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GPSeismic Survey, Mapping, and Data Management Applications


Software to Support Geophysical exploration

GPSeismic is a suite of survey, mapping, and data management





applications to support geophysical exploration. GPSeismic applications offer advanced functionality to assist the GNSS, INS, and conventional surveyor with a variety of tasks including the following: A wide range of both graphical, numeric and SQL based controller upload point selection methods and direct raw data file processing capabilities. Support for numerous survey systems with provision for import of data from any ASCII or binary file with known structure. Direct serial communication support for GNSS handheld devices including Garmin, Magellan and Lowrance with the ability to create and upload Garmin IMG files. Fully integrated geodetic transformations and geoid model support. Full featured mapping capabilities including support for ESRI SHP, AutoCAD DXF, DWG and DGN layers as well as georeferenced raster images including TIF, JPG, BMP and PNG. A registration utility shared between applications allows for the creation of world files or the transformation of existing ones. Automatic retrieval, ortho-rectification and registration of imagery available from Google Maps. Instant Google Earth KML/KMZ file creation of preplots, postplots and even vector files. Numerous preplot generation routines including 2D lines, crooked lines, 3D grids, brick patterns, diagonal grids, zigzag patterns, and oblique grids. Highly adaptable coordinate importing and format conversion including on-the-fly translation, rotation or transformation capabilities. Powerful graphical and analytical tools capable of solving the most complex survey and design problems including fold analysis, survey exclusion zone creation and use, automatic point offsetting, sorting, interpolation, intersection computations, production calculations, geocentric offset computations, proximity testing, point comparison, and spread checks. Automatic preparation and display of surface and contour maps of height or any survey-related element.
Fleet Management Systems (FMS) Raveon Teledesign Kantronics Kenwood PBX Tail Bouy $GPGWPL GPTracker Faucon Pelton TigerNav Sercel SSC Vibe Trimble Access software (all versions) Trimble Survey Controller software (all versions) Lecia System 300 Leica System 500 Leica System1200 Leica Viva Novatel Millenium/RT/DL Ashtech Seismark I/II Geotracer System 2000 Javad FieldFace CE WinFrog SDR Eagle Navigation BIF Thales Scorpio JRS/PTR Waypoint Consulting STA Garmin Magellan Lowrance TDS RAW and RW5 NMEA GGA Trimble Access (all versions) Trimble Survey Controller (all versions) TDS RW5 Topcon Leica 1200 TPS SOKKIA CGG (CHE and JOB) Nikon Carlson RW5 DCO GSI Multitrex 3DL PGG SDR (20/33) SEG P3 Swift Topograph Applanix Zupt NavPac Benco Gipsi TGNSS Exchange Files Trimble TerraSync Shape Format Trimble DC Type 69 Records GPX GNSS Exchange Format Eagle Navigation BIF Files Leica Raw Observation Files Leica GSI 16 Files (upload) Surveytech FDC Files PCX5 Waypoint Files (upload) TDS-48 (upload) Thales Scorpio JRS and PTR Files TopSurv Database Waypoint Consulting STA File Waypoint Consulting GGE File UKOOA P1/90 UKOOA P2/94 Sonardyne CAL Files SurvCe RW5 Standard Format SurvCe RW5 Carlson Format SurvCe Export Format

Flexible data management capabilities featuring point and click SQL query building and highly adaptive database functionality allowing for any conceivable report or graphic output. A vehicle navigation program that can be used for vibe positioning or shallow water marine applications. A fleet tracking application that works with serial or web service data. A unique option for our Canadian users that integrates all applications with data that forms the Dominion Land Survey fabric.

fleet tracking


Thales RW5 Format Topcon Raw Format Maptech MXF Format GPTracker System Format Magellan UPT Format Google Earth KML Point Format OPUS Format OziExplorer Point File Ver. 1.0 OziExplorer Waypoint Ver. 1.1 NMEA Message $GPGGA SourceNav Log Format Vibe Tablet ISS Superfile Recon Raw User Defined ASCII User Defined Binary MDB

Geodetic Support

data export FormatS

coordinate Systems and transformations

GPSeismic provides hundreds of predefined coordinate systems, datums and ellipsoids. The user may also define a coordinate system from more than one dozen projection types including the following: Transverse Mercator/Gauss Kruger Lambert Conformal Conic (2 parallel) Lambert Conformal Conic (1 parallel) Oblique Mercator/RSO Krovak NZMG Stereographic 70 Earth Centered Earth Fixed Latitude Longitude Mercator Stereographic Double Stereographic Polar Stereographic Albers Equal Area Equidistant Conic Laborde Oblique Mercator Cassini/Cassini Soldner Swiss Oblique Mercator/EOV Polyconic Molodensky, Bursa-Wolfe, and Molodensky-Badekas datum transformations can be defined and there is support for interpolative datum transformations such as NADCON and NTV2. Utilities exist for the derivation of Molodensky and Bursa-Wolfe datum transformations from observations in the two desired datums.

