Using your Mobile Device for High-Precision GPS Data Collection

Agenda
Start Date: March 7, 2018
Location: Coeur d'Alene Resort, ID

8:30  Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android).

8:45  BYOD – The Future of Field Data Collection

  • What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
  • Why BYOD makes sense.
  • When BYOD doesn’t make sense.

9:30  GPS/GNSS receivers: Basic operation and technology trends

  • How does GPS work?
  • How accurate is GPS?
  • Different categories and capabilities of GPS receivers. Recreational vs. Professional
  • GPS Advancements: What can you expect in the next couple of years

10:30 Break

10:45 A look at BYOD hardware and software:

  • iOS, Android, Windows smartphones, and tablets.
  • Screen readability, GPS accuracy, ruggedness, expandability, and flexibility.

  • Software
  • Open source (free) vs. paid. Esri, tMap, Avenza, GIS Cloud, etc.
    Cloud vs. on-device software. To download or not to download?

  • What combination works best for you?

12:00 Lunch

1:00   GPS mapping fundamentals and troubleshooting

  • Why doesn’t my data line up?
  • Map projections and datums.
  • GIS data collection structure. Points, lines and polygons.
  • Field data collection forms.
  • Linking photos to data.

2:30   Break

2:45   Using background map data. Sources and cost.

  • Imagery (aerial/satellite/UAV photos).
  • Vector (roads, parcels, contours, etc.).
  • Sources of free and paid data.

3:15   Wrap up and Q&A

4:00   Adjourn

About this Event
The meeting will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The registration fee for one workshop is $245 if received by Feb. 26, 2018 or $325 after Feb. 26. The registration fee for two workshops, attended by the same person, is $395 if received by Feb. 26, 2018 or $475 after Feb 26. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. Any questions: 503-226-4562.

Cancellations:
Cancellations received by Feb. 26, 2018 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Lodging Information:

For overnight accommodations, a guest room block has been held at the Resort. Reservations can be made by calling 888-965-6542. Single and double rooms in the Lake Tower are $135 plus tax. Single or double rooms in Park Tower or North Wing are $93 plus tax. The room block is being held until February 9, 2018. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date on a space/rate available basis. Please reference Western Forestry and Conservation to receive the special rates.

Society of American Foresters CFE Credits
Workshop attendees will be eligible for 6.0 CFE credit hours for the March 7 GPS session through the Society of American Foresters.

About the Instructor:
Eric Gakstatter has been involved with GPS for more than 25 years as a product manager, consultant and power user of GNSS technology. He has used GNSS receivers on six continents. Since 2006, Eric has been the high-precision GNSS editor for GPS World magazine, writing over 100 technical articles and speaking at numerous conferences in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Eric’s consulting firm, Discovery Management Group , is located in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, where he operates a GNSS lab to test GNSS receivers, mobile devices and GPS/GIS data collection workflows.

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