Queensland Globe help

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 opendata@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

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 new features introduced include:

  • Updates to drawing tools including displaying and storing attributes, displaying the bearing of a line and enabling panning and zooming while drawing
  • Ability to edit places including adding, removing and moving a vertex, moving, resizing and rotating a drawn object
  • Printing updates including user-defined scale, corner coordinates and a location map
  • Ability to bulk-add features to Places
  • Tablet and mobile devices have additional features that more closely align with what is available on PC/Computers
  • Saved maps now save the orientation/rotation of the screen when loaded

How can I pan and zoom while drawing?

You can now use keyboard buttons to pan and zoom the map while using a drawing tool.

Users are 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 Numeric keypad (or Numpad - provided “Num Lock” is off).

For a full explanation of the new drawing features being updated or introduced in version 2.5, please see the F.A.Q. below called “Using Drawing Tools and Editing Places”.


There have been recent updates to the existing Water Management layers, which detail the legislative management of water throughout Queensland.

Frequently asked questions

Login first before you create your map to ensure your work can be saved and shared.

  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

Import data

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 SHPR or CSV file of your choice or past 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 2MB in size and up to 2500 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:

    • OGC services (WMS and WMTS)
    • ESRI REST services

    Web service support includes:

    • WMS - handles up to 9 sublayers
    • WMS - when using the Identify tool a precise point is needed, a buffer will not provide a result
    • WMS - services needing a username and password are not supported
    • WMTS - Identify tool unavailable on this service
    • WMS/WMTS - services needed to be in the Web Mercator projection to match the basemap spatial reference
    • WFS is not supported at this time

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 for 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 suburbAdd 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.

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


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


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)
  • 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 arial 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.


  • Select draw rectangle from the list of options
    Click Draw Rectangle

  • Before you click to draw, you can change options for the fill color and opacity, stroke color 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

  • Select draw line from the list of options
    Click Draw Line

  • Before you click to draw, you can change options for the line color 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

  • 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

  • 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
    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

  • 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

  1. An easy way to add land valuations and associated information to the Queensland Globe is by adding the Land Valuations Topic. 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 the Globe’ or ‘replace the current topic’ button
    Add a topic to the globe
  4. Searching for a Property

  5. There are several ways to find the property you are interested in. you can:
    • 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.
  6. To search for a property by address, lot/plan or its Property ID, select Search on the menu
    Search menu button
    • Select your desired search method from the list of options. To search by Property ID select features of QLD
      Search methods
    • 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
    • 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

  7. To select a property by its Property ID and highlight the property boundary on the map, select Layers on the menu
    Layers Menu tab
    • Find the Valuation layer and click on the down arrow beside he layer name to expose more functions
      Valuation Layer Query
    • Select Query layer attributes and set up a query to select your Property ID, then press Query Layer
      Query Valuation Attributes
    • Click on the result to reveal the selected property record
      Valuation Query Result
      then click on the Add to Places button to highlight the property on the map
    • Select Places on the menu
      Places
      then 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

  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

  1. Once you are in the Queensland Globe map 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 boreSelect 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 boreAttributes 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

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. Toogle from 2D to 3D view
    3D view
  2. Using the line tool from the toolbar toolbar draw a line on the map
  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 an elevation profile video

To identify these layers that can be queried by attributes look for:
Query attributes

To use layer attributes follow the instructions below:

  1. Open layers
  2. Toogle the Toggle down on the right hand side of the layer name to expand menu options
  3. Select the
    Query attributes
  4. For this example we will query the Land parcel tenures layer
  5. Select attribute, operator and search critera
    Query layer
  6. Click QUERY LAYER
  7. The results from your query are returned
    Query result
  8. Expand to view further details
    Query result detail

Query layer attributes video

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.

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 Apple share
    it's 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
  • 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