GPSeismic is capable of exporting coordinate data in any of the commonly used seismic formats. This includes the following: SEG P1 UKOOA P1/90 Shell SPS Swift CMB SPS/RPS It is also possible to export many variations of these files. A flexible ASCII Export Specifications dialog, common to all the GPSeismic applications, allows the user to include or exclude descriptors and geographic coordinates as well as manipulate card column position, justification, format and precision of all record elements.

Geoid models
GPSeismic geoid model support includes: US Geoid 93 (geo) US Geoid 96 (geo) US Geoid 99 (bin) US Geoid 03 (bin) US Geoid 09 (bin) Canada GSD91/95 (bin) Canada CGeoid 2000 (byn) Mexico 97 (geo) French RAF (bin) Venezuela MGCV04 (grd) OSU91A (bin) DMA (dma) EGM 96 (bin) EGM 2008 User-defined (grd)

GPSeismic provides map data in several formats including the following: ESRI Shape (point, line, or polygon types) AutoCAD DXF (point, line and polyline types) Google Earth KML/KMZ (point, line and point/time types) Garmin IMG (point, lines, polygons or combinations) MicroStation DGN Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) Images can also be registered and provided in TIF, JPG, and PNG formats.

GPSeismic also provides a large number of data export formats that includes but is not limited to the following: Custom Field Defined ASCII, PDF, HTML and RTF Microsoft Excel Microsoft MDB Database Microsoft SQL Server Database

Note: Model extensions are in parenthesis; EGM 2008 has no adopted extension

Various histograms and graphs of any data element in any of several graphic formats Digital Elevation Models (43 output types) Custom field defined report capabilities include CSV, user defined delimited and fixed card column. There are numerous field formatting capabilities including precision as well as angle and time specific selections.


QuikMap has numerous coordinate handling capabilities. It can create fold plots, compare coordinate files and draw connecting arcs or lines between matching points. QuikMap displays line profiles,

GPArc Is a powerful but easy to learn mapping tool. It allows for up to 100 layers which can be comprised of point, line and polygon SHP files, DXF, DGN and DWG Cad files, or TIFF, JPG and BMP raster images. It also allows the user to import ASCII files and supports .XZO exclusion zones. Imported ASCII files can be transformed in almost any conceivable manner. GPArc features an image registration utility which creates world files or transforms existing ones. GPArc is based on the ArcObjects libraries. These are the same libraries that the ESRI products, ArcInfo and ArcView are built on and therefore allow exceptional rendering and editing capabilities.

Computes or imports stakeout points and transforms them into WGS84 geographic coordinates. It provides graphical and SQL based methods for the user to choose all or several stakeout points for upload to the rover data collector. CAD files and raster images can be displayed in the background to assist in uploading.

provides several methods of interpolation, and displays and utilizes exclusion zones. Single point or multiple point moves are possible. QuikMap determines line intersections, and performs several types of proximity tests. Custom reports can be made from any operation. Image and CAD background support is included as well.

GPNav is a vehicle navigation application with sophisticated logging routines and outstanding mapping capabilities. Up to 100 map layers are supported and can consist of point, line and polygon SHP files, or registered TIFF, JPG and BMP raster images. GPNav supports real time positioning using either NEMA $GPGGA or Trimble GGK serial inputs. A second comm port optionally allows for a NMEA $HCDM or $PTNHTM magnetic heading messages. A third port can be opened for inputting a NMEA $SDDBS depth message. A fourth port can be opened which represents a secondary NMEA $GPGGA position or you may define a secondary position by offsets from the primary GNSS position. You can log on an incoming serial comms event or you may send pre-log and at-log serial events out. You may also relay the primary position to a separate port. There is the capability of looking for several inputs on one port. There is an embedded simulator which can be used for training and configuration purposes.

