Ditch Assist is designed to run on Android devices. We recommend a 10" tablet (or as close to 10" as possible - many tablets are 10.1" or 9.6" etc - these are fine). The tablet should have at least 2GB of RAM memory to handle the calculations performed by SLOPE-IQ and when land levelling using an imported design. In these cases, we are performing multiple calculations every second, and require this memory. The actual device storage is less important (16GB is plenty); the app itself won't take up much space, and the files created during use will be less than 1GB. 


To install the app, make sure your tablet is connected to Wi-Fi (not connected to the Ditch Assist Module's Wi-Fi as this doesn't provide Internet access!). Sign up for a Google Account on the device if you don't have one already, and then go to the Play Store. Search for 'Ditch Assist', and install the app onto your device.


The first time you run the app please do so when connected to the internet so that you can download background map imagery. You may see a message on the map screen that some updates are required. If this occurs, simply press the ‘Update’ button to install the required features. These are Android components that are usually only installed if/when they are requested by an app, so your device may not have them installed.

If you initially see a road map background (not a satellite image), please close the app by tapping the Overview button then either choosing 'Close All' or tapping the small x on the Ditch Assist App window (it's the button on the right in both example images below):

Re-open the App, and you should see the satellite background. 


Ditch Assist uses the Google Maps plugin for mapping. Map views you access when connected to the Internet are cached to your device memory and should be available when you are using Ditch Assist in the field and don't have an Internet connection. To cache the background imagery for the area(s) you'll be working, simply zoom in as close as you can on the areas and wait until the imagery has is displayed clearly on the map. 

Please note that you may need to repeat this every so often as Android automatically cleans up its caches. You'll also need to repeat this process when you install an app update.