How to perform searches and queries

Searches and queries are powerful tools for exploring data in your map.

How to zoom to a particular feature or features

You can zoom to particular feature or features using the following parts of the application:

  • Search panel
  • Results table
  • Navigation tools

Search panel

The Search menu can be used to locate areas of interest. There are two types of searches available:

  1. Locator search
  2. Map layer search – indicated by the blue icon next to the category name.

Results table

There are many ways to populate the Results table including running a:

  • Search
  • Identify
  • Attribute query or
  • Spatial query

For instruction on these methods, refer to these resources:

For this example, follow the steps above to perform an All current permits search. When the search is complete tabs will appear for each layer that returned a result (in this example, ML permit granted and ML surface area granted). Click on your required tab.

required tab

Click the down arrow next to your chosen record and then click Zoom to feature.

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If required, click on the checkbox next to your chosen record to highlight it on the map.

record checkbox

If you have multiple records you wish to zoom to, select the necessary checkboxes, and then click Zoom to feature at the bottom of the table. Note you can select all records by clicking the checkbox at the bottom of the table.

zoom to feature

The Results table can also be populated by using the identify tool, or performing a query. For more information on these methods, consult the following documentation and video tutorials:

Filter table results

When viewing records in the results table, you may want to refine the data further based on certain attributes. This can be done using the Filter tool.

First, follow the instructions above to run a search or query to return some results to the table.

Click the filter button (top left) in the results table

display results table

A popup window will display where you can select the options you would like to filter by. Click the drop down arrows to select the LAYER, FIELD and OPERTATOR you would like to use. Then enter a VALUE to filter on.

In this example the Report Index layer is being filtered by the commodity field for any records which contain the word “Petroleum”.

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Click add to apply the filter to the results table. Once complete, a notification will display to advise that the filter has been applied.

display results table

Click on View Filter List to view filters that have been applied or remove any that are unwanted.

display results table

You can now close the filter window and return to the results table.

The results table will display the filtered results within the selected area and the number of filters that have been applied will appear beside the filter button.

display results table

The filter will remain active until a new search is run or it is removed through the Filter tool.

Please note: the data is only filtered in the results table. The map display will not be altered by this filter.

How to query layers intersecting a feature or a place

Places → Query layers using this place:

Turn on your layer of interest.

Using the Layers tab on the left hand side menu bar, click on Add layers

layers button

add layers

Add one or many layers and/or any of their related layers.

add layers exploration add layers exploration sub categories

add layers mineral epm

Once layers are turned on you can then draw an area of interest on the screen using the drawing tools.

Results table → Tab → Drop list → Intersect

This feature action will allow you to query any intersecting layers – e.g. if you choose ML 1 and would like to see what constrained lands this overlaps or abuts with then choose Intersect from the drop down menu.

After you click the intersect action, a dialog box appears where you can choose your distance.

  1. a negative number finds intersects within the area only and not abutting
  2. a zero amount finds intersects within the area including abuttals
  3. and a positive integer is the distance in metres surrounding ML 1

How to query a layer’s attributes

An attribute query can be run on most layers in the application.

To run an attribute query on a layer, ensure it has been added to you map and is visible.

We’ll use Boreholes Coal for this example.

Once your layer has been added, locate it in the layers panel, either by expanding the layer groups

boreholes coal

or by entering a filter term.

filter term

Then click the arrow to the right of the layer name to reveal the Attribute Query panel.

boreholes attribute

Click on Query layer attributes

query layer attributes

Enter a query of your choice.

There are many variables to choose from, depending on your layer and the fields it contains.

We’ll use a simple query for this example, Bore ID = 5221

attribute query

Click on Query Layer

query layer button

Review the query outputs in the Results table

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For further information on interacting with the results table, refer to the Searching and querying tutorial video.