Queensland Globe



The Queensland Globe help pages are designed to provide you with answers to the most frequently asked questions along with some assistance in using the most advanced features of the application.

We suggest that you Take Tour on the welcome page of the Queensland Globe or watch some of the Tutorial videos to familiarise yourself with the main features of the application.


Senior Support Topic

A video tutorial has been created for the Senior Support Topic so users can see how to use it efficiently, this tutorial can be found here.


Supported platforms

The Globe has been designed to work on a range of devices including tablets and smartphones. The application displays high quality imagery and data that is best viewed on personal computers through modern browsers such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Safari.

The Globe is based on the ArcGIS Javascript API, system requirements and browser recommendations to run the application can be found here.


Performance checklist

  • Check and ensure your browser is up to date with the latest version
  • Use recent versions of Google Chrome for the best performance
  • Search for a location or zoom to your area of interest before adding layers
  • Limit the layers that are active
  • Remove the layers you won't be using
  • Using layers more efficiently means less data requests (usage), and loading speeds will improve

A complete list of layers is available in the The Queensland Globe Layer Catalogue which is updated regularly.

We continue to encourage your feedback and participation in creating the best possible Queensland Globe – email us at opendata@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

If you would like to keep up with Queensland Globe's latest updates, you can subscribe to our mailing list here.


Release Notes 2.12

Queensland Globe version 2.12 is a production release aligned with GeoResGlobe release cycle. The intention for this release is about the introduction to the integration of GeoResGlobe with the GSQ Open Data Portal, which allow users to spatially search for open file geoscience data and reports in the portal.


View the Integration with GSQ Open Data Portal tutorial video to learn more.


Date released: 01/09/2020


Release Notes 2.11

Queensland Globe version 2.11 brings updated functionality for coordinate related tools to include GDA2020 datum, the ability to add geojson files and secure services hosted on ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS to the Globe. And introduces a new feature: the Swipe tool.


The updated features include:

  • Ability to add Portal Items that are only shared with groups or organisation to the Globe as added data 1
  • The coordinate readout shown in the left bottom corner of the screen have been updated to display both GDA2020 and GDA94 coordinates. Clicking on the coordinate value toggles between latitude/longitude in decimal degrees, Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS) or MGA Easting (E) Northing (N) and Zone (Z) 2
  • DMS coordinates updated to show two decimal seconds 0° 00′ 0.00″ 2
  • The Add Coordinate tool allows for GDA2020 lat/long and MGA coordinates to be entered 2
  • Ability to add geojson files to the Globe as added data 2
  • Improved display of the legend for feature services 2
  • The Swipe tool - This tool allows for comparison of imagery and data layers within two view modes (Horizontal and Vertical) 3


1 Date version released: 15/05/2020

2 Date patch released: 16/06/2020

3 Date patch released: 1/07/2020


Release Notes 2.10

Queensland Globe version 2.10 brings further enhancements to the performance of the Globe as well as additional security for data and services.


The updated features include:

  • Increased application security, including updated security for web services and user added data
  • New ways to import CSV data as a line or a polygon


Date released: 31/10/2019


Release Notes 2.9

Queensland Globe version 2.9 adds updates to existing tools, and introduces the ability to Georeference images added to the map.


The new and improved features are:

  • Updated statewide imagery
  • New scale bar, additional coordinates toggle option, and navigation to Previous or Next zoom locations
  • Toolbar updates with a new look and more detailed tools, including a new measurement tool
  • Places and certain layers can now have labels displayed or hidden
  • Ability to add .JPG or .PNG images to the Globe and Georeference them
  • Improved querying with the option to return results that fall within the current map extent
  • New look and feel for the Help and FAQ pages


What is Georeferencing?

The new Georeferencing tools allows a Logged in User to add an Image (in a .PNG or .JPG format) into the Queensland Globe as another layer. Once the image is displayed, the tools will activate and enable users to edit the size, location and rotation of the image. When happy with the general size and placement, control points can be added (or removed to warp the image to 'fit' onto the map at user specified locations).

To find out more about the Georeferencing Tools, please see the F.A.Q. page called “How do I use the Georeferencing Tools?”


Please also be aware of a known issue regarding Saved Maps with Imagery from the Past Imagery Tool, currently these saved maps are not performing as expected and we are investigating the issue.


Date released: 26/06/2019


Release Notes 2.8

Queensland Globe version 2.8 resolves a number of issues present in previous versions, and introduces Queensland Globe Offline.

Queensland Globe Offline lets you copy layer and place content in saved 2D maps to the browser cache on your laptop or android tablet. This content can then be accessed when using the device in areas that do not have internet coverage.


While Offline, you can:

  • Query and Identify layers within the map
  • Pinpoint your location through GPS (if you are within the extent of your map)
  • Use the Drawing tools to mark places on the map, which can be transferred back to your online maps


Date released: 03/01/2019


Release Notes 2.7

Queensland Globe version 2.7 works towards enhancing the overall performance of the Globe and adding more functionality to existing tools.


Some of the updated features include:

  • Saved Map size increase (can now save maps up to 10Mb)
  • The accuracy of measurement has returned to the standard of previous versions
    • The Queensland Globe utilises the Web Mercator map projection. This projection is the most commonly used coordinate system used in web applications to show world extents. Its strength is that it preserves direction and the shape of data, however the downside is it distorts distance and area.
    • The use of the Queensland Globe for the purposes of precise measurement is not advised. Please refer to the Disclaimer notice on the Welcome page for further details.
  • Symbology set on Places is retained when exporting .kml files
  • Imagery capture dates are available using the Past Imagery Tool
  • Performance enhancements to reduce map loading times


Date released: 04/10/2018


Release Notes 2.6

The latest features introduced to the Queensland Globe in version 2.6 bring in greater potential to explore the virtual 3D environment, as well as providing more detail to existing imagery services and a new tool to view historical aerial photography.


Some of the updated features include:

  • A new view mode called “360”, which enables the viewing of 3D data both above and below surface level
  • A Past Imagery tool that works with QImagery to show some of Queensland’s historical aerial photography within the Globe environment
  • Updates to allow for 3D printing services
  • New layer types will be labelled to display their best viewed mode (2D, 3D, 360), as well as specific layers only being usable in certain view modes


What is 360 Mode?

