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 to familiarise yourself with the main features of the application before using the links provided in the table of contents below for additional information.
A complete list of layers is available in the The Queensland Globe Layer Catalogue which is updated regularly.
Based on feedback some information layers have been placed in new categories in the layer list. Layers that were in the Feature Globes in the original Globe are also placed in categories in the layer list.
Please refer to this file (Changed.CSV) to see which layers have been moved, and this file (No change.CSV) to see which layers have remained in place. We continue to encourage your feedback and participation in creating the best possible Queensland Globe – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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:
There have been recent updates to the structure of layers under Water Plans and other items, as well as Biosecurity information, which displays a variety of flora and fauna zones across Queensland.
This section is dedicated to help provide an overview of the Queensland Globe, enabling users to use it with confidence. These tutorial videos are part of a series that cover different features the Queensland Globe offers its users.
This tutorial offers an overview of features and functions; familiarity with the interface; and knowledge of capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Queensland 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 with either Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system, and later model smartphones or tablets. The user's choice of web browser on their device influences the response speed, and the recommendation is to use Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Safari rather than Microsoft Internet Explorer. If required to use Internet Explorer, please ensure it is up to date with the latest version.
Before using Queensland Globe Offline, there are some key points that users must be aware of.
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
To create an Offline map, users must first log in
Select the Maps menu - A Map must be saved to the user’s login before it can be taken offline
Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the Map you wish to take Offline
Select the "Take Offline" option
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.
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.
Click on "Save" to start generating the map
The map will begin downloading onto your device, this can take up to a few minutes - depending on the size of the map
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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. Using the Past Imagery Tool, you can navigate to your selected area, search through all available imagery 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.
To activate the Past Imagery Tool, zoom in to the point where it lights up and click the icon.
The timeline displayed along the bottom of the screen shows the date (year) of the imagery available for the current screen extent.
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.
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.
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.
There are buttons below the descriptive text to allow:
Clicking 'View Gallery' will expand the Past Imagery Tool to preview thumbnails of images found within the same timeframe/project.
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).
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.
360 data can be accessed quickly by looking through the Topics menu.
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 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.
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).
360 mode can be activated any time the button is lit up, and will create a local scene based on your current screen position.
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 then share them directly with a URL or through different media platforms.
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 embedded images or references from the file.
To add your own data to the Queensland Globe
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 20MB in size and up to 5000 features. Contents of a .shp or .kml file(s) must be under 20MB 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.
Although the supported import size has been increased up to 20MB, the size limit for saved maps is currently 10MB - please ensure you are within the limits if planning to save and share your maps.
When importing .csv files, the minimum mandatory columns are "Lat" and "Long" (or "Latitude" and "Longitude") and at least one other column.
Additional data columns will be treated in the Globe as fields that can be displayed as attributes using the Identify tool.
Web map service types that are supported in the Globe, include:
OGC Web service support includes:
There are a number of ways you can export a CSV, KML, SHP or GeoJSON file:
Please note: The limit on download size is 1000 rows, GeoJSON/KML/SHP files will export a maximum of 50,000 vertices.
Select the Spanner (top right) to pop out the toolbar use a drawing tool.
To edit an existing Place, navigate to the Places menu tab on the left, then click Edit places.
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:
There are a number of Keyboard keys that can be used to help navigate while the mouse is being used to draw:
Some of these shortcuts are not only used during drawing, they can be used for general Globe use as well.
To discover more detailed information regarding that land valuation you can use the Identify tool.
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.
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:
To identify these layers that can be queried by attributes look for:
To use layer attributes follow the instructions below:
The Queensland Globe’s move from the Google Earth platform was an outcome of Google deprecating the technology and no longer supporting it. As a result some features provided by Google Earth like flight simulators, Google tours, directions and time slider of historic imagery are not available in the new Queensland Globe. The new web based platform allows the Queensland Globe to be easily accessible on multiple devices and evolve over time. The new Queensland Globe will continue to have updates and features added into the future.
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.
Other popular Android browsers like Firefox for Android also offer this feature.