Choosing the right GIS equipment to collect data

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Although technology surrounds all of us it is hard to know what to
buy in order to get what you need for your specific project. Sometimes
you will want to keep the software light and easy to use and at other
times you may need the most robust system that money can buy in order to
function properly at high level operations.

For the City of Park Ridge the purpose was to purchase something in
the middle of the road that could work for their upcoming sign inventory
data collection project as well as any other future project that would
require field data collection. The challenge for this equipment and
software acquisition was to find something that would easily integrate
into the city’s current Geographical Information System (GIS).
Additionally, the City did not want spend a lot of time trying to
convert certain data formats to fit the data model that already existed
in GIS.

Because the City already knew that they would one day want to collect
Global Positioning System (GPS) point data in the field the decision
making process really came to which piece of software they would install
on a (GPS) mobile device. The Trimble® TerraSync™ software was well
respected in the industry and could work for this project but did
introduce a lot of post-processing tasks to make it GIS compliant. After
further research, the city decided that they would gain more by using
the ArcPad™ application from ESRI®. The reason behind this decision was
that after simple testing it was apparent that data could be checked out
from the existing ESRI® platform GIS model, edited in the field on the
mobile GPS device and then easily checked back into the GIS database;
thus eliminating the man-hours that would have been introduced with the
other option and potentially saving money on labor in the long run.

Choosing the right GIS equipment to collect data

Blog_ChoosingtherightGISequipment.png

Although technology surrounds all of us it is hard to know what to
buy in order to get what you need for your specific project. Sometimes
you will want to keep the software light and easy to use and at other
times you may need the most robust system that money can buy in order to
function properly at high level operations.

For the City of Park Ridge the purpose was to purchase something in
the middle of the road that could work for their upcoming sign inventory
data collection project as well as any other future project that would
require field data collection. The challenge for this equipment and
software acquisition was to find something that would easily integrate
into the city’s current Geographical Information System (GIS).
Additionally, the City did not want spend a lot of time trying to
convert certain data formats to fit the data model that already existed
in GIS.

Because the City already knew that they would one day want to collect
Global Positioning System (GPS) point data in the field the decision
making process really came to which piece of software they would install
on a (GPS) mobile device. The Trimble® TerraSync™ software was well
respected in the industry and could work for this project but did
introduce a lot of post-processing tasks to make it GIS compliant. After
further research, the city decided that they would gain more by using
the ArcPad™ application from ESRI®. The reason behind this decision was
that after simple testing it was apparent that data could be checked out
from the existing ESRI® platform GIS model, edited in the field on the
mobile GPS device and then easily checked back into the GIS database;
thus eliminating the man-hours that would have been introduced with the
other option and potentially saving money on labor in the long run.