The 360 view mode is a new tool developed to display 3D data both above and below the surface of Queensland. 360 mode is located down near the bottom left corner of the screen alongside the 2D and 3D view modes, and can be enabled once the icon lights up upon zooming in below a certain scale. There are also new layers that are classed as 2D, 3D or 360 that are able to produce more data when their “best viewed” mode is activated - which can be changed while looking at the layer details after it has been added to the Globe. To find out how to utilise 360 mode, please see the F.A.Q. page called “How do I use 360 mode?”


What is the Past Imagery Tool?

The new Past Imagery Tool works with QImagery to show some of Queensland’s historical aerial photography within the Globe environment. To find out more about the Past Imagery Tool, please see the F.A.Q. page called “How do I use the Past Imagery Tool?”

Date released: 03/07/2018


Release Notes 2.5

The latest updates to Queensland Globe bring in more freedom and functionality when drawing and editing, consistency between application platforms, and a variety of general updates and streamlined changes.


Some of the updated features include:

  • Updates to drawing tools and enabling movement (panning and zooming) while using them
  • Ability to edit places and see Attribute data
  • Tablet and mobile devices in particular have additional features that to more closely aline with what is available on PC/Computers
  • User data changes to better match the format from the webservice it is imported from
  • Saved maps now save the orientation/rotation of the screen when loaded
  • Printing updates with a defined scale, coordinates, and a location map are now included

How can I pan and zoom while drawing?

The tools to utilise movement without using the mouse to navigate have been implemented through the use of keyboard buttons. Users are now able to pan around the map with the arrow keys, zoom in with "+" and zoom out with "-". These shortcuts can also be used from the Num Pad (provided Num Lock is off). Rotation has also been provided to the keypress of "a" and "d".

Date released: 24/04/2018


Release Notes 2.4

Continuing with customer focused improvements, the latest version 2.4 has additional import and export functionality as well as general upgrades. It maintains the progress on increasing usability and cross platform compatibility.


Some of the updated features include:

  • Importing a SHP file as a layer
  • Importing a GPX file as a layer
  • Exporting to a SHP file
  • Exporting a 2D map to ArcGIS portal for use in ArcGIS/ArcGIS online
  • You can export a 2D map to ArcGIS by selecting the Maps button on the left side menu bar of the Queensland Globe and then selecting the export button at the bottom of the Maps panel.
    • Upon selecting Export, you will be asked to sign in to your ArcGIS account to complete the process. You can then access your exported Globe map in ArcGIS Online.
    • Please note: Exporting OGC (WMS, WMTS) services, HTTP services and layers with usage conditions such as the Imagery and Valuation layers out of the Globe to ArcGIS is not available.

When importing shapefile content it must be contained within a zip file and must include the mandatory files .shp, .dbf and .shx. The other shapefile file types can also be included but are not mandatory. A zip file must only contain one .shp file as content.

Date released: 21/02/2018


Release Notes 2.3

The new version fixes a number of bugs and performance issues, there are known issues with printing in Internet Explorer, Chrome is recommended for printing. There are two noticeable changes for users:

  • The view that you have created will now be retained when you sign-in, not lost as has been happening
  • The identify tool has been changed to assist in reducing the number of clicks. Some data services have also been modified to contribute to reducing the number of clicks.


What is new with the identify tool?

Select first item - Selects the first item returned when you click anywhere on the map to display information (attributes and features). You can now toggle through to display the various layers that are turned on.

Continue identify after select - Continue to explore additional features and view the data relating to the layers that are turned on rather than needing to select the identify tool each time.

The Buffer Slider can expand or reduce the radius of selections underneath your mouse pointer. Drag the buffer bar to the right to increase and left to decrease. In the Layers panel the number of items will be listed. Click on the arrow to view the features and attributes.

Date released: 20/12/2017


Getting Started with Queensland Globe


Welcome to the first of a series of tutorials designed to provide you with an overview of the Queensland Globe and enable you to use it with confidence.

This tutorial offers an overview of features and functions; familiarity with the interface; and knowledge of capabilities.


Play Tutorial 1
Play Tutorial 1

Adding data and searching


This tutorial will provide you with information on how to add data to the map with the Topics and Layers panels as well as perform searches for specific locations.

It will build on proficiency with adding data to the map and performing searches; and managing the data that appears in the map through the Topics and Layers panels.


Play Tutorial 2
Play Tutorial 2

Querying data and places


In this tutorial we will look at ways to view and query information associated with many of the layers in the Queensland Globe as well as export to KML, CSV, SHP or GeoJSON files. We will also talk about the concept of Places as a way to store locations and edit drawn objects on the map.

It will help give an understanding of how to view and query specific information; and ability to use Places to store locations and customise the map.


Play Tutorial 3
Play Tutorial 3

Saving, Sharing and Printing


In this tutorial we will explore methods by which we can save and share our maps with others. For sharing maps, two approaches will be looked at. One is a method of saving and sharing our Queensland Globe map. The other is printing our map view.

It will guide users to save display settings and data as a map; sharing your maps and data with others; and how to print a map.


Play Tutorial 4
Play Tutorial 4

3D Visualisation


This tutorial will help showcase the differences between 2D, 3D and 360 view modes available within the Globe.

It will detail the controls that each mode use, viewing 3D Elevation profiles, and working in 360 mode.


Play Tutorial 5
Play Tutorial 5

Viewing imagery


This tutorial will provide information on how to search and view Imagery in the Queensland Globe.

It will introduce the Past Imagery Tool, navigating through the time slider, viewing historical imagery on the Queensland Globe and in QImagery, and how to narrow search results.


Play Tutorial 6
Play Tutorial 6

Queensland Globe Offline


This tutorial covers Queensland Globe Offline, with the ability to save maps to a device and access them without an internet connection.

It will show how to create and use Offline maps, as well as important information to be aware of while using Queensland Globe Offline.


Play Tutorial 7
Play Tutorial 7

User added imagery and adjustment


This tutorial covers how to include user added imagery, the ability to adjust size and rotation and the ability to use control points to further refine placement.


Play Tutorial
Play Tutorial

Senior Support Topic Tutorial


A video tutorial has been created for the Senior Support Topic so users can learn to use the data and Globe efficiently.


