The Promark 3 GPS, first impression

I have already taken these toys out of the box, in Promark 3 magellan One week we will do a training to see how it works. For now, I have barely seen the videos and some of their attributes.

Predecessors of the Promark 3.

In this same line, there were previously and there are the last:

  • The Mobile Mapper Pro, a nice toy that walked for US $ 1,500, and that with postprocessing achieved sub-meter precisions. It could be base and also rover. Currently it is discontinued; It was annoying that the card was unconfigured when it started, perhaps because of a virus, perhaps because of an error after the strike of the company's employees.
  • The Mobile Mapper CX, this is an improved version of the Pro, with an antenna can be used as geodetic GPS. He had a relative called CE, who ran on Windows CE, and as I have heard, this CX does not present the headaches of that.
  • The Mobile Mapper 6, This is a new line, I have spoken of this on several occasions. More or less is equivalent to Juno of Trimble, although it exceeds in precision. It can not be base, only rover and in real time is a click navigator with precisions from 3 to 5 meters.

What's new with the PM3

This brings functionality similar to Pro and CX, unlike the 6 that brings the Mobile Mapping, camera, compass and more pickets. For those of us who try the Pro, it is very simple because the way of operating is the same, simplifying many steps in the menu, which added the keyboard and touch screen makes it more productive. Supports RTK reception and stakeout, Promark 3 magellanI'm not sure if it supports other applications, like ArcPad, that the MM6 can do. Of course, the capabilities of the software that you bring (Fast Survey) do not compare with Mobile Mapping, in terms of configuration, display of points and other headaches.

Just like the Pro, it can be base or rover, it is bought in pairs and comes in a practical canvas bag. Each one includes an antenna, in real time it obtains submetric precisions (what the pro did with postprocess). Leaving one of base can give centimetric precisions, also these basic data would cause that the MM6 arrives at submétricas as it was shown in the exercise previous.

Among the accessories is an adapter to place it on a tripod, another to support it on a cane and also a band to fix it on the hand; a tape measure to take the height of the antenna, an adapter for different forms of USB / Serial connectivity. Among other things, a cable for the antenna, various adapters for current, SD card and individual waterproof bag.

The battery is of lithium, with many more hours of duration, surpassing the predecessors that used AA; in the purchase of the pair comes a bar that is useful to place them in similar conditions when working in a "stop and go" manner. They bring the software to do post-processing Mobile Mapper Office, 3.4 version that already supports raster data, interaction with Mapinfo data, shp, dxf and csv; also another desktop application known as GNSS solutions, which includes survey planning capabilities. This last application has a very practical inerface, with drag and drop options, reports and isometric deployment.

Promark 3

Of the best in accessories, the DVD with videos in Spanish, with seeing it you can save yourself reading a lot and understand in a practical way how it works; although the manual is very useful too. The video is ideal for training, among them a section that explains how satellite constellations work and aspects that affect reception. It also includes the topics:

  • Presentation of the team
  • Initial setup
  • Introduction to the operation of GPS
  • How to do static lifting
  • Lifting "stop and go" and kinematics
  • Field survey software
  • Using the Mobile Mapper Office and Other Office Software
  • Capturing and managing GIS data

In prices, it depends on the local vendor, so I consulted in my environment, the Mobile Mapper Pro walked for US $ 1,500, the MM6 walks in less than 1,200 and Promark3 near the $ 6,000 pair. Not bad if you consider that you can reach centimetric accuracies, other brands do not offer equipment like that for this price.

If I had to compare it with another computer, it could be said that it is almost like Trimble GeoXH, Although they are not exactly equivalent.

Whats Next

Promark 3 magellan Let's do a course this weekend with the guys from the total station and some friends interested in learning for free. We are interested in trying some aspects such as:

  • Which precisions are under similar conditions with the available equipment in the municipalities: MMPro and MM6, comparing with the RTK of two Promark3.
  • What precisions can be reached in real time and how functional it would be to start under similar conditions the Garmin Legend in properties greater than 3 hectares.
  • That loss of accuracy is at distances: 100 meters, one, three and 6 kilometers.

At the same time, once and for all we will try some distance meters that, in my opinion, could replace the Suunto compasses if it is triangulated enough, in urban areas. Based on the tests we will decide how to optimize the effort in the rural survey that will take us from June to September.

Pm3 magellan

We'll see how it goes.

47 Replies to "The Promark 3 GPS, first impression"

  1. tenho um promark 3 2007 e just agora deixou to work, will be afraid to see com mudança de satellites.

  2. Ho bisogno di un promark3 controller with fastsurvey e survCE per winCE 4.0 ripomax yahoo.it paypal pay thanks URGENT shipping to italy

  3. Hi, I have a Promark 3 Magellan and I live in Medellin Colombia; Where can I maintain and update the equipment?

    Or with whom I can contact to send it to another country because I work with the team and I am urgently needed

    thank you very much
    I will wait for your answer

  4. I would like to know how I appear the picture on the screen of the gps promark 3 magellan the control point

  5. I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO CONFIGURE TO ROBER AND BASE, AND HOW TO DOWNLOAD MAGELLAN POINTS IN WINDOWS 8.1

  6. I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE POINTS IN WINDOWS 8 GPS and configure the ROBERT AND BASE NOT BE LIKE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME PLEASE

  7. I have an 220 promark gps this is reset and now when I turn it on it does not pass the first screen as I can do

  8. I am interested in a device in these conditions but it is important to have more information as the instructive of it, but also the small course they offer, I also want to know how much it costs, new or new, thank you in advance this information thanks.

