My job requires me to enter point features into ArcGIS 10 which correlate to underground RFID markers that mark underground telecom infrastructure. Right now, the workflow requires someone to go out, find a marker, and then draw sketch with measurements to objects on the ground that are visible from an aerial photo to use as reference points. Then, I take measurements off those same reference points in ArcGIS to find the spot where I need to put the point feature. I use the normal measuring tool for this, which has a serious drawback. I've found no way to keep my measurement lines on the screen (or drop a temporary marker or something) when I switch to the edit feature tool to actually drop in the point. Since the points are often out in the middle of streets or fields, I can't just "eyeball" it. This process is too imprecise already.
The workaround I've come up with is using a sticky note and sticking it on my monitor with the corner pointing at the spot where the point should go before I switch tools. There has to be a better way. Any suggestions?
I'd also be interested to hear if there are workflows out there using GPS devices like the Trimble Geoexplorer 6000 series which people have found to be fast enough to justify the investment in the equipment. What we're doing now is labor intensive and error prone. Help me convince my boss to drop $5k on a sub-decimeter GPS!