Play Tutorial
Play Tutorial

Swipe Tool Tutorial


A video tutorial has been created for the Swipe tool so that users are able to learn how it works and combine it with different layers or data.


Play Tutorial
Play Tutorial

How do I use the Swipe Tool?

The Swipe tool allows for comparison of both imagery and data layers within two view modes (Horizontal and Vertical).

Please Note that the Swipe tool is only available in the 2D view mode, and is not available on mobile phones. It also cannot be printed through the Print function.

  1. The swipe tool is located in the bottom right of the screen, just above the past imagery tool, click the tool icon to activate it
    Swipe tool location
  2. Similar to the past imagery tool, activating the Swipe tool opens up a menu on the bottom of the screen with a ‘Left view’ and a ‘Right view’. The Right and Left lists are based on the layers currently active on the map in the layer list
    Swipe tool menu
  3. Deselecting some layers from one side will ‘Hide’ those layers from that view
    Select layers to display
    To compare specific layers, be sure to have the layers to swipe between prepared before activating the tool, and possibly limit the number of layers that are active.
  4. Once satisfied with the active layers to be compared you may want to hide the Swipe menu while using the tool, you can minimise the menu by clicking the icon
    Minimise Swipe tool
    Or return to the menu with the maximise menu icon
    Restore Swipe menu
  5. To change between Horizontal and Vertical view modes, click the swipe direction icon
    Swipe tool mode
  6. Drag the slider across the screen to view and compare each selection of layers
    Slide across the map
    Controls that impact the map view can still be used to pan, rotate, or zoom around to different areas while the Swipe tool is active.
  7. Adding layers from the past imagery tool is an excellent way to view the development and changes in a particular area over time
    Swipe with Past Imagery
  8. To close the swipe tool, click the close icon in the top right of the swipe menu
    Close Swipe tool

Adding GDA2020 Data to Queensland Globe

What is the issue?

Queensland Globe is a web mapping application based on web services with data displayed on WGS84 datum using the Web Mercator projection. It is not currently possible to use Coordinate Reference System metadata (e.g. EPSG codes) to distinguish whether WGS 84 Web Mercator values are based on GDA94 or on GDA2020. This issue is described in detail in the ICSM paper entitled GMIWG Advisory on WGS 84 and Web Mapping.


How is this handled in Queensland Globe?

Until the longer term solution described in the ICSM paper can be implemented, Queensland Globe will continue to display data using GDA94 based WGS84 Web Mercator. For all Departmental data displayed in Queensland Globe the software is able to read metadata to identify whether the source data is in GDA94 or GDA2020 and convert to GDA94 based WGS84 Web Mercator on-the-fly. Similarly, when using the Add My Data feature, it is necessary to supply metadata specifying whether it is GDA94 or GDA2020 data.

The Add My Data feature in the Globe supports the import of simple GPX, KML, KMZ, SHP or CSV files. However, it should be noted that only SHP files allow the specification of the datum. That is done by including a PRJ file in the Zip file submitted using Add My Data.

For all other data formats, the datum will be assumed to be in GDA94. Therefore, if you have GDA2020 data in one of those other formats you will first need to transform the data back to GDA94 before importing it into Queensland Globe.

The following illustrates how various files types will be plotted relative to other data sets in Queensland Globe:

File Type Datum Plotted relative to other Queensland Globe layers
SHP(with PRJ) GDA94 Plots correctly
GDA2020 Plots correctly (PRJ allows transform to WGS84 based on GDA94)
SHP(without PRJ) GDA94 Plots correctly (without PRJ defaut to WGS84 based on GDA94)
GDA2020 Plots incorrectly (defaults to WGS84 based on GDA94)
Files other than SHP format GDA94 Plots correctly
GDA2020 Plots incorrectly (defaults to WGS84 based on GDA94)

What about other Web Mapping?

It should be noted that many other existing web mapping in Australia are likely to also be using WGS84 Web Mercator based on GDA94 and users should clarify with the provider how best to handle GDA2020 data in those applications.


Where can you get more information?

The DNRME website has information on the adoption of GDA2020 in Queensland and includes links to documents on GDA2020 impact assessment, technical background and transformation processes and software. There are also links to the ICSM web site, which is the best source of national information on GDA2020. If you require any additional information on specific topics please contact us on qldgda2020@dnrme.qld.gov.au.


What is Geocoding?

Geocoding is the process of turning a description of a location, such as its physical address, into a precise location on a map, namely, a pair of coordinates.


The Queensland Geocoder is available for use, and can be accessed here.


How do I use the Georeferencing Tools?

The Queensland Globe can import specific image formats (.PNG and .JPG) and enables users to give their image a location on the map.

  1. Log in to start Georeferencing as the resulting image file can be saved and shared later on
    Log in to begin
  2. An image (or previously georeferenced image) can be added by Drag and Drop or manually through the Add My Data button in the layers menu.
  3. Please Note: Maximum image size handled is 7Mb for .png, and 3.5Mb for .jpg files
    Add Data to the Globe
  4. The Image will be added to the layer list and a New Toolbar will open up, providing different tools to modify your image
    Add Data to the Globe
  5. Sliding the Layer Opacity bar or toggling the layer visibility can help distinguish between your image and the Globe map.
  6. Clicking the Save icon will save your image location along with any modification you may have already made. It is important to save the image before printing or saving your map.
    Remember to Save with the Toolbar
  7. The Reset option will undo any modifications made to that image since the last save
    Reset Image to last save
  8. Selecting the Centre tool will resize your image and bring it to the centre of you current view.
    Centre the Image to you current Extent
  9. The Adjust Position tool lets you modify the image by:
    • Moving - dragging the image around
    • Resizing - dragging a square handle at the image perimeter
    • Rotating - dragging the circular handle at the top of the image
      Move, Resize or Rotate your Image
  10. Users can add control points by activating the Add control point tool and clicking a point on your image, then clicking the corresponding point on the Globe map. The image will 'warp' to fit to the underlying map, based on the control points. Pressing the Escape key will clear the first click if it is inadvertently placed.
    Add Control Points to the Image
  11. Removing a control point will revert the image to the previous state. Remove them all and you will be able to move, resize or rotate the image again.
    Remove Control Points
  12. Attempting to exit the tool and stop georeferencing the image will prompt a user to save their image.
    Always remember to Save the Image

