Adding a custom image layer in the Places tool

Learn how to use a GIS coded image-based overlay on a map.

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Written by Gayathri Rajendiran
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You can use the EngagementHQ Places Tool to overlay a GIS coded image as a WMS file. This allows you to layer in an image-based overlay on a map, such as an artist's impression or design plans. 

To overlay a custom-designed WMS file, first ensure you have activated the Places tool on your project. For detailed instructions on how to achieve this read our article - Engage with Places and also refer to the article on How to Add a WMS Layer in EngagementHQ.

Here is an example where it has been done by the Northern Territory Government:

NOTE - 1. The image must be in aerial view, oriented north, as it will be overlaid on a map.

2. You will need to supply your own GIS coded WMS file, if you do not have in-house expertise this can be very costly, both to design and to have the files hosted on a custom server.

The GIS-coded images will render as 2D layers that are geo-located on a point-by-point basis. You may want to design multiple layers to create an interactive map and design. 

You can add multiple layers, polygons, lines and points in the map, each with its own settings. Update the remaining fields for your activity, including your Pin Categories and Participation Settings as detailed in the article on Engage with Places.

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