OptiSurface Designer and John Deere's APEX

Last Updated: 05 May 2014          For: OptiSurface Designer V1.4 and higher

Question: 
Can we import and export any data for APEX (John Deere software) into Optisurface.

Answer:
OptiSurface Designer can import elevation data from APEX.  Export the data from APEX to CSV file and import to OptiSurface Designer using File>Open.  Make sure you have collected the data with RTK GPS and with the based station within 3km for reasonable elevation accuracy.

OptiSurface Designer can export a background image and text design file that can load into APEX. You can export images out of APEX to load as background maps into John Deere tractors displays, but if you want to do 3D Earthworks with GPS controlling blade height, you need a machine control system.  There a few compatible with Optsurface. Contact us for the latest list.

Some machine control systems do have basic design capability but don't believe anyone who tells you it can do what OptiSurface can in terms of minimizing earthworks.  OptiSurface pays for itself many times over on each field with lower earthworks and we are happy to prove it with a free comparison design.

Simply email support@optisurface.com your survey file and the design report you would like to compare.



General

  1. Accuracy of RTK and RTX GPS
  2. Export To Field Level .gps File From UTM Coordinate System
  3. How Often Does The Earthworks Need To Be Done?
  4. GPS Accuracy Affected by Solar Activities
  5. Is OptiSurface Compatible with John Deere?
  6. Is GPS Accurate Compared to Laser?
  7. Is Cellular RTK Networks Accurate Enough for GPS Landforming?
  8. Trimble FMX User Guide
  9. Effects of Topsoil Removal and Redistribution on Irrigated Crop Production
  10. OptiSurface Designer on Apple Computer
  11. Earthworks Conversion Chart (Metric to Imperial) & Planar/OptiSurface Comparison
  12. How to Check Your System Specification
  13. OptiSurface Designer and John Deere's APEX
  14. Designs Generated with OptiSurface Designer
  15. Legend Way Off Screen
  16. Computer Only Running at 30% of the CPU Capacity
  17. French Manual for OptiSurface Designer
  18. Introduction to OptiSurface Landforming
  19. Using the Lay of the Land to Let Water Drain From A Field
  20. The Benefits by Using OptiSurface Design Software
  21. Draining Surface Water Using OptiSurface Designer
  22. Difference Between OptiSurface Designer Software and the Trimble and Deere Solutions
  23. OptiSurface and Auto-steer GPS: Key to Cost-Effective Erosion Control
  24. 800ha OptiSurfaced for Lateral Move and Drip Irrigation
  25. The Disadvantage of Practicing Multiple Grade Designs
  26. Why You Don't Want Ditches in Your Field...
  27. Connecting Pot Holes to Drains
  28. Dongle Or Licensing System
  29. OptiSurface Designer System Requirements
  30. Hardware List Providing the Best Service and Getting the Most out of OptiSurface Designer
  31. Computer Operating Systems
  32. One or Two Scrapers
  33. Base Station Mobility
  34. Base Unit Distance with GPS Receivers On Scrappers
  35. Getting the Information to the GPS Units on the Scrapers in the Field
  36. Downloading Maps to the Equipment / Machine
  37. Implementing Designs for the Field
  38. What Machine Control Hardware is OptiSurface Designer Compatible With?
  39. Base Station and Line of Sight with the Scrapers
  40. One Base Station with Multiple Scrapers
  41. Training Topics
  42. Two Legends Visible
  43. Auto-Backup Files
  44. Speed Up the Display Graphics (eg Zooming and Panning)

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