I couldn't find an up to date thread on a permie.com recommended GPS for surveying/mapping land parcels? I must admit, it seems very daunting when scanning the internet on what is currently out there. I have no experience with GPS other than using it my car. I was hoping to find an intuitive (i.e. easy) platform that will be accurate in walking and plotting out land details. Many thanks.
You need to bookmark this program. It uses Google maps which everyone is used to, but does so much more. You can calculate acreage, plan roads, measure distances, even check elevations right down to a meter in height. Everything is done in meters, feet, miles or acres.
I am getting my Tree Farm Certification and wanted to map out my main trails and whatnot and this program worked well. I can zoom right in, get my forest stan acreages, check distances along my trails to the next turn, and even generate nice graphs of what the grades will be.
I have two complaints:
1) Lets say you are measuring out acreages of your fields and then want to measure for a fence you plan on installing across one side. You have to reenter your GPS coordinates into the search bar. In other words you just can change acreage estimates, linear feet or elevation charts without starting all over with a new map.
2) It does not have a compass heading. For my forest trails I wanted to be able to say, "Section one heads in a 15 mill north east direction before turning east by 8 mills". Instead I have to physically walk the trail with a compass because that option is not there (yet). I have emailed them as to possibly adding it.
Thanks for the link, Travis. That looks like an excellent program. However, I was hoping to find a recommended model and brand handheld GPS that I could enter land coordinates to follow when walking to flag my land. Any other ideas out there?