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The shapefile tool allows standard shapefiles created in ArcMap to be overlaid directly onto the HabITS mapper. Once uploaded, shapefiles can be used to automatically create HabITS features (Focus Area, Mechanism Work Area, Project Boundary, Accomplishments). The tool supports polygon, multi-polygon, line, multi-line, point, and multi-point data types.
Note: If you try to import a shapefile and get an error message that says, “Could not process the following shapefiles. Please make sure they are in WGS84 or NAD83 geographic coordinate system with no projection”…
Shapefiles must be zipped. Follow these instructions:
For other issues, submit a ticket to the ECOS Help Desk or call 970-226-9468 (9am-6pm ET).
Figure 5-1. Shapefile requirements.
The Overlay Shapefile tool is available under the Tools menu located on the mapper Control Bar. Open the HabITS mapper, click the Tools drop-down menu on the Control Bar, and click “Overlay Shapefile” (Fig. 5-2). The Overlay Shapefile tool window will be displayed (Fig. 5-3).
Figure 5-2. Overlay Shapefile option on the “Tools” drop-down menu on the Control Bar.
Figure 5-3. Overlay Shapefile window. Click “Add” to open the file browser. Click the info link for an explanation of specific shapefile requirements for successful importation.
As described above, the Overlay Shapefile tool accepts a zip file that contains matching pairs of .shp and .prj files (see Fig. 5-1). Matching pairs have the same file name (case sensitive), excluding the file extension. The zip file may contain file directories; however, the full directory path is used in name-matching. Multiple .shp and .prj pairs are allowed within a single .zip file. (See Fig. 5-1 for full requirements.) Each pair is loaded as a separate shapefile layer.
Figure 5-4. Overlay Shapefile Tool showing loaded shapefile and Zoom and Toggle icons.
Figure 5-5. Selected shapefile (in this case an Accomplishment point) turns blue when selected, and a right-click opens the drop-down menu allowing you to create a new feature from the shape or clear the feature.
4. Once a feature is created from your selected shape (green outline, next image), the shape overlay graphic is automatically removed from the map.
5. The newly created HabITS feature is displayed in edit mode with the Edit Toolbar to the left (Fig. 5-6). Use the tools provided on the Edit Toolbar or the right-click menu to modify the feature, similar to editing a digitized shape. For detailed instructions, see appropriate sections in HabITS Chapter 3. Habitat Improvement Module for creating and editing Mechanisms, Projects, and Accomplishments, or HabITS Chapter 4. Focus Areas for those features.
Figure 5-6. Clicking “Create New …Feature” reloads the map in edit mode, where you can reshape or move the new feature, now outlined in green to indicate that it is in edit mode. This feature, a Mechanism, consists of two polygons. A new vertex is being created to edit the left shape.
6. Right-click on the feature and select the “Save … Feature” option (Fig. 5-7; shown, Save Mechanism Feature”). (For Accomplishments, open the Feature dropdown menu on the Control Bar and click “Save.”) The new feature will be outlined in yellow as it is saved to the database, and the Properties form opens in front of it (Fig. 5-8).
Figure 5-7. Save your new feature after editing the shape.
7. On the Properties form (Fig. 5-8), enter the details of the feature. Be sure to fill in all required fields (*) under the different tabs (or, check the “Planning?” box at the upper left) in order to activate the “Save” button. See appropriate sections in HabITS Chapter 3. Habitat Improvement Module and HabITS Chapter 4. Focus Areas for instructions on completing the Properties form for Mechanisms, Projects, Accomplishments, and Focus Areas.
Figure 5-8. On the properties form, fill in all the required fields under the various tabs (or check the “Planning?” box at the upper left), then click “Save” to create the details record, “OK” in the confirmation popup, and “Close” on the form. Required fields are marked with a red asterisk, and are outlined in red until filled out. Note at the bottom of the form is a note (also in red) listing any tabs containing fields with missing or invalid information.
8. When done, click “Save” to create the details record, “OK” in the confirmation popup, and “Close” on the form to return to the mapper. The new, saved feature shows outlined in yellow with a pink title (Fig. 5-9).
Figure 5-9. The new, saved feature (in this example a Mechanism multi-polygon) shows as outlined in yellow with its Mechanism Name.
9. Repeat the process for any other shapefiles you wish to use to create a feature in the HabITS mapper.