Tools Menu

Tools Menu

The Tools menu shows up by default on the left side of the map window in AbaData 2.0.There are eight tools in the Tools section which allow the user to interact directly with the map. The Arrow just to the left of the Tools text allows the user to collapse or expand the menu vertically. The arrow to the right of the Tools text allows the user to minimize the tools window and hide it at the left side of the screen, allowing more space for the map window. When it is collapsed, it can be expanded at any time by clicking on the arrow again.


Select Tool

The Select tool will normally be the tool of choice when using the AbaData 2.0 map. The Select tool allows the user to bring up fly-over information when the point of the cursor is directed over an object showing up on the map, as in the following image.

Select Example

Select Example

In many cases, the information box that appears when the cursor is pointed at an object will also indicate that the user can double-click for more information. Doing this will open up the information screen for the object selected.
*When using a mobile device, the use of the select tool changes somewhat. Instead of moving the cursor over an object on the map, the user tabs on the object when in select mode and the fly-over window appears. Instead of double-clicking on the object to open the information window, the fly-over box will have selectable text saying ‘Touch for more info…’.
The Select tool also allows the user to click and hold the left mouse button to select an area on the map. Objects that have available reports will highlight in yellow on the map to indicate that there would be a Select report available for them. When using a mobile device, the same area selection would be achieved by using one finger to drag a select area across the map window.


Pan Tool


When the Pan tool is selected, the user can grab the map and shove it in any direction to bring a new area into the map window. Even when the pan tool is selected, the mouse wheel can be used to zoom in or out of the current map view. To zoom to a specified area, hold down the Shift key, click and hold the left mouse button and drag a square on the map that will be the extent of the zoom window.  On a mobile device, the Pan tool will work when a finger is dragged across the screen of the map window.


Measure Tool


The Measure tool provides information on the map window based on the user’s selection. Users can measure area, distance or pull coordinates from the map. When the Measure tool is selected, a window will open up on the map showing the available options. This window can be moved around by clicking on the top portion of the window and holding the mouse button. It can also be minimized or expanded by clicking on the plus or minus icon at the top right of the box.

measure area

To measure an area, first click on the top left icon on the Measure box, and then select the measuring units you wish to use by clicking on the dropdown. The available measuring units for area are shown in the image above.

Once a unit is selected, an area on the map can be measured by clicking on multiple points until a polygon is drawn. Double-click on the final point of the polygon to complete the area calculation. The area will be shown in the Measure window, as shown in the following image.

Measure Area Example

Measure Area Example

Once a measurement has been done, the measuring units can be switch and the Measure window will display the results of the measurement in the new units.


measure distance
The image to the left shows the different options available for measuring distance on the map. Once a unit has been chosen, distances can be measured by clicking on the map. Double-clicking will end the measurement. As with the area measurement tool, the results will be displayed in the Measure window and units can be changed after the distance has been selected on the map.
measure location
The final measuring option is for location. This feature allows the coordinates of a point selected on the map to be displayed in the Measure window either in Latitude and Longitude decimal degrees, or degrees, minutes and seconds.Selecting another item from the left-side menu when using the Measure will close the Measure window and remove the measured results from the map window.


Zoom In & Zoom Out Tools

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The Zoom In and Zoom Out tools provide another way of zooming in and out of the map. Once either tool is selected, the user can click on the map and the map will centre on the selected point and zoom in or out, depending on the tool selected. There is a second way of using the Zoom In tool, where the user depresses the Shift key on the keyboard and then uses the left mouse button to window around an area. In this scenario, the map will zoom to the extent of the window drawn on the map.


Zoom To Tool

zoom to

Although the common way of zooming to a known location on Abadata 2.0 is to use the location boxes under the Find Location section of the program, the Zoom To tool allows the user to search for a particular instance of an entity that would show up on the map and then zoom to it.

There are eight different data types that can be zoomed to using the Zoom To tool:

  • Wells
  • Pipelines
  • Facilities
  • Waypoints
  • Surface Dispositions
  • Address
  • WCSS Control Point
  • Survey Control Marker

The Zoom To tool can be moved around the map window or minimized or expanded by clicking on the plus or minus icon at the top right of the box.

Zoom To Tool

Zoom To Tool

To use the tool, click on one of the eight icons across the top of the Zoom To window that represent the different zoom options available. The information below the icons and text input boxes will change based on the icon selected. The previous image shows the requirement to enter a license number to zoom to an Oil & Gas Well, or enter in a field or pool name to view wells associated with the field or pool.

