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Penmap for fun - Locate all hidden Easter eggs.


Building upon my recent article, Penmap for fun - What Penmap can do when you have to pick up fruits , here's another very useful application for Penmap.

In Germany it is very common to hide Easter eggs and gifts for the children. To search for eggs and gifts makes a lot of fun, not only for the children. The eggs and gifts are hidden in the backyard or somewhere else outdoors. Sometimes it happens that not all eggs and gifts are found again.


This is where Penmap comes in.




Before you start to hide things, just pick up your Trimble TDC150, equipped with Penmap. Capture the position and some attributes for each egg or gift you hide.

This is very easy with Penmap, especially if you have already adjusted your project template accordingly. It’s more or less a normal data collection, like you do in your daily work.


Ok, not only for one item, like in the video, but I am sure, you will manage also the others...

Now, everything is prepared for the kids, to start searching.

And Action - start searching now


Normally the kids start now to search for the eggs. They start walking through the backyard and try to find the eggs. This is funny. But they could have even more fun and you can also bring them closer to your daily work. You should give them a short introduction on how to do a stakeout with Penmap and the TDC150. This will give them the ability to find the eggs faster. Trust me they will like that.

This could look like this:


You can also train them to do a “line stakeout” or follow an “Easter bunny shape” via “Navigate Line” feature.



So do not hesitate and go straight to the Trimble dealer and prepare yourself for Easter next year. Get a Penmap template for the first eggs for free.


Maybe you would like to say: To much overhead for some Easter eggs. You maybe right, but what I want to show with this short example is:


You are an expert in what you are doing. Think outside the box and find out what else Penmapcan do for you, where you can get value of.


Happy thinking and a lot of fun for you and your kids. :-)


Images and videos were made with Trimble TDC150 and Penmap version 10.8.6

Markus Koper

Trimble Penmap

Posted by Markus Koper Oct 19, 2018

Wow, what a great Intergeo show and great feedback for Trimble Penmap! Did you miss us? Then soon the next big event is coming up. Trimble Dimensions in Las Vegas! We look forward to your visit!

Check out our first Tips&Tricks video and learn more about TouchHold functions in Penmap for Android.

We created this video with Trimble Catalyst and the Trimble R10.

Penmap for Android TouchHold Function - YouTube 

Penmap for Android with Trimble Catalyst

penmap for android trimble catalyst trimble r10

Have you ever thought about what Penmap can do for you outside the current path?

How to get more value out of Penmap?


Started with an idea

On the weekend I had to look at my orchards to pick up apples, pears and plums.



In recent years, I already wanted to know, how much fruits I have collected per time. In addition, it would be interesting to know, how many fruits a tree bears and to have a comparison to previous years.


As a Penmap developer, who has the app already installed on his Android phone (equipped also with Trimble Connect), I thought about how to get more value out of the app, during using it beside picking up my fruits from the ground.

A first preparation

First I had to prepare a Penmap template matching to my trees. I have apples, pears, walnuts, cherries and plums with different types.

After a short setup a database template was there to collect the information I expected:

  • Tree type
  • When did the collection happen
  • How many buckets were collected
  • How much time was spend to pick up the fruits



With the database template behind I created the whole iFeature System with different layers for different fruits and symbols to show the trees in Penmap.

Field work

Let’s go out in the field and collect the location of the trees with Penmap and add the first attributes:



I picked the location of the trees from the map view, only with my Android Phone location service behind. If you want to have more precision, you could use a Trimble Catalyst antenna.



Ok, after that, I started picking up the apples and plums, which took the most time.

To collect the working time, I've used my fitness bracelet, which has a simple startup - stop function, because there is not method in Penmap for that at the moment.

After all, I put the additional data, collection time and the count of buckets to the GIS record:



Repeated that for 15 trees.

Ok, so far, everything was easy. At the end of the day, 1400 kg of apples and 30 kg of plums came together, all meticulously recorded with Penmap.



Now it's time to analyze the data back home.

Continue at home

Transfer it to Trimble Connect Maps, ArcMap or QGIS and go forward with analysis.

To be continued…


And, free the plums from the stones.

Why should I do this?

Maybe you would like to say: To much overhead for collecting some apples and plums. You maybe right, but what I want to show with this short example is:


You are an expert in what you are doing. Think outside the box and find out what else Penmap can do for you, where you can get value of.

Happy thinking. :-)


By the way, there are still 20 trees left.