New Project Wizard
The New Project Wizard guides a user through the creation of a new Project. It allows for the setting of a Project's name, localization and geographical properties. Next, in order to determine where your new project will be situated and how large it will be, a rectangular area has to be selected in a 2D map viewer of the world. Depending on the location of the project, the user can determine which Project Sources the project should be based on. Geographical data will be requested from these Project Sources to build up and populate your new project.
Optionally, a new project can be based on certain other projects; Template Projects. These provide the new Project with previous created indicators, overlays, functions and other items that are not specifically bound to a geographical location.
- The name of the Project. This name must be unique.
- The currency of the Project.
- The unit system of the Project.
- The language of the Project.
- The Project Type.
Using a Template
After setting a name for the Project, rather than create a new Project from scratch, it is possible to base the new Project on an existing Template Project. Any Project which is marked as a Template Project, and which can be accessed in the Editor by a user, can also be used as a Template.
Using a Template Project allows for the selection of a language, but only a language which is also available for the Template Project itself. Other properties, such as the currency, unit system, and Project Type, cannot be changed.
After selecting a Template Project to use, progressing through the New Project Wizard starts a Session of the selected Template Project, and then saves a copy under the provided name for the new Project. The copy is cleared of all geographical data. The running Session is then used to effect additional configurations.
The size of the project can be set by using a slider to set the desired size. By default, a Project is square with an equal with and height. However, it is also possible to opt for a rectangular Project, allowing the width and height of the Project to be set independently from one another. However, the ratio between width and height can at most be 1:4. A Project is always cardinally aligned and cannot be rotated.
A location can be selected by moving the viewport with the right mouse button, and placing the center of the extent of the Project with the left mouse button.
It is also possible to drag-and-drop a GeoJSON file onto the map. Based on the polygons in the file, the center and size of the project is recalculated to precisely fit the polygons provided. After doing so, the location and size of the Project can be adjusted further.
- Main article: Advanced options (New Project Wizard)
While setting the size and location for the new Project, advanced options are available to further tune how the Project's geographical data is generated. This includes the following options, although the exact options can differ based on the prospective location for the Project, as not all data sources have world coverage.
- Default data sources
- A number of Project Sources can be (de)activated as desired. This can include data for complete geographical features, or for data associated with them, More information about each data source is available.
- Digital elevation model
- The resolution of the digital elevation model and the background satellite map can be set, in addition to setting the source for the elevation data and providing parameters for determining the difference between DSM and DTM.
- The generation of water and water-related Buildings can be entirely (de)activated.
- The enrichment of roads with more accurate traffic data can be (de)activated, by opting to use or not use various sources for traffic data.
- Custom data sources
- If a Template Project is used, and that Template Project has Geo Plugins defined for additional data, it's possible to (de)activate those as desired as well.
Rather than creating a new Project based on real data, it is also possible to create an empty map. The configured size will still be taken into account for the Project, but the Project will not be given a geographical location or data from any data sources. This results in a project conceptually located at coordinates 0, 0, which consists entirely of open land, and has no data from any data sources.
Generate for Polygons only
- The newly calculated extent is buffered 10 meters in each direction. This means the Project will be slightly larger than the provided polygons.
- The sliders for the Project size are automatically updated to reflect the new extent's size, but will display a value which is rounded to the nearest valid step in size.
- The option Generate polygons only is made available. Opting for this will still create a Project extent of the configured size, but geo-data of the default data sources will only be obtained for the provided polygons. However, general geo-data, used for visualization around the project area, is always obtained. These include terrain types, such as water, satellite images and terrain elevation.
A new project is selected by dragging a geojson file onto the map viewer. The file contains two neighborhoods.
Overlay showing the Buildings that were obtained, only for the supplied polygons only.
The resulting Project
If the Project should be saved, it is important to save the Project before closing the Session. Otherwise, the Project will be discarded when the Session is closed. If the Session is closed without saving the Project and the Project's data is thus discarded, the space it took up within the domain's license is freed up for new Projects.
- The minimum size for a Project is 500m by 500m. The maximum size for a Project depends on the License of the user's domain, and the sizes of Projects which already exist in the user's domain.
- When generating a very large Project, it is possible to close the Tygron Platform by clicking the close button of the Tygron Platform's window. The user will be prompted whether to set the Session to Keep Alive. This allows the Tygron Platform to be closed locally while the generation process continues, so that the Session can be joined at a later time when the process has completed.
- Progress Items are only available in the Session in which the Project was generated. When the Session is closed, Progress Items are discarded. This only affects the record of the progress of project data generation, and not the generated data itself..