App for finding property pins

“I am looking to find two property pins. I have a map of the property lines. What app do I need for a iPhone 5 and will this be very close to the pins? What is the cost for this app?”

What kind of map do you have? Is it a paper map or a file? If it is an image file, what is the file format (such as GeoTiff, GeoJpeg, Shapefiles, etc.)?

Our apps work on iPhone 5. Stakeout iCMT provides the function to help you approach a point (pin) if you know the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the point. Are you able to match your property map to that displayed in Google Earth? If so, you could probably get the approximate coordinates for the pins from Google Earth then enter those into the Stakeout iCMT app on your iPhone 5. (Use the Locate a Point by Address function described in the attached Help document then store the point.)

If you need additional functionality (such as entering property description from a deed, or mapping the property boundary), then you could consider our other apps, such as iCMTGIS III.

How close you can get to the pin depends on the GPS receiver used. The one built into the iPhone has a precision of about 10 meters or worse. If you just need to find the pin, this will probably be fine. If you need to record the GPS coordinates of the pin that you find, then the location accuracy won’t be that great. Some users use an external GPS receiver like the Dual XGPS-150A or the Bad Elf 2200, which claims 2 – 5 meters accuracy.

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iCMTGIS III for Tree Inventory

“I am searching for a mobile GIS app to enable me to do some forest inventory. The property is about 100 acres. I am hoping you can help me determine which is any of your apps will be suitable: iCMGIS II or iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS Pro. I invested in an Ipad and Bad Elf Pro+ Bluetooth GPS. I considered competing products GIS Pro and iGIS but ran into issues. I need to inventory tree features and collect attribute data by walking 20 meter (60 feet) wide strips on the property.
-the GPS function of the app guide me along lines 20 or 40 meters apart
-Import an image and geo-reference it for use in navigating my transects. I can convert the attached PDF to .tiff with adobe acrobat. I cannot afford to buy one of your mobile apps and also your PC-GIS, just to enable geo-referencing, so I hope there is a more affordable solution for that? I have used the app MapTiler to georeferenced the map.
– GIS function of recording the location of features and attribute data.
-ability to customise the data input tables for layer attributes. To name variables eg: tree number, species, diameter, height,
– ideally attach photographs to the records.
-I need to be able to export the GIS data to excel or csv file to process the data.”

Ideally there would be a forest inventory app for the iPad that works similar to our CMT-Forester 10 (for PC) and CE-CRUISE (for Windows Mobile PDA) software package. These apps will work up the weight or volume based on the timber cruising and the computation method used. However, we have not produced such a timber cruising app for use on the iPad.

As you will be exporting the tree data and do the computation elsewhere, iCMTGIS III may be a viable solution for you.

iCMTGIS III will let you import a Geotiff (geo-referenced .tif) image file for use as an off-line background image. Our PC-GIS X provides the function for geo-referencing a raster image. If you purchase iCMTGIS III from Apple, we can provide the PC-GIS X to you at a discounted price.

iCMTGIS III provides the Point Stakeout function to guide you to a location, and the Line Stakeout function to guide you along lines.

It allows you to take and attach photos to Features.

It will let you export Point Feature data to a text file that you can import into Excel.

It provides GIS functions for recording the location of Features and Attribute data.

It will let you customize the data input tables for layer attributes, and name variables eg: “tree number, species, diameter, height,” As you are collecting tree data for various transects, you will also need to add the Transect_No as an Attribute.

Please keep in mind that the mapping app will treat each tree as a separate Point Feature. In other words, it needs location information for each tree. Here are two ways to associate each tree with a location:

1. Record GPS position data for each tree and record Attribute/Values based on a Feature List. This may be more time-consuming, and you most likely are not interested in the actual location of each and every tree.

2. Define the Attributes for the Tree Topic layer. Roughly digitize a tree by tapping on the Add Point manually icon then tapping on the PickGPS icon. This will add a new record to the Sheet View for that Topic, and you can enter the Attribute information for the tree. Repeat for all trees to be inventoried.

When data for the Tree Topic has been collected, you can export it to a text file for your PC software to process.

How to advance to the next point to stake using iCMTGIS Pro?

“I remember in CMT Field Survey on the PC-5 I could select Next and it would take me to the next point to stake. It doesn’t seem to function
this way in iCMTGIS Pro. In iCMTGIS Pro, there’s a Node field with an arrow, but it doesn’t advance the user to the next point to stake.”

In iCMTGIS PRO and some of our other apps, the Point Stakeout function will let you stake any Point Feature or any node on a Line or Area Feature. For a Line Feature you can enter the Node number in the Node field, or tap the arrow to advance to the next node on the Line or Area Feature.

