Explorer gives you access to your maps, allows you to search and visualize your data, and allows you to brief stakeholders. In this tutorial, you manage the city's public safety assets. You have been tasked to assess the current condition of water hydrants in Naperville, IL. You'll determine if a hydrant needs servicing and report this information to management to help prioritize the maintenance work required.
Install the app and sign in.
When you sign in for the first time, the Favorites gallery shows. You can add and remove maps from this gallery to quickly access them. If already signed in, you see the last map you used.
For this tutorial, it doesn't matter if you are viewing a map or viewing a map gallery. Continue with the next section.
Without signing in
The Esri Maps gallery shows with some sample maps, including the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map.
You see collections of maps including Favorites, Recent, My Maps, and Groups. You also see options to search for maps, view information about your organization, and learn about Explorer.
Without signing in
You see Featured Content, which contains sample maps. You also see options to search for sample or public maps, view maps recently accessed, sign in to the app, or learn about Explorer.
The list of maps displays, including the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map. The map card presents information about the map, including the title, the author, a thumbnail, and access to details about the map.
Adding the map to your Favorites is a great way to access maps quickly from any device.
The map details display.
The map is in your Favorites. You can quickly access it each time you open the app.
GPS changes to show a filled circle, indicating that your location is displaying on the screen and that the map pans to remain centered on it.
The map displays the extent that showed when the map first opened.
One way to locate data in the map is by using the search tool. In this tutorial, you'll need to find a particular water hydrant that was recently reported as damaged. If you only use a map to locate the hydrant, you'll have to view details of each hydrant and manually determine which is the reported hydrant. Instead, use the search tool to locate the hydrant by ID.
The results list is dismissed and the feature highlights with a pop-up to show its location.
Having found the feature of interest, you can verify the current condition of that hydrant using its data. Also, gather information about the hydrant that you can use to prioritize a work order if it is damaged.
The hydrant ID, its condition, the last service date, and other details for this hydrant display in the pop-up. Operable is set to No. Visually on the map, you see a school next to the hydrant. The priority to repair it becomes high. Outside the app, you can use this information to complete a work order and get the hydrant repaired.
The data displayed on the map provides a context in which the rest of the data is viewed. When making the map, the author included data they determined you need. Depending on what shows, you may want to hide some of the features while you are looking for patterns in other features or while you focus on particular features. In this tutorial, display the Water Hydrants layer and turn off the other layers in your map.
The Legend of map layers and their symbology displays.
The layer you turned off no longer appears in the legend.
The pipes and valves are no longer visible on the map.
You can measure distances and areas on the map. In this tutorial, measure your distance from a feature.
The map goes into measure mode. Selecting a feature no longer displays information about it and instead places a measure point at the location. The Measure toolbar and results display at the top of the map. The map is set to measure distance if it is your first time measuring, or if you last measured distance. If you last measured the area, the map is set to measure area.
The distance between you and the feature displays.
The measurement shape and results are removed from the map, and measurement mode is exited. Selecting features returns information about them.
Sketch on the map to highlight the hydrant that needs repair.
The Sketch toolbar displays.
Your sketch is on the map and the map toolbar displays.
You identified the hydrant that requires repair in your map, but only you can view this map. Share it with a group so that the other members can access it.
You see the map is shared with the Public on the web.
You see the organization and groups to which you belong that have access to the map.
Now that the map is accessible to other members in your group, send an email with the link to the map to the city mayor, who can use the map to visualize the public safety assets in the city.
In addition to exploring the data in your map, you can communicate important information to others by using your map as a presentation. A map can contain a collection of slides that you can step through to review important information or to present to others. For details, see Show a presentation.
By using the Water Utilities - Naperville, IL map, you should now be familiar with the capabilities of Explorer. From here, think about how it can fit into your workflows, and how you can use it when working with your organization's data and maps.