Saving a Map with an image also saves the locations and attributes of the image. Similar to Places, users MUST save the image in a Map if they want to keep access to their image.
Save a Map with your Image

You can download the image and world file through the layers menu as a .jpg or .png for use in other mapping applications.
Please see the Georeference Image Download section below for more information.
Download Image and World file

You can also Share the image by sharing the map with others.
Share your Image with your Map


Georeference Image Download

To download an adjusted an image in Queensland Globe

  • Ensure the adjustments to the position of the image has been Saved
  • Expand the image within Layers to view available options
  • Select Download Image

The downloaded georeferenced image (JPG/PNG) is accompanied by a corresponding world-file (e.g. JGW, PGW). The world-file is an ESRI-software specific text file that contains coordinates to locate the associated image in a coordinate space. Both the image and the world-file should be located in the same folder for software to recognize.

For use in ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro (https://www.esri.com), open a New Map/Project, set Projection for your ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro session by clicking on the View menu, Data Frame Properties, Coordinate System, and select “WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere WKID: 3857 Authority: EPSG” (search by keyword 3857). Then open the downloaded image. The image would appear in its correct location as specified by the world-file.

For use in an existing Map Document/Project, it is recommended to switch the projection to EPSG:3857 or WGS84/Pseudo Mercator before adding the JPG/PNG.

For use in QGIS (https://qgis.org), select the Projection/Coordinate Reference System (CRS) WGS84/Pseudo Mercator (EPSG:3857).

For MapInfo users (https://www.pitneybowes.com), the downloaded world-files are not not compatible as MapInfo follows a different specification for geo-referencing world-files.


How do I find the Imagery Capture date?

The best way to find out the date of the imagery that you are trying to identify is to use the Past Imagery Tool, located down near the lower right corner of the screen. Navigate to your selected area then open the Past Imagery Tool.

Once activated, you can search through all available imagery within the current map extent and discover capture dates for the most recent Imagery available, as well as historical aerial photography.

Adding the imagery project as a layer ensures you are seeing that project’s imagery and you can be sure of the capture date from the associated project attributes.


Using the Past Imagery Tool

To activate the Past Imagery Tool

  1. Zoom in to the point where the Past Imagery tool icon is highlighted, then click on the icon
    Past Imagery Tool activate
  2. The timeline displayed along the bottom of the screen shows the date (year) of the imagery available for the current screen extent.
  3. The numbers shown below the timeline represent how many images were captured during that year. Click on the arrows pointing left/right to explore earlier/later years.
    Past Imagery Timeline
  4. Once a year is selected, the timeline will display prominently the months when the imagery was captured. Click on the arrows pointing left/right to explore adjacent earlier/later years.
    Past Imagery Month selection
  5. Selecting a month will return the first image captured, and allow you to scroll through the Images and Projects using the Previous/Next options down along the bottom right.
    Past Imagery selection

There are buttons below the descriptive text to allow

  • Viewing the extent of the imagery on the map
    View the historical image extent
  • Adding the image as a Layer or a Place
    Add as a Layer or a Place
  • Previewing the imagery, as well as providing a link to QImagery to download and explore the imagery in greater detail
    Preview historical imagery

Clicking View Gallery will expand the Past Imagery Tool to preview thumbnails of images found within the same timeframe/project.
Past Imagery Tool Gallery

If the screen is moved or you would like to search for Past Imagery at a different location, navigate to the desired location and click on the refresh button (which will light up upon movement).
Query the new screen extent

The filter option can be used to search for Imagery within a specified timeframe. The underlying white line on the slider displays where the earliest and latest Imagery has been captured. Alternatively, a date can be selected with the dropdown boxes.
Past Imagery Tool filter options


How do I import or export data in the Queensland Globe?

Import data


The Globe supports the import of simple GPX, KML, KMZ, SHP or CSV files, where simple means; only positional data for place marks and polygons, and no other functionality (i.e. 3D objects, labels, tabular data, etc) and does not display any embedded images, pop-ups or references from the file. Any custom symbology within a saved kml may revert back to the standard/default when imported into the Globe.

To add your own data to the Queensland Globe:

  1. Select the Layers button
    layers button
  2. Click on the Add My Data button at the bottom of the Layers panel
    Add layers button
  3. Drag and drop or browse to a GPX, KML, KMZ, SHP or CSV file of your choice or paste in a URL of a web map service
    Browse for data or drag and drop

When importing KML, KMZ, GPX, SHP and CSV files, they are handled as layers with attributes. These layers can be then be queried with the identify tool like other layers in the globe.

Files are supported up to 10MB in size and up to 1000 features. Contents of a .shp or .kml file(s) must be under 10MB in its original format before compression.

Shapefile content must be contained within a zip file and must include the mandatory files .shp, .dbf and .shx. The other shapefile file types can also be included but are not mandatory. A zip file must only contain one .shp file as content. Icon images can be displayed if they reference a publicly available web address.

The size limit for saved maps is currently 10MB - please ensure you are within the limits if planning to save and share your maps.


CSV import format

When importing .csv files, the minimum mandatory columns are "Lat" and "Long" (or "Latitude" and "Longitude") and at least one other column.

For example:
Basic .csv file format

Additional data columns will be treated in the Globe as fields that can be displayed as attributes using the Identify tool.

When a .csv is added, a prompt will appear to determine how you would like to import the file.
.csv import options

There are options to:

  • Import as a series of points marked on the map (default)
  • Import as a line, with each row specifying the next line segment
  • Import as a polygon, with each row specifying the next segment and the last entry will connect to the first to close the shape

Importing web maps and services

Web map service types that are supported in the Globe, include:

  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services (WMS and WMTS)
  • ESRI REST services

OGC Web service support includes:

  • WMS - handles up to 9 sub-layers

OGC Web service limitations include:

  • WMS - when using the Identify tool a precise point is needed, a buffer will not provide a result
  • WMS - services needing basic authentication (username and password) are now supported
  • WMTS - Identify tool unavailable on this service
  • WMS/WMTS - service capability needs to support the Web Mercator projection (EPSG:3857 and equivalents) to match the basemap spatial reference
  • WFS is not supported at this time

Adding Portal Items

You can now add QSpatial Live (ArcGIS Online) items that have a service URL as an additional layer(s) in Queensland Globe. The portal item URL is used and you will be prompted to use your username and password credentials to access the item. Queensland Globe respects the user’s portal access properties so you can only display items shared to the organisation or specific group you are a member of. When sharing saved maps from Queensland Globe containing these items, the person(s) you share with will also need similar access to display these items.