  9. Hi, I would like to know more about your equipment, use time, the benefits and if you can some more images of your equipment and above all price

  10. I AM SELLING A PROMARK 3 EQUIPMENT USED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND IF YOU NEED TRAINING ABOUT YOUR USE, IT IS FREE. PRICE TO BE NEGOTIATED. I'M LOCATED IN COLOMBIA. e-mail: Fotopacho1hora@yahoo.es

  11. I suggest that you better go for a Mobile Mapper 100 or something like that because the Promark3 is a series that has no future on the part of Magellan.

  12. interested in a future of buying a gps promark3 rtk with all its accessories thanks.

  13. Hello I have a PMK3 couple (8 months of use) with accessories, software and training. I am in Bucaramanga (Sder-Col) value 11'000.000 (Colombian Pesos).

  14. I have a promark 3 and I have stolen the antenna, the stick and the cables, I would like to quote those accessories to be able to acquire them to the brebedad because it is very indispensable for my work. Thank you.

  15. Hello Roberto.
    We do not distribute equipment or accessories.
    The best thing is that you quote with the distributor in your country. Sometimes we have contacted a distributor, in countries where there is no or is inactive as in the case of Colombia. But it has been in exceptional cases.

  16. Good afternoon, you could quote me a cable for promark 3 equipment antenna

  17. Where I can get the dvd with the videos in spanish from the use of prommark 3, you can sell it to me thank you very much your information atte ing adalberto barrera castan

  18. I think there is no Ashtech distributor in Colombia. You will have to find a nearby supplier, maybe Panama or Venezuela.
    The Promark 3 is a computer that will be discontinued, so I recommend you look at new options such as Promark 100 or Mobile Mapper 100

  19. I want to know price of promark3 I am in Colombia and where I can get it

  20. The easiest thing is to check it with your local Thales supplier

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  22. I NEED THE QUOTE OF A GPS ANTENNA MARK PROMARK3 THALES COLOMBIA

  23. Hi .. I would like to know which gps (trimble-asttech) you recommend me to measure land with greater precision, I live in Colombia the topography is very rugged, there are many trees for which the reception of the satellites is not the best, but I want to make these Surveys with a submetric gps that gives me results as if measured with a total station (I know that accuracy varies in many aspects and that the accuracy of a gps will never be the same as that of a station, but I would like to know which one is closest, which it's more precise, thanks

  24. I do not have a tutorial for what you occupy.
    But when you buy those equipment, there are videos explaining the basics.

  25. I would like to purchase a pair of Promark 3 equipment, RTK operation, software and all accessories, if you have a tutorial to know how it works. Way to pay. I'm in Venezuela.

  26. Greetings, I need to buy a single GPS Promark 3 Thales, type L1, I would like to know the price, only the GPS is required, the other elements are not. I would appreciate your collaboration.

  27. Well, hard to know, the safest thing is that the cable is damaged at the point where it is connected, so it loses signal as it is handled. They are quite weak.
    In particular I have not found the Stop and Go mode very practical, because the signal is easily lost in places with obstacles or irregular terrain.

  28. Hello, as a query I would need to know why the 3 promark when using it and perform both kinematic surveys and stop and go alert me of "link loss" and "can not register external antenna connection" or something like that . Every time this happens at the time of downloading the data to my pc the points are very displaced with respect to the relieved ones. thanks! from Argentina

  29. You can collect data with just one, then with the Postprocess Program (Mobbile Mapper Office) you do postprocessing regarding Rinnex bases that are available on the Internet. The difficulty may be that you do not find bases very close to your survey zone.

  30. cordial greetings I currently have a promark3 and I want to know if I can do a topographic survey with one I know that it can be done as cartogafria but it does not give me the elevation, the survey that I need does not require precision and I want to do it in postprocessing, I thank you will indicate how I can do it thanks Alvaro Graham

  31. If they want an offer, they must leave the country where they live.

  32. I want to know if you can get me a cable for external antenna of mobile mapper pro and because

  33. eg you can quote the ProMark3 and give some catalog
    What you can do
    I'm an architect
    Carefully frame

  34. What will be the email of Roger Hernandez ?? Leave some signal to see what is done with your antenna cable

    jose

  35. Greetings .... how can I get FAST survey software in Spanish? I wait for indications in my mail ... thanks

  36. Hi Joh, I have sent your request and mail to a Magellan representative to get in touch with you.

    a greeting.

  37. good morning I would like to quote me a pair of gps promark 3, to buy them as soon as possible .... ... Thank you

  38. Well, it went very well, I want to take some time to write the results. Apart from documenting some common mistakes in the use of this equipment.

  39. Hi Luis, what country are you in, to know which distributor to send you.

  40. Please quote as soon as possible

  41. I sent an email to someone who can support Colombia, as it looks like the current distributor in that country is not available.

  42. GOOD AFTERNOON. PLEASE I WELCOME THAT I WAS AN ANTENNA CABLE FOR A PROMARK 3 THALES GPS AND HOW MUCH DOES IT DELAY TO GET TO BOGOTA-COLOMBIA

    I APPRECIATE THE ATTENTION PROVIDED.

    PLEASE I NEED IT VERY URGENTLY.

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