Downloads surveyed rover data and both transforms the coordinates to the desired datum and converts ellipsoid heights to orthometric using a seamless link to any of several available geoid undulation models. Graphical point and click capabilities allow the user to display all relevant coordinate and quality control data for each point. Image and CAD background capabilities as well as numerous visual QC indicators ensure that the survey is conducted as planned. GPSQL is a sophisticated data management tool with a point and click query building tool, a custom and seismic report builder, DXF and SHP file creation abilities, and embedded graphing module which allows the results of any query to be displayed in one of several types of formats. A seamless two-way link with QuikMap provides the user with the ability to map any of 99 queries as a map layer, or reciprocally, isolate records captured graphically. ASCII files with delimited or fixed card column fields may be imported as new tables to assist in other data management chores such as permitting or drilling.

GPMonitor is a static GNSS monitoring program. It monitors position, DOP, number of satellites, time, fix mode, geoid height, age of corrections, satellite azimuth, elevation, and SNR. There is both a 2D and 3D sky plot of all SVs in view as well as standard SV and DOP bar graph. There are also 2D and 3D depictions of the GNSS position relative to the known position . All data can be logged at a timed interval or only when there is a user defined alert. Alerts are based on DOP, number of SVs, data age, survey mode, and actual vs. known position values. A special two monitor mode allows two instances of GPMonitor to engage in a talk-listen conversation. In this mode, the listener compares its GNSS derived position to that of the talkers. Data is sent from talker to listener via UDP packets.

QuikCon provides for conventional data processing. Once processed, a map, quality control graphs, and a spreadsheet of all processed data are available. QuikCon also provides traverse adjustment reports, reciprocal shot reports and allows the user to use and prorate azimuth adjustments into the traverse. A sunshot utility that handles hour angle and altitude method is also included.
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GPLocator is a fleet tracking application. Its capable of tracking up to 130 vehicles simultaneously. It has a map component in which the user can display registered raster images, shape files , or any combination. There is a tabular component which gives constant readouts of all important vehicle information including position, speed and heading. There is also a quality control component that alerts the user if certain conditions have been met. For example, the user can have an alert raised when any vehicle is within a defined area.



QuikView can import survey coordinates and related quality control information from numerous data collector files including all version of Trimble Access and Survey Collector Job files. QuikView transforms the survey coordinates from geographic to grid and also converts ellipsoid heights to orthometric heights using a seamless link to any of several available geoid undulation models. There is provision for updating coordinates based on post processing results including a proprietary format file available from Trimble Business Office. QuikView allows the user to output coordinate data in any standard seismic or user defined format, and can produce a number of relevant quality control graphs and reports. QuikView also populates the project database with over fifty fields of information for each surveyed point. Image and vector files can be used in the map background to ensure that the survey was conducted as planned

QuikLoad computes or imports stakeout points (preplots) in grid coordinates and transforms them into WGS84 geographic coordinates. QuikLoad creates upload files in over twenty different formats including all versions of Trimble Access and Trimble Survey Controller software. QuikLoad provides numerous methods for the user to choose all or several preplots for upload to the rover data collector. It is also used to populate the project database with grid and geographic coordinate data. Registered raster images and vector files can be displayed in the background to assist in preplot selection.

Graphical point and click capabilities allows the user to display all relevant coordinate and quality control data. This includes grid and geographic coordinates and offset values relative to the design point. Field values such as station name, instrument height, descriptors and comments can be updated on a point by point basis or within a range of points. QuikView can display and utilize the preplot points in the data collector file so that the user has access to all survey point offset information. However, if the preplots are not contained in the data collector file, the user can elect to use the preplots of an existing GPSeismic QLD file. The user may also select a grid definition file for receivers and sources in order to have QuikView automatically compute a preplot for each surveyed point. QuikLoad is capable of creating the preplots for any type of project. This includes 2D lines, crooked lines, standard 3D grids, QuikView provides a base station summary and the means to update base coordinates (and as a result, all stations surveyed with that base). This means that the coordinates entered at the base can be verified and updated if required. Also, if the user is running an as built survey and started the base with an autonomous position, he or she could enter the known coordinates for the base during processing to instantly obtain the final survey coordinates. Analysis and Mask utilities allow the user to create and instantly display the result of up to ten queries. These queries can represent exceptions to various quality control parameters. For example, the user might build one query which isolates all points where the PDOP in the code tracking mode exceeds a specific value. Another could be built to isolate all points where the offset between design and stakeout position exceed a required distance. QuikLoad uses a sophisticated utility to import existing preplot files. The files may be in a standard seismic format or custom ASCII format. There is provision for geographic or grid coordinates as well as orthometric or ellipsoid heights. In fact, the import capabilities of QuikLoad are so flexible, it is often used a file conversion utility. zigzag source patterns, diagonal grids and even circular patterns for vertical seismic profiling. There is also a preplot utility that provides a flexible way of creating almost any complex preplot pattern in one action as long as if the preplots adhere to grid definitions.


