Resources Links For AGTEK GPS Users
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
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
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);
offers screen protectors for PDAs, tablets, and laptops (plus some Leica/Topcon/Trimble handhelds);
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
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
of AGTEK consultants to find a service provider that can help.