How to manage layers in GeoResGlobe


Hundreds of data layers are available for you to add to your map. You can also add your own data, or link to external map services.

How to add layers to the map


By default, only a small number of layers are included in your map; but there are hundreds of layers you can choose to add. There are several methods for doing this, including:

  1. Manually adding layers
  2. Launching Topics
  3. Adding your own data

Manually adding layers


Click the Layers button to open the Layers panel. This shows all active layers currently in your map. Then click Add layers to view the full list of datasets, in the All layers panel.

add layers

Note that the data is grouped into categories, which can be expanded by clicking the down arrow. Some categories have sub-categories you can expand as well.

layer subcategories

From here, you can manually browse the list to find layers or interest; Or you can filter the list by using all or part of a layer’s name. Just enter some text into the Filter layers by name box and press enter or click the filter icon.

Layer filter

All layers, groups and sub-groups that contain the term or phrase will be returned For example:

  • 'Geo' will return all names containing this term, such as Geothermal, Geology, Detailed surface geology and Georgina Basin
  • 'Greenhouse gas' will return Greenhouse gas, Advertised area greenhouse gas and Historic advertised area greenhouse gas

greenhouse gas layer

Once you have found a layer you want to add to your map, check the box next to its name. (Note that the group headings will highlight with a dash, when something in that group is selected, or highlight with a tick if every layer in the group has been selected).

To add a whole group or sub-group to the map, just check the box next to that group or sub group.

Repeat the process until you have all the layers you need. Then click the back arrow to return to the Layers panel.

greenhouse gas layer add all

All your selected layers should now appear in the list. You may need to expand the group using the down arrows to see your chosen layers. Also note that some layers may be greyed out, meaning they are not visible at the current scale. Zoom in to a larger scale to make these layers visible.

greenhouse gas layer expand

How to add layers with Topics


Topics are groupings of map layers with a similar theme, and a great way to quickly add data to your map.

topics button

topics panel

topics panel launch topic

If you’ve filtered by a category (eg Products, Cadastre, Geology or Mining) you can return to the full topic list by selecting All Topics.

topics panel all topics

Once you've found a topic of interest, click launch, either from the summary list or the detailed description. This will add the layers associated with this topic to your Layers list.

topics panel launch button

topics panel launch button 2

Choose Add to Globe will to add your topic to the map, and retain any currently open layers. Or choose Replace Current Topic to remove any currently open layers from your map in favour of the new topic.

topics popup

Note that the Layers button updates the number of layers in your map.

layers added

Open the Layers panel to see the newly added data, noting that you may need to expand the groups to see each individual layer. Some layers may have been added to the list, but are not turned on by default. Opening the legend will reveal all visible (active) layers. Only layers that are switched on will be visible in the legend.

How to add your own data


For information on adding your own data, refer to the following resources:

  1. How to import data (help item)
  2. Topics, layers and adding data (video tutorial)

How to remove layers on the map


Sometimes you may want to remove layers from your map. To do this, open the Layers Panel by clicking the Layers button. Then click Edit Layers.

remove layers

Click the red Remove icon next to all layers or groups you wish to remove.

remove layers cancel

Otherwise click Done to finish.

remove layers done

remove layers done 2

How to make only one layer visible


You may wish to quickly turn off most layers in your map, and show one in particular.

This can be done from the Layers panel.

First, ensure you have a number of layers added to your map and switched on. For further instruction on this, refer to the following resources:

  1. How to add layers to the map (help item)
  2. Topics, layers and adding data (video tutorial)

Next click the Layers button to open the Layers panel.

Layers button

Navigate through the list to your required layer, and then click on the right arrow next to it.

Layers epc right chevron

A menu appears; select Make this the only visible layer and review the results on your map.

Layers make only visible layer

How to turn layer labels on and off


Labels can be turned on and off for all layers, including ones you add yourself such as shape files and map services.

First ensure your layer of interest has been added to the map. For instructions on how to do this, refer to the following resources:

  1. How to add layers to the map (help item)
  2. Topics, layers and adding data (video tutorial)

Then click the Layers button to open the Layers panel.

Layers button

Navigate through the list to your required layer, and click on the right arrow next to it.

layers epc right chevron

For all layers except shp, csv, kml and json, select Show labels or Hide labels as needed.