QuikMap is the industry-leading multipurpose coordinate handling application and offers specialized features supporting geophysical exploration activities. QuikMap is the most widely used application in the GPSeismic software suite. It has numerous coordinate handling and survey task capabilities. These capabilities range from those as sophisticated as fold analysis to basic preplot redesign. QuikMap is such a complete survey product, it is often sold as a standalone application to survey companies involved in legal and other nonseismic survey endeavors.


The names of seismic survey stake out points are numerical and almost always based on their location in a theoretical grid. However, when a point is actually surveyed, the surveyor must often offset it due to reasons that include physical obstacles and defined exclusion areas. The correct field procedure is to maintain the original station number so that an accurate list of what points have been surveyed can be created. However, client deliverables normally include a list of points where their value reflects the actual location in the theoretical grid. Rebinning is the process of renumbering station values based on the set of theoretical grid definitions. QuikMap allows the user to provide the client with rebinned or non-rebinned station values or both.

mapping capabilities
To assist in coordinate handling tasks, QuikMap allows the user to import registered raster images and vector files such as shape, DGN, DXF and DWG. QuikMap contains numerous image and vector file manipulation tools including the following:

Transforming, resizing, converting to vector, converting to KMZ, setting transparent colors, and setting colors as an exclusion areas.

Transforming, translating, rotating, converting to raster, converting to other vector formats, converting to KML and converting to Garmin IMG.

Moving, Adding, and Deleting Points

QuikMap offers a number of basic coordinate handling capabilities including moves, adds and deletions. This can be performed on one point

Intersection Computation, Proximity Testing And More

QuikMap has the ability to automatically compute the coordinates of line intersections. Intersections are used on 3D projects for a number of reasons including a means of height quality control. Another capability is 2D or 3D proximity testing between points on one layer or points on different layers. Proximity testing is based on a user entered threshold distance and is useful for quickly finding source or receiver points that would be detrimental to subsequent seismic processing. Other coordinate handling capabilities include sorting, nominal spread checks, and the computation of bag drop locations. Bag drop locations satisfy the requirement for selective placement of equipment along seismic lines.

QuikMap can interpolate coordinates in a number of ways. The basic mode instantly interpolates all points based on a selected increment. An advanced mode allows the user to be selective about the points to use for the interpolation process. The nominal interval mode allows the user to create points at an even interval along any sinuous course defined by points at each dogleg.

coordinate Handling capabilities

Coordinate Comparison
QuikMap can compare two sets of coordinates. In seismic survey operations, these are typically the survey design points (preplots) and the points as actually surveyed (postplots). In addition to a graphic depiction of the matching points, QuikMap provides all possible offset values in a spreadsheet from which analyses can be carried out and reports generated.

or a number of points by a user drawn polygon. Moves can be accomplished by range/bearing, delta-easting/northing or inline/cross-line values. Coordinates can also be rotated around a user entered position. A point can be added at the cursor location or multiple points can be added by defined offset from existing points. Points can also be created at theoretical grid nodes once a grid definition file is opened.




coordinate conversions
Any one of four point categories can be converted to any one of a number of useful formats. This includes: AutoCad DXF ESRI Shape Garmin IMG

Exclusion Zone Use

Once exclusion zones are defined, the user can immediately determine which points fall inside and which fall outside. The points can then be automatically moved outside the exclusion zones using two methods: In the Standard method, moves are approached as a series of inline and crossline steps that start near the original point location and progressively move outward until the point falls outside the exclusion zone and other criteria (such as proximity to other points) are met. The user configures several parameters for this process to use. In the Bingo Card method, the user supplies survey company rules by which a point is to be offset. For example, if a point must be offset, the first acceptable location might be Points Of Interest (POI) GNSS Exchange Format (GPX) Google Earth (KML) SPS/RPS 100 m (or ft) offline and 0 m inline. Failing that, the point is to be offset 200m offline and 0 m inline, and so on. There could very well be several dozen more moves in the sequence. In QuikMap, the user defines this sequence of moves graphically somewhat like the numbers on a bingo card and thus the name. When initiated, the prioritized sequence of moves is carried out on each point in an exclusion zone until the point is moved to an allowable location. The final location is reached as soon as a minimum separation criterion is met.

