Creating Areas using Standard Geographies

At the root of almost all analysis in ENVISION is an area. This can be in the form of a trade area or a benchmark to compare to. The trade area can be a standard geography, drive time, a radius or a custom shape. This document will explain how to create areas based on standard geography using a list of names and codes.

Creating Areas from a Single Geography
Creating Areas from Multiple Geographies 

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Creating Areas from a Single Geography
Often you will need a single area to serve as a benchmark, to which you can compare other geographies. This example will create a single geography of an entire country.

1. In the side panel, click My Data > Areas.

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2. Click Create New.

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3. Click Standard Geographies.

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4. Click Search Name or Code.
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5. Tiles for each level of geography will appear. Select either Canada or USA from the list. A check mark will appear once it has been selected.

6. In the ribbon at the top of the page, select Save (1 Selection)

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7. Verify that you have selected the right geography and click Next Step. In this field, you can also change the Area Name, add an Area Description and add any Tags.  

8. Turn the Available in all Workspaces switch on if you wish to use this area in all your workspaces. This is handy if you have an area that will be used frequently.                                       

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9. Click Create. You will receive a status message indicating that the area has been saved.

10. Navigate to My Data > Areas to view your recently created area(s).

 

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Creating Areas from Multiple Geographies
Multiple geographies can also be combined to create one area. The areas you choose do not have to be contiguous, but ENVISION will still treat them as one single area. This example will combine several locations to create a non-standard geography.

1. In the side panel, click My Data > Areas.

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2. Click Create New.

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3. Click Standard Geographies.
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4. Click Search Name or Code.
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5. Click the geographic level that you'd like to use. You can also search for the name or code of the geography by typing it into the search bar.

6. This example will combine Census Divisions. Select the Province in which the Census Divisions are found. 

7. Select the Census Divisions that make up your non-standard geographic area.

Note: If you are in an ENVISION USA workspace, the geographic units that should be used instead, are States and Counties

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8. In the ribbon at the top of the page, select Save (# Selections).

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Note: You can remove any extra areas by clicking the 'x' next to its name. To add another area, you would have to navigate back to the previous list.

9. Verify that you have selected the right geography and select Next Step.

10. In this field, you can also change the Area Name, add an Area Description and add any Tags.  

11. Turn the Available in all Workspaces switch on if you wish to use this area in all your workspaces.

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12. Click Create. You will receive a status message indicating that the area has been saved.

13. Navigate to My Data > Areas to view your recently created area(s). 

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