Displaying iCMTGIS PRO data in PC-GIS X

“I have a project where I collected points using iCMT GIS Pro and EOS arrow. I would like to export the data points to PC GIS X and make a map with a parcel layer in the background and have the features collected shown with the symbol associated to that data point. Can this be done and if so what is the best way to perform this task?”

Yes, you can import the Shapefiles for the land parcels into your GPS Job file after switching the datum, coordinate system and distance unit in your GPS Job file to that used by the Shapefiles. After importing the parcels, you could switch back to the original datum, coordinate system and distance unit.

Shapefiles export does not retain the symbol and color assignment in iCMTGIS PRO. When you import the Shapefiles into PC-GIS X, the Features will be represented by the default symbols. In fact, you don’t need to export the Feature data to Shapefiles if you will be using PC-GIS X to work further with the Features.

iCMTGIS PRO stores your Feature data in a .pmp job file, which retains the symbol assignment. Simply use iTunes to copy the .pmp file to your PC then use PC-GIS X to open the .pmp file.

PC-GIS X can work with .pmp files as well as .fmp files. The .fmp file will store the Features as well as non-spatial map elements, such as a geo-referenced background map (*.tif) or shapes you’ve drawn using the drawing and lettering tools provided in the Palette. After opening a .pmp file in PC-GIS X, you can save the data in the .fmp format.

If you want to send a Job file from your PC to iCMTGIS PRO, please save the .fmp file as a .pmp file then copy it to the iCMTGIS PRO documents folder. A .pmp file only stores Feature data (including symbol assignment) but not the non-spatial data.

Projection for exporting Shapefiles

“When exporting a shapefile from ICMTGIS II, is it possible to specify the projection of the exported file or will it always be in the same projection as the job?”

Shapefiles will always be exported in the currently active projection. You can switch to the desired coordinate system or projection before exporting the Shapefiles.

Can a .pmp job be created on a PC?

“Is it possible to view the data collected by the ipad in the computer? Can the job creation .pmp be done on a PC?”

Yes. We have a PC-GIS X software program for use on Windows 7, 8, 10 that is compatible with iCMTGIS PRO, iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS/GIS II/III and Utility Data Collection apps. The .pmp (Job) files, the .fbr (Feature List) files and the Shapefiles are interchangeable among these software programs.

You could also export the data to Shapefiles and view it in some other PC software program that works with Shapefiles.

Emailed Shapefiles not up to date?

“Now I have been working with the CMTGIS PRO app practically for over ten days. I have been collecting and measuring and I have been really satisfied. Today I have got an issue that I can not solve, hope you can help me. . . . I created a job for the project with that contains a handful of topics that I have been using all time. In the job I have created one topic for stored points, and i have used three topics for lines. The pre defined ‘Fence’, ‘Measure distance’ and one called ‘retur 1’. After I have been working 4 days I emailed the shapes (except for fence) files to use them in qgis, everything worked fine! After the last three days of work I have tried to email all four shape files, but I can not find the shape file ‘Fence’ anywhere but in the job. And, the three shape files I could find and send by email have not got any of the new features I have created the three last days???”

Later, the user found that by exporting the Features as Shapefiles in a Group, he was able to email the ‘Fence’ Topic, and the other three Topics had updated information in them.

For the user’s convenience iCMTGIS PRO lets the user export the Shapefiles for the Topics in a Job individually or in a Group. However, here the issue is that the Shapefiles need to be exported before they can be emailed. Therefore, if you have added new Features to a Job, please export them to Shapefiles before sending those Shapefiles out via email.

Which product best fits our needs?

“I’m browsing through your website and trying to figure out which product best fits our needs. We run a farming operation that deals with fields of many shapes and sizes. We’re looking for an easy to use solution. Here is our wish list:

1. Non-expensive
2. Integrates with iPhone or iPad
3. Exportable to PC to overlay on Google Maps or other mapping software
4. Sub meter accuracy

Would you be able to point me in the right direction?”

Items 1 and 4 on your wish list are related. The greatest expense you will incur is in the GPS receiver. GPS with sub-meter accuracy cost a lot more than consumer-grade GPS with 2 – 5 m accuracy. The EOS Arrow Gold and the iSXBlue II+ GNSS provide sub-meter accuracy.

Our iCMTGIS III GPS/GIS data collection and mapping app will run on iPhone and iPad devices. It provides the ability to export Feature data as a .kml file that you can upload to Google Earth and Google My Maps. It will also export Feature data in Shapefiles format and DXF file format. Many GIS software provide the ability to import Shapefiles. So does our PC-GIS X mapping software, which will also work with the Job files you created by using iCMTGIS III.

(Farming GPS GIS III provides similar functionality as iCMTGIS III, but it will only run on iPad devices.)

What does a .pmp job file include?

The Job file (*.pmp) includes the Feature coordinates, attributes, Shapes, symbols and any labels. When you open a previously saved .pmp file, it will display the same as when you saved the job.

For those of our apps that export to DXF or Shapefiles, the coordinates, attributes and shapes will be exported. The default symbol and line style will be used for the exported data.

How to get Point ID exported to AutoCAD

“… it seems that the ID name did not come through into AutoCAD. I have the X, Y, Z and feature ID but not the ID we assigned the point in the program.”

How did you assign the ID to the point in the iCMTGIS II app?

With your point topic selected, please Tap on the Topic Menu icon (second icon from the left side) then select Edit Topic.

Tap the Add button to add an Attribute named PID, for example then tap on OK.

Turn on Sheet View (the last icon on the right side).
Now you can double tap a record then tap on the Attribute button to enter the point ID.

Alternatively, if you add this PID field to the Feature List you are using for this Job, then you can enter your point ID while you are collecting GPS data.

