Ozi Explorer GPS mapping program has proven to be an excellent tool,
we use it regularly in support of our Environmental Consulting services
both in the office and out in the field. Ozi allows us to make more
effective use of portable GPS technology and commercially available
digital maps. Ozi Explorer is practical and straight forward, easy to
learn, and has a good selection of features for using geo-referenced
map and drawing files.
currently use a mix 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scale (NTS series) maps produced
by Spectrum Digital Imaging (SDI) for our work areas in Western Canada.
Having the maps in a digital format makes it considerably easier to
store and access them quickly whether working in the office or in the
truck. The image quality and geo-referenced accuracy of the SDI maps
is excellent even when zoomed several times.
use hand held GPS units to collect various types of information in the
field, and then transfer this data through Ozi onto the SDI maps. This
process allows us to view and evaluate our information whether we are
using it for; navigation, distances and area calculations, outlining
assessed areas, building field drawings, or simply marking the location
of something we want to visit again in the future.
Ozi Explorer/SDI map combination is an excellent way to view, manage
and communicate geo-referenced information, which makes many location
documentation tasks much easier."
Matrix Solutions Inc.
Soil and Groundwater Resource Consultants
Grande Prairie, Alberta
recently worked on a project which required travelling 7000 km over
the full length and width of Alberta, visiting 24 different natural
gas transmission meter station sites. The project schedule was such
that we only had 15 days to complete the work. Since we had to spend
as many as 4 hours at each site, there was no time for navigation problems.
a GPS, linked to a laptop computer, with Ozi Explorer installed, we
were able to drive directly to all of these stations with out any problems.
Consider that all of these stations were in remote oil field locations,
with constantly changing roads, and additional roads being added, no
map could have been accurate.
time we double checked our route to the site with the company provided
paper map, because of road changes, the paper map would have added considerable
time to our trip. The 1-250,000 scale Alberta base map enabled easy
route planning and quick access to more detailed maps.
a couple of hours training I was more than comfortable using the GPS
to navigate. A map tells you where you want to end up. A GPS and Ozi
Explorer tells you how to get there, where you are along the way, and
how to get home, all via the most effective route. I can honestly say
without the GPS we would have been lost several times. The hours this
would have cost us would have negatively impacted our schedule, to the
project's detriment. The time the GPS saved us travelling enabled us
to make up for other challenges we hadn't foreseen."
- John Armstrong