Installation and user guide for the 2010A Open Source release of BGS SIGMAmobile

Jordan, C.J.; Bee, E.J.; Smith, N.A.; Lawrie, K.I.G.; Marchant, A.P.; Wildman, G.; Bow, J.; Shelley, W.; Turner, P.. 2010 Installation and user guide for the 2010A Open Source release of BGS SIGMAmobile. British Geological Survey, 82pp. (OR/10/062) (Unpublished)

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This report serves as an installation and introductory user guide to BGS·SIGMAmobile, which is an application for digital geoscience field data collection developed within the British Geological Survey’s SIGMA (System for Integrated Geoscience Mapping) programme within the Earth & Planetary Observation & Monitoring Team. This document provides installation instructions, followed by a brief guide to using the application. In BGS we provide our field staff with a two-day training course, and while this guide does not replace that, it is hoped that these instructions will provide a basis for successful use of BGS·SIGMAmobile in your organisation. BGS·SIGMAmobile is designed to run in the field on rugged Tablet PCs, but can also be used on a laptop or a desktop PC. The system is a heavily customised ArcGIS 9.3.1 (service pack 1) and MSAccess application. The user must have a licensed copy of ArcView ArcGIS and MSAccess 2003, BGS does not supply these. The system will run with MSAccess2007 but the database must be stored as a 2002-2003 .mdb file otherwise it will not be compatible with ArcGIS. It is fully tested on the Windows XP operating system; BGS does not currently use the Windows 7 operating system and therefore no testing of the system on Windows 7 has taken place. The BGS uses the application on several models of Tablet PC including Itronix GoBooks, Xplore iX104s and GETAC V100’s. This guide does not provide instructions to its use on specific hardware platforms. BGS staff have used the system for mapping in locations including the UK, Ghana, Madagascar, Tajikistan, the Antarctic and the U.S.A. We use it as part of a workflow of other customised BGS-developed systems that enables us to: 1. automatically collate spatial information from our databases, 2. interpret new data from satellite imagery and digital photogrammetry, 3. take our baseline and interpreted data to the field, 4. populate corporate databases with our field data, 5. build 3D digital models and visualisations, 6. output our data in formats such as maps. Further information on these steps is available from the BGS website at Only the field system has been supplied in this Open Source agreement so you will need to build/define your own methods for integrating BGS·SIGMAmobile into your mapping workflow.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geoscience Technologies
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 22 Nov 2010 16:41 +0 (UTC)

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