BGS SIGMA 2015 : external user guide for BGS SIGMA mobile and desktop toolbars

Bow, J.. 2015 BGS SIGMA 2015 : external user guide for BGS SIGMA mobile and desktop toolbars. British Geological Survey, 63pp. (OR/15/029) (Unpublished)

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The British Geological Survey began developing digital field mapping systems in 1989. However, it was apparent that the commercially available hardware was not suitable at that time. In 2001, we revisited the topic under the System for Integrated Geoscience Mapping (SIGMA) programme. By 2003, BGS had developed a PDA (personal digital assistant) field system, which was superseded in 2005, when we began deploying a beta system on rugged Tablet PCs. The Tablet PC system, which we called BGS•SIGMAmobile was used by BGS in mapping projects across the UK as well as overseas. It first became available in Open Source form, in June 2009 via the BGS website,, under an agreement which stipulates that updates and modifications must be supplied to BGS in order to stimulate further developments. In 2011/2012, BGS•SIGMAmobile was rewritten in .NET and combined with our office based mapping software BGS•SIGMAdesktop within ArcGIS 10.x to create BGS•SIGMA 2012. BGS•SIGMA has been updated again to take all of the forms out of Access and are now accessed directly from ArcMap in the latest BGS•SIGMA 2015. It is envisaged that future releases will be made available from the BGS website incorporating new modules, modifications and upgrades supplied by BGS and external users of the system. This document has been written to guide users through the installation and use of BGS•SIGMA 2015 (mobile and desktop), which is the fourth free release. We are happy to receive feedback and modifications emailed to

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Date made live: 10 Aug 2016 12:41 +0 (UTC)

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