Getting Started #5 - Importing Data into a Map Workspace

Document created by Tom Harrison on Jul 30, 2019
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Importing Data into a Map Workspace

With the Connect Map Viewer you can import existing GIS data into a map workspace for use in TerraFlex. 


Supported File Formats


The Map Viewer is able to import data from Shapefile and Esri File Geodatabase formats.

  1. Shapefiles must be zipped before uploading to the map viewer and must contain files with SHP, SHX, DBF, and PRJ file extensions.
    • Multiple shapefiles can be uploaded in a single zip file.
  2. File Geodatabases need to be zipped before being uploaded to the map viewer.
    • Only a single file geodatabase can be included in a single zip file
    • Multiple feature classes can be contained in the fgdb
    • The importer does not support Feature Data set hierarchy


Note - we recommend not exceeding 40mb for import files - this will be reviewed and guidance provided in the near future. Connect converts all files to WGS84 on import so it is recommended (although not essential) for reasons of speed, that you use files projected in WGS84


Uploading to the Map Viewer


Uploading files to the Map Viewer is completed through your web browser in the Connect Map Workspace

  1. Log in to and browse to your Project folder > open your Map Workspace
  2. Once you have opened your map workspace select the  button at the bottom of the Data menu
  3. From the menu select Import from file
  4. This will open the Import File window from which you can either drag and drop, or browse to the file on your PC that you want to import
    Import Vector Data
  5. The file will go through a 2 stage upload process first uploading the file to the Connect environment then processing the data
    • Data upload (which is as fast as your data connection allows)
    • Data Processing which takes longer and is based on the complexity and size of the data-set

      Note - once the first Data upload stage is complete you can close down the map page and the file will continue to process. Larger files may take some time to completely process and display so this is advised

      Vector Upload stage 1 Vector Upload stage 2

  6. Once the file has been uploaded the data will be processed and will appear in the Data list as layers in your map workspace

    Vector Upload Complete