How to increase efficiency in doing multiple Wetland jobs

“Once again, I want to compliment you on the Wetland Stakeout APP. I have been doing this work for 20+ years and have tried many different data form software and yours is by far the slickest. I love the fact that I can personalize it to fit my jobs by adding species lists, soil info, etc. that are associated with my work areas. Lately I have been thinking one nice feature would be a ‘clear/delete vegetation’ and a ‘clear/delete soil’ button. When I do a job I tend to do these steps and I expect most people using the APP do similar:

Fill out a completed form for the region I am in at my first sampling point and save it as Project Name A
Then revise that form for the next sampling points and save each as ‘Project Name B’, ‘Project Name C’, etc.

Doing it like this, I don’t need to clear all of the page 1 introductory information because it is the same project (sampling point, lat/long, soil, etc. revisions are easy to make because they are single line entries). The vegetation and soil sections are tabular with multiple fields. It is time consuming to highlight each field and delete information and I think it would be easier to have an option of clicking a button that simply clears the values in those tables.”

Yes, if you routinely do similar jobs using one of our apps, you could use Job – Save As to save all or part of an existing job to a new job file. As you wish to keep the header information on a report form but not the data entered for the job, what you could do is to save the existing job to the new job files right after entering the header information. Then, within each job, you will just need to change the sampling point coordinates and fill in the wetland delineation data for that sampling point.


Can data be exported to Excel from the Wetland – Stakeout app?

“I understand that the Wetland Stakeout App can export determination or custom forms to PDF, but can the App export data to excel?”

The wetland determination forms is made up of many different components, so is a custom form.

The completed report can be exported to PDF.

The data in the Sheet component (in spreadsheet format) can be exported in CSV format, which is compatible with Excel.

Does the Wetland – Stakeout app use the current wetland plants national list for the indicator status?

“Good morning, I was interested in looking in to the wetland stakeout app and I have a few questions.
1. Does the app use the current wetland plants national list for the indicator status?
2. If you do use the above list does it update automatically?
3. After the delineations and the forms are complete, are we able to download the forms as an excel file or PDF?
4. Can you offer a 30 day free trial?”

1. The app will let you import a plant list with the indicator status so it can automatically populate the Indicator field when user enters a Species name. You do not need to import the entire list for your Region, but can tailor the list for your local application. You can use Excel to help prepare your plant list.

2. The plant list changes periodically. This is one of the reasons we do not include them in our app. Another reason is that it takes up too much memory space to include the plant lists for all the regions.

3. The app will let you export the completed form in PDF format. You can keep the Job file on the iPad for future editing. You will create a new Job file for each report form if you want to retain the Job data on the iPad. The Job files can be copied to your PC for safekeeping.

4. We currently have a TestFlight version that you can try. We have added you as a tester for this app. You will receive an invitation from Apple to try this app. The test period will end in about four weeks.

Wetland – Stakeout version 1.04 update (for iPad devices)

The Wetland – Stakeout version 1.0.4 has just been released.

This update adds the ability for the app to automatically populate the wetland Indicator field associated with the vegetation Species name that the user enters into the wetland data form. Instead of having to look up the Wetland Indicator Code each time the user enters the plant species, the user will prepare the plant lists in the proper format and import them once into the app. During data entry for a species in a stratum, the app will display the common name for the plant and automatically enter the Indicator Code. The app will also compute the result for certain fields in the wetland delineation data entry form.

A Note about the updated Wetland – Stakeout Report Form Templates

“I created a new job and opened up a wetland data form report template. In the new help PDF it states these entry forms have been enabled with a formula in the Indicator Field (I don’t see a formula there). When import my plant list the fields do not populate correctly and no indicator status populates.”

It sounds like you had an installation of Wetland – Stakeout before downloading the TestFlight version. If this is the case, then the templates are still the old ones. We have added the following information to the updated Help document with respect to how to “refresh” the wetland data entry form templates. If you have modified any of our sample report templates and wish to keep it, please make sure to rename it and also save a copy to your PC before proceeding.

To protect your report form templates, a Wetland – Stakeout app update will not overwrite any existing *.rtm files, including the sample report templates that we provide with the app. What to do if the sample report template files have been modified with an app update, as is the case with the version 1.0.4 update? How can you make use of the changed template files?

a) If you have not yet installed the updated app, first delete the existing sample *.rtm files or rename them. Then when you install the app, it will automatically copy the new sample template (*.rtm) files to the app’s Documents folder on the device.

b) If you have already installed the updated app, then there are a couple additional steps to take. First exit the app and delete or rename the existing sample template files. Then double-click the Home button and swipe the app screen up to close the app. Then hold down the ON/OFF button for a few seconds and opt to turn off the device. The next time you run the app, it will copy the new sample template (*.rtm) files to the device.

How many species name can be included in Wetland – Stakeout?

“One question before I revise my plant list – the pdf instructions say the 2016 wetland plant list is too long to include in the APP. Do you know the number of species that can be included? Or, how many lines of text is the maximum?”

We do not build the entire plant list for all the regions into our app because we do not want to increase the size of our app and because the plant list changes periodically.

The app does not set a limit to the number of imported records. The limit is set by the available memory on your device.

The larger the list, though, the more time it will take to process the search. On an older iPad model, it may take a few seconds for the list to be displayed. A newer model, like the iPad mini, does not have this issue.

User replied:

“It took a while but I figured out what I needed to do to get the EMP Plant List into the new version.  . . . . . . . I used the APP to complete 3 data sheets and it worked great!”

Does the Wetland – Stakeout app provide the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont wetland determination data form?

“I discovered this app through a simple Google search because our team would like to be able to fill out data forms on our iPads. From my understanding, this app has the capability to do so. I was wondering if the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont form was accessible through this app. Also, is there a way we could test the app to make sure it will work for us before buying it for $95?”

Yes, the Wetland – Stakeout app provides the Wetland Determination Data Forms for the 10 USA Regions.

At this time we do not have an active TestFlight version available for this app. We may have one in the near future when we release the next update.

Following is a link to a Youtube presentation for this app: