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.

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.

What are the coordinates of the point of beginning?

“The reference point for finding my ‘point of beginning’ is the SE corner of a section. Because of the difficult terrain, it would be very difficult for me to physically go to that spot. My property description states . . . What I think this means is that property corner #1 is 2,654 and 7/10ths feet from the SE Corner of the Section along a line that runs about 7 degrees north of west from that corner.”

Your property description references a corner of a Section in a Township and Range. You can get the coordinates of that corner by using the tool at the following link:
http://www.earthpoint.us/townshipssearchbydescription.aspx

Enter the State, Section, Township and Range data then click the View button. The LAT-LON are given in the Degrees unit. A 35 for the latitude should be entered as 35N, and a -95 for the longitude should be entered as 95W.

Once you have the coordinates of the reference corner, and you know the position of your point of beginning relative to that corner, you could set the reference corner as the First Node on the Feature Info page of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app. In the Calls page enter the angle and distance to your actual Point of Beginning (POB). Then enter a couple random segments with non-zero direction so as to form an area plot. Here, we are just after the location of your POB; the other segments don’t matter in this step.

After the bogus deed plot has been created, you can use the Pick button on the Feature Info page to pick your POB as the First Node. Write down the displayed coordinates.

Go to the “Calls” page and delete the unwanted calls.
Go back to the “Feature Info” page and enter the POB coordinates.
Then you can start entering the actual deed calls.

Your deed probably references magnetic north. You will need to find out the magnetic declination for your location to enter into the Orientation field.

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.

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.

Where has Varas gone?

“I bought your deed plotter program around the first of the year. It is great and very useful. I’m not sure what has happened but a couple of weeks ago I notice the tabs between the deed plot image and the entry area changed from 5 tabs to 3. I thought maybe there was an update however I’ve discovered I can no longer change feet to varas. The deeds I deed plot are usually before 1960 so the vast majority are plotted in varas.”

Thank you for reporting the issue with the missing Varas distance unit. We have added it back in Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter Version 1.1.2, which has just been released. This update also provides an option under “GPS” to let you turn off the GPS beeps if they bother you.

As for the tabs, the functions have been relocated as follows:

The Unit function is now under Menu\Setup\Unit and Angle.

The Label function is now under Menu\Setup\Feature Labels.

You are now able to re-orient the entire deed plot if necessary.

The order of entering the deed calls has changed so that you will enter the angle then the distance as is customarily documented on the deeds.

In addition, you can now set the position of angle and distance labels relative to the line segment. The current default is with the angle label above the line segment.

Oops! Default angle and distance label positions switched

“In Mississippi, the normal order of calls in a deed is to have the direction of the call first and then the distance. For example; thence North 45 degrees 22 minutes 35 seconds East 500.00 feet to an iron pin; In the calls input section of your program you ask for the distance first and then the direction. It would read easier to input the first thing you read in the call first and then the next thing you read which would be the distance. Also in Mississippi, in the labeling of a line the direction goes on top of the line and the distance goes on the bottom. It is that same way in every program I have ever purchased regardless of what state or region. . . . I like your program and do not mean to seem critical.”

Thank you for your comments and valuable suggestions. We have modified Deed Calls & Stakeout, Deed Calls Pro and Deed Calls – Area – perimeter to incorporate the requested changes. Please look for a software update in the near future.

 

Mix work with pleasure using the newly released Deed Calls & Stakeout app

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As many users find the stakeout functions helpful, we are now providing the Deed Calls & Stakeout app, which will enable you to stakeout the deed plot you have created using the Deed Calls functions. This app will work on your iPhone, iPad (with GPS) or iPod touch (with GPS).

This app will let you enter distances and angles from your deed to create a boundary plot. You may also enter an orientation angle for the deed plot.

The Point Stakeout function will help you locate and stake the individual nodes on the deed plot. The Line Stakeout function will guide you along the outline of the deed plot.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app also provides the Measure Distance and Measure Area functions as well as the ability to export the deed plot and deed calls to a PDF file. You can export the deed shape to a DXF file. You can email the PDF files, job (*.dcf) files and the DXF files.

In addition, you will be able to view a PDF file from within the Deed Calls & Stakeout app by marking the View (on iPhone) or View File (on iPad) checkbox in the PDF Export File Dialog screen. You will be able to view not only a deed plot file you have saved but also view any PDF file you have copied into the Documents folder of this app.

And, of course, if you are into geo-caching, you could use the Stakeout functions to help you get to the caches and find the treasures. The article at this link points you to a couple attractions in the UK.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app is now available at the Apple App Store.

Can the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app import files as well?

“Lets say I have drawn the plot from a desktop, is there a way to send it to my phone (the app) and pull it up? Or do I have to draw it on the app every time?”

If your desktop application is PC-GIS, you can save the deed calls into a .dcf file then copy that file to your phone via iTunes. Then you will be able to pull it up in the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app.

If you have used some other app to prepare the deed plot, then you will need to export the data to a text file then edit it to conform to the format required by the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app. To see the file format, enter a few calls into the app and save it as a .dcf file. Then transfer the dcf file to your PC and view it by using a text editor.

Of course, if you have drawn a deed calls plot on the app and saved that into a file, you can call it up any time.

Please also check out the recently released Deed Calls Pro app, which will let you rotate a deed plot, work in a coordinate system other than LLA, as well as attach photos to a Feature.

Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter version 1.1.0 update

Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter version 1.1.0 is now available for download via iTunes App Store.

This update contains the following enhancements:

* Added the ability to pick first node more precisely by using the
Node Tool.
*Added the Measure Distance and Measure Area function.
*Added the north arrow to PDF output.