It will be tedious for you to try to manually match the position displayed by the separate external GPS to the coordinates of the target location.

Our deed calls apps can export the deed plot to a PDF file. However, the Apple Map in the background cannot be exported to PDF. The Deed Calls Pro, Farming GPS GIS, Farming GPS GIS II, and Forester GPS GIS apps are able to load a .pim background map and export it along with the deed plot to a PDF file. To make use of this capability, you will need to purchase the PC-GIS PRO software to prepare the .pim background map, which you will transfer to your device. The .pim background maps can be used off-line (no wi-fi required).

New Release: Farming GPS GIS II

Storing a Line Feature

Storing a Line Feature

We are pleased to announce the release of Farming GPS GIS II for use on the iPad. This app provides GPS data collection and mapping functionality in addition to the various utilities provided in the original Farming GPS GIS app.

This app will let you use a GPS receiver to map a farm tract, a timber tract or any other land parcel as well as point and line features of interest. You can also create features by importing feature data in Shapefiles or DXF format, by manual digitization or by entering deed calls. The acreage and perimeter of an area feature will be promptly computed. You can easily divide or combine the land plots. You will be able to record attribute information for each geographic feature. You will also be able to enter formulas to compute values derived from the recorded data. For example, when you enter the yield for a farm plot, the yield per acre can be automatically calculated based on the acreage of the plot. You could use the Point Stakeout function to help you locate an old land mark, and the Line Stakeout function could help you lay out a long pipeline. The position accuracy will depend on the accuracy of the GPS receiver used.

Farming GPS GIS II also provides the following additional functions:

* While GPS is turned on, store a track of where you have been.
* Export the feature data as Shapefiles.
* Attach one or more photos to any Feature.
* Convert measured distances or areas to Features.
* Display a direction line between the GPS marker and the stakeout target.
* iCloud file storage support.

A preview of this app can be found at the App Store.

This app is also listed with the Farms.com website, which has the
largest listing of agricultural and farming related apps online.

Is there not an Auto-close in Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout?

In addition to the Create Deed Calls function, the Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout app provides the ability to add Points, Lines and Areas to your job map by manual digitization.

Before entering the deed calls, you can specify whether they are for creating a Line Feature or an Area Feature. After entering the deed calls, you can convert the deed plot to a Feature, and an Area type Feature will automatically close.

With an Area Feature created in the job map, you will be able to create grid points over the Area Feature. You will also be able to stake out the boundary of the Area Feature.