Defining MethoDs
There are several ways to define exclusion zones. One way is to simply draw them using a registered image as a guide. Its also possible to define a color or range of colors of a raster image to use as an exclusion zone.

Seismic Formats: SEP P1 UKOOA P1-90 Swift CMB Shell Processing Support (SPS)

exclusion Zone capabilities

Cultural and natural obstructions in seismic surveying almost always require that many pre-planned survey coordinates be moved to avoid them. The general QuikMap also allows the user to convert vector files to exclusion zones. It is often the case that shape and other vector files are available for depicting permits, pipelines and other significant entities. With QuikMaps ability to transform vector files when required, the user can be assured of quickly handling what could be a significant pre-survey redesign task. term for these areas are exclusion zones. Trimble has led the way with regard to how exclusions zones are defined and utilized in 3D seismic surveys.

Exclusion Zone Management

Several tools are available to create and manage exclusion zones. These include the XZO Manager which allows the user to insert, delete or modify the coordinates of any exclusion zone. There is also the XZO Tools dialog which give the user a number of utilities that allow for exclusion zone combining, simplification and perimeter smoothing. Its also possible to convert exclusion zones to shape and CAD files.

Exclusion zones are of three types: circles, lines and polygons. Circle exclusion zones are defined by center coordinates and a radius from that center. They are often used for wells, or any point location that must be avoided. Line exclusion zones are a series of rectangles surrounding each pair of points that define a linear feature such as a pipeline.

Polygon exclusion zones are, as the name implies, defined by a set of vertices defining a closed area. An optional polygon parameter is an expansion distance from the polygon sides. Polygons are used for a number of features including cultural and natural.
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digital elevation capabilities

Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) are useful in many ways. A DEM is a file which contains height (or other z value) values for a specific geographical area. The z values are evenly spaced in a grid-like pattern. Their usefulness comes from the fact that it is possible to derive an interpolated z value from them for any horizontal coordinates in the area they cover. This means you can accomplish tasks that range from quality control of survey heights to assigning heights to points which are missing theirs. DEMs are available in dozens of format. QuikMap provides a conversion tool that allows the user to convert any one of over 80 DEM formats into the format required by GPSeismic applications. QuikMap can also transform a DEM should the need arise.

online data capabilities

QuikMap offers numerous utilities to access data from the web. One of these allows you to instantly create a registered background image based on image tiles retrieved from Google, OpenStreetMap or Microsoft Research Maps. You can make a KMZ file for all imagery retrieved from Google or from an existing registered image. KMZ files can be displayed in Google Earth or used as a custom background map in the newer Garmins. There is a utility to allow the user to create a DEM from the Google Elevation Service. You can also use this service to display an elevation profile and interactive map. Another utility facilitates downloading and converting Shuttle Radar. Another utility facilitates downloading and converting Shuttle radar mission data to DEMs.

There are numerous DEM operations. They include the following:

Fold analysis
Creation of a DEM from a coordinate file which includes height Ability to create a 3D surface chart, contour chart, shape file of contours or shaded relief map Ability to replace the heights for any point layer using a specified DEM Ability to create a secondary point layer whose heights are the difference between the primary point layer Ability to transform a DEM from one system/datum to another Ability to create a terrain slope model that in turn could be used with QuikMaps ability to use a raster image to create exclusion zones Ability to create a DEM which is a subset of a larger one or subdivide a DEM into a set of tiled subgrids, Ability to combine DEMs (mosaic) or change a DEMs grid node resolution QuikMap provides fold analysis capabilities and allows the user to create a fold map of a prospect. Receiver bins are color coded according to the number of common mid-point hits received as a result of the analysis. A number of optional files can be created including an MDB database containing fold and mid-point smear, offset and azimuth values. The user can perform critical angle and azimuth tests, and can create histograms and mid-point scatter plots. QuikMap can convert an I-O System 2 ASCII Script file (binary or ASCII) or an ARAM script file (*.PRJ) to a SPS X-File





