Creating and Editing Map Features

The layer editing tool on the Layers widget allows you to create or modify map features to accurately match actual geographic objects on the map. For example, if a public works maintenance worker recently installed a sign above a traffic light, you can add a map feature to represent the sign at its exact location. After a map feature has been created or modified, you can add it to the GIS database and attach it to a new or existing transaction record.
Note: To allow a map user to edit a map layer, a GIS Administrator must grant the user Edit Permissions. For configuration details, see Configuring Accela GIS > Product Integrations > User Groups > Map Layer Settings on Accela GIS Administrator Guide.

 

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Editing a layer

The layer editing tool opens a selected map layer in an edit layer session during which the user can add or update GIS object drawings and attributes.

The layer editing tool icon appears next to the layer name if the map is zoomed at a visible scale, and if the user has permission to edit the map layer. The following sample Layers widget shows next to the Parks map layer, which is visible and editable by the logged-in user:



 

Note: In the above example, the Zoning layer has a pencil icon because the user has permission to edit it. However the Zoning layer is disabled because it is not visible at the current zoom level. The Rivers layer does not have a pencil icon because the user does not have permissions to edit that layer.

 

To edit a layer, click the icon next to the map layer. The edit layer session displays the Edit Layer toolbar, Layers widget, and Edit GIS Object panel:



The edit layer session disables the Search box, selection tool, zoom control, and the other map widgets. The edit layer session also resets the GIS Objects panel. After you stop an edit layer session, the GIS Objects panel shows only the new or updated GIS object(s) on the map layer that was just edited. This GIS Objects panel (that is displayed after an edit layer session ends) does not show GIS objects that were previously selected before you started the edit layer session.

Adding a GIS Object

To add a GIS object to a map layer:

  1. Start a layer edit session:

    1. Click to open the Layers widget.

    2. Click next to the map layer you want to edit.
      Note: If you do not see the pencil icon, you do not have edit permissions on the layer. If the pencil icon is disabled, zoom into a visible scale.

       

  2. Click on the Edit Layer toolbar. The cursor displays as the + symbol and becomes a "sticky" cursor.

  3. To start drawing, click the + cursor at the first point of the GIS object on the map.



     

  4. Click the + sticky cursor at each subsequent vertex of a polygon or polyline.



  5. To end the drawing, double-click at the last vertex.

    The new GIS object is highlighted, and the Edit GIS Object panel displays the GIS object attributes.



     

  6. On the Edit GIS Object panel, enter the GIS object attribute values. The required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.



     

    The Edit GIS Object panel validates required fields and data formats. A field entry that passes validation is highlighted as green, and a field that fails validation is highlighted as red.

    If any field failed validation, the Edit GIS Object panel displays the message "n error(s) found. Click to fix" where n is the number of validation errors. For example:

    To jump to the first field with the validation error (and avoid scrolling), click the message "n error(s) found. Click to fix." After fixing the error, you can click the message again to jump to the subsequent validation error. The Submit button is disabled until all field entries are valid.

  7. Click Cancel on the Edit GIS Object panel to cancel any un-submitted drawing and attribute values. The Cancel button removes the un-submitted GIS object from the map and the Edit GIS Object panel. You will be prompted to confirm the cancellation of unsaved GIS objects in the edit layer session.

  8. Click Submit to save the GIS object in the map service.

    Once the transaction is complete, the Edit GIS Object panel slides out, and the new GIS object is shown on the GIS Objects panel.



     

  9. Optionally, click the icon again to add another GIS object. After finishing a GIS object drawing and data entry, click Submit to save the GIS object in the map service.
    Note: Only one GIS object can be submitted at a time. However, multiple transactions can be submitted during an edit layer session.

     

  10. Click the STOP EDITING button on the Edit Layer toolbar to exit the edit layer session and view the new GIS object on the map, along with other map
    Note: If STOP EDITING is clicked without submitting the last GIS object data entry or drawing, the user will be prompted to discard any changes or to resume the edit layer session.
    Note: After you stop editing, the GIS Objects panel shows only the new or updated GIS object(s) on the map layer that was just edited. This GIS Objects panel does not show GIS objects that were previously selected before you started the edit layer session. Any subsequently selected GIS objects will be appended to the GIS Objects panel.

 

Editing a GIS Object

To edit an existing GIS object on a map layer:

  1. Start a layer edit session:

    1. Click to open the Layers widget.

    2. Click next to the map layer you want to edit.
      Note: If you do not see the pencil icon, you do not have edit permissions on the layer. If the pencil icon is disabled, zoom into a visible scale.

       

  2. Click the GIS object to be modified. The vertices on the GIS object appear, and the Edit GIS Object panel shows the GIS object attributes.



     

  3. To change the shape of an existing GIS object, click and drag the vertices.



    Note: A vertex cannot be added nor deleted from an existing GIS object.

     

  4. Modify GIS object attribute values on the Edit GIS Object panel as needed.



     

    The Edit GIS Object panel validates required fields and data formats. A field entry that passes validation is highlighted as green, and a field entry that fails validation is highlighted as red. Multiple validation errors are listed at the top of the Edit GIS Object panel. The user can click an error message on the list to jump to the field with the validation error. The Submit button is disabled until all field entries are valid.
  5. Click Cancel on the Edit GIS Object panel to cancel any un-submitted modifications on the drawing and attribute values. The Cancel button reverts the GIS object back to its previously saved state, including its drawing and attributes. You will be prompted to confirm the cancellation of unsaved GIS objects in the edit layer session.

  6. Click Submit to save the GIS object in the map service.

    Once the transaction is complete, the Edit GIS Object panel slides out, and the new or updated GIS object is shown on the GIS Objects panel. You can view the GIS object properties to review your modifications.



    Note: The GIS Objects panel above only shows the map layer that was edited. It does not show GIS objects that are selected from other map layers.

     

  7. Optionally click the icon again to add another GIS object. After finishing a GIS object drawing and data entry, click Submit to save the GIS object in the map service.
    Note: Only one GIS object can be submitted at a time. However, multiple transactions can be submitted during an edit layer session.

     

  8. Click the STOP EDITING button on the Edit Layer toolbar to exit the edit layer session and view the modified GIS object on the map, along with other map
    Note: If STOP EDITING is clicked without submitting the last GIS object data entry or drawing, the user will be prompted to discard any changes or to resume the edit layer session.

 

Editing Tips

  • After double-clicking to end a GIS object drawing, you cannot add another point to the drawing. If you mistakenly ended the drawing, click Cancel on the Edit GIS Object panel, and re-draw the shape. The edit layer session currently does not support un-do nor re-do actions.
  • To pan to another area of the map, click-hold-drag the map to another location.

  • Zoom the map to a visible scale before starting an edit layer session. Because the edit layer session requires that the map layer is within the visible scale range, the zoom level cannot be changed during the edit layer session.

  • You can show or hide other map layers on the Layers widget during an edit layer session to view the new or modified GIS object relative to other map layers.

  • To edit a different layer, click the STOP EDITING button to exit the current edit layer session. On the Layers widget, click the layer editing tool next to the other layer.