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Datum Management in Esri’s Collector app vs. Trimble’s TerraFlex

Due to the recent interest in our Collector vs. TerraFlex Webinar, I think it’s time we address datum management, both horizontal and vertical.  High accuracy in either software is now attainable.  3D accuracy allows for not only excellent XY values, but also, highly accurate Z values. Datum management to avoid datum shifts is not difficult, […]

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Field to Aerial – Closing the Loop

It’s critical that aircraft spraying be done effectively. Nothing is as expensive or as high profile as this type of treatment, and even in mosquito control operations that do a lot of it, efficient use of this tool is of utmost importance. FieldSeeker® GIS software for mosquito and vector control, helps districts manage these important […]

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FieldSeeker GIS on your Apple iOS Device? Absolutely!

For many years, Electronic Data Solutions(Elecdata) has developed and distributed professional software to meet the needs of the Mosquito and Vector Control industry.  FieldSeeker GIS is our commercial enterprise software that provides network-based technology for office and field staff involved in vector control.  Web-based software tools are available to control technicians in the field where […]

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The New Trimble R1 GNSS Receiver is Small but Powerful

Smart devices such as iPads and Android tablets are becoming more and more popular for collecting GIS data in the field.  They are affordable, readily available, and powerful and offer benefits that GIS folks like such as a larger view for displaying imagery and completing an attribute form.  The “tablet craze” as you might call […]

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The Esri ArcMap Plugin for Trimble TerraFlex Scores! The Good Guys Win Again!

It is such a welcome feeling knowing that you can pick up nearly any device, be it smartphone, iPad, Android device or full Windows tablet and venture into the field for attribute driven GIS data collection.  In some ways, it’s a little dangerous to give in to the temptation to use a smartphone to GPS […]

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The Latest Functionality in Esri’s Collector App and Trimble’s TerraFlex Software

Have you seen what’s new in the smartphone GIS data collection apps?  Here’s a quick overview of a couple of the highlights, and look for our detailed comparison coming later this month. In Esri’s Collector App, the search button now allows you to search for features in your map.  They have added the ability to […]

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City of Bozeman takes Stormwater Mapping to the Streets

In early 2012, the City of Bozeman GIS Department was asked to create a comprehensive map of the City’s stormwater system, supporting both the Bozeman Stormwater Program and Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit for stormwater discharge. The question quickly became….what is the best way given the resources we have to create the inventory […]

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Water Quality Enters the 21st Century

One of the most frequently asked questions I get when I’m visiting customers is, “when am I going to be able to collect water quality data on my iPhone or iPad?”  It’s a fair question since almost everything we do in our daily lives is directly tied to our phones and tablets. Late in 2013, […]

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Customize ArcPad’s ‘Use-Once’ Map Navigator

ArcPad’s Map Navigator is a convenient way to zoom in or out and pan around your map without having to change the toolbar you are currently using.  But have you ever been frustrated by its ‘use-once’ property?  When you tap the Zoom Out or Pan buttons, they are used only once and then switched back to […]