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 email@example.com.
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 new features introduced include:
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 360 layers that are able to display 3D data while their ‘best viewed’ mode is activated. To find out how to utilise 360 mode, please see the F.A.Q. below called “How do I use 360 mode?”
The new Past Imagery Tool works with QImagery to show Queensland’s historical imagery, and present it within the Globe. To find out more about the Past Imagery Tool, please see the F.A.Q. below called “How do I use the Past Imagery Tool?”
There have been recent updates to the existing School and school catchments data, as well as adding new layers such as the Principal Cycle Network Plan, and Heavy Vehicle Routes and Restrictions, which detail different transport routes 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.
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.
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.
Login first before you create your map to ensure your work can be saved and shared.
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. 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.
Web map service types that are supported in the Globe, include:
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 ot 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.