Want to take your mapping skills to the next level?
Here are 6 tips to improve the maps you create
1) How can I make Maps with my own data?
Your data needs to be structured in a way, typically this would be in the form of an Excel Spreadsheet or an Access database.
The data should contain some sort of geographic co-ordinates, these could be:
- Latitude and Longitude
- Post Codes
- Eastings and Northings (expressed as X and Y)
To import your data. Click File, Open and change the file type to the format that you are reading in (bottom right of the pop-up). Once saved this will trigger a series of pop-up options to walk through.Once saved this will trigger a series of pop-up options to walk through. When the display states ‘Maptitude has found coordinate information in your table, Do you want to create a geographic file?’ The answer to this should be ‘Yes’ and then select the relevant X and Y field.
At this point it may be necessary to click on the Coordinates button and check that the Coordinate system is correct.
- For Latitude / Longitude – ‘Longitude, Latitude’
- For Eastings / Northings – ‘Class – Europe’, ‘Zone – Great Britain British National Grid’
- This will then create a map showing the points imported.
2) When I make a Map, my points end up in the sea, How do I fix this?
Typically, this is due to an incorrect coordinate projection system being selected. To sort this – open a new session of Maptitude follow the notes above and ensuring that the correct Coordinate system has been selected.
3) How do I go about making my own drive rings map?
This is best done by importing points data, typically stations and selecting these points as the ‘working layer’.
Next select the Create Drive Time Rings button
This which will launch the Drive Zone menu.
To select the points, click on the select locations button select the layer (stations), and then change the number and size rings that you wish to apply and press the 4 the button along to run the tool. This will create a map with drive zones similar to that seen below.
4) We have our own geographies, can I read in my own shape file?
This can be done by reading in your own shape files normally ESRI SHP or MapInfo Interchange MIF files. To do this File, Open, change filetype select the filetype.
This will open the import pop-up window, Click Ok and then Save File and this should create a Map layer with plotting the shape of each of your areas..
5) Can I choose my own colour scheme?
Make the layer you want to colour by the working layer and click on the Colour Theme Map wizard button
This will generate the wizard that will allow you to change the colour schemes used under Styles
6) How do I find which area my points are in?
In order to understand which points sit within each area, make your points the working layer. From the top toolbar select Tools, Analysis and Tag Points by Area
Select the layer that you wish to tag – in this case I have chosen ‘Police Force’
The output then shows all point tagged by Police Force as a dataview. This dataview can be saved as an Excel file and used in other analysis.
For any assistance on mapping, contact our helpdesk. Alternatively you can sign up for our Advanced Maptitude and Facility Location Planning course which will next run on 14th March 2018.