Create grid layer over the GIS data of England national boundary

GIS solutions are based on mathematical and geometrical models applied on location integrated data. Most GIS software have mapping platforms built on these models that support geospatial data and tools for creating, editing and analysing these data. Tools for creating new GIS data with respect to the input GIS data plays an important role in geospatial operation. Creating Voronoi polygons, polygon to point conversion, create buffer layer etc are some of the important tools. Developing grid strcuture over the area of interest is a process that has important application in GIS. Simply understanding grids are intersection of coordinates addressing latitude and longitude data. For example, if we add index to the boxes created by grid then we can easily identify agricultural lands, settlement area, parks, stadium, forests, etc.

Most GIS software provides the tool to create grids based on an input GIS data. But using these software require adequate traning and knowledge in GIS concept. Here is why IGISMap become an important tool in GIS industry.

IGISMap is a GIS based web platform providing multiple GIS applications that are most important in the field of geospatial analytics. The peculiarity of IGISMAP in the GIS Industry is its UI/UX that helps the user to perform effortless geospatial operations.

IGISMap Create Grid tool

Create Grid tool of IGISMap lets you create grids over your GIS data in just two steps and lets you publish as a GIS layer in your map, where you can further download in any GIS format. You can create grid layer using GIS data of any spatial vector structure. In this article, we will talk about using Create Grid tool for creating grid, like the following. 

Create Grid - Grid Layer Created
Grid Layer Created

To navigate directly to use this tool, refer link attached here. https://map.igismap.com/grid-polygon

IGISMap - Create Grid tool
Create Grid tool

Add GIS data to create grid layer

First step of the Create Grid tool is Add GIS Data, where you need to provide the input GIS data. There are three options to add your data:

  • Select
  • Create Data
  • Add GIS Data

Using Select option, you can input your data by selecting the data that is already uploaded in your map.

Create Grid - Select option
Select Data

If the user wants to add the vector data in the form of point, line or polygon then click on Create Data and select the option using Create Polygon, Create Line or Create Point.

Create Grid - Create Data option
Create Data

IGISMap provides you with Add GIS Data tool that provides GIS vector layers of administrative boundaries such as country, states, districts, provinces, postcode boundaries and other geographical features such as roads, farmlands, waterbody etc. These data are made available for more than 30 countries, 51 US states and few spatial data of globally distributed features. 

Select the Country Name from the list below provided or you can search the name in the search box. Here we will select United Kingdom, from the list to add grid over country England.

Create Grid - Add GIS Data option
Add GIS Data

Add Input Data

In this article, lets add the GIS data of the national boundary of England from IGISMap GIS data collection as input data.

Add GIS Data
Add GIS Data

Select United Kingdom in the Select Country section and choose the data england national boundary from the administrative layer list and click add layer button.

Add GIS Data - Select Country
Add GIS Data – Select Country

If we need the desired portion of the selected GIS data, you can make use of the Crop Layer tool. Since this is a GIS data with single polygon feature of the national boundary of England, lets directly click Add layer to add the data as input layer for creating grid.

Add GIS Data - Select Data
Add GIS Data – Select Data

Enter the range for the grid

After selecting the input data, provide the range for each grid feature for your grid GIS data and click Submit.

Create Grid-Add Range
Create Grid-Add Range

The grid polygons in specified range are added successfully to the base map. Users can observe that the gird layer is added as a separate layer to perform other geospatial operations.

Grid Created
Grid Created

When you click on any of added grid layer polygon then the details of longitude, latitude, country, etc. are mentioned with added layer to map index accordingly. These details can help the user to locate easily anywhere on the base map.

Details of added grid layer
Details of added grid layer

To perform other geospatial options, click on More option present besides added grid layer. The geospatial options to Show Datatable, Show legend, Edit Style, Add/Merge/Split polygons, Export Layer and Delete Layer are available on IGISMap application.

More options to perform geospatial operations
More options to perform geospatial operations

Perform Proximity Analysis Over Data from Add GIS Data

Nowadays people are switching towards buying electric vehicles, suppose you are a person who wants to set up charging points in each area. The person has some questions like how many charging points are present in that area. Which area has least charging points in that area? What is the distance between two charging points? GIS technology can easily answer your questions by performing Proximity analysis.

The use of GIS technology is advancing in the field of information and computer science as demand for maps and geospatial analysis has become important in both the public and private sectors. Limited GIS software and online tools are available where you can do this job. IGISMap is a GIS-based web platform providing multiple GIS applications that are most important in the field of geospatial analytics. The peculiarity of IGISMAP in the GIS Industry is its UI/UX which helps the user to perform effortless geospatial operations. GIS tools of IGISMap allow you to Add Your Data, Create Your Data, Map Your Data, Style Your Data, Process Your Data, Analyze Your Data and also help you to Share Your Data privately or publicly. 

Proximity Analysis on added GIS data
Proximity Analysis on added GIS data

How can we perform Proximity Analysis over Data by adding GIS data from the IGISMap?

