RWC Case Study

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RWC, Inc: A Case Study

How AgTerra Products Helped Increase Awarded Jobs and Improved Operation Efficiency

RWC hy-rail vehicle utilizing the AgTerra SprayLogger system.

  RWC Incorporated is a privately held vegetation management company that operates primarily within the railroad vegetation control industry. Under the same management and ownership since its inception in 1961, RWC has continuously provided the railroad industry with quality vegetation management services. The company uses AgTerra products with state-of-the-art equipment and delivery systems combined with high quality herbicide formulations to provide results that keep customers satisfied in an increasingly challenging application field.

 In 2016, the company learned that in order to bid on a certain contract, they needed to have GPS- and GIS-capable mapping system. Without it, they would not even be considered for the contract. At the time, the company was not using GPS to map their applications. They had control units that were capable of GPS mapping, but they did not have an interface that allowed their operators to easily map while spraying.  Any spatial information they were able to get had to be manually downloaded and additional work had to be done on the “back end” to produce usable maps. RWC reached out to AgTerra for a solution. With the implementation of MapItFast software and SprayLogger hardware, they were not only able to win the contract but exceed customer expectations over the next three years. Additionally, RWC was able use the growing technology to better manage their internal operations.

 “[AgTerra] has provided us with a useful tool for project management and record-keeping, and we’ve been able to share these capabilities with our customers.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

How has MapItFast and SprayLogger helped streamline everyday workflow for RWC?

  • Project Assignment: RWC operators can now open their mobile device and load all off-track locations that need to be sprayed in a certain area.
  • Job Accountability: When operators spray road crossings, they can drop a pin and snap a picture to document completed work.
  • Easy Administration: Administrators can monitor ongoing spray jobs and make notes of sensitive areas or no spray zones for future applications.
  • Instant Reporting: For on-rail applications, RWC can provide customers with a real-time map showing the current progress in a certain area or across the whole railroad.
  • Export to GIS: RWC can export jobs in GIS formats, including shapefiles.

   RWC has continued to explore the capabilities of the SprayLogger system and implemented it into their operations. The entire RWC fleet of rail-bound vehicles is equipped with the SprayLogger and MapItFast system. These products have helped RWC become more efficient in locating and documenting treatment areas, as well as tracking and illustrating work progress. Field personnel are able to stay on task because the information is available at their fingertips on a mobile device.

 The company’s fleet of off-track equipment uses the MapItFast app to record many different types of information related to spray application. All of the data they capture using AgTerra’s products is compiled internally and allows them great flexibility in creating custom maps and databases. These serve as a great reference source when tracking current work progress and planning future site visits and applications.

Precise spray and no-spray application mapping is monitored by applicators in real-time.

“We are continuously finding new ways to incorporate the powerful capabilities of GIS/GPS into our operations, and AgTerra’s products have been an important part in helping us achieve that.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

 Since implementing MapItFast and SprayLogger for spray applications and mapping, the company has received nothing but positive feedback from customers.  Multiple customers have even said that the information provided by AgTerra products has certainly influenced decision makers in awarding business to RWC by showing that the company is committed to providing the most comprehensive spray application service around.

  “One of the greatest benefits of working with a company like AgTerra is the ability to have our issues and concerns heard and dealt with in a timely and personal manner.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

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For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

Basemaps and Layersets 2019

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Working with Layers and Basemaps

Updated – April 2019

With MapItFast, you can integrate Google Earth KMZ files or shapefiles into your projects. In fact you can build your own basemaps that work offline to serve as a reference while you map objects and collect data. Learn more about MapItFast objects, layers and basemaps to determine what works best for your projects and to pick up a few tips and tricks.

