GPS Location Feature in Civil Engineering

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Our GPS location feature is available on our iOS iPhone and iPad apps, allowing you to view your current location on the plan in real time. Setting it up is quick and easy, requiring just a few minutes and a short walk. Once configured, you can accurately pinpoint your location on the plan and create pins precisely where needed. Additionally, you can include the pin location in reports using related placeholders.

In large-scale infrastructure projects with extensive, undeveloped terrains such as new motorway constructions, the GPS feature on mobile devices enables precise orientation and navigation by displaying live positions on PDF construction plans. This tool helps maintain accurate location awareness in such environments.

Activating and Setting up the GPS Location Feature

  1. Open a plan on your device.
  2. Click the crosshair icon:
  • next to the plan title on iPhone.
  • right bottom corner on iPad.
  1. Follow the instructions on the setup view:
  • Step 1: Set the first marker at your current position by placing the crosshair on your position on the plan. Confirm the position and proceed to the next step by clicking Next.
  • Step 2: Set the second marker at a different position, confirming its accuracy. Proceed to the next step by clicking Preview.
  • Step 3: Confirm your current position shown correctly on the plan. Click Confirm if everything is accurate.
  1. You're all set! Your position will now be displayed on the plan as you move on-site.

NOTE: You only need to set up the GPS function once. After that, it will be available on all iOS devices where you access the plan.

For more detailed demonstration, you can watch our video tutorial.

Working with the GPS feature

  1. Ensure the feature is on by checking the color of the crosshair icon next to the plan title (blue indicates active).
  2. If the icon is black, click it once to activate the GPS feature.
  3. Your position on the plan will be indicated by a red dot icon.
  4. The satellite icon in the top or bottom right corner indicates the quality of the GPS reception:
  • Green: Signifies a good GPS connection with accuracy within 5 meters and rapid updates.
  • Yellow: Indicates a medium GPS connection, with accuracy ranging between 5 to 20 meters.
  • Red: Suggests a weak GPS connection, potentially resulting in less accurate or slower updates, with accuracy exceeding 20 meters.

GPS Location iPhone

GPS Location iPad

Updating your GPS settings

To improve the precision of the location shown on the plan, you can update the initial markers at any time.

  1. Open the plan you wish to update.
  2. Click and hold the crosshair icon.
  3. In the pop-up, click Set up and follow the instructions as described earlier.

GPS data and Pin location placeholders for reports

  • {{pin-latitude}} - Pin gps data - latitude.
  • {{pin-longitude}} - Pin gps data - longitude.
  • {{pin-altitude}} - Pin gps data - altitude.
  • {{pin-x}} - Shows the location of the pin on the X axis of the plan in percent from the starting point top left.
  • {{pin-y}} - Shows the location of the pin on the Y axis of the plan in percent from the starting point top left.

NOTE: The inclusion of all pin related placeholders is structured within a section marked by an open and close tag format. The section starts with the opening tag {{pins}}, followed by the addition of other pin placeholders in the usual manner. To conclude, the section is terminated by the closing tag {{/pins}}. It's important to note the presence of the additional / specifically only in the closing tag.

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