IGISMap application provides GIS data based on countries, US states, and Global levels. IGISMap provides you with the Add GIS Data tool that provides GIS vector layers of administrative boundaries such as country, states, districts, provinces, postcode boundaries, and other geographical features such as roads, farmlands, waterbody, etc. These data present in the IGISMap application is available for more than 30 countries, 51 US states and few spatial data of globally distributed features.

The data present in IGISMap are mostly from Open Street Maps. Administrative level data are collected from various government websites and other authentic online sources such as US Census Bureau, Humanitarian Data Exchange, Census India, etc.

Proximity analysis is a tool that helps us to measure, understand and relate geographic(location) information with real world objects. Proximity analysis is one way of analyzing locations of features by measuring the distance between them and other features in that area. IGISMap application has the Proximity Analysis tool which helps you to filter the data using the attribute filter and/or custom filter. After adding GIS data to the base map, we can perform Proximity Analysis to filter the feature according to our requirement.

To navigate directly to the Add GIS Data tool, use below link to refer.

https://map.igismap.com/add-gis

Add GIS data
Add GIS data

Select Country to Add your Data

In this section, select the Country Name from the list below provided or you can search the name in the search box. Here we will select the United States of America- Massachusetts, from the list as we want to add data regarding the region in the United States of America- Massachusetts.

Select country-USA Massachusetts
Select country-USA Massachusetts

Select layer for your data from USA-Massachusetts

Add the layer on the below provided list to perform proximity analysis. For example, adding the GIS data of charging station points from the list of options in that section. 

Add GIS data-Select Layer
Add GIS data-Select Layer
Select layer-Charging station point
Select layer-Charging station point

The button to view the datatable or map can be switched according to our requirements. If the information about the datatable present in the add layer can be viewed by the user by switching the mode towards the datatable option. 

Datatable-charging_station_point_USA_Massachusetts
Datatable-charging_station_point_USA_Massachusetts

Adding layer on the base map for selected GIS data

In the above section, we added the charging point station of USA-Massachusetts to the base map. If we need the desired portion of the added GIS data, you can make use of the crop layer tool in GIS Data to extract the features. 

Add GIS Data
Add GIS Data

Users can notice that the selected country and selected layer data name in this step to verify the details. Now click on Add Layer, to add the charging station points of USA- Massachusetts to the base map. Click Add Layer.

Add GIS data-charging_station_point_USA_Massachusetts
Add GIS data-charging_station_point_USA_Massachusetts

You can observe that GIS data has been successfully added.

Proximity Analysis on Added GIS data

Click onfrom Map Tools, you can observe a lot of options to map, process, visualize and analyze your GIS data. From Analyze Your Data, select Proximity Analysis tool.

In the first step, the user needs to select layers for performing proximity analysis. Here we can select One Layer/Two Layer from the option. For example, select one layer as we want to perform proximity analysis on charging stations points in USA-Massachusetts.

Proximity Analysis-Select layer
Proximity Analysis-Select layer

Attribute and Custom filtering the added data

There are two ways to perform Proximity analysis in a IGISMap application:(1) Selection using layer Attributes and (2) Custom Filters. Select the data, united_states_massachusetts_charging_station_point to find features within the layer. Select the area using the drawing tools to find the features within/close/far/near/outside the selected layer. Click Next.

Select layer and filter by attribute data
Select layer and filter by attribute data

Suppose we only need the details regarding the charging station points in the regions of USA-Massachusetts. In the Datatable of united_states_massachusetts_charging_station_point, you can observe the attribute name as name which signifies the company name of charging station points.

Charging_station_point datatable
Charging_station_point datatable

If the user wants to filter the data using the field attributes, then custom filters can be used. For example, if the user wants to filter a specific company name, then one can select AND operator, field: name, Operator: =, Option: eVgo. Click on Get results.

Custom filtering the data
Custom filtering the data

Users can observe the red points, specifying the charging stations points in USA-Massachusetts with company name eVgo. 

Data added by Proximity analysis
Data added by Proximity analysis

You can also publish the result to the base map by clicking on . Charging stations points can be embedded on a website or can be shared privately or publicly.

Data added by Proximity analysis
Charging station points by Proximity analysis

Details of the filtered charging station points can be downloaded in form of excel sheet . Downloaded excel files consist of details about the layer like icon details, company name, brand name and much more.

Excel sheet-Filtered data by proximity analysis
Excel sheet-Filtered data by proximity analysis

Plot telephone pole locations online with attribute data

Structure of telecommunication networks are complex and create large quantities of geographically dispersed data. Consider you are a data engineer working in the telecommunication sector who wants to plot telephone pole locations with its attribute data to keep the track for its operations and maintenance. The attribute data added with the plotted locations can help you to observe information associated with each telephone pole and maybe embed this map on the department website.

GIS technology is advancing in various field including the telecommunications sector to build maps and perform GIS analysis. Limited GIS software are available that provides services in both creating maps and hosting them on websites. GIS mapping enables people working in telecommunication sectors to enhance network planning, deployment, maintenance, operations, and even sales and marketing.