Layers show labels

Layers hide labels

For added datasets including shp, csv, kml and json, first choose your display field label, then click Show display field label.

layers show display label

layers hide display label

Setting layer opacity


The opacity of a layer can be changed to view layers that sit underneath.

Turn on your layer of interest from the Add layers menu.

Layers button

Once you have successfully selected the layers of interest you can press the back arrow to return to the layers list

Layers button

The Detailed surface geology layer will be used for this example.

Click on the down chevron next to the group name, Geology>Detailed 1:100k in this example.

Layers button

Click the right chevron next to Detailed surface geology to open the Layer actions menu.

Layers button

Once selected, a menu will appear with a layer opacity slider. Slide the opacity % to view the layers underneath.    

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Please note: the layer opacity applies to all layers in the source map service. For example all of the Detailed 1:100K Geology layers are sourced from the same map service therefore if you apply an opacity to the Detailed surface geology layer it will also apply to the Detailed solid geology layer.

Using the swipe tool


The Swipe tool allows for comparison of both imagery and data layers within two view modes (Horizontal and Vertical).

Please note that the swipe tool is only available in the 2D view mode, it also cannot be printed through the Print function.

The swipe tool is located in the bottom right of the screen, just above the permit over time tool, click the tool icon to activate it.

Swipe tool

Similar to the past imagery tool, activating the Swipe tool opens up a menu on the bottom of the screen with a ‘Left view’ and a ‘Right view’. The Right and Left lists are based on the layers currently active on the map in the layer list.

Swipe tool views

Deselecting some layers from one side will ‘Hide’ those layers from that view.

Swipe tool hide

To compare specific layers, be sure to have the layers to swipe between prepared before activating the tool, and try to limit the number of layers that are active.

Once satisfied with the active layers to be compared you may want to hide the Swipe menu while using the tool, you can minimise the menu by clicking the icon.

Swipe tool minimise

Click the maximise dashboard icon to return to the menu.

Swipe tool maximise

To change between Horizontal and Vertical view modes, click the swipe direction icon.

Swipe tool direction

Drag the slider across the screen to view and compare the selected layers.

Swipe tool slider

Controls that impact the map view can still be used to pan, rotate, or zoom around to different areas while the Swipe tool is active.

Adding layers from the past imagery tool is an excellent way to view the development and changes in a particular area over time.

Swipe tool past imagery

To close the swipe tool, click the close icon in the top right of the swipe menu

Swipe tool past imagery

How to import data


GeoResGlobe supports the import of web map services or simple shp (zipped), .csv, .kml, .kmz or .json files. Within these file types, only positional data for place marks and polygons, and no other functionality (i.e. 3D objects, labels, tabular data, etc) are supported. Embedded images, pop-ups or references from the file are not displayed and any custom symbology within a saved kml may revert back to the standard/default when imported.

To add your own data click the Layers button

layers button

Then click on Add My Data at the bottom of the Layers panel

add my data

Drag and drop or browse to a shp (zipped), .csv, .kml, .kmz or .json file of your choice or paste in a URL of a web map service.

drag and drop data

When importing shp (zipped), .csv, .kml, .kmz or .json files, they are handled as layers with attributes. These layers can be then be queried with the identify tool like other layers in the application.

Files are supported up to 10MB in size and up to 1,000 features. Contents of a .shp or .kml file(s) must be under 10 MB in its original format before compression.

Shapefile content must be contained within a zip file and must include the mandatory files .shp, .dbf and .shx. The other shapefile file types can also be included but are not mandatory. A zip file must only contain one .shp file as content.

Icon images can be displayed if they reference a publicly available web address.

The size limit for saved maps is currently 10MB - please ensure you are within the limits if planning to save and share your maps.

CSV import format


CSV files must contain a list of coordinates. When importing .csv files, the minimum mandatory columns are ‘Latitude’ and ‘Longitude’ and at least one other column.

For example:

CSV format basic

Additional data columns will be treated as fields that can be displayed as attributes using the Identify tool.

A template for CSV files can be found here.

Coordinates within a .csv file can be imported as points, lines, or polygons. Lines and polygons will plot in the order the points appear in the csv file.

