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Mobile Computing and GPS for Natural Resource Data Collection. Inventory and Monitoring Program. Solution Classes. Custom ArcPad Trimble/TerraSync . In General…. No fully relational database on a mobile device (laptops excepted)

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solution classes
Solution Classes
  • Custom
  • ArcPad
  • Trimble/TerraSync
in general
In General…
  • No fully relational database on a mobile device (laptops excepted)
  • Most solutions implement unrelated tables on the mobile device
  • Most solutions require rebuilding forms manually for the mobile device
  • Domains and required values in the field are supported
  • Data validation/verification/integrity rules in the field are not
custom solutions
Custom Solutions
  • CartoPac, Pendragon, Intercue Mobility Suite, many others
  • Most combine with proprietary desktop development software
  • Some of these are spatial (background imagery, feature delineation, etc.)
  • Some are not…
arcpad solution
ArcPad Solution
  • Pros
    • License agreement
    • No third-party software
    • Widely supported
  • Cons
    • ArcPad Developer is not user-friendly
    • Lengthy and complex setup/development
    • Designed primarily for updating existing features
trimble solution
Trimble Solution
  • Trimble GPS unit running TerraSync
  • Geodatabase-based
  • GPS Analyst or Pathfinder Office (on the desktop?)
  • Designed primarily for collecting/creating new features
alaska gis team
Alaska GIS Team
  • 8-hour Garmin training course
    • Targets "Ologists”
    • Simple point and track collection
    • Transfer data to/from ArcView 3.3 & DNRGarmin
    • Navigate to fictitious transect & sample points
    • Field and coordinate handling techniques
    • Staying out of the datum tar pit
epmt mobile solution
EPMT Mobile Solution
  • Two mobile devices with integrated receivers:
    • Geo Series Receivers with Pocket PC O/S (XM and XT)
    • Geo Series Receiver with Assets Surveyor O/S
  • Two mobile devices with separate receivers:
    • Recon with Pocket PC utilizing ProXRS receiver
    • PDA using Blue Tooth with the Pathfinder XT receiver
  • TerraSync Professional data collection software
  • Pathfinder Office supports data collection and data maintenance
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EPMT Mobile Solution
  • Pro’s
    • Real-time and uncorrected positions filters
      • post processing capability
    • Initial data collection is simplified
      • Minimal learning curve – ready to go out of the box
    • All in one units – PDA and receiver
      • Supports MS Word and Excel only
    • Trimble solution
      • TerraSync and Pathfinder Office ease s data transfer
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EPMT Mobile Solution
  • Con’s
    • Initial Set up cost is $4900
      • Geo Explorer Unit, TerraSync and Pathfinder Office
  • However, long term cost savings
    • Maintenance agreement – highly recommended
      • Hardware Warranty - $355 after first year
      • O/S and Field Software -$300
        • Pocket PC and TerraSync
    • Pathfinder software enhancements
      • Site license or individual – cost per unit less with site license
    • Long term technical support from Trimble dealer
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EPMT Mobile Solution

Judy Daniels

Program Manager

Biological Resources Data

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Fort Collins, CO


this morning s agenda
This Morning’s Agenda
  • Kristine Edwards: Spatial Data Technologies
    • CartoPac demonstration and Q/A
  • BREAK: mid-morning
  • Finn Dahl: ESRI
    • ArcPad demonstration & Q/A