Utility Data Collection updated for iOS 8 compatibility

Utility Data Collection Version 1.0.1 has been released.
This update fixes the iOS 8 compatibility issue.

The Utility Data Collection app provides GPS/GIS mapping and data collection functions plus utility meter reading functions, with the ability to attach photos to Features.

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Question about meter reading using the Utility Data Collection app

“Thanks for the info. It appears your software is very complete and well thought out. Of course my concern is making the meter readings entered on an IPad be able to be read into my billing software. One question I have is when creating a ‘custom’ format (or when using your standard format if one exists), is it possible to have more than one meter reading per record. For example it is possible that a customer could have two water meters on their property and both readings would appear on a single billing statement.”

Yes, you can add two (or more) fields for entering meter readings for the same location, e.g. Meter1 and Meter2. This is done via the Feature List setup. In the Feature List Feature Topic might be called CLIENT. The Meter1, Reading1, Meter2, Reading 2 would be added as Attributes for each CLIENT. The address information would also be added as Attributes for the CLIENT. Whatever data fields that need to be displayed or entered for a CLIENT are the Attributes for the CLIENT. The Values are the actual data that is displayed or entered. For those clients who only have one meter, you would leave the Meter2 and Reading fields blank.

The Utility Data Collection comes with a sample meter reading job and Feature List. You could save the sample Feature List under a new name and modify it to suit your application. It is just as easy to create a new Feature List from scratch after you have become familiar with this functionality.

What’s the difference between Utility Data Collection and iCMTGIS II?

Both the Utility Data Collection app and the iCMTGIS II app provide GPS data collection functions. iCMTGIS II will let you record GPS data for the Features defined in the Feature List, or for a Feature that you add on the spot. Utility Data Collection will let you select any existing Feature Topic for recording GPS/GIS data. If the selected Feature Topic exists in the Feature List associated with the Job, the pre-defined data collection parameters will be used, although you can overwrite them if you wish. For a Feature Topic that does not exist in the Feature List associated with the Job, you can specify the desired data collection parameters, unless you just want to use the default settings.

Utility Data Collection does not provide the Create Grid function. However, it provides a number of newer functions. For example, it will let you attach photos to any Feature. It will let you sort the data records in Sheet View. You can also search the data records based on an Attribute. You can output the Feature data to a PDF file. Besides importing and exporting Shapefiles, it will also let you import and export Features in DXF format. You will also be able to import and export text files for Point Features.

Utility Data Collection has, of course, a few functions dedicated to meter reading data collection. There is a dedicated data input screen that takes you from record to record for sequential data entry. The app provides the option for you to display a route connecting discrete points. You can even have it highlight which points already have data recorded for them. In fact, these functions can be used to advantage for any general GPS/GIS data collection application as well.

Therefore, if you are considering purchasing the iCMTGIS II for GPS/GIS data collection, and you do not need the Create Grid function, you could consider getting the Utility Data Collection app instead.

Utility Data Collection app for iPad released

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Utility Data Collection app for iPad.

This versatile GPS GIS mapping and data collection app was mainly designed for utility asset management and meter reading. However, it can also be used by other professionals who need to map points, lines and areas and record pertinent information for the mapped Features, such as for fish & wildlife, natural resources, land management, oil and gas, archaeology, sales route management, etc.

You can use the GPS/GIS data collection functions to record the locations and conditions of existing Features, such as land plots, utility poles, utility meters and other equipments and attach one or more photos to the surveyed item. You can use the import and export functions to easily set up meter routes, upload meter database and export meter readings. The Meter Reading data input panel will let you easily enter the meter readings with other observations or remarks.

This app comes with a built-in help file and a couple sample job files.

Following is a list of the functions provided:

* Enter meter readings in a dedicated data input screen.
* Optionally display the meter route.
* Know at a glance which meters have been read.
* Import and export Shapefiles, DXF and text files.
* Record GPS Points, Lines and Areas.
* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas over the built-in Map.
* Move nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.
* View position, length and area values for the Features.
* Create multiple attribute tables (Feature Lists).
* Tag the Features with pre-defined Attribute/Values and symbols.
* Attach photos to Features.
* Enter a formula for an Attribute based on other Attributes.
* View/edit Attribute Values in a full-page spread-sheet.
* Sort the data records based on specified Attribute.
* Goto (search for) data record based on Attributes.
* Label the Features with Attributes, area and segment lengths.
* Measure distances and areas without saving the shapes.
* Create a Point from the entered address or coordinates.
* Save the job data file for later use.
* Output Feature data to PDF.
* Email data files to your colleagues.
* Store and retried files to/from iCloud.

You can also read our press releases at the following sites:

amerisurv.com

geoconnexion.com

geospatial-solutions.com

This app can be purchased from the Apple App Store.

If you need a specific app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that is not yet available, please email support@cmtinc.com to discuss the possibility of making a new program for the particular application.  Thanks.

Search function in iPad GPS mapping app

“I am researching various applications to use on an iPad for mapping, data collection and form entry. I came across your product on-line. The one feature I am having difficulty finding for many tablet mapping apps is a search feature. By this I mean , I if I have a shapefile for addresses or pole numbers on the map can I search for this information with your application and be zoomed to that location?”

Our UTILITY DATA COLLECTION app, which will be released very soon, provides GPS mapping and data collection functions plus form entry and search capability for Point Topics (poles, meters, houses with addresses, etc.).

The Read Meter and Search Meter Record functions in this app can be applied to any Point Topic.

There is a Zoom to Topic function. You can zoom to see all the Features on a Topic displayed on the map. The Feature corresponding to the record you select by pointing to it or that is the result of a search will be highlighted in the map.