Add a layer

Adding layers on to your site is one of our software's most valuable features. Before you get started, here are some things to remember:

  • You’ll only be able to add a layer like this if you have the layer functionality as part of your Unearth toolkit.
  • You can upload any type of file as a layer. But to upload shapefiles, make sure all of your relevant shapefiles are compressed into one .zip file. Then, complete steps 1-3 below using that .zip file.


To add a layer to your Unearth site:

1. Go to the plus button on the left. Scroll down to the "Files" group and click on the "Plan" tool. 

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2. Choose which file you want to upload. Once you have the file selected, click on Upload in the lower right of the file upload window.

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3. Once the file has been uploaded, click on the purple Layers button. Then click on the arrow ("Save") in the bottom right corner.

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Your layer will take a little bit of time to be prepared. Once it is, your file will be automatically placed on the map (if it's georeferenced), or you will need to manually stake it into position.


Here's how to stake a layer:

4. Place the first stake that appears on the screen in the correct location on the map (on the left half of the screen), and the corresponding location on the file (on the right). You can also set the latitude and longitude for the point.

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5. Place corresponding stakes on at least two more points on both the map and file. Points on the map and file should be in the same position, and you can tell this via the numbers on each stake. Stake 1 should be in the same place on both sides, as should 2 and 3.

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6. Click "Save" in the lower right.

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7. Preview the staked plan. You can also change the color of the plan, if desired.

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8. Click "Save" in the lower right again to complete your layer.

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Now you'll be able to view your file as a layer on your map. To learn how to turn your layer on or off, see this article.


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