In UrbanFootprint, a project contains all of the scenarios, data, analytics, and reports that allow a user to explore growth outcomes. When you create a project, you specify the jurisdictional boundaries you want to work with and UrbanFootprint will create the base canvas and reference layers you need to start your work.

Step 1 - Open the Create New Project Dialog

To create a new project, select Create Project from the Project menu.

Step 2 - Fill In the Create New Project Window

Enter project information in the Create New Project window:

Project Information

  • Enter the name of your project. The name you choose here is for display purposes and will appear in a few places in UrbanFootprint. This field may be changed after the project is created in the organization settings if you are an Admin or Owner of an account.
  • Select the organization that the project should be associated with. Users in the organization you select may be able to view or edit the project based on their permissions.
  • Enter a Project Description. This is used to add context information about the project and will be displayed in your organization's projects page.

Project Area

The project boundary comprises the extent of the project and is used to generate the base canvas for the project. As you type in the project boundary, UrbanFootprint will match against the jurisdictions we have data for. 

UrbanFootprint will match against places (cities, towns, etc.), counties, and core-based statistical areas. Using this Project Area will also bring all of the curated reference layers for that area into your project.

You can choose to create a census block or a parcel canvas.

Once the project is created, it is not possible to change the project boundary.

Select from Available Boundaries

This option allows you to select your project area from a defined list of places. As you type in your project location, UrbanFootprint will match against the jurisdictions we have data for. The list of jurisdictions includes places (cities, towns, etc.), counties, and core based statistical area.

Upload A Polygon Boundary

Not all project areas correspond to a jurisdictional boundary. When you are working on a smaller scale project such as a corridor, infill, or neighborhood, you can upload a bounding polygon that defines the project area. Your polygon boundary may consist of multiple polygons.

To use a polygon boundary, either drag the zipped shapefile onto the target area in the Create Project window or select the target area to open your operating system's file chooser.

Selecting the Project Canvas Type sets your project's scale. Choose either to use Census Blocks or Parcels. 

For more information on using UrbanFootprint's parcel canvas, refer to this knowledge base article.

Context Area

The Context Area can be used to define the surrounding context for your project location. The context area defines the scope for the reference layers that will be added to the project.

Setting the context area is optional. The context area you set will appear in your project's layer list as an unpaintable canvas. If no context area is set when the project is created, no additional context layers will be added to the layer list and the project area itself will be used for context.    

As you type in your project's context area, UrbanFootprint will match against the jurisdictions we have data for. The list of jurisdictions includes places (cities, towns, etc.), counties, and core-based statistical area. 

Once the project is created, it is not possible to change the Context Area.

Step 3 - Create Your Project

Select the Create button to begin the process of having UrbanFootprint create your project.vAfter selecting the Create button, UrbanFootprint will automatically open the newly created project.  

The newly created project contains the following layers:

  • (Project) Canvas: The canvas containing the building and place types and other curated data about the built form.
  • Project Area: A reference layer showing the project area's boundary (in black).
  • Context Area Canvas: The base canvas for the contextual area for comparison or background.
  • Context Area: A reference layer showing the context area's boundary (in red).

Step 4 - Use Built Form Management

The new Built Form Manager will be included in new projects that you’ve created. Note that projects you have created before the Spring 2018 release (March 2018) will not include the Built Form manager and you will not be able to access these features for those older projects.  

More information on the built form manager may be found here.

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