Is it possible to build a Feature List externally?

“. . . I will be mapping stream habitat features and want to build a feature list with attributes for the mapping. Can I have multiple attributes for each feature? I would like to pick a feature (e.g. pool, riffle, glide, etc) and then have additional attribute fields that I can fill in with data such as width, depth, large woody debris and substrate. Is it possible to build a list externally and import it to a job?”

To answer your first question, yes, you can build a Feature List with multiple Attributes and user-defined Values to facilitate data collection.

In the iCMTGIS PRO app, you will tap on the GPS icon at the top then select Feature List and tap on New to create a new Feature List. You will add Pool, Riffle, Glide, etc. as new Feature Topics (“Feature”). Select Point type for points. If you are interested to get the length of the glides, for example, then select the type Line. For each highlighted Feature Topic, you can add the desired Attributes and assign the desired Values to the drop-down list. You can follow the example in the Help document to create your own Feature List. Afterwards, go back to the Job setup screen to select your Feature List to be associated with your Job.

It’s rather straightforward to use an iPad to create the Feature List. To answer your second question, we do have a PC-GIS X software program for use on a PC, which will let you create a Feature List that you can transfer to the iCMTGIS PRO. PC-GIS X will let you open Jobs created in iCMTGIS PRO to work with it further. It provides a nice Print Preview function to let you enhance the map (such as by adding the north arrow and scale bar symbols) then print it to PDF or printer.


Is there a video tutorial to show me how to set up a Feature List?

We’ve just uploaded a new video tutorial. Here you go:

How to delete Jobs and Features in CMT GIS PRO?

“First—wondering how to delete jobs in cmtgis pro is I can start over fresh. Just go to iTunes and delete the files in the file sharing are??? Same with Features. Not sure how to edit or delete features in the feature list or edit attributes once the feature has been created.”

1. Yes, to delete an entire Job, please connect your iOS device with iTunes, select the Job files in the File Sharing area for the app, then click the Delete button on your PC keyboard.

2. The Feature List is made up of three main sections. To delete an entire Feature Topic, select that record under “Feature” then tap on the Delete button. To delete an Attribute for the selected Feature Topic, select that Attribute then tap the Delete button. To delete an assigned Value for the selected Attribute, select that Value record then tap the Delete button.

To edit an Attribute, first select it then choose the type. If it is of the “List” type, you can tap the Value section then tap the Add button to add one or more Values to assign to the Attribute. If you wish to assign specific symbols or patterns to the Values, then mark the “Activate Pattern” check box. Please see the built-in Help document for details.

Saving a master job file in a CMT GPS/GIS app

Many of you collect the same types of GPS/GIS data at different job sites or at different times for the same job location. With the CMT iOS apps that provide the Feature List functionality, you can save time by setting up a Feature List that covers the types of Features that you use on a regular basis. You can associate such a Feature List with any of your GPS/GIS data collection job files.

A number of the CMT iOS apps will also let you define one or more Feature Topic layers. Suppose you have added several Feature Topic layers to a .pmp job file and have set up the symbol/pattern and color for each layer. If you would like to use the same Topic layer setup for other jobs, what you could do is to save a job with this setup but without any collected data as a master job file under an easily recognizable file name (*.pmp). Then to start a new data collection job, you would first open the master .pmp job file then save it under a new job name for the new data collection task.

With the Wetland – Stakeout app, you could save a data collection form containing just the standard user information (e.g. County , State) to a master .pmp job file for later use. In addition, you can save a modified form design as a new template (without data) for your own use or to share with other users.

iCMTGIS III for doing power/light poles inventory

“I am interested in the iGPSGIS however I don’t know much about GIS and I don’t want to spend money unless I know it will work for my application. I want to open a map out in the field and inventory power/light poles, and document their condition, type, height, color and take a picture, as well as get a X,Y,Z coordinate. I then need to save the file and provide it to a City via an ArcGIS layer file. Will your software allow for this? Is it easy? I tried a free trial of ArcGIS and it’s so hard that I can’t do anything. I hope your software can help. . . . How many data fields can I save for 1 point?”