The same is true for the Utility Data Collection, iGPSGI II, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO, Farming GPS GIS II/II and Forester GPS GIS II/III apps as well as PC-GIS.

How to export elevations to Shapefiles?

“We have the iCMTGISII Ap installed on one of our iPads. We can see the X, Y and elevation data in the Properties tab but when the points are exported to a Shapefile, the elevation data does not get exported. How do we get the elevation data exported with the Shapefile to be displayed in either ArcGIS or AutoCAD?”

In the Export Shapefile screen, please mark the check box for “3D” if you want the elevation data exported as well.

Where can I find the Shapefiles on my ipad after they have been exported?

The Features in each Topic layer are exported to one set of Shapefiles. The exported Shapefiles are stored in the Documents folder for the app (e.g. Forester GPS GIS II, Farming GPS GIS II, iCMTGIS II, iGPSGIS II, Utility Data Collection).

Before exporting the Shapefiles, please check the iCloud setting in your app. If the checkbox for “Job” is marked, please unmark it. Otherwise the app will export the Shapefiles to iCloud storage instead of the local folder.

To get to the Documents Folder:
1. Sync your device with your PC/MAC via iTunes.
2. In iTunes select your device then select “Apps” . Scroll down to the Shared Documents section and select your CMT iOS application program.
3. You will see the files that are stored in the Documents folder for the app on your iPAD (or iPhone), including any Shapefiles files.
You can highlight the files you want to save to your PC then click the Save To button and select a folder on your PC to copy the files to that folder.

Remember to copy all the Shapefiles (*.shp, *.shx, *.prj, *.dbf) for each Topic.

iCMTGIS III, Farming GPS GIS III and Forester GPS GIS III will let you export the Shapefiles for a Topic to a sub-folder in the Documents folder, making it a bit easier to find all the files for a Topic in one place.

How to get all the points in one shapefile rather than a shapefile for each point?

Some of our apps can import and export Shapefiles.

Each Topic layer gets exported to one set of Shapefiles. Each Topic layer should only contain Features of the same type (such as all Points).

In the GPS Data Collection routine, after you have selected a Point Feature Topic and recorded a point, tap the Store button to store the next point on the same Topic layer. (If you tap the New button, the app is expected to record data for a new Topic layer.)

New Release: Forester GPS GSI II for iPad

IN Tree

IN Tree

We are pleased to announce the release of Forester 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 Forester GPS GIS app.

“Forester GPS GIS II” provides tools for estimating basal area per acre for a timber stand as well as GPS data collection and mapping functions for use on the iPad. It will let you use a GPS receiver to map a timber stand or any other land parcel then create grid points over the area. 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 also will be able to export the feature data as Shapefiles in LLA, UTM or State Plane coordinates.

If your device has GPS capability, the Point Stakeout function could help you locate the cruise points, and the Line Stakeout function could help you stay on a transect line. The accuracy of the location data depends on the GPS receiver used.

Off-line GPS data collection

“I would like the ability to collect points, lines, and polygons in the field, offline, with a way to easily download them as shapefiles for use in ArcMap when I return to the office. Will I need to purchase anything else in order to do what I have indicated?”

iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II will let you collect points, lines, and polygons in the field, offline, and you can download them as Shapefiles for use in ArcMap when you return to the office.

As far as off-line GPS/GIS data collection and Shapefile import/export goes, iCMTGIS II or iGPSGIS II is all you need.

The questions is whether you need to have a background map displayed as reference while collecting GPS/GIS data.

When you have connection to wi-fi, you can have the standard or satellite Apple Map displayed as background map.

If you have Shapefiles for the region in which you will be collecting data, you can import those into iCMTGIS II or iGPSGIS II as off-line background reference.
If you need to have an off-line geotiff background map displayed during data collection, then you will need to get the PC-GIS 09 mapping software, which will convert geotiff images to the .pim format for use with iCMTGIS II or iGPSGIS II.

A note about shapefile export

2/20/12 Shapefile export issue

A user in Australia encountered a problem with shapefile export. Later he resolved the problem himself. Here is a summary of his discovery for your reference:

“I meet a problem: I export the shapefile and use Arcgis to open it. Some shapefile’s attribute table cannot be open, while other shapefiles are fine. so I am wondering if other people meet this problem before.”

“Finally I figured it out. the problem is that: I am using some invalid characters as the name in attribute table. It shows well in the ipad, but Arcgis Cannot recognize the invalid characters. That’s the reason the attribute table is empty when you open it in arcgis desktop.

Again, it’s a great app. I am using iCMTGIS in several projects. Many thanks.”

Export Shapefile from iPAD

The geographic Features that you have logged or digitized by using the iCMTGIS application can be exported in Shapefile format.

Each Feature Topic will be exported as a separate Shapefile. In general, it is not a good idea to mix different Feature types in the same Topic. For example, you want to keep the Point-type Topic for the fire hydrant Features and the Line-type Topic for the road Features as separate Topics. In iCMTGIS, PC-GIS 09 and a few other GIS application software programs, each Feature Topic is placed on a separate map layer. This makes it possible to define an Attribute database that is relevant to all the Features in the same Topic.  It also allows you to easily apply an action to the Features on the same layer as a group.

iCMTGIS will let you select one or more Topic layers to export. For each Shapefile, you will get several output files. If you just want to import one of these Shapefiles into a new map in iCMTGIS, all you’ll need to do is to select the name of the Shapefile for the Import function.  On the other hand, if you wish to import the Shapefile into a desktop GIS application, such as PC-GIS 09, you will need to transfer the .shp, the .shx, the .dbf, and the .prj files by the same job name to your desktop to make them available for the desktop GIS application.