GeoVic 2 - General Help
GeoVic is DPI's web mapping application.
This page contains a description for each of the tabs and icons shown above the map, in the order that they appear.
Download the PDF version of this document: GeoVic Help
Tabs initiate immediate action when you press them with the mouse.
|Opens the File functions menu in the information window. Open and save sessions, upload shapefile to view and other functions.|
|Opens the layers list in the information window. The layers list is used to set the visibility of the layers to be shown on the map, and to set the active layer for the identify tool.|
|Shows a legend for the map, showing the symbolization used for each visible layer.
|Displays a page with various methods to "zoom" the map to a location matching your search criteria.|
|Click this tab to redraw the map. This is used to view the updated map after you change the layers that are visible using the layers list.|
|Extract data (Shapefile, Excel, special geophysical formats and a geochemistry demo). This function is only available for a subset of layers and the layer needs to be visible for the extraction to take place.|
|Turn on layers related to a specific theme.|
|View this Help document, along with status, whats new, FAQs, contacts and how to information.|
Buttons and Tools
Buttons initiate immediate action when you press them with the mouse. Clicking a tool sets a mode for the map cursor to perform some action when you click or drag the mouse on the map. The active tool is outlined in red, and its name and icon is displayed on the status bar under the map.
Zoom In (tool): The Zoom In button allows you to window into your particular area on the map. You can do this in either of 2 ways. Using the mouse, "left click" on the Zoom In button and then:
If you have "windowed in" too far, use the Zoom Out button to "back out" (approximately 2X each "click") until the appropriate area has been defined.
|Zoom Out (tool): Clicking the map with the Zoom Out tool active causes the map to "back out" so you can see approximately 2 times more each "click". The map will be centred at the point clicked.|
Pan (tool): The Pan tool is used to move the area shown in the map window to the left, right, up or down. This is accomplished in two ways:
|Index map (button): When you click this button, a small overview map displays that shows the location of the main map window. Depending on the map extent, the overview map may show a rectangle or a pushpin to signify the location. The overview map can be used to stay oriented as you zoom in and out. If you change the map's extent, the overview map will automatically update. You can also change the extent of the map by clicking on the overview map.|
|Full Extent (button): This button zooms you to the full extent of the map. The full extent is usually the extent of the map displayed when the viewer is initially launched.|
|Zoom Previous (button): When you press this button, the map extent changes to the extent that it was before the last extent change.|
|Identify (tool): The identify tool is used for reporting. When you click on the map with an identify layer active, the features at the location selected will be displayed in the right window. The name of the active identify layer is displayed in the status bar under the map. To set a different identify layer, open the layer folders window using the LAYERS tab, and click the identify icon beside the layer that you want more information about.|
|Drill Down Identify (tool): The drill down identify tool displays information about each visible layer at the map position clicked. Some sites display information about layers that are not visible too. To use, simply click the map and view the results in this window.|
|Display EL Summaries (tool): Display EL summaries where you click the map.|
|Hyperlink to GSV Maps (tool): Display GSV maps where you click the map.|
|Select (tool): The select tool is used for reporting. When you click on the map with a select layer active, the features at the location selected will be displayed in the right window. The name of the active select layer is displayed in the status bar under the map. To set a different select layer, open the layer folders window using the LAYERS tab above, and click the select icon beside the layer that you want more information about.|
|Select Radius (tool): Selects features within a distance of where you click on the map.|
|Measure (tool): The Measure tool is used to calculate distances between points that you click on the map. The first time you click the map, the location of the point that you clicked will be displayed in the information area of the screen. When you click additional points, their locations and the distance between the points will also be displayed. If you want to start over, either click on the tool again on the toolbar, or click the "Clear Points" button in the information window.|
|Measure Area (tool): The Measure Area tool is used to calculate the area of the polygon that you draw by clicking on the map. As you click the map, a polygon will be drawn and the area of the polygon will be displayed in the information area of the screen. If you want to start over, either click on the tool again on the toolbar, or click the "Clear Points" button in the information window.|
|Markup Tools (button): Shows the markup tool set.|
|Mine Subsidence Hazard Analysis (button): Report on the probability of a Mine Subsidence Hazard on a particular property.|
|Print Menu (button): Menu of printing options.|
GeoVic was built utilizing corporate web mapping infrastructure for the Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. This corporate infrastucture is commonly referred to as MapShare.
MapShare is optimised for use with IE 5.5+. Most features should however work with any recent standards compliant browser. Some features may not work in older browsers.
For more information, or to send us some feedback, please contact us.