You are now able to add secured OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) services using basic authentication with your service username and password credentials.

To add an Item from an online Portal, navigate to your portal Item and copy the URL.

For example, a publicly available Portal Item can be found here.


Copy the example URL (above) into the Add My Data screen in the Layers Menu and click “Add to Globe”, and if the Service is unsecured, like this example - The Portal Item will immediately display on the Globe. Previously the actual service url was required to do this.


If a secured service is being added to the Globe, a prompt will appear asking to Sign in to establish a connection to the Portal Environment
Add a feature


A New window will appear to allow a secure connection to your Portal
Add a feature

After credentials have been accepted, the item(s) will be added to the layer list and display on the map.


Export data


There are a number of ways you can export a CSV, KML, SHP or GeoJSON file:

  1. Add your item of interest to Places and download directly from the Places panel
    • Using one of the drawing tools on the map i.e. the point, rectangle, line, polygon or circle tool will automatically add it to places
      The tool bar
    • Or select the Add To Places icon from a search result or a query layer attributes result
      Add a suburb

      Add a feature
    • Then select the Place button to open the Places panel and then download your file type of choice
      Download a place
  2. Use the Identify tool and click on an area of interest to bring up the layers panel, you can download the count of layers as a CSV or select your item of interest in the layers panel to bring up the features panel (image below) then download all the attributes as a KML, GeoJSON, SHP or CSV
    Download file type
  3. Use the Query Layer Attributes function to download as per above

Please note: The limit on download size is 1000 rows, GeoJSON/KML/SHP files will export a maximum of 50,000 vertices.


How do I save and share maps?

Before you can save and share maps, you will need to sign up with a provider account, or Login to the Queensland Globe with an existing account. Your Queensland Globe login will enable you to save maps up to 10MB in size and limit of 100 saved maps, and then share them directly with a URL or through different media platforms.

Note: The limit of 100 saved maps exclude offline maps, these are counted separately as they are stored on your own pc or tablet.

The shared link for your map will expire after 30 days. If you want to retain a map for longer than this period ensure that the shared map is saved to your account.


Save and share maps


  1. Select Login or sign up
    login
  2. Select account or sign up
    Select land parcel
  3. Create your map with additional layers, web services, zoom level, tools and places as required
    Add layers button

    Tool bar
  4. Select maps
    Maps button
  5. When you are ready to save your map select save as, type a relevant map name, then click 'Ok' to save
    Maps save as
  6. To share a map select the drop down on your saved map
    Map drop down
  7. Select share
    Share my map
  8. Select next
    Select next to share
  9. Share your map via email, Facebook, Twitter or copy the URL
    Share your map

How do I print a map?

Another way to create a map and include your custom map objects is through Print
Print

The Print functionality does not require you to be logged in for use.

When you choose to Print, a new tab will open. Within the Print preview you will be provided with the options to specify:

  1. Page orientation
    Page orientation
  2. Page size (A3 or A4)
    Page size
  3. Viewing mode
    Viewing mode
  4. Map scale can be selected by typing your scale and pressing Enter or clicking away
    Map scale
    or from the options available in the dropdown menu
    Map scale dropdown
  5. The coordinate value displayed in each corner can be toggled between Lat/Long and MGA
    Projection toggle
  6. You can name your map and also include a subtitle to provide more detail
    Print with a title
  7. The legend is included when the checkbox is selected
    Print with a legend
  8. The legend will be included on the back of the print, which will also incorporate attribution and any further notes you want to include
    Additional data
  9. The options provided in the bottom left hand corner allow you to toggle between the Map Preview and the Additional Data, which will be included in the print
    Map preview toggle
  10. When you are ready, choose Print to and select which output format you would prefer (PNG or PDF)
    Print to
  11. To return to your Globe map, close the Queensland Globe Print browser window

Use these options to customise your print. These print templates have been designed to adhere to our mapping guidelines.

If you need to refine the map you can enable the zoom controls within the Print preview by clicking the lock and altering the map as required. Once satisfied, click again to lock the map extent.


How do I use the features in the Toolbar?

The Toolbar holds many important features that are useful when creating a map. There are options to Query layers already visible through the 'Identify' tool, use measuring tools for distances and areas, and also draw your own 'Places' on the map.

Select the Spanner (top right) to pop out the toolbar.
Open the tool bar


Using the Identify tool

The Identify tool queries the active layers with a specific shape, at a user specified location. Click the Identify icon first to activate the tool.
Activate the Identify Tool

You can change the shape of the Identify tools as needed, then click on the map to define your point, line or area of interest.

  • The 'Select First Item' box will always return the topmost layer that has been identified, and immediately show the attributes from your selection. This option is best used when there are not many layers you are Querying
  • The 'Continue Identify After Select' box is on by default, and enables multiple uses of Identify until the tool is deselected
  • The 'Buffer' slider is the tolerance of results returned around the Identify tool on use.
    • The smaller the buffer, the more precise the Identify will be and less results will be returned
    • The larger the buffer, the more lenient the Identify will be and more results will be returned.
    Identify options

Using the Measuring tools

The Queensland Globe utilises the Web Mercator map projection. This projection is the most commonly used coordinate system used in web applications to show world extents. Its strength is that it preserves direction and the shape of data, however the downside is it distorts distance and area.

The use of the Queensland Globe for the purposes of precise measurement is not advised. Please refer to the Disclaimer notice on the Welcome page for further details.


Click on the Measurement Icon first to activate the tool.
Activate the Measurement Tool

You can change the measurement tool between two options of 'line' and 'area'.

