Layers are a foundational component of UrbanFootprint, each containing information on a specific aspect of land use.
In UrbanFootprint, there are two types of layers. The base canvas contains detailed data on the built environment at either the block or parcel scale. Reference layers are designed to complement the base canvas with even more granular detail for each project’s unique analysis and scenario planning needs. Categories of reference data include:

  • Environmental
  • Infrastructure Data
  • Transportation Data
  • Land Use Data
  • Census Data
  • Social Equity Data
  • Public Health Data
  • Political Boundaries

The Base Canvas Layer

The base canvas is the foundation of the UrbanFootprint platform, allowing for easy analysis of existing conditions at any scale: state, region, city, block, or parcel. Develop a snapshot of your project scope, perceived challenges, and potential solution scenarios with access to land use and census data for all U.S. blocks and parcels.

  • Layer Handle - Each layer has a handle that can be used to drag the layer to a different location in the layer list, in order to control the order in which they are displayed on the map. 
  • Layer Name - Each layer is named for the dataset it represents. Hovering your mouse over the name displays the full name of the layer.
  • Show / Hide - Used to toggle whether the layer is displayed on the map. 
  • Layer Menu - This contains additional options for working with the layers such as filtering or adding it to a project's constraints.

Layer List

The Layer List contains the layers that you are currently working with in your project. Using the Layer Manager, you can choose which layers you want to appear in the Layer List.

Layer Manager

The Layer Manager categorizes each level of reference data so you can easily find the layers you want. Access the Layer Manager by navigating to the top of your Layer List, Select the Layer Manager Button.

The Layer Manager

The Layer Manager organizes all of the available reference layers into a single place so you can add and remove them when you need to. You can search for layers, browse layers by category, and review the Source information in the same window.

Layer Search

The Layer Manager also contains a search box. Use keywords or phrases that are included in the layer to find just what you're looking for.

  • At the top left of the Layer Manager is the Search function for finding specific layers using keyword search.

Categorized Layer List

The layer manager organizes the different reference layers into a categorized list that allows you to see all of the reference layers for different types of data quickly and easily.

To view the layers in a category, select the blue arrow next to the layer category to expand the category. You can also select the arrow again to collapse the category.

Reference Layer Description, Source, and Metadata

The layer information area contains all the of the details about a layer. This includes the name and description of the layer, an embedded link to the source of this reference layer and the metadata for each of the table's columns.

To scroll through the metadata, simply hover your mouse over the columns area and use your scroll wheel to browse the different columns.

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