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!
G. Kent Morris
Accredited Land Consultant
Associate Broker, Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate