2002 DFDC Workshop, Nottingham – abstracts

Capturing digital data in the field – a focus on hardware and software

Bjørn Rindstad, Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim

The project FieldGIS was approved in March 2002. FieldGIS intend, on a limited budged, to test a few platforms for map based digital field data capture. Because of our strong dedication to ESRI software, we will start with using ArcPad 6.0 on a Compaq iPAQ and will later on be testing the Web pad SimPAD SL4, which is also running Windows CE3.0. Rugged computers running full Windows have been evaluated, but are found to be too expensive. GPSs used are GARMIN 12XL and eTrex. The benefit from using such equipment in the field is hopefully improved data accuracy and simplified data post processing.