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Steve Young

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I'm curious about possibility of sending field crews out with a tablet/stylus and a georeferenced pdf map to edit and collect data. Has anyone tried this? What was their experience and what hardware/software was used? I'm aware Avenza publishes their mobile app, Map PDF, but from the specs it appears only to collect waypoint input from the tablet screen. What if you need to edit/gather lines and polygons?

 

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We're using and still developing a system to monitor easements in the field (which saves us time) using an Android tablet with ArcGIS downloaded onto it.  We're in a sticky spot since we have to sync databases of different platforms together, but eventually it looks like it will work great.  We currently have a simpler version running with ArcGIS and Access on Android, and the only reason why we had to go to a different application is because we had too much data and was corrupting the Access db.  Even through it's bugs, It's saving our Biologist a lot of time!



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There are a few systems out there. Obviously there is ESRI's Arc Pad/ Arc Collector combo which will work off an android tablet. Trimble has terraflex which is a usefull data collection tool although dosnt save to a shape file (promised soon though). there Is Fulcum but i no nothing about it yet. Finally the Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems Project (FAIMS) which has a prototype android app for recording archaeological sites (but of course the database can be edited to reflect any other field recording) and this will be further developed in 2014 it promisses to be quite sophisticated.

 

Obviously this is a fairly general question as to be more specific we need to know your os; what you want to do with the data and more importantly $$$$ (especially when thinking of the ESRI products).

 

My view is that there is a gap between what is wanted and what is being provided. For me it is still too complected to collect data and have it sitting safely in my computer at home (the office) where I can use it. However I suspect that as more people look to make tablets more of a work device the situation will change.

 

I look forward to other responses to this question.

 

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QGIS has been ported to work on Android tablets, though I've not used it, so can't comment on how well it works. For an example of what can achieved with QGIS running on a Windows-based device, then have a look at QMAP.


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Thanks for the replies!

 

To provide a little more background... I've been producing field maps for data collection for over a decade now and the digital -> hard copy -> digital process' days have always looked numbered. I thought digital pens like Adapx might be transformative, now I think tablets. They are so cheap and the user base so broad, that it seems to make sense. Corporately, we will be investing in an asset mangement system in 2014 and hope to get field crews using and collecting information digitally. In the meantime, I would like to play with a KISS system. How good and how simple can a tablet-based GIS field data collection system be that doesn't have dependency on a  server delivering map tiles over a network? Though principally an ESRI user, I have no preference on GIS software, OS or hardware, but would want output that I can translate into a shapefile.

 

Cheers,

 

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Hi Steve,

 

I've given a workshop on feild data collection using the Avenza PDF Maps app a couple of times now. It''s primrily a waypoint data collector at the moment, although you can reccord tracks. It's still a great tool for field data collection, it has a really intuitive interface and a lof of control over the data dictionary or scheme for collection. Easy waypoint charing. Photo embedding.

 

Worth checking out at any rate, especially since it's free.

 

See here for the lab handout I created for our workshop this year: http://www.mapbliss...._Excer_2013.pdf

 

David


GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.

 

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