Therefore, to stake one Point Feature after another, you could first join the Point Features into a Line Feature in the order that you wish to stake them, and then select the Line Feature as the target for the Point Stakeout function. For example, to visit the plots sequentially while cruising a stand of timber, you could join the plot centers into a Line Feature then make use of the Point Stakeout function.

How to mark points in the field

“Could you please give a refresher as how to physically mark points in the field from points on my Ipad using Stakeout iCMT? I have the points saved in the program on my ipad, but I’m not sure how to go to the field, turn on the GPS and walk to my different points on the ipad to lay out field flags.”

Stakeout iCMT provides two stakeout methods when GPS is turned on.

1. You could use Point Stakeout to help you go to each point that you select. Under Stakeout Settings you can set the tolerance distance to have the app alert you when you get close to the position to be staked using Point Stakeout.

2. You could create a Line Feature by connecting all your points into a line in the order that you would like to visit them. Then you would select Line Stakeout, select the Line Feature that you have created, then let the app guide you along the line. When you are at the desired node, you can put in the stake.

If you like, you could tap the Store Result button to store the location of the actual stake point. The accuracy of the stake point depends on the GPS receiver you use.

Can I use Grid & Stakeout on my iPhone to adjust the property boundary?

The Grid & Stakeout app will let you manually digitize points and areas over the built-in Apple Map, but not lines. It will let you create grid points and/or grid lines over an Area Feature.

You can use the Stakeout functions and the GPS on your iPhone to help guide you to each grid point. However, the GPS on your iPhone is not quite accurate. Please read our blog article at: http://wp.me/p1v4kh-tf

When you find the stake at a corner, you could use the Pick GPS function to create a point at that spot. If you are using a Stakeout function to get to the stake location, then you can use the Save Result tool to store the new stake point. Then you could use the Move Node function in the “Snap to Node” mode to move a node on the Area Feature to the new location.

Our iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO apps will also let you insert new nodes into a Line or Area Feature, thus enabling you to make detailed adjustments to an irregularly shaped property.

Stakeout iCMT for trailblazing

“I’m wondering if your software has the capability to allow a user to navigate to a location based on a set of coordinates. . . . The problem is that ArcPad is not designed to allow users to navigate to a set of points and I cant find anything else that will easily allow a user to do this, either. Through internet research, I discovered a reference to your iPhone app Stakeout iCMT. Before I recommend a purchase for this, could you tell me some more about the product? Will it show the tractor driver the location of the next point in our shapefile so that he would see distance and direction to get within 10-15 feet of that point? Please note the driver will NOT have to collect any data in the field he is merely using the program to show him how to drive the tractor in order to create a walking trail (which is NOT a straight line) through dense terrain.”

Stakeout iCMT will allow a user to navigate to a location based on a set of coordinates. It can also help the user to stay on course on a design line.

Stakeout iCMT can be used on an iPhone or an iPad. The iOS devices do not provide good GPS accuracies. You could use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver that is compatible with iPhone or iPad, such as a Bad Elf GPS or a Dual XGPS-150A, which claim 1-3 meters accuracy. There are more accurate GPS receivers available, which cost much more.

Stakeout iCMT is probably the least expensive but really powerful software solution for your task at hand. You can import your Shapefiles then use Stakeout iCMT in one of the following ways:

1. If you want the driver to go from one design point to the next, then create a Line Feature by using Add Line Manually and snapping to the points in the desired order. Then use Line Stakeout to go from one node to the next on the line shape.
You can set the distance tolerance for the app to notify you when you get within that distance from the current target point.

2. You could import the Line shape for the desired path through the woods. Then you would use the Line Stakeout function and let the app help you stay close to the line all the time. The Line Stakeout function will display your distance to the line all the time. And if you set a distance tolerance, then the app can keep on beeping as long as you are within the tolerance distance from the line.

We also have several other apps that incorporate the Stakeout functions along with other functionality.

Use Stakeout function to find points

“I am looking for a basic Iphone App that will help me find longitude and latitude points on a lot in Mexico. I have the longitude and latitude points. I believe your App can help me draw a map in my phone, then I will be able to find those points in the field. “

Yes, we have several apps that provide the function to locate points with known coordinates. You can use the Stakeout iCMT app to digitize Points, Lines and Areas in a job map over the built-in Apple Satellite map.

The Add Point by Coordinates function will let you create a point by entering its coordinates. The Point Stakeout function can help you get to the points. You can set it up to beep or display a message when you get close to each point.

Please keep in mind that the iPhone GPS is not quite accurate. You will need to use a high-accuracy survey-grade GPS for doing engineering or survey work.