Mapping

We have made changes to the mapping section of our i-notice program. The following information should assist in understanding the new features and functionality to the mapping portion of creating a ticket in i-notice. However, if you still have questions, visit our video tutorials or register for online training.

 

The purpose of mapping your location request - When you are mapping  your dig site, do not look at the map with the idea it is for driving directions. The locators will not see the map you have gridded. Under the map you view is another "unseen" map the member utilities have created containing their service areas. When you grid an area on the top map layer, your grid actually touches the map below (the one you cannot see). When this happens, the software generates a list of all the member utilities where your map has touched the utilities mapped out areas. This is how the utilities know where you are excavating.

Gridding the Map for an Address Request / When Parcel Data is Available

When excavating at an address where parcel data is available, the map will automatically bring up the parcel. The entire parcel will be highlighted with a 50-foot buffer. Please note, not every county or place is set up with parcel data. To verify the parcel and or address, simply hover over the parcel and the information will come up in a bubble.

The map encompasses the area where my dig is going to take place. This is found directly under the toolbar located at the bottom of the screen. Click on the Next button (there is no longer a save button).

Gridding the Map for an Address Request / When Parcel Data is Not Available

When a parcel data is not available, you will need to manually grid your location or verify the computer gridded area encompasses your excavation site.

Gridding the Map - The blue-shaded area highlights a section of road the excavation will take place. It is suggested to manually grid along the road between the two nearest intersecting streets. Left click once on the Draw Line tool, which can be found on the bottom toolbar. On the map, left click once at the starting point, let go of your mouse and trace along the road to the nearest intersecting street. If your road starts to bend, left click once at each bend. Once you have come to your stopping point, left click twice. You will see there are blue circles around the shaded area. There will be a 400-foot buffer automatically populated. This is a safety buffer and you will not need to make it smaller.

If your map is correct, click in the box that states, "The map encompasses the area where my dig is going to take place." This is found directly under the toolbar located at the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Next" button (there is no longer a save button).

You may also choose not to manually map and select the computer gridded area as long as the blueshaded area encompasses the are of your excavation. Please keep in mind, it is the users responsibility to be sure the area of excavation is properly represented.

Gridding the Map for an Intersection

When excavating at an intersection, the map will highlight the intersection with a 200-foot buffer. There are three ways you may choose to grid your map.

Mapping by parcel - If your parcel is available, left click once on the selectparcels tool. Left click once on the parcel on the map; you will see there are blue circles around the parcel. Please note, not every county or place is set up with parcel data.


 

Gridding the Map: Left click once on the Draw Points tool, which can be found on the bottom toolbar. Go to the map and left click once at the center of the intersection, blue circles will now be around the shaded area. There is a 400-foot buffer around the intersection.

If you will be working in a radius greater than 400 foot you will want to use the Draw Circle tool. Left click on the draw circles tool and then go to map and left click once and hold in the middle of the intersection, pull the mouse and you will start drawing a circle. The radius of the circle will show on the screen. When you reach the correct distance, let go of the mouse, a circle will remain on the screen and there will be blue circles around the shaded area.

You may also choose not to manually map and select the computer gridded area as long as the blue shaded area encompasses the are of your excavation. Please keep in mind, it is the users responsibility to be sure the area of excavation is properly represented.

If your map is correct, click in the box that states, The Map incompasses the area where my dig is going to take place. Click on the Next button (there is no longer a save button).

 

Gridding the Map When Excavating from Intersection to Intersection or Between Addresses

When excavating from one intersection to the next intersection or when excavating along the road between an address range, the map will highlight the intersection with a 200-foot buffer. There are three ways you may choose to grid your map. Be sure to follow the rules of the extent of excavation.

Gridding the Map - The blue shaded area highlight the section of road between the two intersecting streets. Be sure there are no other roads in between. If there are road between your two intersecting streets, you may not be following the Extent of Excavation policy. To manually grid, you will need to grid along the road between the two intersecting streets. Left click once on the Draw Line tool, which can be found on the bottom toolbar. Go to the map and left click once at your starting point. Let go of your mouse and trace the road to your next nearest intersecting street. If your road starts to bend, left click once at each bend. Once you have come to your stopping point, left click twice. You will see there are blue circles around the shaded area. There will be a 400-foot buffer.

Mapping by parcels - If your parcels are available, left click once on the select parcels tool. Left click once on the first parcel on the map and continue to hold down mouse, pulling to the next parcel. After letting go of the mouse you will see there are blue circles around the parcels. Please note, not every county or place is set up with parcel data. 

You may also choose not to manually map and select the computer gridded area as long as the blue shaded area encompasses the are of your excavation. Please keep in mind, it is the users responsibility to be sure the area of excavation is properly represented.

If your map is correct, click in the box that states, "The Map incompasses the area where my dig is going to take place."Click on the "Next " (there is no longer a save button).