How do you Make a Contour Map?
In Equator, it is easy to view contours and make a contour map. The tutorial below goes through exactly how to do that.
Open Equator, log in or create a new account. Search for your project location using the Search toolbar. Once you have chosen an area where you would like to create a contour map, click the “New Site” button in the bottom left hand corner.
Once the site has shown up, check to make sure the area that you would like to capture is within the white boundary. If it isn’t, you can change the default boundary or create your own boundary. When you are happy with the boundary, click the blue “Okay” button.
Once this is done, a white site boundary will appear. The Data panel will also open, allowing you to pick the type of contour data that you would like to load onto the site. You can choose contours as a shapefile (.shp) or contours as a drawing file (.dwg).
Once you have chosen the contour data that you wish to load onto the site, click the blue “+” button that appears once you hover over the data choice.
A screen with the option to customize the contours will appear. Here, you can choose between a Smooth, Detailed and Custom contour data upload. This allows you to pick how detailed and at what interval your contour lines will appear. Smooth is the default and will be used for this explanation. Click the “Generate” button to generate the contour data.
Once this is done, the progress will be shown in the upper hand corner. To view a more detailed version you can click on the button.
Once the data has been loaded, the contour lines will appear. In order to view and edit the contour mapping, click on the “Layers” panel.
Once here, you will be able to view the layers that have been added to your project thus far. The contour mapping can be edited by double-clicking on the “Contours” sub-layer.
Here, you can edit the colour, thickness, and smoothing of the contour lines.
The “Labels” sub-menu can also be opened by clicking on the dropdown menu and checking in the box that reads “Enabled”.
To add a label, click the “Add Spot Label” button. You can then place the label anywhere within the boundary to mark important spots. To edit the name of the label, click on the “Property” square, and edit. The colour of the label can also be edited using the features listed further down in the menu.