Shapefile Loader
  • 10 Oct 2023
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Shapefile Loader

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Article Summary

There are many resources online that will allow the public to download shapefiles of data. For example, a lot of counties nationwide will have shapefiles of their zoning data or utility specifications.  Usually this kind of public information will be free of charge but relies on the consumer of these files to view the data on another service. With LandVision this ingestion and display of that data is possible. 

So what is a shapefile? A Shapefile is a file that contains shapes with fields of information connected to it that will be visible on a platform like LandVision as an overlay. Having this visibility on the map view that can plot to exact locations can be a very useful way to see and make decisions on data. Read further to see the requirements LandVision has for loading this information as well as the steps to take. 

Shapefile Requirements

  • Required Upload Format: Shapefiles must be contained in a zip folder, and there should be no nested folders within the zipped folder (aka a file folder within a file folder)
  • Required File Types: The zip folder can have various file types but must contain the following file types at minimum: .shp, .dbf, .shx, and .prj 
  • Upload File Size Limit: 30MB
  • File Vertices Limit: 10,000
  • Vertices are the individual points or coordinates that define the shape of a line segment or the boundary of a polygon. 
  • In a polyline, vertices are used to create a series of connected line segments, forming a path or route. 
  • In a polygon, vertices define the corners or nodes of the shape. The shapefile stores the coordinates of these vertices in a specific order to accurately represent the geometry of the feature.

If needed, there are other third party applications that can enable you to modify your Shapefiles before loading them in to LandVision:

These third party applications may require some advanced knowledge of GIS tools to use. For additional assistance with these applications, please reach out to their respective Support teams. 

Uploading the Shapefile

1. Click the Layers icon from the Main Toolbar.

2. Choose More Layers at the bottom of the Layers Menu.

3. Select a Folder from the folder drop-drown list in which to save your data. 

  • The most commonly used folders are USER and SHARE.
  • USER allows visibility for just yourself. SHARE means a colleague with a username on the same LandVision account as you can view it too.

4. Click the Load Data drop down and choose Shapefile.

5. In the Shape Loader window, assign a Layer Name.

6. Click Choose File and find the .zip file you want to upload. Then select Upload.

7. In the status area on the upper right corner of LandVision, click the Layer icon once the upload message confirms it is loaded.

8. On the Shape Loader Job window that appears, click Add Layer to Map to see the layer as an option in your Layers Menu to turn on.

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