InfoWorks ICM, InfoWorks WS Pro and InfoNet all support the following Map Controls: ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop and MapXtreme. The GIS Layer Control Dialog is used to choose how map layers are displayed on the GeoPlan Window. The dialog is displayed by right clicking on the GeoPlan View and choosing GIS Layer control… from the popup menu.
As well as supporting the traditional GIS layers associated with ArcGIS and MapInfo, InfoWorks and InfoNet can utilise Map Layers offered up by WMS Servers. An example would be mapping provided by Open Street Map (www.openstreetmap.org). This resource provides maps of the world that are free to use under an open licence. Users can connect the GeoPlan view to both remote web servers and LAN servers.
To utilise WMS you need to know the URL of the Web Map Server. Many of the publicly available server can be found by searching with Google. For example, one WMS addresses for Open Street Map is http://ows.terrestris.de/osm/service?. This will provide a colour map, but if you’d like a black & white version, you could try http://ows.terrestris.de/osm-gray/service? instead.
Here are some examples you might like to experiment with that can all be used free of charge as background layers for your model. As many organisations offer WMS as a free service, they do not always guarantee any continued availability, but most organisations do their best to keep them up and running. Please let me know if you have a favourite WMS resources and I’ll update this blog.
Open Street Maps from Terrestris Server
URL (colour): http://ows.terrestris.de/osm/service?
URL (b/w): http://ows.terrestris.de/osm-gray/service?
Open Street Maps from Mundialis Server
Cached OSM-WMS via MapProxy (Uni Heidelberg)
Cached HillShade WMS of Europe via MapProxy (Uni Heidelberg):
In some cases you need the “?” at the end of the links, in others not. These WMS map layers can be combined with the traditional GIS layers associated with ArcGIS and MapInfo that have always been available in the GeoPlan view.
Combining MapInfo TAB file and WMS layer from Open Street Map
Depending on whether you utilise MapXtreme as the map control for the InfoWorks / InfoNet GeoPlan, or if you work directly with ArcGIS Engine / ArcGIS Desktop in the background, the way you access and apply WMS layers will be slightly different. Continue reading