It appears that you are looking for a GPS/GIS app to run on your iPhone.

Our iGPSGIS II app only runs on the iPhone; it does not run on the iPad. Our iCMTGIS III can run on the iPhone as well as the iPad. iCMTGIS III has many more functions than iGPSGIS II.

Both apps can let you log the X,Y,Z coordinates of power/light poles and document their conditions, type, height and color. Both apps can export the Feature data as Shapefiles for use in ArcGIS.

iCMTGIS III will let you take a picture and link it to a Feature, while iGPSGIS II does not provide that functionality. Also, iCMTGIS III will let you load a GeoTiff map to use as off-line background map.

I am attaching a copy of the Help documents for iGPSGIS II and iCMTGIS III so you can make a comparison. Many customers come to us because our software is easy to use.

As you can see, you can set up many fields in the Feature List to facilitate data collection.

How would I be able to backup the feature list?

You can do that via iTunes.

Connect the device with your PC.
Select your device then click on “Apps” under the Device name.
Scroll all the way down to the Documents folder for your CMT iOS app.
Select the Feature List (*.fbr) file name then click the Save To button.
Browse to the folder in which you wish to save the .fbr Feature List file.

If you would like to move files from your PC to your app, then click the Add File button and select the files to add from your PC.

Questions about recording Nested Points

1. How to have all of my nested points go to the same Topic layer?

Please follow these steps to record a Nested Point:

I usually use a Feature List with a job so I will be able to select a Feature Topic instead of having to manually enter the Feature Topic name exactly as it should be.

Suppose we are using the cmttut.pmp sample job that comes with the app, and I select Park as the Feature List to use with this job.

To collect data for an Area Feature, such as Parking Lot, I’d tap on GPS at the top and tap on New. (Line Feature works in the same way.)

For the Feature Name I’d select Parking Lot and the Log Mode: Dynamic (By Time Interval) with 1 sec intervals.
I’d tap the Store button to start recording the Area Feature.

To record a nested point, tap on the Nested button. I can select a Point Topic, such as Tree, from a drop-down list. The mode to use is Static. After tapping on OK, I’d tap the Store button and occupy the point for 20 seconds to complete the recording of that point.

When done, the app will prompt me if I want to continue with the line/area feature or record another nested point. When I tap on Continue, the app records the next node for the Parking Lot Area Feature.

The next time you use Nested to record a nested point, be sure to select Tree as the Topic if you want the new point to be in the same Topic layer as the first nested point.

2. Is it possible to add comments to each nested point? I have to traverse engineered roads and enter side slopes road prisms etc. which we are supposed to enter into the point data, but this does not appear possible with the program currently.

Yes, you can add a description or comment to each nested point just as you would while recording any other Point, Line or Area Feature. The beauty lies in the Feature List.

As an example, you could use the park.fbr Feature List that comes with the app. Tap on the Main Menu icon, select Job then select Current Job. Select the Job that you wish to work with, or enter a new Job name. For the Feature List field, tap the little down-arrow then select “park”. Tap OK.

With a Feature List associated with a Job, you can select one of the Feature Topics in the Feature List to record data and do not need to enter the Feature Topic Name. For example, I selected Parking Lot in the above example for recording a nested point. Please try it.

Then you can set up your own Feature List that contains the Feature Topics with which you work often. The Feature List function is on the GPS menu. You can define the Topic Type (Point, Line or Area), how long you wish to record GPS fixes at one point, what Attributes to record, the pre-defined Values for those attributes, etc. This makes it easy to select a description while collecting data instead of having to type in the description by hand. Once a Feature List has been created, you can associate it with any Job to facilitate data collection.

So, for your Feature List, you would create a Point type Feature Topic for use with your nested points, and add the following Attributes:

Side Slope

You can add frequently used values as pre-defined Values (such as road names) for each Attribute. So, while recording a nested point, you’d simply select the appropriate road name for the Road Attribute instead of having to type it each time.