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GeoPad Software

Depending on purpose and hardware constraints, it is useful to include a range of software packages on the GeoPad device. Software that make a typical installation are summarized below and organized by purpose:

Mapping Software

ArcGIS 9.x

ArcGis 9.x is a comprehensive GIS package composed of four modules: ArcMap for mapping, ArcCatalog for data browsing and file creation, ArcToolbox for data manipulation and modeling, and ArcScene for 3D viewing. Additional "extensions" for raster analysis (Spatial Analyst), 3D surface creation and analysis (3D Analyst), and other tasks (e.g. ArcHydro, Survey Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, etc.) are available as add-ons for this software suite. ArcGIS software is available at 3 "licensing levels": ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo. All contain the same 4 modules (listed below) but each licensing level allows increasingly greater editing and modeling capabilities and a wider array of tools in ArcToolbox. An ArcEditor or ArcInfo license is required to edit and create modern geologic map data (i.e. those stored within "geodatabase"); ArcEditor is sufficient for virtually all field mapping and data entry tasks. An ArcView license is sufficient for mapping and editing data in shapefile format but has limited capabilities for editing data that are stored in a geodatabase.

ArcPad 7.x

ArcPad 7.x is stripped down version of ArcMap designed for field data entry. Meant originally to run on hand-held GPS devices and PDAs, it runs equally well on field tablet computers. Although lacking the other components of ArcGIS, it has better and more versatile GPS capture capabilities for lines and polygons and is very simple to use. Field forms for data entry can be designed in a separate program, ArcPad Studio, or created automatically by exporting maps and data from ArcGIS to an ArcPad "project". Preparing data for use in ArcPad 7.x requires ArcGIS software.

GeoMapper

GeoMapper provides the visual user-interface that allows a geologist to implement mapping using intuitive, self-explanatory buttons that are touched using a stylus (Brimhall et al, 2006)

Map IT

Map IT is a stand alone digital mapping software system for field mapping with tablet PCs, including GIS, GPS, note-taking, data management, editing and analysis functions.

Office Productivity Software

Regional Reconnaissance Applications

Geographic Tools

Visualization Aides

Photo Panorama Generation

Geologic Interpretation

Resources about GeoPad Software


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