5 Things to Consider for Integrating GPS and GIS

by Michele Mattix Collecting field data using GPS technology has never been easier.  The equipment is smaller and lighter.  Many modern GPS units are all-in-one handheld devices that combine the GPS antenna, receiver, and field computer into one device.  Color screens that operate by touch make navigating the field computer a breeze.  If the unit…

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Common Pitfalls to Successfully Integrating GPS & GIS

Recently I received an email from a GPS user asking me to review his data.  “Something must be wrong with my GPS unit,” he wrote, “the data I collected don’t line up with my other GIS data.”  He had attached his data to the email and it consisted of a single file called points.shp.

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How to Use CAD Annotation in ArcPad

CAD users beware!  While ArcGIS supports the mapping of CAD data, ArcPad – ESRI’s field software – does not.  Though it is no problem to convert CAD data into the geodatabase format, the handling of CAD annotation can present challenges.  In this article, I will walk you through a problem one of my clients was…

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How to Add Digital Photos to Your GIS – Part 1

Written by Michele Mattix, owner of GeoMattix, LLC While there are many ways to add digital photos to your GIS, I find that using GPS is the easiest – provided you have a useful workflow.  Finding that workflow, however, can be extremely frustrating due to the myriad of GPS and camera hardware and software options. In…

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What’s Great About ArcPad 8

by Michele GeoMattix When ESRI announced that ArcPad 8 would have a brand new interface, I figured it would be a mild face-lift of the same cluttered interface.  Boy was I mistaken!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with older versions of ArcPad, one of the main problems with the interface was the three…

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