All processed information including GPS, Conventional and Inertial data is placed in a project database. GPSQL allows the user to open this database and create reports, seismic files, map files, and much more. Its the core application for all data management requirements, and when dealing with what could potentially be hundreds of thousands of survey positions with associated quality control information, data management is paramount. GPSQL utilizes Microsoft Access databases to store and retrieve data. However, it is not necessary to install Access on your system. All required libraries are installed when you install GPSeismic. Structured Query Language (SQL) is the de facto standard for accessing databases. It is a rich and powerful set of instructions that can be used to form what is called a query. The query is then executed on the database to retrieve only the records are of interest to the user. GPSQL makes query building easy by using point and click methods. Up to two hundred queries can be created, saved and immediately executed at any time. GPSQL and QuikMap have a unique two way relationship. GPSQL can instantly send the coordinates of any query to QuikMap for quick visual inspection or for possible modifications (e.g., moves or deletion). QuikMap can be used to select a set of points graphically and send this information to GPSQL so that a query can be written that involves only those points. GPSQLs output capabilities include the following: Custom reports with numerous formatting options Seismic files with provision for coordinate transformation Shape point, line and polygon files with user selectable DBF field information DXF point and line files Google Earth KML point, point/time, point/image and line files Production statistics, calendars and workday summaries Garmin IMG files 2D and 3D Proximity reports User defined graphs and histograms Image reports using geo-tagged JPG images Modification capabilities include the following: Coordinate and height recalculation Center of source averaging for vibrator position data Barometric and Digital Elevation Model height computation Point coordinate and/or height interpolation Station re-binning Point offset recalculation Import capabilities include: ASCII files (both custom and seismic) MDB databases Dbase files Excel XLS and XLSX files Arams database JPG EXIF tag information OPUS NGS files Google Point KML files Pelton, Sercel, TigerNav and SSC GPSView vibrator files

QuikCon processes conventional survey data and is tailored towards reciprocal survey. A reciprocal survey is the primary conventional survey method through dense foliage and involves comparing the distance and vertical angle of the backsight to the foresight counterpart. QuikCon also can also be used to process the less commonly used radial survey as well as leap frog surveys. A sunshot utility capable of Hour Angle and Altitude methods is included. QuikCon provides numerous visual methods in the quality control of raw observations and processed coordinates. Graphs of rod heights, instrument heights, horizontal and vertical splits, and reciprocal values allow suspicious points to be clicked so that the specific raw observation record is highlighted. Various editing levels can be configured so that any single observation that deviates from them will be flagged. A multi-layer map display of the processed coordinates which may include a registered raster image background can be created with a single click. Processing begins when raw observations are imported into the Data Collection Observation (DCO) Editor. In the DCO Editor, horizontal and vertical splits along with reciprocal distance and vertical angle differences can be instantly computed. Another utility lists all errors and places them into one of four categories including sequence errors, leveling errors, malformed angles and outliers from defined edit levels. There is yet another utility that will reverse raw observations in the case where the same line was surveyed in two separate traverses starting from opposite ends of the line. The DCO Editor supports numerous raw observation formats and the list is constantly growing. Currently supported formats include: Trimble TDS RW5 Topcon Leica 1200 TPS Sokkia CGGVeritas CHE, JOB and SUV Nikon Carlson RW5 WesternGeco DCO Processed data can be exported directly to custom reports, shape files, DXF files, seismic files or QuikView. In QuikView the data can be further analyzed before it is sent to the project database. These misclosure values include: Horizontal Ratio Vertical Ratio Vertical QC Azimuth Constant Nominal Vertical QC Nominal Azimuth Constant

MisCLosURe RePoRt
A misclosure report can be generated in which the resulting azimuths and coordinates are compared against known values.

Once the raw observations have been processed, takeoff information is appended and a file is created that can be processed. There are several options that can be used during processing. These include mean sea level adjustment, curvature and refraction, scale factor, and the use of known azimuths from sunshot observations. If azimuths are fixed during processing, the user has the option of prorating the difference between the known and computed azimuths backwards through the traverse.





