NetMap delivers much of Zoom's capabilities, but via a very thin browser client.

NetMap is an Encompass map viewer for the internet/intranet.  NetMap delivers much of Zoom's capabilities, but via a very thin browser client.  It is served from Windows IIS and is compatible with today's leading browsers.



NetMap's interface is designed to work well stand-alone or embedded, and on large or small screens.  It can be presented in at least three ways:

  • Stand-alone on its own page (as shown on the right).  In this form, NetMap can be easily viewed on small screens - like phones and tablets.  Details like legends and attribute listings pop-up as needed.
  • Composed into a dedicated mapping web page (lower right), surrounded by detail windows for the map legend, attribute listing, and zoom-to.
  • Embedded in an existing web page to lend geographic context to non-mapping subjects (not shown).  For example, NetMap can be added to an existing page listing city parks to allow the user to see park locations relative to each other and other GIS layers, including orthophotography.

NetMap provides...

  • view selection.  NetMap uses the same Encompass components as Zoom behind the scenes on the server, so its views, attributes, and user permissions can be managed the same way (and at the same time) they are managed for Zoom.
  • panning and zooming to any level.  NetMap is not limited to specific zoom-levels like Google Maps and does not require a set of map tile images to be generated ahead of time.
  • querying of feature attributes.  NetMap at NASA/Ames lists employees when a room is clicked, for example.  NetMap also provides access to related documents through the query tool, including images (like photographs of buildings), CAD drawings (like construction plans or locations of hazardous materials at a site), and PDF documents (like building permits).
  • zoom-to addresses and named places.  By using the same discrete street address and named place lists as Zoom, NetMap helps to reinforce agency standards.
  • a map legend that can be turned on and off.
  • dynamic reports.  For example, NASA/Ames reports the current division of floor area usage between owning agencies at the site, building, and floor level.
  • the current map view as a PDF file for local printing, e-mailing, or archiving.
  • the current map view as a DXF file for vector import into AutoCAD and other packages.
  • help.  The application is intended to be easy to use, requiring no user training by virtue of its intuitive operation.

(These tools can be selectively enabled or disabled on the server by the GIS administrator.)

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