  • The Line Measurement tool returns the distance from your first point until your last point (finish with a double click), as well as the bearing of the line and the last segment length
  • The Area Measurement tool will display the Perimeter and Area of your defined shape (finish with a double click)
  • There is also an option to select other measurement units such as Imperial, Acres or Hectares
    Measurement options

If you wish to perform multiple measurements in quick succession, click the 'New Measurement' button at the bottom of the tool.
Continue measuring


Reset

The Reset option in the toolbar will reset your map. If you have launched a saved map it will return you to the original extent of that launched map. To return to the default Queensland Globe map layers select Exit Map in the Map panel.
Reset Map view


Navigating the Globe

There are a number of Keyboard keys that can be used to help navigate while the mouse is being used to draw:

  • The arrow keys move the screen in the selected direction (Up/Down/Left/Right)
  • Holding the ""Shift" key while using the left mouse button to click and drag will zoom to the extent of the rectangle drawn
  • Using “+” or “-“ will zoom in or zoom out respectively (2D view only)
    • The Numbers key pad also works as long as Num lock is off
  • Pressing the “A” or “D” keys will rotate the view left or right respectively (2D view only)
  • Pressing the “N” key will reset the orientation back to pointing North (2D and 3D view)
  • Pressing the “J” or “U” keys will change the zoom level (3D view only)
  • Pressing the “P” key will reset the tilt from oblique to aerial view (3D view only)
  • Pressing the “Delete” key if any geometry or vertex has been selected will delete them
  • Pressing the “Esc” (Escape) key deselects all geometry, vertices and active operations


Some of these shortcuts are not only used during drawing, they can be used for general Globe use as well.


How do I use the drawing tools and Edit Places?


Using the drawing tools

Select the Spanner (top right) to pop out the toolbar and begin by selecting a drawing tool.
Open the tool bar


Editing an existing place

To edit an existing Place, navigate to the Places menu tab on the left, then click Edit places.
Edit places

While Editing, you can remove a Place individually or by groups at a time, and also modify the size and position of selected Places.


Navigating while drawing and editing

Once a drawing tool has been chosen or Edit Places has been selected, the Mouse acts as an edit tool for your drawn/edited objects and has the following functionality:

  • Mouse hover:
    • Highlights the outline of geometry, and also presents the potential to add a vertix along a perimeter line
  • Single click:
    • Selects geometry and highlights it’s perimeter, as well as showing all its vertices, or deselects all if clicked outside any geometry or vertex
    • Adds a new vertex at clicked location along a line or perimeter, or selects and highlights a specific vertex if clicked directly
  • Double click:
    • Adds a new vertex at clicked location along a line or perimeter
    • Double clicking away from geometry on the map zooms in at the specified location
  • Click and drag:
    • Within a geometry, close to a line, or directly on a vertex enables the mouse to move it around
    • While editing places when none are selected, enables normal mouse panning of the map
  • Scroll wheel:
    • Changes zoom level of the map
  • Crosshair cursor:
    • Helps specify when a vertex can be added over a line or perimeter
  • Move hover:
    • Helps specify when selected geometry or text label can be moved


The Drawing Tools

If you would like to place a coordinate location on the map, select Coordinate from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


There are different coordinate systems to choose from, but the default is set to Latitude and Longitude

In the fields provided, you can enter Latitude and Longitude values, and also name the point before placing it.
Select preferences


When you are ready to proceed select 'Add to Places", it will be drawn on the map will also be added to Places

Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit the location of your Coordinate Point after you select it
Edit the Coordinate


Any changes to the Point can be found under its Attributes
Modified Attributes


To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw point from the list of options
Select Draw point


Before you click to place a point, you can change options for the fill and outline colour, stroke colour and stroke width
Select preferences


Once you are happy with your selection, click on the map where the point should be placed, it will be drawn on the map will also be added to Places

Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit the location of your Coordinate Point after you select it
Edit the Coordinate


Any changes to the Point can be found under its Attributes
Modified Attributes


To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw rectangle from the list of options
click Draw Rectangle


Before you click to draw, you can change options for the fill colour and opacity, stroke colour and width
Select preferences


Click and drag to draw your rectangle on the map, certain measurements will be shown above the Latitude and Longitude (bottom left), and the rectangle will be added to Places
Measurements


Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit your drawn rectangle after you select it
Edit the rectangle


Clicking on any of the corner vertices will allow you to change the size, or the centre square to rotate the rectangle
Clicking a point to edit


Any changes to the rectangle can be found under its Attributes
Modified Attributes


To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw line from the list of options
Click Draw Line


Before you click to draw, you can change options for the line colour and stroke width
Select preferences


Click a start point for the line to begin, click again to create a line segment, click and drag to draw freehand, double click to stop drawing, and the line will be added to Places. Certain measurements will be shown above the Latitude and Longitude (bottom left)
Measurements


Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit your drawn line after you select it
Edit the line


Clicking and dragging on any of the vertices along the line will allow you to change the line direction or distance, and clicking directly on the line will create a new vertex at the specified point.
Edit the line


Any changes to the line properties can be found under its Attributes
Line Attributes

To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw polygon from the list of options
Click Draw Polygon


Before you click to draw, you can change options for the fill colour and opacity, as well as the stroke colour and width
Select preferences


Click a start point for the polygon to begin, click again to create a vertex, click and drag to draw freehand, double click to stop drawing, and the polygon will be added to Places. Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit your drawn polygon after you select it
Edit the polygon


Clicking and dragging on any of the vertices along the polygon will allow you to change the line direction or distance, and clicking directly on the polygon segment will create a new vertex at the specified point
Edit the line


Any changes to the polygon properties can be found under its Attributes
Polygon Attributes

To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw circle from the list of options
Click Draw Circle


Before you click to draw, you can change options for the fill colour and opacity, stroke colour and width.
If you wish to draw an ellipse instead, turn off the checkbox labelled "Draw Circle".
Select preferences


Click and drag to draw your circle on the map, certain measurements will be shown above the Latitude and Longitude (bottom left), and the circle will be added to Places
Measurements


Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit your drawn circle after you select it
Edit the Circle


Clicking on the vertex will allow you to change the size of the circle, and clicking inside the shape allows you to move it to a new location


Any changes to the circle properties can be found under its Attributes
Circle Attributes

To begin drawing, select Draw Places from the Toolbar menu
click Draw Places


Select Draw text from the list of options
Click Draw Text


Before you click to draw, you can change options for the text colour, font, text weight, size and edit the text content
Select preferences


Click a point on the map, the Text will be placed at that point, and the Text will also be added to Places
Place Text


Navigating to Places and selecting Edit places allows you to edit the text after you select it
Edit the Text


Clicking on the square on the outside of the text will allow you rotate it to face a desired direction (2D Feature only). Note, editing the colour, font, weight and name of text is undertaken separate to the Edit Place tool.