GPArc is a presentation mapping application which is made available to the user like any other installed GPSeismic application. However, GPArc does rely on ArcGis Engine, a set of third party libraries which must be purchased from a company called ESRI. In this sense, GPArc is unique since no other GPSeismic application requires the purchase of additional software components. GPArc is capable of displaying up to 100 map layers. These map layers can be point, line or polygon shape files, registered raster images, or CAD files (DXF, DGN or DWG). GPArc allows the user to import and map data from ASCII files, MDB databases, and GPSeismic XZO exclusion zones. Points, lines and polygons can be rendered in numerous ways by varying their color, style and size attributes. Special rendering can be implemented by having the entity reflect information in the underlying database. For example, the size of a point could be governed by the magnitude of a quality control indicator. Special rendering can also be used to render fold analysis map layers which QuikMap is capable of creating. A backup utility allows all map layer files and settings to be conveniently contained in one file. The restore utility extracts all layers and displays the map exactly as it was saved. GPArc features an image registration utility which creates world files or transforms existing ones. GPArc also provides for the automatic creation of annotated grids and title blocks, legends, bin grids, and special point shape files from NGS data sheets. Shape file editing capabilities include creation of new point, line or polygon layers or editing the entities of existing ones. Cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo capabilities are included in the editing tools. Utilities exist that allow the user to modify the information in a shape layers underlying database. This can be done with regard to a single entity or multiple entities using a spreadsheet interface. GPArc features a Multiple Map Layer Utility which allows the user to define up to twenty map files for creation. These may be either shape files, DXF files, or a combination of both. Point, line or polygon files may be created. The user may also build and save up to twenty queries which are used to select the desired points from the project database for each layer. Once configured, all twenty map layers can be created by one click. Considering that the project database continues to be populated throughout the duration of the project, this utility provides the means to completely automate the mapping effort. GPArc supports any installed Windows printer. The Page Layout control of GPArc allows the user to determine exactly what the printed output will be including page orientation and scale. Copy and paste can be used so that multiple map depictions can be printed on a single page.

GPMonitor is an easy to use static GNSS monitoring application that highlights relevant information for rapid evaluation. GPmonitor displays and records position, DOP, number of satellites, time, fix mode, geoid height, age of corrections, satellite azimuth, elevation, and SNR. There is both a 2D and 3D sky plot of all SVs in view as well as standard SV and DOP bar graph. There are also 2D and 3D depictions of the GNSS position relative to the known position . All data can be logged at a timed interval or only when there is a user defined alert. Alerts are based on DOP, number of SVs, data age, survey mode, and actual vs. known position values. A special two monitor mode allows two instances of GPMonitor to engage in a talk-listen conversation. In this mode, the listener compares its GNSS derived position to that of the talkers. Data is sent from talker to listener via UDP packets. In this mode, its possible to compare one differentially corrected receiver to another using a different set of corrections.

GPMonitor includes a utility allows you to predict the past or future visibility for GPS and/or GLONASS satellites. Either the USCG (Yuma format) or Trimble almanac files can be used. The prediction utility has sky, DOP and SV plots as well as a visibility report.




GPLocator is a geophysical exploration-specific fleet tracking application developed at the request of actual exploration fleet managers. GPLocator is capable of tracking up to 130 vehicles simultaneously. It has a map component in which the user can display up to 100 map layers which are comprised of registered raster images or shape files. There is a tabular component which gives constant readouts of all important vehicle information including position, speed and heading. There is also a quality control component that alerts the user if certain conditions have been met. Trimble does not provide specific hardware for use with GPLocator. Rather, GPLocator has been designed to interface with a number of protocols including serial comms, UDP, web services, and flat files. All protocols provide at a minimum, a vehicle ID and position. In most cases, the vehicle messages are time stamped. A group of controls for each vehicle allows the user to quickly configure its display settings, display all previous positions, toggle its alert status, zoom to the vehicle and add a comment about the vehicle to the current log.

roadS ALeRts
Exclusion Areas The user can designate any polygon layer as an exclusion area. Each vehicle can be configured to issue an alert when inside or outside the exclusion area. Data Age GPLocator constantly takes the last received position time for each vehicle and computes the difference between that time and current time. If the difference is greater than a user specified value, an alert is issued. Vehicle Movement The user can specify a speed at which an alert is issued for a vehicle. Additionally, an alert can be issued if a vehicle is stationary (actually moves a distance less than user specified distance) for the time period greater than that specified by the user. The user has all the tools normally associated with a mapping application including pan, zoom in, zoom out, zoom extents, entity information and map measurements. In addition, the vehicle symbols, label, CMG indicators, snail trails and alert halos can all be turned on or off. Proximity A circular proximity area can be defined by entering coordinates and a radius from this location. This proximity area can be displayed on the map and also used on a vehicle by vehicle basis. The user can elect to issue an alert when the vehicle is in or outside this area. User defined Two user defined alerts can be configured. This is accomplished by indicating a comma delimited item in the incoming position message and when to issue an alert based on value of this item.

