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RTK Mission Planning, Autonomous Usage, Computer Accessories, & Services

GPS Satellite Availability and RTK Mission Planning

GPS product manufacturers provide free mission planning tools to forecast satellite availability for a project's geographic location before going to the site and setting up a GPS system.
The Topcon® Standalone Mission Planning Tool and GPS+ Almanac data files are still available here.
Trimble® offers GNSS Planning Online and a mobile-friendly version is available here.  Trimble's older Planning Software and Ephemeris data files are still available here (a PDF file containing good instructions on how to install and use the old Trimble planning software may be available here).

Trimble Business Center-HCE (Free File Transfer Module)

The core module of Trimble Business Center-HCE is available at no charge and allows Trimble GPS machine control users to convert their AGTEK surface data for field use.  AGTEK Technical Support has produced a step-by-step online training video (Priority Support ID/Password required) that includes exporting AGTEK surface data for Trimble and using Business Center to import the AGTEK data and write out the required Trimble machine control files.

Real-Time Autonomous GPS Site Inspections

Still waiting for the "right job" to invest in RTK GPS hardware and software?  In the meantime, you can use your AGTEK office software to perform real-time GPS site inspections.  Most AGTEK earthwork modeling and takeoff software (3D Versions 1.40+) can be used with a laptop or tablet computer and a cheap, off-the-shelf Autonomous GPS receiver to walk or drive a job site with horizontal reference to your AGTEK 3D surface model (with your color cut-fill map displayed).  The horizontal positioning functionality is similar to that of AGTEK's dedicated Autonomous GPS applications for tablets, smart phones, and PDAs.  Although GPS track data is not collected and it lacks RTK-mode precision, Autonomous-mode GPS requires fewer satellites and will often work under site conditions where RTK-mode is unavailable.  See this link for a list of compatible Autonomous GPS receivers and instructions for use.  (Tip: if you want to collect, save and process Autonomous GPS track data, check out GPS2CAD and ExpertGPS Pro.)

Field Computing Devices and Accessories

There are lots of useful accessories available for the laptops, tablets and smart phones used in the field with AGTEK's applications (if you're looking for reviews of ruggedized computing devices, take a look at Tablet PC Magazine) ...
Screen Protector: BodyGuardz offers screen protectors for smart phones (and some Topcon/Trimble handhelds); NuShield offers screen protectors for PDAs, tablets, and laptops (plus some Leica/Topcon/Trimble handhelds); OtterBox offers screen protectors for smart phones and iPad tablets.
Ruggedized Case: Kensington offers rugged cases for tablets; OtterBox offers rugged cases for smart phones and iPad tablets.
Wireless Mouse: A wireless mouse like Kensington's SureTrackTM Any Surface Bluetooth® Mouse is cable-free and works on virtually any surface (shirt, pants, truck seat, etc.).
Flexible or Foldable Keyboard: A flexible keyboard is portable, resists water and dust, conforms to uneven surfaces (like the hood or tail gate of a truck), but lacks the tactile feel of a traditional keyboard; a foldable keyboard is portable and provides the tactile feel of a traditional keyboard.  Get a Bluetooth version of either type for easy pairing with your tablet or smart phone.

Third-Party AGTEK Modeling Services

Too busy to build a GPS machine control model (or complete a dirt takeoff) with your AGTEK software?  Use this list of AGTEK consultants to find a service provider that can help.