MapItFast Objects

MapItFastObjects are the most interactive type of map feature. Objects can be queried, selected, and edited. Users can tap on a point, line, polygon or photo to view a pop-up window with the object’s attributes. Attributes can be modified by changing the object name, description, or by adding a Strider form. If a user has “Edit’ capabilities within a project, he or she may move a point object or adjust vertices on lines and polygon objects. Because MapItFast objects are vector based and can potentially contain a large number of attributes, MapItFast limits users to 1,000 objects per import and 5,000 total objects in a single project. Exceeding this number could result in an unresponsive web browser, mobile application, or both. If you’re working with large shapefiles, it is a good idea to split the data into separate projects or consider creating a layerset or custom basemap with the data instead.

 

Layers

Layers are map overlays that lay on top of any basemap.  Layers may be vector datasets such as shapefiles that associate attributes with map features/objects or raster datasets such as a georectified maps from a third party.  Layers of either type can be stacked on top of each other to serve as a layerset overlaid onto a basemap. Layers are useful when you want to view points, lines and/or polygons as an additional reference layer on a map and set to display differently at different zoom levels.

In MapItFast, basemaps are the bottom layer, layersets are in the middle, and map objects are displayed on top.

Basemaps

Basemaps are individual images of a map (called tiles) generated at a particular resolution and stitched together to create a seamless map. Map tiles make it possible for mobile devices to rapidly access and deliver map images. Basemaps in MapItFast can be viewed online (i.e. streamed via a data connection) or offline (i.e. accessed from the device’s SD card). For users who want to go beyond the default basemap options in MapItFast, custom basemaps are a powerful and customizable option. Custom basemaps are excellent for viewing maps with a lot of cartographic content or aerial imagery. They are created as “tile sets” at multiple zoom levels so that the map image is rapidly rendered for the user with optimum clarity. MapItFast accepts two file formats for custom basemaps: MIFzip and MBTiles.

Advantages and Disadvantages

What type of spatial map data you use with MapItFast is driven by your particular needs.  To help you determine what is best, below are the advantages and disadvantages with each data type:

MapItFast Objects

   Advantages:

  • Objects contain detailed attributes
  • May be edited, queried, and deleted
  • Available online or offline

   Disadvantages:

  • Large datasets will bog down the device
  • Unique symbology must be applied using data dictionaries
  • Difficult to use for displaying rich cartographic content

The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.

Online Layers

Advantages:

  • Useful for overlaying different data types on top of any basemap
  • Can be activated in any MapItFast project
  • May be controlled through user permissions
  • Can be used with larger datasets
  • Can be stacked to form layersets
  • Can be uniquely colored and labeled on an attribute
  • Available online or offline

   Disadvantages:

  • Displayed layers cannot be queried
  • Attribute identification is limited to labeling on one attribute and coloring on another
  • Labels may appear jumbled or get cut off due to the rasterization and tiling of the layersets. This is most predominant in line and polygon layers. If label placement is important, consider building a custom offline layerset.
  • Online layers must be cached in advance if needed during offline use

Online layersets require a file in shapefile format.

Custom Basemaps and Offline Layers

Advantages:

  • Useful for displaying detailed mapping data over large geographic areas
  • Label placement can be customized
  • Fast and responsive
  • Offline-ready

   Disadvantages:

  • Can be very large in size (i.e. several GB); may require using an external SD card on your device
  • Building offline layersets and basemaps requires third party software
  • Processing time for the tile package can take anywhere from a few minutes to several days.

Offline basemaps must be processed into a MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format. 

Vector layers are accepted in KMZ or shapefile format.  Note that shapefiles are imported by combining the *.shp, *.shx, *.dbf, and (optionally) *.prj files into a *.zip file.  Also note that data must be in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection.  Raster layers are accepted as MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format.

Tips and Tricks

Get started quickly using objects, layers and basemaps.  Below are some tips and tricks.

MapItFast Objects

Use the device or a Bluetooth GPS to map points, lines and polygons or to place a geophoto.  Simply use a quick tap on the appropriate icon on your device.  You can also draw a point, line or polygon object by using a long press on the appropriate icon on your device or by clicking on the icon on the MapItFast web client.

