The Data Importer Application is used for importing gpx and shp files which can then be converted into features using the Data Maintenance Application. Users can access the application through the online portal.

User Interface

This section describes the main elements of the user interface.

Main Toolbar

The toolbar displays the functionality available in the Data Importer Application. The toolbar displays five icons which can be clicked on to bring up the panel for that particular function. The icons are: Legend, Layer List, Basemaps, Add Data and Edit. Each of these functions is explained in more detail in this guide.


Clicking on a feature in the map view will open a pop up screen which displays the attributes for underlying features.

The user can click on the arrow button to move to the next feature (where multiple features were overlapping the point on the map that was selected).

The user can turn the pop up screen to a full screen view by clicking on the maximise button next in the top right corner.

If a photo has been attached to the feature the user can view this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the pop up screen.

Zoom Tools

The zoom tools on the map allow you to zoom in and out.

In addition, if you are using a mouse then the mouse wheel allows you to zoom in and out.

The home button will return the user to the their default map view

The GPS button will zoom the user to their current location (with GPS enabled on their device)

Layer Management

It is possible in the application to control the order and visibility of the layers in the map, and choose which basemap to show.


The Layers Panel can be used to control the order of layers within the map, to change their transparency and to view a legend. The panel is launched by clicking the layers icon on the main toolbar.

To adjust a layer’s appearance the user clicks on the dotted lines icon to the right of a layer. A pop up menu will appear.

Layer order

The layer order sets the hierarchy for how layers display on the spatial viewer. Any layer listed above the layer of interest will appear on top of the layer on the spatial viewer. Any layer listed below the layer of interest will appear underneath the layer on the spatial viewer.

The user can change the order of layers by clicking the ‘Move up’ or ‘Move down’ options on the pop up menu that appears when clicking on the dotted lines next to a layer in the layers list


The transparency of a layer determines how visible it is on the spatial viewer. The user can adjust the transparency of a layer by clicking on the transparency option on the layer pop up menu and adjusting the slider between Opaque and Transparent. Note: setting the layer all the way to Transparent will make the layer invisible on the spatial viewer.


The base maps panel, makes it possible to change the base map that is being shown in the map. This is useful if the map is cluttered and a simpler base map is required. The user changes the basemap by clicking on the layer icon on the main toolbar and selecting a basemap from the list.


The legend panel is used to interpret what each colour and shape on the spatial viewer represents. The user accesses the legend by clicking on the legend icon on the main toolbar

Importing Data

Add Data Screen

The Add Data screen is used to import Gpx and Shp files to create temporary shapes. The user clicks on the Add Data icon on the Main toolbar to access the screen

The user can add a Shp or Gpx file by clicking on the ‘Select file…’ button and selecting the file from their storage.

Note: Shp files will need to be a Zip file with all of the associated files included. 

When the file is successfully loaded a dialogue box will appear saying “File upload success!”.

Note: the shapes will not yet be visible on the map view.

The user needs to click the ‘Execute’ button to confirm the import. The user is navigated to the Output tab of the Add Data screen with a Result of “success” displayed. The shapes will now be imported and visible on the spatial viewer. If your import was not successful there may be an issue with the file you are trying to import. 

Depending on what gps features were included in the file temporary points, lines and or polygons will be created.

Adding photos

Photos can be added to infestation and point of interest features using the Data Importer application. Note: photos cannot be added using the Data Maintenance application, but can also be added using the Mobile application.

To add a photo the user first selects the feature on the spatial viewer to bring up the feature’s properties pop up screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the properties screen, click on the three dotted lines and click the ‘Edit’ option that appears.

The feature will now be in edit mode, however note that you cannot edit any of the attributes in the Data Importer Application

Scroll to the bottom of the Edit screen and click the ‘Choose File’ button. Navigate to the file in your storage, select it and click the Open button to add the photo. The photo will be added with a link appearing on the edit screen.


Last Updated: 19 September 2017