Creating Features

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This topic outlines the process for creating features on the map. Features include:

  • Valves
  • Points
  • Lines
  • Rectangles
  • Polygons
  • Circles
  • Corridors
  • Comments


Creating a Feature

  1. Log into Transparent Earth. 
    a. Enter the Transparent Earth URL into a Chromebrowser window, and click Enter
    b. Enter your User ID and Passwordand click Sign In
    The main Transparent Earth Window and Map display, granting you access to the OperationMaintenance tools: 
  2. Click the Operation Maintenance button (upper right corner of the window). 
    The Operation Maintenance tools appear (upper left corner of the map).  
  3. Select the applicable feature icon: 
    Your cursor turns into a small blue circle and allows you to select a point on the map.
  4. Click on the map, and the Record/Edit Feature Information dialog box displays. 
    To create a Valve, click on the map. 
    a. To create a Point, click on the map. 
    b. To create a Line, click on the map at thestart point, and then double-click on the map at the end point.You can also create a complex line by clicking many times on the map, creatinga line in the appropriate shape. 
    c. To create a Rectangle, click on the mapand drag a square around the location on the map. 
    d. To create a Circle, click on the map anddrag a circle around the location on the map. 
    e. To create a Corridor, click on the mapand draw a line around the corridor area. Double-click at your last point todisplay the Record/Edit Feature Information dialog box.
  5. Complete the Record/Edit Feature Information dialog: The dialog box is the same for all points, lines, polygons and comments. 


Title Action
Feature Type Automatically populates with the feature type.
Title Manually enter the title for the feature you are creating.
Description Manually enter a description of the feature you are creating.
Create Date Automatically populates with the current date.
Created By Automatically populates with the current UserID.
Notify GIS Technician? Select the Yes or No radio button.
If you select Yes, the  GIS Technician will receive an email notification, and a task will display in their My Notifications list. See Form Status Rules and My Notifications for details on assignments and notifications.
  1. Click the Save button.
  2. Click Yes at the first confirmation prompt.
  3. Click OK at the second confirmation prompt.
  4. To attach document or file to the feature, click the Attach button (bottom of the Record/Edit dialog box). 
  5. Click Browse
  6. Browse to the location of the file and double-click the file.
  7. Click OK
    The system will save the file to the Feature that you have just created.
  8. Click the View/Edit Operation Maintenance Forms button to review or edit the information for any of the features you created. 
    The Record/Edit Feature Information dialog box displays.
  9. Make edits to the feature information page, then click SaveYes, and OK.
  10. Click the Reset Tools button to turn off any of the tool icons that have been selected, and to turn the mouse pointer back into the standard white arrow.