About Map View

Each time you log-in to FlowWorks, you are first presented with the Map View page. This page has a few main components:



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About the Main Toolbar

The main toolbar is a central navigation panel that is visible regardless of where you are in the FlowWorks application. Each item in the main toolbar has further tools organized within - hover your cursor over each item to reveal an expanded lists of available tools. You can also click each of the six toolbar items to navigate to the most central tool in that section.

Just below the main toolbar is a 'breadcrumbs' panel. This indicates where exactly you are in the FlowWorks application at any given time.

About the Interactive Map

FlowWorks' interactive map is powered by Google and offers the same basic functionality and features as any typical Google Map. Layered above the map are Site icons, shown in respect to their geographic location.

A row of map functions and options can be found across the top left side of the map.

Site Status Indicators

Icons found on the map each represent an individual Site. Each Site icon has two components: a color and a letter.
You can find a list of all the possible icon colors and statuses by hovering your mouse over , in Map View.


The letter in a Site's icon explains the type of data that is being collected at the respective site. For example, Sites with 'H' represent 'hydrometric' Sites; those Sites with a 'D' represent 'drainage' Sites.

The color of a Site icon represents its status. Active stations are green; stations that call in to FlowWorks but are late are shown in yellow; Sites that don't call into FlowWorks but have data manually downloaded and transferred into FlowWorks are shown in blue; and inactive stations are shown in gray. Any Sites that have an active alarm or notification are shown in red and orange. Below is a table describing all possible Site Icons:

Viewing a Site's details

When you click on any Site icon on the map, you are presented with the an overview of the Site's details within a green box, including quick-reference links to tools and options. An example of such a box is shown below:

Accessing any of the available tools via this box will automatically apply the selected Site to the tool. For example, clicking Graphing from the this box will automatically plot all channels within this Site on a time-series graph.

Further details about a selected Site can be found as a list below the map, after you've selected a Site.

Modifying size of map icons

You can change the size of map icons by hovering your cursor over . The default icon size is medium (med) but you can make them smaller (Sm) or larger (Lrg).

Map zoom and Site icon clustering

You can move about the map by holding down the left-mouse button and dragging.

You can zoom in and out of the map too, either by using the zoom buttons on the bottom-right corner of the map; or if you have a wheel mouse you can hover your cursor over the area you want to zoom and roll-up to zoom in and roll-down to zoom out.

Zooming out on the map causes Site icons to cluster, with the color of the clustered icon representing the Site within that cluster, which is in need of the most attention. For example, if you have three Sites in proximity to one another and one of them is labeled in red (alarm status), then when you zoom-out the clustered icon will also be in red.

Clustered icons have numbers within - this number indicates the amount of Sites within that particular cluster.

Turning Site clustering on / off

To switch Site clustering on or off, simply hover your mouse over and check / uncheck Map Clustering. When this option is unchecked, all of your sites will be individually visible regardless of how far out you have set the zoom distance.

Map filters

Map filters are useful for narrowing your search for a particular Site, especially when you have many Site icons strewn across your map. Simply hover your cursor over to view filter options. Using the check-boxes, select all filters you wish to apply to the map; the map will automatically update as you select and/or de-select filters. For example, if you want to only see rainfall stations, you can filter your Sites by type and check rainfall. By doing so, only those Sites with rainfall gauges will be visible on the map. There is a wide array of filter options to choose from, including the ability to filter based on the collection method of your Sites.

To clear all filters that you have applied, simply hover your mouse over and select .

Map backgrounds

By default, a hybrid of street map and satellite view is selected, called 'terrain' mode. This is useful of viewing topographic features in conjunction with road maps, without the visual bombardment that satellite view can sometimes bring. You can manually switch through the various map modes by expanding the menu (upper-right side of screen) and selecting a desired mode.

GIS maps

FlowWorks can convert your GIS data (such as pipes, manholes, and facilities) into digital overlays, which you can superimpose on the map in your FlowWorks account. This enables you to spatially visualize GIS information - a fundamental operation for analysis of the distribution and organization of your network(s).

FlowWorks creates custom GIS maps for clients on a per-request basis. Like all custom features, a development fee is applicable for the making of GIS overlays. During development, we work closely with our clients to understand the locations they'd like to include and to ensure they meet our requirements for proper development.

To learn more about GIS maps,please see "Using GIS Map Overlays".

If you are interested in having GIS overlays set up, please contact us.

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