The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.

Online and Offline Layers

Raster Layers:

The most convenient way to upload raster layers are as MBTiles image format.  Many third party software programs are available for this including MapBox and CalTopo.  Google MBTiles to learn more.  These are brought into MapItFast the same way as vector layers described above.  Raster layers are not supported in online mode.

Online and Offline Layers

Vector Layers:

For shapefiles, make sure that your data is in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection format.  Zip the shp, shx and dbf files together.  Include the prj file if it is available.  KMZ files may be brought in directly.  When using the a mobile device, save these files to your storage (preferably to your SD if available), select “Basemaps and Overlays” under the settings menu and follow instructions.  When using the web mapping client, select the layers icon at the top and follow instructions.  Vector layers are supported in online and offline mode.  Access to individual online layers may also be controlled under user permissions.

Online and Offline Basemaps

MBTiles are an excellent way to build your own custom basemaps that can be use in online or offline mode.  Many third party programs including MapBox and CalTopo are available for doing this.  Simply Google “MBTiles” to learn more.  MBTiles may be brought in directly in the same manner as layers described above.  Like raster layers, basemaps are not supported in online mode but are available in offline mode once uploaded to a device’s storage (preferably an SD card).

Any map built in Esri’s ArcGIS may be converted to MBTiles format to use in MapItFast.  This includes GeoPDF files that are uploaded into ArcGIS and converted to MBTiles.  If you are interested in doing this, contact AgTerra for a converter tool.

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SprayLogger 2019 Improvements

Introducing the 2019 SprayLogger E3B

The 2018 SprayLogger E3B was a giant leap in technology for the spray application industry. AgTerra has continued this innovation by listening to our customers and implementing improvements that make our latest box even easier to use. See what’s new in the 2019 SprayLogger E3B:

      • Increased fault tolerance to electrical spikes up to 48 volts
      • Vehicle direct power capable (no need for a power inverter)
      • Power out boom ports for manual shutoff valves and handgun spraying
      • Metered flow ports for micro-injection tanks
      • Ad hoc tank mix creation by applicators from the app
      • Multi-tank volume countdown or count-up in app
      • Application volume adjustment from the app

With these new enhancements, installation of a new SprayLogger E3B is easier than ever. Applicators will also be excited to learn they can now switch between counting up or counting down chemical usage, that they can create custom tank mixes in-app, and that they can even add volume adjustments to their reports. All of these improvements have been made at the suggestions of the men and women who use AgTerra products.

In-App Ad Hoc Tank Mix Window

2019 SprayLogger E3B Improvements

FeatureNotes
Internal 48 Volt Auto-Reset FuseIncreased fault tolerance against electrical spikes
12V Automotive System CompliantSprayLoggers may now be powered directly from vehicle power and no longer require a power inverter
Power Out Boom PortsDecreases external wiring requirement to vehicle power for manual shutoff valves and handgun spray detection
Metered Flow PortsCalibrated flow ports for micro-injection tank systems
Ad Hoc Tank MixApplicators may create custom tank mixes from the app
Volume CountdownChemical usage may be viewed as volume count up or countdown
Field Gallon AdjustmentApplicators may adjust gallon usage report from field

2018 SprayLogger E3B : A Giant Leap Forward

If you still haven’t made the jump yet to the new SprayLogger E3B system, the time is now! Introduced in 2018, AgTerra made massive improvements to SprayLogger with the release of the E3B. Proven and field tested for over a year on thousands of jobs on and off road, the SprayLogger E3B is the most reliable and comprehensive pesticide application monitoring system on the market at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.  Some of the 2018 updates include:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy

AgTerra continually strives to bring the very best products to the pesticide application industry. With SprayLogger you can:

  • Automatically generate detailed pesticide application maps and reports showing spray and no-spray tracks with complete job application details
  • Determine exact pesticide usage reports for any given location
  • View boom section spray pattern area for one or many boom sections while spraying to avoid overlap and skips
  • Calculate total acres sprayed and distance covered on every job
  • Export, or automatically integrate with any GIS based software
  • Keep all jobs in one central location with nothing to manually transfer

To learn more about SprayLogger and what it can do for your operation, please click here.

