Layer Properties

Layer properties allow the user to make aesthetic changes to desired layers.

View

In the Layer Properties window, users can change the Opacity of a specific layer.

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3D Preview

In the Layer Properties window, users are able to adjust multiple aspects of the 3D Preview function. Controls are dependent on the type of layer selected (point, line, area).

Features

  • Users can toggle if a layer is included in 3D Preview.

  • Users can select what the layer is set to Show As. This includes:

    Extruded volumes to be used for buildings and other above ground features.

  • Users can toggle if the 3D Preview should use a data table column to determine height.

  • Height Column will determine which data column is used for height data.

  • Minimum Height will ensure all buildings have a minimum height displayed

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  • 3D Polygons to be used for drawing the feature in the 3D Preview without modification to its elevation or Z-values. Users can change the Color if 3D Polygon is selected.
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  • Draped Polygons to be used for natural elements, such as a body of water. Users can change the Color if Draped Polygon is selected.
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Roads

  • Drape on Terrain - See description above.
  • Color - Road color.
  • Minimum Width - Sets road with when Use Data Table Column to Determine Width is not selected. Otherwise, this value prevents the data column value from being too small due to missing or incorrect data.
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Walls

The user can choose the direction that the walls extrude. There are three directions that the walls can be extruded: center, left, and right. The extrude direction is dependent on the direction of the linear feature they are extruded from. Additionally, the wall segments can be subdivided to better follow terrain if elevation data is present. If enabled, any given segment will be subdivided so that it is no longer than the value specified (in meters).

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Powerlines

Linear features may be viewed as powerlines. A powerline pole will be placed at each vertex. A powerline line will connect each pole.

  • Height - can be set using the Minimum Height field or by a user-selected attribute when ‘Use Data Table Column to Determine Height’ is checked.
  • Radius - determines the radius of each powerline pole (in meters).
  • Geometry detail - determines the number of subdivisions to use when constructing the pole’s cylindrical shape. A lower setting will produce a fewer-polygon shape that may appear more blocky, but may improve performance if there are many powerline objects present in the scene. A higher setting will produce a greater-polygon shape that better approximates a smooth cylinder, but may reduce performance if there are many powerline objects present in the scene.
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Layer Style

In the Layer Properties window, users are able to change the colors used for their data.

Features

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  • Stroke Color determines the color of the layer outline.
  • Stroke Width determines the width of the outline.
  • Stroke Enabled toggles the stroke effect.
  • Fill Color determines the color of the layer footprint.
  • Fill Enabled toggles the fill effect.

LIDAR

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  • Users can toggle if LIDAR points are seen in 3D Preview.

  • Color determines the color of all LIDAR points in both 2D and 3D.

  • Color From Height allows users to color LIDAR points based on height data. This can be restricted to create a larger scale of color when points are closer together.

    • Users can click the Apply To All Layers button when they have applied preferred color settings.
  • Modify By Intensity Users can toggle to modify points by intensity if an intensity property is present in the data.

  • Point Size determines the size of each individual LIDAR data point.

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This figure shows LIDAR Data using the Color From Height feature.

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This figure shows LIDAR Data using the Color feature.

Elevation

Users are able to adjust the following elevation data setting intensities.

  • Altitude
  • Azimuth
  • Z Factor
  • Saturation
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Symbology

In the Layer Properties window, a different single symbol for each added feature layer. Users are able to customize these layers to fit their specific needs.

See Layer Symbol

  1. Locate the desired layer in the Project Browser and right click.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click the Symbology tab.

The table will display the symbol assigned automatically by Conform to the selected layer. This will be labeled as <Default> symbol for the layer.

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Choosing a Single Layer Symbol

  1. Follow the See Layer Symbol steps.
  2. Double click the image in the Symbol column.
  3. Select the desired symbol.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK.
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Choosing Symbols Based On Attribution

This function supports varying symbol selection based on feature attribute values.

  1. Follow the See Layer Symbol steps.
  2. Click Select Fields…
  3. Desired field values can be selected using the checkbox next to the field names.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Each field selected in step 3 will appear as a new column in the Symbology tab of Layer Properties.
  6. Click Add Row.
  7. In the newly added row, enter a value in the appropriate column for each field selected.
  8. Double click the image in the Symbol column.
  9. Select the appropriate symbol to be assigned if the values in this row are matched.
  10. Click OK.

An example of steps 7 – 10 is below. Every feature except those whose “label” field matches the value of “crop_land” will be colored with the <Default> symbol. Those who match will be colored with the rose colored symbol.

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Editing Symbols

  1. Follow the Choosing a Single Layer Symbol steps.
  2. Click Edit…
  3. The Edit Symbol window will appear.

This editor allows users to change a symbol type, properties, and layers. Layers can be added or removed to produce more complex symbols. These changes are reflected in real time in the Preview window.