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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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Comparing Techniques to Link or Attach Photos to GIS Field Data

How do I take photos in the field and link them to my GIS data in the office?  There have been so many techniques and options over the years that it’s difficult to keep track of the solution that’s right for you.  The technique you use will depend on the field software you are running. […]

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Differential Correction Sources: SBAS, RTK Base Stations, and Real-time GNSS Networks

We get a lot of questions about how to improve in-the-field accuracy with GNSS equipment.  Many new or less-experienced users suspect that when a device is marketed to provide 10 cm or 1 cm level accuracy, that it provides that right out of the box.  When you pay a pretty penny for a high-end machine […]

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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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Esri’s ArcPad vs. ArcGIS Mobile vs. Trimble’s TerraSync vs. TerraFlex

In mapping and GIS there are several software solutions for collecting and processing your data. At first glance they might seem similar, but in fact have many different features. Here we have broken down these four software choices and compared hardware support, software features, GPS support, data collection, GIS support, and data maintenance. Esri’s ArcPad […]