I was browsing through AppBrain for some surveyor-related applications for Android devices and found quite a few worth sharing. This post will be the first in a series related to using your android phone to accomplish amazing things in the field.
UPDATE: Android Apps for Surveyors Part Two & Surveyor Android Apps Collection
A spirit level. Hold any of the phone's four sides against an object to test it for level or plumb, or lay it down on a flat surface for a 360° level.
- Show angle or inclination
- Sound effects
- Install on SD
- Orientation locking
- Roof pitch
- No ads
- No Internet access required
- Open source
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Bug fix for Android 1.5 users.
Latest version: 1.7.1 (for all Android versions)
Compass and Leveler package.
It's easy to use and change mode.
Don't ask anymore that the picture frame is flat or not.
1. Add Hold and Restart function on Leveler.
2. Change sensing delay.
Latest version: 1.0.7.A (for all Android versions)
Blind persons talking compass, hold phone level.
Added degrees to speech output and faster speaking rate.
You need text-to-speech switched on or installed on your android.
It speaks the direction your phone is pointing every 2 seconds.
Latest version: FasterSpeech (for all Android versions)
Intersection Explorer provides a virtual map to help blind users explore their neighborhood.
Use touch to move along the current road and hear available directions at any given point.
Latest version: 1.0.0 (for Android version 2.1 and higher)
More Free Android Apps for Land Surveyors:
GPS Status and Toolbox Free
Display your GPS and sensor data: position and signal strength of satellites, accuracy, speed, acceleration, bearing.
Tools included: compass with magnetic and true north, leveling tool, mark or share your location and navigate back later.
Keep your GPS fast: reset it or download A-GPS data regularly for faster fixes.
Latest version: 3.6 : NEW: Moved AGPS, level calibration from settings to the new Tools menu; OruxMaps integration; Template for the sharing message; Can share sensor data and target location too; Force full screen setting; OS Grid reference support (for all Android versions)
This Content Originally Published by a land surveyor to Land Surveyors United Network
for your GPS tool your looking for go to the market and search for Gaia GPS, it is very accurate! as far as appbrain, it is just another tool to access the market, i don't use it either.
to free up memory go to menu/settings/application/running services and click on all the items you don't want running. I used to use advanced task killer which did this for me until i read an article about how the android OS works, it actually learns how to deal with memory issues the more you use it.
i have been following "android" on face book and they say they are working on a way to store/save apps to your SD card, i cant wait
I just realized i posted some droid apps to the wrong category, i am compiling a list of useful apps for surveyors that i have personally tested, and will add my own reviews along with a bar code and link to download the app
hope all is well my friend
Thanks - I found the app to monitor all my tasks and to stop them (Android Task Manager). I also found app to save and backup all apps to the SD card (AppManager). I found a really nice GPS app (GPS Status) but it does not record and save the "trail" so I plan to look at the "Gaia GPS" soon.
Things are tough but I still alive and healthy, especially after getting over a really bad sinus infection I had for 2 months. I see on Latitude you are still out there in AZ.
I am trying to get other survey buddies using Latitude, especially when we are trying to coordinate and find one another when we meet out in the field. I got to do some gps static for a friend recently - nice to get out in the field - been over two months now and really need some field work.
I have been trying to find the 3 college credit course in Boundary Law to take online or locally. Even though I do not need it, I am required to get the 3 hours. So far, no bag. I am finding it hard to find. Let me know if you find a correspondence course or a mailing list I can get on for it or local through OSU Tulsa or TCC. I thought I found a lead yesterday but it petered out as with previous attempts.
Have you been working on any field or office survey projects there other than all the stuff I see you doing to help others with apps and issues?
I need to hook you up with David Lacy - he is doing a lot of (out of state) pipeline survey work. I may need to consider it myself to survive and give up the hope and effort to get back to "normal" working for myself and for the individuals locally needing my direct and personal help in finding their property corners.
Keep up the good works.
here are some more useful Apps for Surveyors
heytell (turns your phoner into walky talky for droid and iphone) http://www.heytell.com/
metal detector (it works actually!) http://pocketnow.com/software-1/android-market-pick-metal-detector
2d shape calculator http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ShapeCalculator
bearing + dist. lite http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dan.bearingdistance&fe...
real calc (scientific calc, has rpn mode) http://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc&f...
gaia GPS lite (7.5' topo maps with gps) http://market.android.com/details?id=com.trailbehind.android.gaiagp...
wheres my droid (if you lose your droid, using your bosses phone text a keyword to your phone and it will txt lat/long corrds and map to you of its position) http://market.android.com/details?id=com.alienmanfc6.wheresmyandroi...
facebook for droid (while waiting on a fix lol) http://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana&featur...
android market via web http://market.android.com/
just go to your market and search for the name of the app, i also use app manager to back up all my apps to sd card, so i dont have to remember or write down all my apps to reinstall when i get a new phone or have to factor reset
hope these are useful
Here's something I found which may be helpful to you Android Surveyors out there:
Android in Action, 2nd Edition
Manning Publications; Second Edition (January, 2011) | English | 575 pages | ISBN:1935182722
When it comes to mobile apps, Android can do almost anything—and with this book, so can you! Android runs on mobile devices ranging from smart phones to tablets to countless special-purpose gadgets. It’s the broadest mobile platform available.
Android in Action, Second Edition is a comprehensive tutorial for Android developers. Taking you far beyond “Hello Android,” this fast-paced book puts you in the driver’s seat as you learn important architectural concepts and implementation strategies. You’ll master the SDK, build WebKit apps using HTML 5, and even learn to extend or replace Android’s built-in features by building useful and intriguing examples.
I just put up a Part Two of Android Apps for Land Surveyors Here