EZTag CE  - How to use a range finder

To offset a feature, you can use a Range finder. This way the offset values (bearing, distance) will be updated automatically as the range finder takes an offset.

 

EZTag CE supports the TruPulse 360 and 360B range finders.

 

In order for EZTag CE to use the offset values of the range finder, you must tell the application on which COM port the range finder is connected.

To do so, use the Range Finder application found on your mobile device (under programs).

Power up the range finder and press Start. Take a measure with the range finder. Measured values are displayed on the form if the system is connected properly. If not, press Stop and check if your range finder is connected properly. Adjust the COM port if necessary and try again.

Once the procedure has succeeded, quit the program. It is ready for EZTag CE.

The range finder can either send bearing values relative to the true north or the magnetic north. But, since EZTag CE has no way to detect which bearing is set,  you must manually adjust a setting in EZTag CE in order for the bearing values to be read properly.

In EZTag CE, set the North type with File > Preferences > Plan View page.

If you do not know what is the value of the magnetic declination in your area, you can use an online Magnetic declination calculator:

National Geophysical Data Center (USA) http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag-web/#declination

Natural Resources Canada (Canada) http://geomag.nrcan.gc.ca/apps/mdcal-eng.php

These online tools provide values for around the globe even though they are optimized for their local area.

Once EZTag CE is properly configured to use a Laser Range Finder, you can use EZTag CE to collect offset features, refer to the article How to offset a Feature.

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Last Update: 2016-11-02 13:50:53

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