Attributes can also be seen under Places, and give basic information about its location
Text Attributes


How do I add labelling to places and layers?

To add a label to a place:

  1. Expand the place that you want to label
    Expand place options
  2. Select the Add label to map checkbox to include a label for that place
    Label a place

Labels can also be added to user added data layers:

  1. Expand the user-added data layer
    No label
  2. Specify the Display field label you want to use
    Display field label
  3. Then select Show display field label
    Show display field label
  4. These labels can be saved and shared in a map or included in a print

Please note that these labels are not available for offline maps or able to be carried across to ArcGIS Online.

How do I Query Layers?

There are a number of ways to query information associated with many of the data layers in the Queensland Globe.

Query Layer Attributes

The Queensland Globe allows you to query the data layers that you have included based on user specified criteria

  1. Open the Layers panel
  2. Toggle to the right of the layer name to expand the menu options
  3. Select the Query layer attributes option
    Query layer attributes
  4. For this example we will query the Land parcel tenures layer
  5. Select the attribute, operator and search criteria. To constrain the results to those that fall within the current map extent, select the checkbox below the clause.
    If left unchecked the query will be run on the entire dataset.
    Querying layer
  6. Click Query Layer
    Query layer
  7. The results from your query are returned. You can download those results or add to places

Query Using A Place

Data layers can also be queried based on a place

  1. Ensure the layers that you wish to query have been added to the layers panel
  2. Go to the place that you want to use for the query
  3. This can be a point, line, or shape. The query will take into account the buffer set for that place
  4. Toggle to the right of the place to expand the available options
  5. Select Query using this place
    Query using this place
  6. The results from your query are returned. You can download those results or add to places


How do I use Queensland Globe Offline?

Offline key points

  • Taking a map offline will save it to the cache of that particular device's browser that has generated an Offline map
  • Offline maps are only accessible on the device and browser that are created on
  • As they are saved in the browser cache, please be aware that clearing the cache will remove all Queensland Globe Offline map data present on the device
  • It is recommended to clear your browser cache prior to creating your Offline map
  • Offline maps must be in 2D mode

Browser performance

The preferred browser for Queensland Globe and Queensland Globe Offline is Chrome. Firefox users may experience performance issues when saving Offline maps. Performance is also impacted once an offline map is saved, including in the normal Queensland Globe application.

The maps are saved within your device's browser cache, so it is important to note that any mobile cleaning/security software may try to clear the cache to protect or improve performance. Please be aware of this possibility, as it will clear any Offline map data as well.


Device and browser availability

Offline Device availability


Creating and using Offline maps

Creating an Offline map

  1. To create an Offline map, users must first log in
    Log in to an account
  2. Select the Maps menu to choose an existing map. A map must be saved to the user’s login before it can be taken offline
    Navigate to Maps

  3. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the Map you wish to take Offline
    Show Map details

  4. Select the Take Offline option
    Take Map Offline

  5. The Globe processes the layers that will be available Offline (Included layers), those that will be left behind because they are not visible or used (Excluded layers), any Place data, and will estimate the size of the map, indicating the storage needed on the device.

  6. If you wish to change the name of the Offline Map, please remember to do so on this screen as you will not be able to change it later.

  7. Click on Save to start generating the map
    Offline Map summary

  8. The map will begin downloading onto your device, this can take up to a few minutes - depending on the size of the map
    Saving an Offline Map


  9. Again, it is important to remember that each Offline map can only be accessed on the device it was originally saved to. If the map fails to generate at this point, a message will appear detailing the issue (possibly connection issues or available device storage), and the process will need to be restarted.


Using an Offline map

Once the map is finished saving, the link provided will open Queensland Globe Offline, where you can view your Offline maps. It is recommended to open the link and bookmark it or add it as a shortcut to your device for quick access
Offline Map Success

The link will land on a blank Queensland Globe Offline with your Maps menu open, displaying the Offline maps that have been created on that device. Clicking on the icon alongside the Map name will launch it
Offline landing page

You can also access your Offline maps directly from the Maps menu if you are still online, like any other saved map.


With an Offline map, you are able to Identify and Query layers, and draw places and text on the map. You can also pinpoint your location - provided you are within the extent of your Offline map, and your browser and device support using the location tool
Offline Map loaded

Offline maps do not have the full functionality as the standard Queensland Globe, and as such some features are not enabled. There is also a limit zooming in and out, allowing only two additional zoom levels in. Data saved outside the extent that can be found by panning the map will only show “Map data not available”.

Once you are finished with your Offline map and wish to return to the Online Globe, there is a button located near the top right of the screen that will take you back when network connectivity is available
Return to Online

If you have drawn places on your Offline map and wish to bring your work back into the Globe, there is an option in the Maps menu to “Add All To Places” – which loads all Places from the selected Offline Map into your current Map. You will need to save your online Map with these changes.
Add all Offline places

If loading the places back to your online map, please be aware that Place duplicates may be made if they were present before the map was taken Offline, and may need to be checked.

Once you are finished with your Offline map, you can clear your cache to free up space on your device.

How do I view an elevation profile?

Queensland Globe allows you to show the elevation profile of the terrain available in the 3D view (on 3D compatible devices).


