Question about multiple deed plots

“I just need to take several Metes and bounds from multiple deeds and try and piece together the puzzle of the land I bought – 50 acres and a combo of 12 deeds – all based on mag north. Once I build the Metes and Bounds and it CLOSEs, can I redesignate the STARTING POINT based on the known good boundary point I find on one of the corners? or do I have to rebuild it all with initial point being my new starting point – aka I will likely find a good metal survey stake somewhere on the boundaries but not sure which one(s) they are yet.”

So long as all the deed calls belong to the same deed plot, the entire plot can be relocated when you edit the starting node. However, if you entered each portion as a separate deed plot, then each will have its own starting node.

Assuming that the 12 deeds are adjoining areas that make up the entire land property, you could first create the individual deed plots separately in Deed Calls Pro then move them to the actual locations later. Keep in mind that the translation motion is based on the initial point. Therefore, you will want to use the corner that corresponds to a surveyed point as the point of beginning in entering the first two deeds. After these two deed plots have been snapped to the surveyed points, then you could snap the other pieces to the corresponding node on the first two re-positioned deeds. You will need to plan ahead to choose the proper corner on the deeds so the deed plots will snap on the correct side (left, right, top, bottom) of another correctly positioned deed plot.

Entering a Deed Call

“I have my property description with dms angles and I bought the deed calls app. I am having trouble figuring out how to use it. It looks like the description runs the opposite way the app lets me put in the calls.”

Before entering your property description, you would first set the Angle Unit to be DMS and the distance unit to be Survey Feet. Select “Bearing” for the angle system.

Did you enter the coordinates of the point of beginning? Please also enter the magnetic declination in the “Orientation” field.

When entering the deed calls, make sure to specify the correct bearing. If you entered E instead of W, that will cause the line to run in the opposite direction.

First Node for the CMT Deed Calls function

“I entered in my lot information, and your app was accurate in the square footage to within less than an inch. However, the location on the map is off by several hundred feet.”

The deed plot in the Deed Calls & Stakeout is drawn based on the location of the First Node. Do you know the LAT LON of your point of beginning?

You could use the Pick GPS function to get a rough location, the accuracy of which is based on the GPS receiver used.

Please also read the following article at our blog site:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/i-have-my-deed-with-the-property-description-but-i-am-not-sure-where-or-what-to-exactly-enter-into-deed-calls-stakeout/

After you have specified the correct location for the First Node, the entire deed plot will be moved to the correct location.

Another thing to note is the Orientation. If your deed calls are based on magnetic north, then please enter the magnetic declination for your location into the Orientation field.

“Thanks. I was out today and found one of the original corner marker iron pipes, so now I have the exact location to use as my first node.

I was amazed at the accuracy of your program. It had the square footage identical to the figure on a plat map to within 0.45 of a foot.

I am using it to find the property lines of out lot. We have been here 37 years and have a wooded lot, and I just want to be sure I know where the boundaries are. So now is the time to do this, before the brush grows.

I bought your App to do this as a surveyor wanted $3,500.00 to do it, even though I did not need a plat map submitted to the county.

Thanks again for the great support.”

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.

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.

Deed Calls Pro 1.0.3 update

The Deed Calls Pro app for iPad has been updated with the following changes:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.

Forester GPS GIS 1.0.5 update

The Forester GPS GIS app for iPad has been updated with the following changes to the Create Deed Calls function:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.

Farming GPS GIS 1.05 update

The Farming GPS GIS app for iPad has been updated with the following changes to the Create Deed Calls function:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.

Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter 1.1.3 update

The changes in the 1.1.3 update of the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app for iPad and iPhone are:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.

Deed Calls & Stakeout 1.0.3 update

The changes in the 1.0.3 update of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app for iPad and iPhone are:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.