Zoom to Pipeline

To zoom to a High Pressure Pipeline, the user can enter a license number and line number. If desired, the line number can be omitted and the AbaData 2.0 map will zoom to the extents of a full pipeline license and highlight the pipelines under that licence.

Zoom To Facility

The license number is required to zoom to a facility.

Zoom To Waypoint

To zoom to a waypoint, the user must first select the Waypoint Group the waypoint is saved under, then select the waypoint name.

Zoom To Disposition

There are two mandatory fields as part of the disposition zoom. The first is the disposition type, which is a three-letter abbreviation like MSL (Mineral Surface Lease). The second part is the disposition number

Zoom to Address

The Zoom To Address tool allows a partial or complete address to be filled out

Zoom to WCSS Control Point

The Zoom To WCSS Control Point will bring the user to a control point on the map.

Zoom to Survey Marker

The Zoom To Survey Control Marker brings the map to an entered survey marker.

Once the text fields have been filled out, click in the zoom icon area to begin the search.

If incorrect information is entered in the text boxes, or if the user is attempting to zoom to an entity that has not been activated on the map under the Map Display section, a red warning screen will appear at the bottom of the Zoom To window. Correct the identified issue and click the Zoom area again.

layer enabled

Once the map is zoomed to the entity, it will be shown on the map highlighted in yellow, as in the following image.

Zoom to Example

Zoom to Example

Find Nearest Tool

find nearest

There are some datasets represented on the Map in AbaData 2.0 which are not always easy to find.

Rather than having to pan the map around in order to identify them, The Find Nearest tool allows the user to find the five nearest:

  • Oil & Gas Wells
  • AER Facilities
  • AER Waste Disposal Sites
  • Waypoints
  • Weather Stations
  • Airstrips
  • Hospitals
  • Urban Centres
  • WCSS Control Points
  • Survey Control Markers
Find Nearest Report

Find Nearest Report

Once the user has selected the icon that represents the entity sought, the search can be started in two ways. Clicking on the map will start the search based on the point clicked on. Alternately, the search can be based on coordinates entered on the Find Nearest screen in a variety of coordinate systems. Once the coordinates are filled out, click on the find image area to start the search.

Find Nearest Hospital list

Find Nearest Hospital list

The window above shows the results of a Find Nearest search for the nearest Hospital to a point on the map. The Find Nearest results show the five closest Hospitals, ordered from nearest to furthest. The report displays the name of each item, distance from search point, direction in compass degrees, latitude and longitude. Each item also has a View Info selection that will open up an information screen and a Zoom To selection that will zoom the map to the location of the listed entity. At the bottom of the Nearest results screen is the Show all on Map button that will highlight the listed items in yellow on the map.  There is also a Get Directions link above each item.  Clicking on this text will produce a driving map from the point on the map to the entity, as shown below.  For more information on the direction routing tool, please see the Get Directions Tool section below.

Directions to Nearest Hospital

Directions to Nearest Hospital

Get Directions Tool

get directions button

The Get Directions Tool allows the user to create a driving map from a start location to one or more destinations.

get directions

There are several different inputs that can be used to determine the start or end points, including:

  • Address
  • Land Location
  • Well License No.
  • Facility License No.
  • Waypoint

For example, if you wanted to go from an address to an LSD, first the address would be entered and the Add Location button clicked.  The first location will automatically show in the lower box in green to indicate it is the origin point.  Then click on the Land Location icon and enter in a LSD.  Click the Add Location button again and the LSD will show up in the box below in red to indicate it is the destination point.  More locations can be entered and the program will route to all the locations based on the indicated origin and destination locations.

get directions address get directions lsd

Once the locations are entered, click the Go area at the bottom right and the map will zoom to show the extent of the route to be travelled, as shown below.

Initial Get Directions Map View

Initial Get Directions Map View

The map above does show the route and directions, but at the wide zoom level it may not be the most useful.  At this point you may adjust the Map Display layers (pipelines are probably not useful on a driving map) and zoom the map to the optimal view for someone driving to the location.  Once you have the map looking the way you want, click on the Printer Friendly text at the bottom of the directions and select Directions & Map.  AbaData 2.0 will generate a printout of the map and directions.

Direction Map zoomed in

Direction Map zoomed in