Using GIS Map Overlays

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About GIS Overlays

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 your GIS information - a fundamental operation for analysis of the distribution and organization of your network(s).

Note: This is a custom feature, made on a per-request basis.

Determining if your account has GIS overlays available

To see if your account has GIS overlays:

  1. Log-in to your FlowWorks account. You are taken to Map View.
  2. Hover your cursor over GIS Maps. A box appears.
    The Drop-down menu next to GIS Map Services says "None" by default.
  3. Expand the drop-down menu.
  • If you see any options in this menu (other than "None"): this indicates you have GIS overlays available. Please proceed to "Using GIS Overlays" for a step-by-step walk-through.
  • If you only see "None" in the drop-down menu: this may indicate you do not have GIS layers set up in FlowWorks. What you can do:
  1. Check with your internal FlowWorks administrator (such as your manager) to see if your company has GIS overlays. If they do, your administrator may need to put you in the appropriate Security GroupA set of permissions that dictate the visiblity and accessibility of Sites & Channels, and custom-made resources (including GIS layers, custom apps and custom screens). to make these overlays visible from within your FlowWorks account. To see how your administrator can change Security Group settings, refer to topic, "Managing Security Groups".
  2. If you are an administrator, reach us to learn more about the GIS overlays we can make to meet your needs. Please see below for details.

Requesting GIS overlays

GIS overlays are custom-made for our clients on a per-request basis. As such, we require a one-time development fee, which may vary depending on your needs.

Using GIS Overlays

Note: This set of instructions only applies to users that have GIS overlays available in their FlowWorks account.

Toggling GIS layers on / off

  1. Log-in to your FlowWorks account. You are taken to Map View.
  2. Hover your cursor over GIS Maps. A box appears.
    The Drop-down menu next to GIS Map Services says "None" by default.
  3. Click the drop-down menu to expand. Select the city or region that contains the layers you want to view.
    Now, below the drop-down menu you will see "Loading..." appear. It may take a few moments for your overlays to populate.

  4. Choose the layers you'd like to view. You can keep all layers selected, or you can manually deselect any you wish to exclude from view.
    Your map will automatically reload with only your chosen layers visible.



    Now, you can move about the map to the location(s) that pertain to your layers.

    Note: Some layers may only be visible at specific zoom levels.

Searching across your GIS overlays

With the GIS search tool, there's no need to scan the map for a particular manhole or sewer line! Use GIS Search to quickly scan your overlays and locate the GIS information you need.

To use the GIS Search function:

  1. Log-in to your FlowWorks account. You are taken to Map View.
  2. Hover your cursor over GIS Maps. A box appears.
    The Drop-down menu next to GIS Map Services says "None" by default.
  3. Click the drop-down menu to expand. Select the city or region that contains the layers you want to view.
    Now, below the drop-down menu you will see "Loading..." appear. It may take a few moments for your overlays to populate.

  4. Choose the layers you'd like to include in your search. You can keep all layers selected, or you can manually deselect any you wish to exclude from your search.

  5. Enter the search criteria. You can type any string of numbers and / or letters in the search bar.
  6. Click Find. A list of results will populate just below the Search bar.

    You can select any item from the list to have the map instantly pan to it's location, and reveal a box containing the location's database information.

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