IGISMap gives powerful tool sets to create interactive maps of locations and geospatial features associated with any applications based on social services, business analysis, scientific research etc. Using the tools in the IGISMap application, we can track, maintain and analyze the telephone poles. IGISMap is a web platform providing multiple GIS applications that are most important in the field of geospatial analytics. GIS tools of IGISMap application allows users to Add Data, Create Data, Map Data, Style Data, Process Data, Analyze Data and also help users to Share Data privately or publicly

How to plot Telephone pole locations online with Attributes?

Create Point Data tool of IGISMap is a powerful GIS tool to plot point vector data to represent locations and point objects with latitude and longitude value. Using this online tool, we can plot the locations of telephone poles and can add the attribute data to each location of the data created.

Telephone pole locations
Telephone pole locations

 

To navigate to the IGISMap Create Point Data tool, click the below link

https://map.igismap.com/add-points

Create Point Data tool
Create Point Data tool

Add name and attribute fields for your GIS data

Add Data Information
Add Data Information

In this section, let’s add the data name as Telephone pole in the text box. Next step is to add attribute fields to store information about the telephone pole in tabular format. Add Pole Id, Network location and Volts supply in the attribute name field.

For the Pole Id field, let’s give ‘Null’ as the default value, thus every time a telephone pole location is plotted, if there is no information added to the location of telephone pole, Null will be saved for that pole location.

Add Telephone pole locations information
Add Telephone pole location information

Start Plotting Points for Telephone Pole Locations

After saving the data information, Add Points section opens to start plotting points of the telephone pole locations. Three methods are available to plot the locations, that are: (1) Drop points, (2) Search Address, (3) Lat-Long values.

Drop points let us drop a pin at the desired location on the map. Zoom to the location of the telephone pole and click to add the pin.

Add points
Add points – Drop points

Search Address option opens a search address box, where you can enter an address and choose the right option from the dropdown list, then click the Plot button to plot a point on that location.

add points
Add points-Search address

Lat Lon Values will open two boxes to enter latitude and longitude values of the location you want to plot, Plot Location button in this option will plot a pin at the location you have entered.

add points
Add points- Lat Long values

Every time when a point gets plotted, the popup will open to enter the attribute values in each attribute field for that ATM location. Click the Submit button to Submit the save the attribute entries. You can choose to delete the point you plotted by clicking the Delete Point button. Else you can click Skip to close the popup. You can disable the default opening of this popup using the toggle button.

But we can open this popup anytime while plotting, by simply clicking on an existing pin.

Note: If the Drop Points option is active for dropping pins, it should be unselected for selecting the plotted pins to open the attribute popup.

After plotting every desired Telephone pole location for your data, click the Save and Publish button to publish your data in the map.

Review and edit the datatable of the telephone pole locations

After publishing Telephone poles, Show/Edit Datatable section will be opened. Here you can edit the attribute values entered for each point location after clicking button in the datatable along each row in the datatable. You can also choose to delete a point by clicking button.

Show datatable
Show Datatable
Edit Datatable
Edit Datatable

In Layer Fields, if you need to add any additional attribute data then click on add button to add the attribute data to the existing data table. It opens Add field pop up where you can add the Attribute Name and Float label to the datatable.

Add Field
Add Field
Add Field
Add Field

Options to edit or delete the attribute fields are also available in this step along with the option to add new attribute fields to this data. If you thought of adding more points to the data of Telephone poles, select the Back button to go to the Add Points section, where you can add more points and make changes to the already published data. 

Option to update the datatable as a bulk is available in this section, where the whole datatable can be downloaded in Excel format using Download Datatable button to make the changes outside IGISMap, then upload the edited/updated spreadsheet file using Upload Datatable button and integrate with the same point data of telephone pole locations. 

After making all the changes in the datatable, let’s move to the styling section by clicking the Next button.

Style Your Telephone Pole Points

A map will become more meaningful if appropriate icons and colors are used to visualize the spatial features of the map. Within IGISMap styling options, Bubble Style and Icon Style are provided for point GIS data. 

In Icon Styling, IGISMap provides two more options – Basic and Category styling. Basic Style will provide an appropriate pin icon for styling the telephone pole points and apply it on the Telephone poles data as follows.

Basic Icon style
Basic Icon style

Another style is the Category Icon styling, where users can select the category on the basis of which styling is added to the point data. For example, if the user selects maintenance attribute as a categorical option, style is changed to symbol using those items.

category icon style
Category Icon style

Bubble style is used to visualize the data quantitatively based on the numerical fields in the datatable. We can assign the size and color of the bubble for each class of values.

Bubble style
Bubble style

Click on Save Style option to save the Bubble style option for the added points.

It’s done! Now if the user wants to add more points, click on Create more points on the layer option. If the user wants to create a new layer, select Create New Layer option.

points added successfully
Points added successfully

After the point GIS data of telephone pole locations is published in the name Telephone poles, More option beside the data provides list of other features. They can be used for adding more points, showing the legend in the map, editing the style and more.