Choose Among 4 Mapping Techniques
Baseline Offset Method
This is best used for mapping long, narrow areas such as railroad or pipeline right-of-ways. Simply take a shot along the baseline and a second shot at a right angle offset to the target to establish its location.
Range Triangulation Method
This is best used on small-scale projects, such as an archeological dig or site map. Choose two targets as control points, then locate each feature by occupying it and shooting a distance to both targets.
Note: Both of these above mentioned techniques require a laser rangefinder.
Radial with Azimuth Method
This is best for larger projects requiring numerous shots, such as long boundary traverses or stockpiles. Take a single shot that instantly combines azimuth and distance values to generate the location of your targets.
Note: Above mentioned technique requires a laser rangefinder and a compass.
Radial with Angle Method
This is best for urban areas or for use near heavy equipment where a comopass is less reliable. It offers the same advantages as the Radial with Azimuth method, but requires a reference shot for every new occupied point. With the MapStar Angle Encoder, you can obtain a higher degree of angular accuracy and be unaffected by local magnetic interference found in urban areas.
Note: Above mentioned technique requires a LTI MapStar Angle Encoder and a laser rangefinder.
You can easily review point detail, the coordinates and notes associated with each collected data point. This feature can give you more confidence that the point you measured is the correct one before you leave the site.
This unique feature also allows you to edit, review the raw measurements taken for each point and view all the data taken in a tabular format.
Instant Field Calculations
MapSmart can make several calculations right in the field, depending upon which mapping method you use and what software version you buy. This feature will save you time and eliminate the need to download data into your PC, just for some simple calculations.
A distance between any two data points can be instantly calculated from any two data points as well as the area value of a traverse. You can even have your closure error in a traverse calculated.
MapSmart + Volume Upgrade
With this upgrade, you can measure a stockpile and calculate the volume right in the field. The software updates your map as you collect points, so you can feel more confident that the shots you take are being recorded correctly. Stockpile data can even be viewed in a raw format or as a contour map. For more useful results, enter the type of material you're measuring, and the software will even calculate the weight of your product. With this simple yet versatile software, measuring stockpiles just might be the easiest thing you do all week.
Helpful Tips & Reminders
MapSmart was designed for the non-surveyor. This is why our software offers help screens for each mapping method that explains the meaning of all the icons/buttons.
Helpful reminders also are displayed throughout the program, for example, after setting the control points. The reminders vary and depend on the mapping method you are working with.