Locating Places

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Finding an Address or Place

To find an address or place, enter the address or place on the Finder box. Civic Platform GIS will automatically list locations that match your entry on a drop-down list. You can select an item from the list or finish typing the complete address and press Enter (or click the Search icon). Civic Platform GIS zooms to the selected location. Click X to clear the Finder and start another search.

The following diagram shows a sample address entry on the Finder:



Map plotting in Civic Platform

In Civic Platform, if you select one or more records from a Record list and click the GIS button, the map opens, plots the records with visually enhanced map markers, and lists the selected on the map's record panel. When the user hovers over a record on the record panel, the corresponding GIS object is highlighted on the map.

The following example shows a record with matched multiple parcels:



 

The plotted locations display on the map based on the following guidelines:
  • For records that have parcels associated to them, the map matches the parcel ID on the record with the parcel geometry on the map using the Link ID of the AGIS_OBJECT APO table. The parcel geometry is highlighted on the map.
  • If there is no parcel geometry that matches that ID, the map uses the parcel's associated address (in the Civic Platform ADDR_PARCEL relationship table) and geocode the address to the street centerline file based on the geocoding service.
    • If an agency geocoding service is set up in the GIS Administration site, the custom geocoding service is used for the place location widget.

    • If there is no agency geocoding service is configured in GIS Administration site, the address search feature will use the ArcGIS Online centerline geocoding service.

  • For records that have assets associated to them, the map matches the asset ID on the record with the asset geometry on the map using the Link ID of the AGIS_Object APO and the GIS configuration of the map service, the layer and link ID field.
  • For records that have a parcel and one or more assets associated, the parcel and the assets are plotted as mentioned above.
  • For records that only have an address (site address of the transaction record e.g. service request or permit, etc.) the address is geocoded based on the geocoding settings.
    • If an agency geocoding service is set up in the GIS Administration site, the custom geocoding service is used for the place location widget.

    • If there is no agency geocoding service configured in GIS Administration site, the address search feature uses the ArcGIS Online centerline geocoding service.

  • All GIS objects associated to the records (in other words, GIS features that are not parcels or assets linked with reference records in Accela) are matched by the Link ID as defined in the AGIS_OBJECT APO table and highlighted on the map. These are mapped in addition to the asset/parcel and address plotting logic mentioned above. GIS objects always plots with the other aforementioned objects.
  • If GIS objects cannot be plotted, a message window displays with the list of unplotted GIS objects. The record whose GIS object could not be plotted displays on the record panel with the symbol. For example:



In addition to the Record page, the 9.0.0 release introduces the ability to plot transactional records on the following pages:
  • Work Order
  • Parcel
Known limitations in 9.0.0: Although the Address and Asset pages use the new map markers and message window, the map plotting logic described above does not apply to the Address, Asset, Inspection, and Condition Assessment pages. Note also that on the Address page, the symbol is not currently used on the record panel.

 

Finding parcels on the Civic Platform map

To search for a specific parcel on a Civic Platform map, type a parcel ID on the search box. As you type the parcel ID, Civic Platform GIS lists suggested addresses and parcel IDs. You can either enter a full parcel ID or select the parcel ID from the result list.



When Civic Platform GIS matches the parcel ID, the map zooms to the parcel, displays a map marker on the parcel, and highlights the parcel. You can click the parcel to see the GIS information and action panel:



 

Clicking a location on the Civic Platform map

When a user clicks on the map, JavaScript GIS searches the Civic Platform database for GIS objects on the clicked location.
  • If multiple GIS objects are found on the clicked location, the What's Here menu shows the found address, its x-y coordinates, and a summary count of the GIS objects:



    From the list of GIS objects, a user can select a GIS object and perform any of the available actions on the selected object.

  • If only a parcel exists on the clicked location:

    • The parcel is highlighted, and the GIS information and action panel is displayed.

    • If the user clicks on a line between two parcels, both will be highlighted and both will be listed in the GIS information panel.

  • If a parcel does not exist on the clicked location, the geocoding address is used and the parcel associated with the geocoding address is shown.

  • If an address is not found on the clicked location, only the x-y coordinates are shown.

  • The x-y coordinates on the clicked location currently cannot be used to perform any action. Due to this limitation, the "Drop Pin" functionality on the What's Here menu has been removed in JavaScript GIS 9.0.0 to avoid confusion.

Navigating to a Bookmarked or Browser Location

To navigate to a bookmark or your current browser’s saved location, click the Bookmark icon . The following diagram shows a sample Locate Me panel:



On the Bookmark panel, you can:

1: Navigate and zoom into a bookmarked location. An existing bookmark cannot be updated. To update it, delete the existing bookmark and add a new bookmark for the new location.

2: Delete a bookmark.

3: Bookmark the current location.

4: Navigate and zoom into your browser’s current location.