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User Interface - Map Panel

The following instructions relate to the Map Tab functionality. This is where maps and layers are graphically displayed. The Map Tab appears in the centre of the RS window at start up


There are buttons at the top left of the Map Tab and an interactive display bar at the base of the tab.

Buttons on Map Panel

Buttons at the Top

Cursor | Zoom In/Out | Pan Map | Identify Features | Display full extent | Add vector/raster Layer | Add web map Service Layer | Add WFS Layer

Buttons at the Bottom

Displayed Map Information settings (left) | Coordinates (right)



Hovering the mouse over a button reveals the tool tip (information on the button function).


The Cursor Button on the Map panel

Adding a WMS Layer

Click the Add Web Map Server Layer button.

The WMS button

A selection box will appear showing the default server in the drop down. (The default is Terrestris).

Select the server you want.

Add Server from the list available.

RS will attempt to contact the selected server. The loading symbol will appear.

Loading will take around a minute.

From the drop down menu select the map/chart you want to use as your layer and click Add selected layers.

To change your default map click the button to set the selected map as the default background.

Click Done to finish

Add layer or change default background map and click Done

The selected layer will appear graphically in the Map tab and as an entry in the Layer tab on the right. Toggle the view icon on the layers tab to turn on/off any unwanted layers.

COntrol the layer visibility in the layers tab.

The section on Symbology, Layer and Asset Exposure tabs will illustrate the ways you can change the view of the map layer.


Adding a Layer

Add a .shp layer from file using the add layer button on the Map tab.

Click the Add Layer button.


Select the .shp shapefile to load from the selection dialog box.

Click the “Select a File” button


The layer will appear graphically in the Map tab and as an entry in the Layer tab on the right

  • NOTE: Remember when loading JPG georeferenced files that there must be a jpgw (world file) in the same location and with the same name for RiskScape to use to locate the file. Also true for PNG and TIFF.

The section on Symbology, Layer and Asset Exposure tabs will illustrate the ways you can change the view of the layer.


Show/Hide info on the Display Bar

The display bar shows information about the Coordinates of the cursor position, the Extent of the data, and the coordinate system (CRS).


Tick to show or untick to hide these features on the Display Bar.

Use Set number decimal digits to change the length of the numbers displayed.


Changing the Coordinate system

Use the button EPSG… at the bottom right of the Map tab to select Set the reference system... option.


Cant find the Coordinate System Button? Visit troubleshooting for help.


A selection Dialog box will open for you to select the coordinate system from (next section).


Selecting the Coordinate System

If you have selected Set the reference system from the display bar or have selected Other coordinate systems during Installation/first start up then the coordinate selection dialog box will open.

Type the number or name of the coordinate system you want in the top text box.

Tick the box to set the selected map coordinate system as the default coordinate system.


The two coordinate systems most often used for NZ are 27200 NZ Map Grid, and 2193 NZ Transverse Mercator.


Zoom In/Out

The Zoom In Button on the Map panel
The Zoom Out Button on the Map panel

Click the Zoom In button and draw a rectangle. RS will zoom the view to fit the box. After selecting Zoom out, single clicks widen the view by about 50 percent.

Display full extent

The Display Full Extent Button on the Map panel

The Extent button widens the view to show all the data.


Pan Map

The Pan Button on the Map panel

The Pan button enables the user to hold left click on the map and move the image in the panel. When the user releases the left mouse key the image is released.

Identify Features

The Identify Features Button on the Map panel

When using the Identify function, click a point on the map to reveal information in a pop up box. Further options are available as buttons in this dialog box (e.g. Copy to clipboard, Save…, Clear and Close).