To display the terrain profile


  1. Toggle from 2D to 3D view
    3D view
  2. Using the line tool from the toolbar, draw a line on the map
    toolbar
  3. View the line you created in
    Places
  4. Expand to view further options, select
    Show profile using surface terrain
  5. View the profile
    Elevation profile
  6. Click and drag the point to move along the length of your line
    Elevation profile

How to view your land valuation

Adding the Land Valuations Topic

The land valuations layer and associated information can be easily added to the Queensland Globe is by launching the Land Valuations Topic:

  1. On the Queensland Globe left side menu bar, select Topics
    Topics menu button
  2. Select the launch button on the Land Valuations Topic
    Land valuation topic
  3. Select either the 'Add to Globe' or 'Replace Current Topic' button
    Add a topic to the globe


Searching for a Property

There are several ways to find the property you are interested in:

  • Pan and zoom to it using the navigation tools
  • Search for a property by address, lot/plan or its Property ID
  • Select a property by its Property ID and highlight its boundary using a Layer Query. (This method is recommended for large multi-lot properties)


Search for a property by address, lot/plan or Property ID

To conduct a search for a property by address, lot/plan or Property ID:

  1. Select 'Search' on the menu
    Search menu button
  2. Select your desired search method from the list of options. To search by Property ID select Features of QLD
    Search methods
  3. Type in the street address, lot and plan or Property ID of the place you are interested in, then hit enter or click the magnifying glass, then select the desired place from the results
    The different type of search methods
  4. The place will now be identified on the main Queensland Globe window. Zoom in to the property to see more information such as:
    • White label - Property ID number
    • Green label - new valuation (visible during revaluation period)
    • Gold label - current valuation
      A parcel displaying valuation labels


Searching for a property by querying the attributes of a layer

To select a property by its Property ID and highlight the property boundary on the map using the Query by Attributes functionality:

  1. Select Layers on the menu
    Layers Menu tab
  2. Find the Valuation layer and click on the down arrow beside the layer name to expose more functions
    Valuation Layer Query
  3. Select Query Layer Attributes and set up a query to select your Property ID, then press Query Layer
    Query Valuation Attributes
  4. Click on the result to reveal the selected property record
    Valuation Query Result
  5. Click on the Add to Places button to highlight the property on the map
    Valuation Query Result
  6. Select Places on the menu
    Places
  7. Click on the Property ID record to zoom to the highlighted property on the map
    Valuation Property ID

    Valuation Highlighted


To discover more detailed information

To discover more detailed information regarding that land valuation you can use the Identify tool.

  1. Select the Spanner (top right) to pop out the toolbar
    Open the tool bar
  2. Select the Identify tool from the toolbar array
    Identify tool
  3. The Identify menu gives you a number of options. Click the Select First Item checkbox
    Select the attributes option
  4. Then click on the preferred lot
    A parcel displaying valuation labels
  5. This will display the Attributes menu for the location selected
    View the attributes of the land parcel
  6. You may need to use the Left and Right arrows at the top of the menu to toggle through the Attributes panels to get to your property valuation information
    Displays attributes

How do I get a SmartMap or title search?

  1. Select Topics
    Topics menu button
  2. Scroll down to the Property Topic and select the launch button
    Topics panel launch the property topic
  3. Select either the add to the Globe or replace the current topic button
    Add a topic to the globe
  4. Zoom to area of interest
    Image of an area of interest
  5. Select the Identify tool from the Toolbar menu
    Select identify tool
  6. The Identify menu gives you a number of options. Click the Select first item checkbox
    Select first item in the identify options
  7. Select the land parcel
    Select land parcel
  8. The Attributes panel will display, scroll down and then select Information and products
    Information and products

    Please note: you may need to use the left and right arrows at the top of the attributes panel to toggle through and access the land parcel information.

  9. Select the links to view a SmartMap or perform a Title Search
    Select title search

How to get a DNRME registered water bore report or a survey control mark report?

  1. Once you are in the Queensland Globe interface, click on the Layers button
    Layers
  2. Click Add layers
    Add layers button
  3. Type 'Registered water bores', or 'Survey control' then hit enter or click the blue filter icon
    Search layers for a Registered Water bore
    Survey control search
  4. Turn on either the 'Registered water bores (DNRME and private)' or the Survey Control layer
    Select Registered water bore
    Select Survey Control
  5. Zoom or search to the required location
  6. Select the identify tool and click on Select first item
    Select first item in the identify options
  7. Click on the desired bore or survey control mark
    Registered water bores in a map

    Survey control marks in a map
  8. Select the Bore report link at the bottom of the Registered water bores Attributes panel or the Report link near the top of the Survey control mark Attributes panel
    Attributes of a registered water bore

    Attributes of a survey control mark

Please note: You may need to use the forward and back arrows in the black section of the Attributes panel toggle to the relevant information


How do I use 360 mode?

360 data can be accessed quickly by looking through the Topics menu.
Topic menu button

All of the new 360 data can be found in the Topics menu, under the 360 category on the left side. Click the launch button to start up a selected Topic.
360 Topic category

360 mode is then launched into a local scene at the Topic’s map position, presenting 3D data both above and below the surface of Queensland.
Launched local scene

The controls while in this view are similar to 3D, Left click to Pan, Right click to tilt, and mouse scroll to zoom in and out. There are also the normal navigation tools available on the lower right side of the screen.

If you lose track of your local scene, you can navigate back to it through the drawing tools (in the top right), using the Reset Map button, or by clicking the Reset Tilt button (near the navigation tools down near the bottom right).
Drawing tools reset map

Reset tilt button

360 mode can be activated any time the button is lit up, and will create a local scene based on your current screen position.
360 View mode

How to add a Queensland Globe icon to my smartphone or tablet home screen?

You can pin an icon for Queensland Globe to your smartphone home/tablet screen for quick access. So rather than having to open a browser and enter the web address, you can simply click on the Queensland Globe icon on your home screen to open it.


Android

  • Launch Chrome and type in http://qldglobe.information.qld.gov.au
  • Tap the menu
    Menu
  • Tap Add to Home Screen
  • You will be able to enter a name for the shortcut
    Adding
  • Then Chrome will add the shortcut to your home screen

Other popular Android browsers like Firefox for Android also offer this feature.


iPhone & iPad

  • Launch the Safari browser on Apple's iOS and navigate to the website or web page you want to add to your home screen
  • Tap the Share button on the browser's toolbar - that's the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward.
    It is located on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch
    Apple share
  • Tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu
    Add shortcut
  • You'll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button
    Add to home screen
  • The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere, including in app folders - just like a normal app icon
    (To create app folders on iOS, touch-and-drag an app's icon onto another app's icon and hold it there for a moment)
  • When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app
    Shortcut