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The Value of Mobile GIS and the Power of Cloud Computing in Natural Resource Management

Posted by Matt on 7/4/2018 to Knowledge Base
The Value of Mobile GIS and the Power of Cloud Computing in Natural Resource Management
Using Mobile GIS equipment and workflows with cloud computing can streamline data collection and management for field staff and allow managers to make more timely and informed land management and conservation decisions. These workflows also greatly increase the efficiency of reporting. Not only can these solutions save man-hours and money, but also reduce potential human errors introduced by recording field data on paper and then having to manually enter that data into a computer database.

Fast Field Work: Collector for ArcGIS and High Accuracy GPS

Posted by Matt on 4/9/2018 to Knowledge Base
Fast Field Work: Collector for ArcGIS and High Accuracy GPS
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Coop transitions to Moblie GIS with iPads, Arrow Gold RTK receivers, and Esri Collector for ArcGIS to update the location accuracy of more than 34,000 assets in less than two months time! Learn more about how the accomplished this feat.

Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS

Posted by Matt on 1/15/2018 to Knowledge Base
Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS
This article will break down the nitty-gritty of today’s GPS equipment and how to use the newest Bluetooth-enabled GPS receivers with your phone or tablet to get the best out of your Mobile GIS field data collection.

It was originally published in the Fall 2017 Volume 10 Issue 1 of BayGeo Journal.

Matt and Esri Co-teach Collector Workshops

Posted by Matt on 6/28/2017 to Knowledge Base
Matt and Esri Co-teach Collector Workshops
Anatum's very own Matt Alexander teaches the technology portion and explains GPS technology and user best practices alongside the Esri staff with their focus on Collector for ArcGIS.

CSU Monterey Bay Tackles High-Accuracy RTK and Elevations with Collector

Posted by Matt on 5/19/2017 to Knowledge Base
CSU Monterey Bay Tackles High-Accuracy RTK and Elevations with Collector
To capture horizontal (horizontal datum NAD83) and elevational data (vertical datum NAVD88), the university needed to determine first the required accuracy and if there was an affordable technology solution that could accomplish the task. By working with the GNSS experts at Anatum Field Solutions and their review of Bluetooth GNSS options, the EOS Arrow 200 RTK-GNSS using Esri’s Collector app, paired with an existing campus base station transmitting centimeter-level RTK corrections via the Internet, met all requirements for horizontal accuracy. 

However, they needed to capture the vertical datum in NAVD88. This explains the differences between Height Above Ellipsoid captured by Mobile GIS apps and how to convert that elevation data to MSL (NAVD88).

Adding GNSS Metadata Fields for Esri Collector

Posted by Tyler on 5/11/2017 to Knowledge Base
Adding GNSS Metadata Fields for Esri Collector
Users can now power up their Esri Collector with automatic GPS satellite metadata fields collection. Use Collector to capture horizontal & vertical accuracy from your external GPS or GNSS receiver.

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your Esri Software?

Posted by Matt on 4/10/2017 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your Esri Software?
Ready to move from old-school GPS handheld data collectors to high-precision tablets?  Ready to work in real-time between field collection staff and office management?  Already an ESRI ArcGIS user?  Get ready to learn how Mobile GIS can make your life easier and more efficient!

Are Rentals a Better Deal Than Buying?

Posted by Matt on 2/9/2017 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Are Rentals a Better Deal Than Buying?

Is Renting your field equipment like GPS and rugged tablets a better financial decision than buying?

Well, that depends, but the answer is likely Yes.

What is NTRIP?

Posted by Tyler on 2/7/2017 to Knowledge Base
What is NTRIP?
This article breaks down the explanation of how RTK and NTRIP work to get field users centimeter level accuracy in real-time.

Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Posted by AFS on 12/19/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Anatum’s depth of experience working with Esri’s Collector and GNSS Equipment for Mobile GIS Solutions for enterprises was published in Fall 2016 edition of Esri News for Water & Wastewater

Adopting Mobile GIS

Posted by Matt on 10/17/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Adopting Mobile GIS

Adopting Mobile GIS Solutions
Important lessons learned from six years of implementations and thousands of hours in the field.