FoggerLogger: A SprayLogger Solution for Mosquito Abatement

FoggerLogger from AgTerra is the ULV fogging, mapping and reporting solution that works side-by-side with your existing equipment. Recording a job is incredibly easy. FoggerLogger gives applicators the power to create jobs right from the field in seconds, increasing productivity and saving office staff valuable time. All application details are automatically tracked along with a map created showing every detail of the application. All jobs are securely available in your private online account for viewing, exporting and printing when you pull into the shop. Paper reporting is eliminated and you are able to retrieve and share permanently stored jobs with others immediately or at a later date.

Some hardware specifications for FoggerLogger are:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy
  • Field testing for over a year on thousands of jobs

For more information about FoggerLogger, please click here.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.


For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

AgTerra Training Webinars

Training Webinars

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AgTerra Online Tutorials- 2019

AgTerra experts conducted online tutorials earlier this year covering the basic principles and best practices for MapItFast, Strider and SprayLogger.  For those who missed the webinars, we’ve made the videos available below.  If we missed a topic, look for it in the online help guides and let us know so we can make a note of covering it in the future.

MapItFast Basics – Webinar held January 9, 2019

The MapItFast Basics webinar covered topics to help new users get going quickly.  We also touched on the features of using specialized icons, forms and naming conventions as well as basic management of data on in the web mapping client.

  • How to create projects, organize and load them on the desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to create, load and download projects on the mobile versions of MapItFast
  • How to map points, lines, polygons and geo-photos on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How edit mapped objects on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to attach Strider forms to objects for collecting advanced attributes and information on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to mass select, edit, copy and or move mapped objects on the desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to load custom icons in MapItFast
  • How to create data dictionaries in the desktop version of MapItFast

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

MapItFast Basics Training Webinar Materials

password: 1tap2map

Strider Basics – Webinar held January 30, 2019

This webinar covered AgTerra’s new drag-and-drop form builder for Strider. Tailored to account administrators, this course reviewed the following Strider topics:

  • How to create a simple form using the new form builder
  • How to view forms on the website and app
  • How to modify forms
  • How to create a simple PDF report
  • How to create an active map trigger
  • How to search form data
  • How to export form data to Excel format

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

Strider Basics Training Webinar Materials

password: 1tap2map

SprayLogger Basics – Webinar held February 20, 2019

This webinar course will covered the basic SprayLogger topics that help administrators set up a new account and get applicators trained quickly on recording a spray job.

  • SprayLogger Administration
    • Set up Equipment
    • Set up Chemicals and Tank Mixes
    • Set up Targets
    • Set up Applicators
  • Android App Use
    • Start and Stop Jobs in App
  • Maps and Reporting
    • Quick Job View in MapItFast
    • Generate a Report
    • Export a Map
    • Export a CSV

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

SprayLogger Basics Training Materials

password: 1tap2map

SprayLogger Advanced Concepts – Webinar held March 20, 2019

SprayLogger is a powerful tool that, with the right setup and preparation, can save applicators a ton of time both in the field and in the office. This webinar showed how to harness that power through correct setup and use of the SprayLogger system and covered the following topics:

  • How to use the summary by date tool
  • How to use the summary by customer tool
  • How to upload Kestrel weather data
  • How to upload GPX files
  • How to merge jobs and applications
  • How to export jobs for import into MapItFast
  • How to make a Strider form SprayLogger ready and attach it to an application

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

SprayLogger Advanced Training Materials

password: 1tap2map

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Keep Your Cloud Clean

Have you noticed a project running slower than normal? Does it take a long time to sync your device with the website? If your Internet browser or device seems to be bogged down by a single project, it may be time to rethink your project management.

