Welcome to our new weekly feature! Every Tuesday, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. will be supplying you with a tip to better use GIS to its fullest capabilities.
Ease: that’s a huge reason people use GIS. We want everything in one place, and we want that place to be at our fingertips! Today we’re showcasing our documents tool, which helps you upload documents and connect them to your GIS maps.
The “Document Upload” tool is located in the Document Management tab. The tool icons are displayed below. This tool is designed to attach documents to an area or structure with the click of a button. Once a target is selected, a point feature is developed indicating the presence of a document in that location. Instead of the document being directly linked to a structure, it is added to the documents layer so that it can be easily classified and turned on and off within the layer’s list.
The tool is very easy to use and provides a pre-determined list of classification options. The different classes are shown in the list below within the layer’s legend.
Once you select the “Add” button a window pops up prompting you to select an area or structure. Select “OK” and then click a point on the map.
After your area or structure is selected, press the “Browse” button to navigate to your document(s). When your document has been selected, just press “OK”.
Before your document can be uploaded, you will be given the option to write a brief description and select a how you would like to classify your document type. Once you’re finished, select “OK”.
After pressing “OK”, you’ll get a “Files Uploading” notification. Press “OK” again to finish the uploading process.
Once your document is uploaded you will be able to select the point feature. Clicking on the point will trigger a pop-up window that provides information about your document as well as a few other options. In order to view the document, you just click on the document’s name.
As soon as you select the title, boom–your document will load for easy viewing.