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Topographical Data Collection Using Mobile Phone App

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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Hi Everyone,

New to the site, and it is a great site!

Question for the forum, is there a way to collect topographical/elevation data from a mobile phone app. My idea would be to ride the property on an ATV, and the app would collect continuous GPS coordinates and elevation.

Has anyone conducted their own survey of their property? How did you do it?

Thanks for your help

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Robert Rossi : Check out this link to the map section of the U.S. Geological Survey :

This Should allow you to download maps of your region, There are many many groups out there dedicated to "Orienteering'' ,''Geo-Casheing'',

and learning exactly how to read land features and maps so that you to can create good maps from terrain features and visualize terrain from maps.

You can try Googling these terms or see if their is a ''Meet-up'' group for one of these skill areas - participation IS fun.The More you put into it the more

you will get out !

ATVs are good for getting from point A to B, if you really want to understand your land you will have to walk it often and in every season of the Year !

This sounds a little more 'Bossy' than I intended, Get out there and enjoy your little piece of heaven ! For the crafts ! Big AL
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Location: West grey, Ontario Canada
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I've tested out the compass app on my iPhone and it doesn't show enough detail. It's pretty good for showing elevations but I'm don't think it shows enough decimals on seconds for good map making. Taking this into account I have drawn the conclusion that the phones capacity is just that. Not accurate enough! I don't think any app could improve upon that.
There are a lot of gps devices but they are indeed expensive. Some public libraries have geocaching kits that can be borrowed. I intend on trying that once I've finished building zone 0 aka the house.
I hope this helps
Good luck
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