Asset Layer Builder V1.0

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Asset Builder Tool

Asset layers are a representation of people or made-made or natural resources (i.e. assets) that have a tangible or intangible value. Assets are spatially represented as vector data, displaying their location and attributes that are vulnerable to direct or indirect loss from natural hazards.

RiskScape software provides an "Asset Builder Tool" that allows software users to upload and save ESRI Shapefile (.shp) or Comma-separated values (.csv). to the repository for use as asset layers in RiskScape loss model scenarios.

Build an Asset Layer

Step 1: Open the Asset Builder Tool by clicking on the 'Asset builder tool' icon on the menu bar.

Asset builder tool icon on menu bar.

Step 2: Select "Asset type" from dropdown box. Browse to and open an ESRI Shapefile (.shp) or Comma-separated values (.csv). to upload as an asset layer. Check the encode box if it will be a requirement to hide asset attribute information from other users of the asset layer.

Options to select and asset type, file to upload as an asset layer and encode asset attribute information.

Step 3: Map fields to asset attributes type standards for the selected asset type. Asset attributes are mapped using dropdown box selections or clicking and dragging asset attributes from the right side panel (i.e. asset attributes). If using a Comma-separated value (.csv). file, northing (x) and easting (y) coordinate fields representing the asset feature location must be available to develop an asset layer.

Asset attribute mapping interface.

Optional Step 1: Add or delete a "Time" attribute for time varying asset attributes (e.g. occupancy) in the right side panel. Each time attribute will appear in a dropdown box under the "Time" map field. For RiskScape Version 1, time attributes can only be assigned to "occupancy" asset attributes.

Time attribute side panel.

Optional Step 2: Once all asset attribute mappings are completed, click "Save" and name the mappings for use in another session. Previously save mappings can be applied by clicking "Select" and "Apply" to automatically map fields to asset attributes type standards for the selected asset type.

Saved attribute mappings.

Step 4: Click "Continue" to commit asset attribute mappings and create asset layer. A missing attribute message will appear if all type standard asset attributes for the asset type have not been mapped. Click "Yes" to proceed.

Missing attribute warning message example.

Step 5: Name the asset layer and complete the relevant metadata fields. Click continue to save the asset layer to local repository.

Asset layer name and metadata fields.

Step 6: The saved asset layer will appear in the 'Analysis' tab side panel and local repository.

Asset icon on 'Analysis' tab side panel.


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Common problems that may be encountered when building an asset layer.

Coordinate or Coordinate Reference System Problems

  • The shapefile has no defined coordinate reference system (this can be done in GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS).
  • The .csv file has no northing (x) and easting (y) coordinate fields or these fields were not mapped.
  • The wrong coordinate system is assigned to the shapefile or csv file in the asset builder tool.

Type Standard Problems

  • Asset attribute category number does not conform with RiskScape type standards (should get error message)
  • Asset attribute mapped to wrong type standard.
  • Wrong attribute unit or range assigned to asset attribute.
  • Asset type and/or attribute submitted which is not provided for in RiskScape type standards.

Please ensuring the asset attribute information conforms with available Type standards for the RiskScape system.

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