Below are two common problems users face with large datasets and our suggested solutions.

My MapItFast project is slow on the website.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: There several factors that can cause a project to slow down the website. First, the limit for map objects in a project is 5,000 points, lines, or polygons. If this limit is reached, you will receive a warning message in MapItFast and browser performance and responsiveness will be affected.

You do not always have to reach the 5,000-object limit to see decreased performance in a project. Map objects that are data-intensive can cause a project to reach its threshold before the object limit is reached. For example, lines and polygons are made of multiple points called vertices. When these are drawn using GPS, they have more vertices. A project with lines and/or polygons that contain a total number of vertices exceeding 100,000 can also cause a project to slow down.

Another possible cause of project slow-down on the website is the addition of a large number of form photos, geo-photos, and/or signature images. Forms with minimal photos and signatures will not typically increase the size of a project enough to slow it down.

SOLUTION: The best way to prevent slow-down of MapItFast projects is to split existing projects into smaller, more manageable projects or set up new projects so that smaller amounts of data are being saved in each one. Some examples of different ways to organize projects would be by month, by user, by customer, or by region.

My data is not reaching the website or syncing from the device is slow.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: One possible cause of data not reaching the website is a large amount of un-synced data.

SOLUTION: If you have a large amount of un-synced data it could take more than the typical 15 minutes to sync with the server. To prevent this problem from happening in the future, it is a good idea to make sure that you allow your device to sync any new MapItFast data at least every few days of data collection, ideally every day.

By setting up manageable projects and regularly syncing map data, you will ensure a more seamless experience for all users in the system. When you get to the end of the season and want to see the “big picture,” our export tool allows you to export both shapefiles and KMZ files for additional analysis and viewing of large datasets in third party GIS software.

Strider Forms FAQs

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Strider FAQs

AgTerra is committed to making a product that’s functional and easy to use. Sometimes, however, customers come to us with a question that they just can’t figure out on their own. Below are some common questions about Strider for mobile and desktop.

Upload errors can occur for a variety of reasons. If you receive a popup message window, be sure to scroll to the bottom for a better description of the problem. In most cases, you can track down and fix the issue in your Excel file using the information provided by the error message. You can read more about upload errors here in the online help guide.

Remember! You will need to use the user resources password provided by AgTerra to access the help pages.

If you are still unable to determine the cause of the error message, you may contact AgTerra for help.

Users cannot see a form until they have been added to a group and the group has permission to view the form. Strider permissions work independently from MapItFast, so even if a user is part of a MapItFast group, they will need to be part of a group in Strider as well. The steps for setting up user form permissions are outlined here in the online help guide.

Remember! You will need to use the user resources password provided by AgTerra to access the help pages.

In order to use a form in MapItFast, you will need to enable it through the Strider website. To enable the form, go to the Form Management page and select “Edit” next to the form you want to enable. In the Edit page, change the form type to “MapItFast and Strider Form”.

Note – After a form has been enabled, you will need to wait 10-15 minutes or close and re-open the app before it will be available.

Yes, Strider forms can be used on Apple. Unlike the Android apps however, Strider is built into MapItFast. This means that while you do not need to install a secondary Strider app, you are currently limited to filling out forms through the MapItFast app.

Yes, Strider applies a unique number to each form record entered into the system, starting with the number one. The database field is called ‘_ID’ and the value can be found in the record details page and XLS export. The ID can also be added to reports as a unique identifier for each record.

Yes, you can change the order of columns by dragging and dropping them to a new spot on the page. If your form has a lot of columns, you may need to drag the column, drop it, scroll, then drag it some more to get it moved over. Keep in mind that these changes will only be applied to your current desktop browser, so the columns will not be in the same place if you open Strider on another computer.

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