Help Documentation

i. Layout

When the map loads initially, it displays the area which has been defined as the default bookmark by an Admin user (under Global Settings à Bookmarks).

In the upper right-hand corner of the map is a panel of buttons, arranged horizontally. From left to right, the buttons are:

  • Base Maps
  • Bookmarks
  • Measurement Tools
    • Measure Distance
    • Measure Area
    • Clear Measurements
  • Print
  • Search
  • Layers (selected)
  • Point Assets (selected)
  • Km Unit selector

Because the Layers and Point Assets buttons are selected (as indicated by the fact that these buttons are coloured grey), the corresponding Layers and Point Assets panels are displayed on the left side of the map.

Each panel can be closed by clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner, and re-opened by again clicking the Layers and/or Point Assets buttons in the button panel.

ii. Panels

  • Layers

The Layers panel shows the map layers that may be turned on/off (i.e. displayed or hidden on the map). Layers are grouped into map layer groups (e.g. GeoServer and WFS Layers), and listed below the groups are the individual layers that belong to each group (e.g. NS Roads, States WFS).

An entire layer group can be turned on or off by clicking the Check All and Uncheck All buttons, respectively.

Individual layers can be turned on or off by selecting or unselecting the checkbox next to the layer name.

 

  • Point Assets

This panel lists the point asset types that may be turned on/off (i.e. displayed or hidden on the map), and are grouped by asset type group (e.g. retail, transportation, education, etc.). By default, no point assets are shown on the map.

An entire point asset type group can be turned on or off by clicking the Select All and Deselect All buttons, respectively.

To select a point asset for display, click the appropriate icon within the Point Assets panel. The icon in the panel will switch from grey (unselected) to coloured (selected) and icons representing any corresponding points will be added to the map.

  • Properties

Properties are loaded by default when viewing the map. The property icon is set by admins in the global setting page once logged in. Clicking on a property icon will open an info window with some of the basic information on the property. Clicking the More Details link will take you to another page with a full listing of all the property details.

When the scale of the map is too broad to allow discrete points (either assets or properties) to be displayed, the points are aggregated into a point cluster, which is represented on the map as a coloured dot. The dot contains a number, to indicate the count of points that are aggregated in the cluster. Point Assets are grouped into a blue dot while properties are grouped into a black dot.

 iii. Navigation (pan, scroll, zoom etc.)

  • Pan

Panning the map can be accomplished by clicking and dragging the map.

  • Zoom

The map can be zoomed multiple ways. The first option is to use the mouse wheel to scroll in and out. Secondly, using the + and – buttons in the bottom right hand corner of the map. Lastly holding the shift key on the keyboard and left clicking and dragging will allow you to draw a box which the map will zoom to.

  • Rotate

To rotate the map you can hold the shift+alt keys down while left clicking and dragging. There is a reset rotation button (up arrow) in the bottom right corner which will reset the map to its original orientation.

 iv. Tools/buttons

This section will describe the functionality of the buttons in the toolbar located in the top right corner of the map.

 

  • Base Maps

When clicking the base maps button a dropdown will appear with the base maps that can be selected for the map. The maps to choose from are Arc GIS Online, Open Street Map, Bing Road, and Bing Aerial with Labels. The selected map will be bold to indicate which one the user is currently viewing.

  • Bookmarks

Bookmarks are set up by admins when logged in. These are defined areas the user can select to zoom to.

  • Measurement

The measurement button has three tools underneath it. The first is the distance measurement tool. When the tool is activated the user can click the map multiple times to draw segments of a line. When the user is complete, double clicking will complete the last line and state the total distance.

The second measurement tool is the area measurement tool. It works similar to the distance tool. Clicking the map multiple times to draw out the shape and double clicking will complete the shape. The area will be calculated and labelled within the drawn shape.

The last measurement tool is the clear tool. It will clear and previous measurements, lines or shapes, that were drawn on the map.

  • Print

The print button offers two buttons underneath it when clicked. The first button will capture the current display and print it as a png. The second will print it as a pdf. When printing it will capture the current area being viewed with the displayed markers and enabled layers.

  • Search

The search button will show/hide the search panel. When the search button is clicked within the panel it will flip to a listing of Properties that fit the provided search criteria. It will also limit the properties that are displayed on the map.

  • Layers

This button will show/hide the Layers panel.

  • Point Assets

This button will show/hide the Point Asset panel.

  • Unit Selector

Clicking this button will switch it between Km (metric) and Mi (imperial). This unit is used when drawing with the measure tool or using the radius filter in the search criteria.