Web and network based

There are a two supported formats. The first is UDP packets, and in this case, the origin IP address uniquely identifies the vehicle. The second is a formal web service utilizing XML serialization that is offered by Fleet Management Systems (FMS). FMS provides its client with vehicle tracking hardware consisting of a GNSS receiver and a phone (cell or satellite). Their system periodically relays the position of each vehicle to their website where the data is available to anyone with the correct user name and password. GPLocator can be configured to make periodic requests for vehicle position data from their website via its web service.

Serial comms based

There are a several supported formats. Each serial format includes a vehicle ID, time of position and position (in WGS84 geographic coordinates). You should note that Trimble will support additional protocols at no charge. Currently supported serial protocols include: Raveon Teledesign Kantronics Kenwood PBX Tail Buoy Tracking System GPWPL TAIP PV Message GPLocator also supports GPTracker and Faucon flat ASCII data files. These are produced by black box instruments that are placed on vehicles and record positions.

Vehicle Information
The main vehicle spreadsheet displays all relevant information for the tracked vehicles. You can select which columns to display by using the column visibility dialog. Information includes each vehicles position speed, acceleration, course made good, data age, alert message, satellites tracked, and nearest point of a designated point map layer.

Vehicle Settings
Each vehicle can be depicted by any of 31 different symbols and bitmaps. The vehicles name and a course made good indicator can be displayed as well. Each vehicle can be configured so it triggers an alert when entering an exclusion zone or when it is within a specified distance of a user entered location. Vehicles can be assigned to one of ten groups, and the user can quickly switch between groups for display on the map.





Vehicle Shape
You can define the shape of the vehicle by using a unique shape builder dialog in which you enter in-line and cross-line values around an origin. The vehicle shape is rotated relative to the CMG or heading input if present.

As with the vessel, there are 10 symbols that can be selected for the target and the symbol color can be changed.

GPNav supports real-time positioning using either NEMA $GPGGA or Trimble GGK serial inputs. A second comm port optionally allows for a NMEA $HCDM or $PTNHTM magnetic heading messages. A third port can be opened for inputting a NMEA $SDDBS depth message. A fourth port can be opened which represents a secondary NMEA $GPGGA position or you may define a secondary position by offsets from the primary GNSS position. You can log on an incoming serial comms event or you may send pre-log and at-log serial events out. You may also relay the primary position to a separate port. There is the capability of looking for several inputs on one port. There is an embedded simulator which can be used for training and configuration purposes.

Line To Target
This can be changed with regards to width, style and color.

Target Offset Priority

You can display a set of symbols and numbers that indicate the order of preference for targeting. For example, perhaps the primary target position cant be reached. This could be used to display a second choice, a third choice and so on.

Target Offset Priority

GPNav is a vehicle navigation application with sophisticated logging routines and outstanding mapping capabilities. Up to 100 map layers are supported and can consist of point, line and polygon SHP files, or TIFF, JPG and BMP raster images. Logging can be initiated on time... The snail trail shows the last twenty vehicle positions.

Besides displaying shape and raster image layers, GPNav can display up to nine tracking objects. All are highly configurable:

...or on distance. One option for this mode is to raise the specified line on the specified port with a specified distance to go.

Primary and Secondary Vehicle Symbols

There are 10 symbols that can be selected and both size and color can be changed. The vehicle can be offset by user entered in-line and cross-line values. The reference azimuth for these offsets is either the CMG or an input heading.

Logging can also be configured when the vehicle is within the specified distance of the current target and a specified number of seconds has elapsed.

Logging can also be initiated when the inline distance to the target reaches zero (even if offline).

Finally, logging can be initiated by receipt of a signal on a serial comms input line.

Range Circles
You can display up to two range circles. Either can be placed on target or vehicle. The color and fill type are user-defined.



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