ESRI's Trek2There App

Posted by Matt on 9/2/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
ESRI's Trek2There App
Esri's free app Trek2There is a simple app with little functionality; however, it does something clients ask us about from time to time.  How do I navigate to a location with Collector?

ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS

Posted by Matt on 6/1/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS
Esri has been chasing the rest of the mobile GIS app world for a long time.  But, with this summer’s update that adds on-the-fly datum transformations, Collector catapults itself above almost all competitors in the GNSS interface category.  We are excited to spend more time in the Collector work flow with RTK equipment, but hope that Collector continues to develop additional functionality to keep up with competitors that have more robust data forms.

Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?

Posted by Matt on 3/17/2016 to Knowledge Base
Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?
One of the things professionals have to get used to when they switch from submeter handheld GNSS equipment to mobile GIS workflows with submeter GNSS receivers is their antenna.  The important thing to keep in mind is the antenna needs to “see” as much sky as possible and preferably at all times.  Below we present a few methods for working with the external antennas used with Bluetooth GPS and GNSS receivers.

Arrow GNSS Interface App

Posted by AFS on 3/1/2016 to Product News
Arrow GNSS Interface App
At Anatum Field Solutions, our group prides itself on being both agnostic to equipment manufacturers and using this equipment in the field.  We don’t do as much field work as we did working as biologists and environmental consultants before we started this company, but we still do a lot of field testing of equipment both independently and with our clients around the United States. 

Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared

Posted by Matt on 2/18/2016 to Knowledge Base
Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared
As an agnostic reseller and rental company of GPS equipment for use with Mobile GIS workflows, it is important that we know how the market performs.  There are a multiple Bluetooth-capable GPS and GNSS receivers on the market now and we tested and compared them in real-world settings on our GPS Test Course.  These field tests compared the accuracy and precision of Bluetooth submeter-rated GNSS receivers under conditions that ranged from open-sky to heavy canopy cover. 

Using Tablets For Data Collection to Increase the Efficiency of Aerial Surveys

Posted by Matt on 1/18/2016 to Knowledge Base
Using Tablets For Data Collection to Increase the Efficiency of Aerial Surveys
Recent technological advancements in the form of tablets with mobile GIS software paired through Bluetooth with external GPS receivers are providing new opportunities to aerial surveyors that can substantially increase efficiency and accuracy while simultaneously reducing potential impacts to wildlife.  GPS receivers that we have used include the Arrow 100 for submeter accuracy and the Bad Elf GPS Pro with 2.5-meter accuracy.  The appropriate GPS receiver depends on your projects accuracy requirements.

Using Tablets in the Field: A Case Study

Posted by Matt on 1/18/2016 to Knowledge Base
Using Tablets in the Field: A Case Study
Based on the results of our 2013 and 2014 case studies, we found the quality of data from using the mobile technology likely improved by eliminating potential errors introduced during the manual transfer of data from paper datasheets to an electronic database. The efficiencies gained in the documentation and distribution of the data resulted in substantial cost savings, even when considering some of the upfront costs of training and pre-survey preparation of automated data forms and creation of the Project specific GIS data in the mobile GIS app system. In addition, this technology is extremely adaptable and can be applied to survey data in a variety of disciplines aside from biology, including documentation of cultural resources surveys, geotechnical data, and other engineering data that may be needed for the Project.

Nationwide BYOD RTK GNSS Rental Press Release

Posted by AFS on 1/1/2016 to Product News
Nationwide BYOD RTK GNSS Rental Press Release
Anatum Field Solutions has decades of experience using high-accuracy GNSS receivers in the field. We’ve tested and used many different types of GNSS receivers, mobile devices and mobile GIS software. By renting from us, you’ll benefit from our objective opinion on the best GNSS mapping solution to fit your needs, and we have a technical support group to back you up. We are the only BYOD-centric rental company in the US that supports all operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Mobile/EHH) with centimeter and submeter GNSS receivers.

GNSS User Best Practices

Posted by AFS on 12/28/2014 to Knowledge Base
GNSS User Best Practices
This article will focuses on the various types of measurement biases and errors can be encountered; some of which is hardware instrument error and some user.