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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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Mobile Computingand GPS for Natural Resource Data Collection

Inventory and Monitoring Program

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Solution Classes

  • Custom

  • ArcPad

  • Trimble/TerraSync

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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

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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…

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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

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Trimble Solution

  • Trimble GPS unit running TerraSync

  • Geodatabase-based

  • GPS Analyst or Pathfinder Office (on the desktop?)

  • Designed primarily for collecting/creating new features

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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


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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

Exotic Plant Management Teams


Fort Collins, CO


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This Morning’s Agenda

  • Kristine Edwards: Spatial Data Technologies

    • CartoPac demonstration and Q/A

  • BREAK: mid-morning

  • Finn Dahl: ESRI

    • ArcPad demonstration & Q/A