Need to measure a specific area for an idea or project? Using the GIS Measure Tool makes it easier to do so without the hassle of heading out with a yardstick!
First, just select the measure tool from the “Analysis” tab at the top of the application. You can then select the “area” function on the upper left of the tool bar.
Then, click the starting point on the map with a single click to define the area to measure. Double click to end and accept the area. “Measurement Info” will then appear, and units will be displayed as drop down menus.
After the area is selected, you can change the units and the screen toolbar. To clear the area, you just select “clear all”.
If you want to measure several areas, use the “add as drawing” feature in the upper left hand corner. When this function is selected, the measured area is added to the drawing temporarily and the area tool is cleared. At this point you can select “Area” again and measure a second area, and so on.
The “erase” tool will allow you to delete only the selected area, but not all areas when you create multiple measured areas as shown below.
PS: Still have questions? Sign up for our GIS User Group! It will be held on 9/30 at 10:00 in our Waukesha office. Email Claire for more details or to RSVP.