The Great Smoke Pit Roundup — Continued

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The Great Smoke Pit Roundup — Continued

In ESRI, Gee Whiz, GeoBase & Drafting, News, Publications, Spatial Databases | on June, 09, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

I have completed all of the modifications to the map and have come up with 2 quick how to guides for facility managers and GeoBase techs alike.  It’s a very uncomplicated system to manage for the GeoBase office thankfully.  I will post the training guides once I have the example site up and running this weekend.  I have to make sure there is a distinction as it wouldn’t be a good thing to have anyone playing with a map that is currently being used for operational needs.

Keep in mind, this type of system could be used for anything really.  You could use it for emergency operations during a natural disaster and solicit information from the public to help identify where you need to direct work crews.  You could use it to show upcoming power outages.  You could use it as a C-2 like function for an Air Show staff.  Yes, security is paramount, but you can easily reach an acceptable risk scenario by working closely with your IA and INFOSEC folks to ensure you only have what is necessary out there and it’s in a reasonably secure environment.

Here are some screen grabs from the final changes that were made.  You’ll notice I changed the icons between the last post and now.  The only thing I have left to do is to add in an “approved” smoking zone.

I’ll be adding the smoking approved zones on to the map by using the following code:

var ctaLayer1 = new google.maps.KmlLayer({

url:’https://—-my url—-/smoking_zone.kmz?rev=1′,

suppressInfoWindows: false,

preserveViewport: true



This is similar to what I did for the Arctic Thunder Open House map site, only this time I have a KML layer as my zones and XML points being rendered to generate the points and polygons.  I could have shoved everything into Firebase or Fusion tables, but that wouldn’t have worked for our GeoBase shop as they can’t access Google Drive resources from a DoD computer.  It’s a shame considering there are a number of other services that allow large file transfers such as Amazon S3, but I assume that’s even available as it’s not widely used outside of the COM world.

More to come when I publish the example site and the training guides.  Its funny how we publish training guides for even the most simple of tools that someone may use on a day to day basis.