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WhiteStar Wizard Documentation

App Documentation 

Screen Registration

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Quick Start

Upon opening WhiteStar Wizard (WW) your viewing screen will be zoomed to the extents of the smallest available land survey polygon where you are currently located. In the thirty Public Land Survey States, AK, CA, NV, OR, WA, ID, AZ, UT, MT, WY, CO, NM, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, FL, WI, IL, MI, IN, and OH, this polygon will be a SECTION. In Texas, it will be a LOT, TRACT,  or an ABSTRACT.   Alaska is not supported currently.

Any well data, if present in your area, will be symbolized and drawn.  You may tap a well symbol to see these basic attributes.  The well data are updated at least every 90 days.

API - API Number of the Well

Operator - Well Operator Name

Well Name - Name of the Well

Well Number - Number of the Well

Elevation - Elevation of the well.

Well Symbology Index

You can use the pinch and unpinch gestures to zoom the map.  You can momentarily press and hold the desired spot until a pin drops.  The “geolocate icon” will return the zoom to your present location.  The “pin drop” icon will return you to the pinned polygon.


Location Tab

On the top row of the screen, Longitude/Latitude coordinates read out in terms of EPSG 4269.  These are NAD-83 coordinates to six decimal places.  On the second row of your screen, the format is degrees, minutes, seconds and decimal seconds to two places.  The third row is reserved for a secondary coordinate system readout to the nearest foot/meter.   

Please be patient.  The application will load WhiteStar Grid and WhiteStar Wells (if present in your area).   You will know the application is ready when the boundary points of the current polygon are marked with a red X.  A blue dot represents your current position.


Geometry Tab

WhiteStar Wizard computes the area of the current polygon in acres to two decimal places and displays the result on the first row.

The second and third rows display the footages to the nearest indicated lines, for example 1,757 feet from the S(outh) line and 1,871 feet from the W(est) line.  By default these are distances from your current position.  You may drop a pin in the current polygon, and then the footages will refer to the location of the dropped pin.  You may drop a pin anywhere on the map.

The “geolocate icon” will always zoom you to your current position.  The “arrow” icon will zoom you to the location of your dropped pin.

Attributes Tab (Public Land Survey States)

 The top row has this format:  25: Jefferson, CO - 6 4S 69W.

25 represents the section number.  CO represents the state - Colorado in this instance.  6 represents the BLM Meridian Code number.  Click on this link for a list of them: /whitestar-wizard/

4S 69W represents the township and range designation.

Attributes Tab (Texas Abstracts) 

The top row has this format, for example:  A-273: Randall, TX - BLK 6/I & G N RR CO / 24

The A-273 represents the abstract number unique to each Texas county.

Randall  is the county name.

TX is the state postal identifier.

BLK 6 - Texas Block Name

I & G N RR Co - Texas Survey Name

24 - Texas Survey Number

Attribute Tab (Texas Lots and Tracts)

The top row has this format, for example:   TR 10:  Cameron, TX - TR 37/

The TR 10 represents tract 10.

Cameron represents the county name.

All formats

The second row has this format:  Attr Mod Date: January 25, 2015

The third row has this format:  Geom Mod Date:  January 18, 2015

The “Attr Mod Date” is the date that the polygon’s textual attributes were last modified.

The “Geom Mod Date” is the date that the polygon’s actual geometry was last modified.

If you have a correction or GPS data, please contact so that we may incorporate the changes.  You will know it has been modified when you see these dates change.

System Settings

Entering Coordinates:

You may choose a secondary coordinate system readout in the system settings.  You can click the spyglass icon to search for an additional system.  Coordinate systems such as all official State Plane and UTM zones (in meters) are supported.   A list of EPSG codes may also be researched at

You can also enter coordinates in the X and Y boxes.  Clicking the left arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the System Settings menu returns you to the map.  If you then click the arrow icon, it will zoom you to the X and Y of the secondary coordinate system.

Type of Basemap:

WhiteStar Wizard supports either Imagery - World Imagery or Street Map - World Street Map from Esri (   The toggle switch here toggles between the two choices.

Allow DB Sync On Cell Network:

By default, the app will not download data over the cellular telephone network.  You can force it to do so by toggling this switch.

Auto Feature Download When Live:

By default, features will download automatically when live-connected.  You can turn this off using this toggle switch.

Logout User:

When clicked, the current user is logged out.

Purge Local Database:

If you start running short of space on your iOS device, you can purge the local database by clicking on this option.

Edit User Details:

You may edit your personal information should they change and click “submit”.  You may also opt in or opt out of the Newsletter here.  


Credits the sources of map data and provides links to WhiteStar information pages.

Offline Data Download

Very often there is no cellular coverage in the field.  Therefore, the user can download a portion of data and then utilize it remotely.   A WiFi connection must be established to perform this operation.

  • Zoom to your area of interest.  

  • Click the folder icon and go offline.

  • Click the cloud icon.  The screen will “go green.”

  • Patience please.

  • When the screen clears of the green color, your data is ready.

  • Data thus downloaded can be purged from your device under System Settings and clicking “Purge Local Database”