At the Import CSV window, select your import option

import csv

Specify the correct projection for the coordinates.

csv projection

And click Import

csv import

Review your results on screen.

csv review results

When the identify tool is used to display the attributes of the imported csv data you will see that the names for the latitude and longitude fields will be changed to Original_latitude_xxxx where xxxx represents the EPSG code for the projection that was selected when importing the data. For example the EPSG code for GDA2020 is 7844 (shown below).

This number can be used to remind you of the projection that was selected when importing the data. Additional EPSG codes can be found at http://epsg.io/.

csv review results

For extensive technical information on projections, datums and coordinate systems, visit the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) website.

Importing web maps and services


Web map services can be added into GeoResGlobe using ADD MY DATA as described in How to import data.

Queensland Government map services can be found using the Queensland Spatial Catalogue (QSpatial).

Web map service types that are supported include:

  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services (WMS and WMTS)
  • ESRI REST services

OGC Web service support includes:

  • WMS - handles up to 9 sub-layers

OGC Web service limitations include:

  • WMS - medium and high resolution print is not supported.
  • WMS - when using the Identify tool a precise point is needed, a buffer will not provide a result
  • WMTS - Identify tool unavailable on this service
  • WMS/WMTS - service capability needs to support the Web Mercator projection (EPSG:3857 and equivalents) to match the base map spatial reference
  • WFS is not supported at this time

Adding portal items


QSpatial Live (ArcGIS Online) items that have a service URL can be added as a layer in GeoResGlobe. The portal item URL is used and you will be prompted to use your username and password credentials to access the item.

GeoResGlobe respects the user’s portal access properties so you can only display items shared to the organisation or specific group you are a member of. When sharing saved maps from GeoResGlobe containing these items, the person(s) you share with will also need similar access to display these items.

To add an Item from an online portal, navigate to your portal Item and copy the URL. View an example of a publicly available Portal Item.

To add your own data click the Layers button

layers button

Then click on Add My Data at the bottom of the Layers panel

add my data

Copy the item URL into the web address field within the Add My Data screen and click Add files to GeoResGlobe. If the Service is unsecured the portal item will immediately display on the map.

drag and drop data

If a secured service is being added, a prompt will appear asking to Sign in to establish a connection to the Portal Environment

sign into portal environment

A new window will appear to allow a secure connection to your portal. sign into portal environment

After credentials have been accepted, the item(s) will be added to the layer list and display on the map.

How to export data


You may wish to export data for use outside of GeoResGlobe.

You can export features from:

  • Places
  • Search or query results

Features in Places


Any features you have added to Places can be downloaded as a group

Click the Places button to open the Places panel

places button

Click Download, and select a file type

download place

Specify your projection, and click Submit to start the download

places projection

For detailed instruction on creating and using Places, refer to the video tutorials.

Results from a search or query


Run a query or search, and ensure the Results table is open.

Results can be downloaded as:

  • All records in the table
  • A subset of records

(For detailed instruction on searches and queries, refer to the video tutorials).

To download all records, choose the download table option.

download table

Select a file type.

select file type

Specify your projection and click Submit to start the download.

Places Projection

To choose a subset, check the boxes next to your required records.

check boxes records

Click the Download button and select a file type.

download button select file type

Specify your projection and click Submit to start the download.

places projection

Choosing a projection


When exporting to shp or csv, you have a choice of projections.

The selected projection will be included in the name of your downloaded file, for all options except Web Mercator.

For shapefiles you can also confirm the projection by opening the accompanying .prj file in a text editor.

Ensure you select the correct projection for your intended use. For example, data for permit applications must be currently be provided in GDA94.

For extensive technical information on projections, datums and coordinate systems, visit the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) website.

How to view metadata for a layer


Metadata is available for most layers in the application. All metadata is held in the Queensland Spatial Catalogue (QSpatial), and can be accessed by following these steps:

Ensure your layer of interest has been added to the map. For instruction on how to do this, refer to the following resources:

Click the Layers button to open the Layers panel.

layers button

Navigate through the list to your required layer, and then click on the right arrow next to it.

layers epc right chevron

A menu appears. Select Metadata.

layers metadata link

This will take you to the QSpatial website, and list information and relating to your chosen layer.

layers metadata result page