Importing Areas from a Spatial File of Polygons

ENVISION allows you to import spatial files of existing polygons to create custom areas. 

Inputs Required:

  • Spatial file from MapInfo (.TAB), Esri (.SHP), or Alteryx (.YXDB)

To import spatial objects into ENVISION, you need to have all of the specific components of the file. Both Esri Shape files and MapInfo Tab files have additional components that must be present for ENVISION to properly import the polygons.

Spatial file format components:

MapInfo

Esri

Alteryx

.TAB

.SHP

.YXDB

.DAT

.DBF

 

.ID

.SHX

 

.MAP

.PRJ

 

Note: Spatial files should be projected in WGS84, with SRID 4326 in order to best work with ENVISION. If you are unfamiliar with this element of your map file, we would recommend to reach out to whoever in your organization created the file(s).

There are three steps in the process of importing a spatial file:

  1. Upload the file
  2. Specify the import settings
  3. Confirmation

1. Upload the File

1. On the side panel, click Import Data, then Areas and then Spatial (Polygon).

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2. Drag and drop your file(s) into the upload box, or click the Add button to browse for your file(s).

Tip: Remember that for both MapInfo Tab files and Esri Shape files, all of the component files must be included.

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Once a file has been placed in the box, the image will change.

3. Click the Upload button.

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2. Specify the Import Settings

The File Preview window will display, and you can adjust the import settings as required.

Note: Your file can contain one or more areas.  Be sure to select the right option from the list.

Importing a File with One Area

mceclip4.png1. In the Area Name box, change the default name if required. This is the name that will be seen throughout ENVISION on all dashboards and maps.

2. In the Area Description box, give your area a description if required. Add anything that will help to further define what the area represents.

3. In the Tags box, enter any keywords you wish. These are used for better searching.

4. In the Location Id box, you can enter a location ID to correspond to a location ID in an existing location file. This is optional.

5. Turn the Available in all Workspaces on or off as required.

  • OFF means that this file is only available in the current workspace.
  • ON means that this file is available in every workspace.

6. Click Next Step.

Importing a File with More Than One Area

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1. In the Name Field list, click the field that contains the name of your areas. The unique number of names in this list determines the number of areas that will get created.

2. In the Description Field list, click the field that contains a description of the areas. This is optional.

3. In the Tag Field list, click the field that contains tags for the areas. This is optional.

4. In the Location Id Field list, click the field that contains a location ID, in order to link the areas to locations. This is optional.

5. Turn the Available in all Workspaces on or off as required.

  • OFF means that this file is only available in the current workspace.
  • ON means that this file is available in every workspace.

6. Click Next Step.

3. Confirmation
Here you can confirm that the number of areas being created is correct.

mceclip6.pngIf this is correct, click Finish. If not, click Back.

Finished
A message will display indicating that you are finished and that you will receive a notification when the file becomes available for use.

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A notification displays in the bottom-left corner of your screen indicating that the data has been submitted for importing. Another notification appears, indicating that the importing is complete.

You can also see the new areas in your Areas list in the side panel.

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