Custom shapes user guide

Introduction

Sometimes you want to draw the area on the map, to mark out a pivot or field, and not use an area that is predefined as a shape in the database, including a BLM allotment or PLSS quarter section. If you want to draw your own area on the map, you can use several tools from the drawing menu at the top of the map.

Drawing circles "Draw a circle" Show mobile version

Draw a circle - click to enlarge
Figure 1: Draw a circle - click to enlarge

Your area is not defined but has a circle shape? It's not a problem, you can draw any circles on the map and add them to the tracts.

If you want to add a circle such as the pivot above, select "Draw a circle". Select a place on the map to be the centre of the circle, click and drag the cursor to the desired size. When your circle has the desired shape, release the mouse button and the area will be added and placed on the tracts list.

Drawing rectangles "Draw a rectangle" Show mobile version

Do you have to add an area that is not defined but has a rectangular shape? We have a tool that allows you to easily draw rectangles.

If you want to draw a rectangular area, select "Draw a rectangle". Select a place on the map, which will be one corner of the area, click and drag the cursor to the desired size, release the mouse button, and the area will be added and placed on the list of tracts.

Draw a rectangle - click to enlarge
Figure 2: Draw a rectangle - click to enlarge

Adding your own polygons "Draw a shape" Show mobile version

Draw a shape - click to enlarge
Figure 3: Draw a shape - click to enlarge

Do you want to add an area that is not defined, is not a rectangle, and does not have a circle shape? We have a tool for you to manually mark selected areas.

If you want to create a polygon with irregular shapes, select "Draw a shape" and start drawing on the map. Click on the map where the first corner of your polygon is located. By clicking on the next vertices you will create lines that these vertices will connect. Double-clicking on the last vertex causes the first vertex to be connected to the last one closing the created area into a polygon and placing it on the list of tracts.

This process can be done in reverse with drawing a hole out of an existing shape. Click on make a hole and it will cut out a custom shape from your tract. See the hole drawing guide.

Information label with drawing parameters. Show mobile version

When you use the Draw a shape tool, you can see that a yellow window appears in the upper left corner, in which you can see three values:

  • Distance

The distance between the beginning and the end of the currently drawn line is measured in feet.

Information label with drawing parameters, distance - click to enlarge
Figure 4: Information label with drawing parameters, distance - click to enlarge
Information label with drawing parameters, heading - click to enlarge
Figure 5: Information label with drawing parameters, heading - click to enlarge
  • Heading

Information in which direction of the world (N, S) and at what angle you draw, it is expressed in degrees.

  • Area

The area of your polygon expressed in ac.

Information label with drawing parameters, area - click to enlarge
Figure 6: Information label with drawing parameters, area - click to enlarge

The yellow window will disappear when you finish drawing.