With the smart phones, the sky is the limit. I have begun using my smart phone to create shapefiles. A shapefile is a format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features. It is stored as a set of related files and contains one feature class. I often use a GPS receiver, but recently discovered I could use my smart phone. I use an app called “MotionX-GPS”.

This is a cool app, I use it often when walking or bicycling. It tracks information like distance, mph, average mph, changes in elevation and creates a map showing your route. I recently started using it to create shapefiles when walking a tract boundary, harvested areas etc.

After completing the project you can email the file, see the following. There is a link to download the Google Earth KMZ file. You can then look at the track in Google Earth!

Take advantage of all the cool technology available to you!

Written By:
G. Kent Morris
Accredited Land Consultant
Registered Forester
Associate Broker, Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate