In the video below we show how to solve a problem posted by a user this morning. Their question was as follows
On Monday I need to go out to a site that I have a PDF plan for, but the plan doesn’t contain any coordinates or reference data that I can use to place it correctly. Can I place it using Google Earth and get it roughly correct, so that I can go on site and use a phone to get my location so I can find some property corners etc.
Also what app can I use on my phone to achieve that?
So currently you can use Google Earth and Google Earth Mobile on your phone. You can load information into Google Earth Mobile in georeferenced image formats (for the PDF page) and the linework in a KML format - both can be generated in TBC.
We will shortly be releasing our own App for phones that also understands alignments and the 3D data and allows positioning on site, recording of notes and images with tags for site management needs on your phone (RPS Site Manager) (Watch this space).
In the video we show the following
- How to find the location of your project in Google Earth
- Determining a single point on site to use as an anchor point in TBC (a Global Lat, Long, Height coordinate)
- Creating a TBC Project in the correct units and with the correct coordinate system
- Entering a point using Latitude, Longitude and Height as a Global Coordinate
- Turn on the background map / image service in TBC
- Import a PDF Page into TBC
- Georeference the PDF plan to the background image in TBC
- Extract the vector linework for the PDF Plan
- Create a georeferenced image with KML sidecar file for use in Google Earth and Google Earth Mobile
- Creating the linework output for Google Earth and Google Earth Mobile
- Opening the data in Google Earth to check it all works
To see how to load the data into Google Earth Mobile - watch our Training Video on MyRockpile Library as that covers all of the options and how to do that step - apologies that I don’t have time to capture that process here and since we have that as a work process video already on the Library I figured that is OK for now.
Hope that this helps you
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