NC4 - E Team - R9.8 Using E Team - Map Viewer and Tools

E Team provides full GIS and mapping functionality. E Team provides the ability for users to dynamically annotate maps and geo-reference a broad array of different types of information. Users are provided with the ability to create their own custom map displays by selecting or de-selecting map layers as needed. In addition, users can hand-draw overlays comprised of a full range of polygons and irregular shapes. Locations of key events and facilities are instantly available on map overlays. Clicking on icons takes you directly to the source report or data.

Your organization's Mapping Administrator is responsible for your GIS configuration

Map Viewer Window

Maps provide a graphic summary of the reports in E Team. Many E Team reports contain a location / geo-location section to support locating that report instance on a map. Once you have successfully geo-located a report on the E Team map, the report location can be viewed by others and the report can be accessed directly from the map.

To launch the map viewer window, click on the Map option in the top frame of the main E Team window. Each time you access the map in this manner, you will have to select which data layers (E Team reports, overlays) you wish to have displayed.

Users who choose to keep the map viewer open in a separate window should be aware that your mapping administrator sets the refresh rate for data layers. Each time the refresh occurs new icons will display in your map viewer for any E Team reports added since the last refresh for those data layers selected for display.

Multiple default values are set by your organization's mapping administrator to enhance your mapping experience. These defaults include:

  • Basemap
  • Bookmark (level of extent)
  • Measuring Unit
  • Layer Opacity
  • Layer Refresh Rate
  • Report Icons

Map tools can be used to customize your viewing experience.

In order to see more or less of your map, you can take advantage of the full screen mode available on your monitor by maximizing your window size, or reduce window size as needed. If after reducing window size:

  • You no longer see a tool at top right select the More User-added image tool to expose the missing option(s).
  • You are not able to see all information or controls presented in an edit pane (displayed when using some of the mapping tools), use your mouse to pan left, right, up, down until you have full view.

An icon image is used to identify reports that have been geo located on the map. These icons typically depict the type of report. For example, when Incidents are selected in your map view, an airplane icon might represent an airplane related Incident. Clicking on the Legend User-added image tool after adding layers to your map provides the legend to icons being used by your organization. 

E Team is delivered with a default icon setting for all reports/sub-types. These defaults can be viewed by clicking on the Help option at the top of each E Team  report. However, your organization's mapping administrator has the ability to customize icons used, therefore, actual icons displayed may vary from that delivered with the application and those contained in field help.

The color of the icon indicates the status of the report instance as defined by your E Team Administrator. There are nine (9) status colors available within E Team. Your system may use all or a subset of these status colors for each report type. E Team status colors are setup in order of worse (black) to best case (blue) as follows.

  • Black
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Teal
  • Gray
  • Blue

E Team uses the color status Blue - Report Closed to indicate an inactive report instance. Report instances with status value Blue will NOT display on the map.  

You can mouse-over icons to see the name of the incident, facility, resource, etc. If multiple report instances are clustered you will need to zoom in further so you can click on the cluster image to get a list of reports from which to make a selection.

You can access a report instance from within the map viewer by clicking on the icon for that report. This will open a dialog window providing additional data for the report and available options associated with the permissions assigned to your user ID including:

  • View Details. Launches report in new window in Read-only mode.
  • Edit Details. Launches report in new window in Update mode.
  • Zoom To. Map will zoom to the report location.

Using Map Tools

When accessing the map you will see a variety of tools that can be used to enhance your mapping experience. These tools appear on the left, and at top right of the map viewer window. Not all tools may be available to all users. The tools and their use are defined below in sections labeled 1 through 3 as noted on the map viewer image below.

User-added image

  1. The following tools can be found in the Map Viewer window on the left and are available to all users. In all cases, to Pan (move the map image right, left, up, or down) hold down your cursor and move in any direction.
    User-added image
  2. The following tools can be found in the Map Viewer window at the top right and are available to all users, except as noted.  Directions tool requires a routing service and may not be available on your system.
    User-added image
  3. The Status Bar is located at the bottom of your map viewer window and provides the following information:
    • Scale - Current map scale.
    • Zoom - Zoom level of the map.
    • Long and Lat - Longitude and Latitude of mouse pointer position.
    • Mercator - Mercator projection coordinates.
    • Center - Center of the map.
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