What is it?
- It is software that detemines for any given location the best GPS collection times based on satellites number and position.
- Free online software allows you input your location, horizon, and obstacles to give an accurate estimate of which satellites will be available at which times.
- The amount of "good collection time" that mission planning will give you varies by GPS unit, since different units require different accuracy.
Why use it?
It is very frustrating to get all the way out in the field (especially at sites that are far away or difficult to reach), only to find that you do not have sufficient satellite coverage.
Using mission planning will allow you to plan ahead so that you can be in the field when satellite # and geometry is ideal.
GPS data collection will go much faster and smoother if you use mission planning.
In the past we have provided mission planning times for the Gothic townsite, however, we are no longer doing that for two reason: 1.) Many researchers need other areas, and we cannot create mission planning for every area. 2.) There may not be the staff available to create mission planning in the future, and we'd like researchers to get familiar with using the software while there is still user support available.
How to use it
We use a free online software to create mission planning. The following steps will take you through downloading and using the software. NOTE: This software does not work for Mac computers. If you have a Mac, please use one of the computers in Barclay classroom to do your mission planning.
NOTE: The mission planning software and directions have changed since the summer of 2007. If you downloaded software in 2007, you should uninstall it, and install this new software and follow the new instructions.
1.) Download the software as a very large (20 meg) zip file version here. (If you are using a MAC or a Linux machine, you are out of luck as this software only runs on PC's. )
Note: This software is already available on all the Barclay classroom computers. The software is called Trimble Office > Utilities > Planning.
2.) To follow step by step instructions on using the software click here.