We’re excited to announce the latest upgrade to the MapBrowser web interface: Projects. Projects is a major feature enhancement that allows you to create, manage, and save custom projects with aerial imagery in Nearmap, without having to export imagery into an external application. Now your critical site planning and design can take place entirely on the Nearmap platform, simplifying your workflow and allowing you to gain faster, deeper insights from high resolution imagery.
Projects is a perfect solution if, like many professionals, you're spreading their workflow thin across multiple design apps and would benefit from consolidation.
The Projects tool was designed to help you streamline the way you work with aerial views. In particular, Projects lets you:
Nearmap product manager for apps Tash Ridley is looking forward to seeing how people will incorporate Projects into their workflow. "It's been great to build a feature that so directly responds to our customer's needs," Ridley says. "Our customers have told us that they would like to do more of their planning with our imagery, without needing to rely on external design and layout tools. The new Projects tool means customers can easily and quickly create an accurate and visually engaging layout for all of their projects."
Professionals who need to apply design and planning tools to high resolution aerial imagery will find Projects a vital new part of their digital toolbox.
Landscaping design and maintenance companies can use Projects to get a complete picture of their project area for more accurate design, quoting, and labor management.
Nearmap customer Elite Grounds has already begun incorporating the Projects tool into their workflow.
Cameron Ashby, systems manager at Elite, says, "I love the auto sum of the layers in the Projects tool. And the ability to change colors. And the export of high-res imagery we can do for the site." Ashby sees a huge upside in using Nearmap for landscaping job quotes. "It has easily made me at least 50% more efficient," he explains. "It helps us bid on newer projects that have been built in the last six to 12 months faster and more accurately. This way we don't have to hire extra personnel just to go out and measure these properties by hand."
Projects also helps landscapers:
Projects aids in the scouting, assessing, and marketing of properties by letting developers analyse the property’s surroundings to allow for more informed investment decisions.
A property developer could use Projects to:
Projects paves the way for asphalt designers to assess and plan a project site from the convenience of their office.
A paver could use Projects to:
Designers and builders can take advantage of the pre-design and analytical capabilities of Projects to mock up early plans on high resolution imagery, before moving to the CAD design phase.
Designers and builders could use Projects to:
Projects supports pre-production by reducing the need for costly site visits and creating insights into critical site details to jump-start logistics and design plans.
Event planners could use Projects to:
Why can’t I see the new Projects feature when I log into MapBrowser?
Projects is only available in the new MapBrowser at https://apps.nearmap.com/maps. You can also find more information about accessing the new MapBrowser here.
Will I use my data allowance when I use the Projects tool?
When you open and work within a project, you are browsing Nearmap imagery. As you pan and zoom on the map, your data allowance will be used in the same way as it is when you are viewing Nearmap imagery outside of a project.
Is there a limit to how many projects I can have?
At this time, individual users may have an unrestricted number of projects.
How many layers can I create in a project?
At this stage, there are no limits to how many layers you can create in a project.
What is a Workspace? How is it different to a Project?
Think of the Workspace as a blank canvas — you can search for a location, browse imagery, and create measurements just as you would normally do. Everything you create in the workspace will be saved automatically, so if you happen to refresh your browser, you won’t lose your work.
Projects are individual map views with measurements and annotations that you can easily revisit at any time; think of them as individual documents. Projects can help you organise and manage your work more easily by allowing you to save information about different jobs or sites that you are working on, and need to revisit.
How can I save my Workspace as a project?
You can easily save your Workspace as a project. Just click on the Projects icon in the toolbar and select Save as Project next to the highlighted Workspace.
Can I work on my project while offline?
It is not possible to access Nearmap imagery via MapBrowser in an offline mode. As you are working on MapBrowser in real time, Projects can only be accessed and worked on when you have an internet connection.
Can I share a project with someone else?
The Projects tool is currently restricted to individual projects. It is not possible to share your project with other users.
Why can’t see my projects on mobile?
Currently, Projects is only available on desktop and tablet devices.
How do I hide / unhide layers?
You can easily hide or unhide layers by clicking on the “eye” icon next to the layer name in the lefthand tool panel.
Looking for more information about Projects? Check out the full product documentation.