Tips on building a catalog of web map & feature services

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Build and manage a catalog of web map and feature services in Petrosys PRO

Accessing georeferenced imagery and spatial data over the internet has become increasingly popular in the last years. Petrosys PRO has had the ability to support some of these web services for a few years, but this has been greatly improved and expanded in more recent releases of the software.

In addition to the traditional WMS protocol in Petrosys PRO, you have the ability to;

  • Display tiled georeferenced imagery (WMTS), ArcGIS Server and Bing Maps [1].
  • Display secured web map services (https), required not only for vendors serving high-value imagery but also for clients wanting to serve internal data.
  • Access vector data over the internet with the option to display spatial data from web feature services (WFS and ArcGIS Server).

Both maps are displaying surface geology from the Western Australia Geological Survey web services: in the left, raster imagery (WMS protocol); in the right, spatial data (WFS protocol).

To make it easy for users to access, use and manage these web services in Petrosys PRO we have developed a catalog that allows the services to be stored.  The catalog is an effective and efficient way for users to quickly gain access to any of the services that have they or other members of the team have stored previously.

How do I do view and manage the catalog in Petrosys PRO?

To view the catalog and choose any of the services, click in the box next to ‘Catalog’ for both web map and feature services [2][3] (see below screenshot).

Once in the ‘Web Service Catalog’, you can choose from one of the saved services. You can manage the catalog by selecting the options in the lower-left section of the panel: Edit, Delete and Add.

If you choose to add a new service to the list, you’ll notice that new services can be stored at three levels, which will impact its availability:

  • Project: stored at the project directory. Only users working with this particular Petrosys project will be able to see it in the list
  • Site: stored at the local directory. If the site has configured a shared local directory, then all the users will have access to this service.
  • User: store locally. Only the current user will be able to see this service.

For large to medium sites who may have an administrator to manage the catalog, storing the services at Site level could provide the most effective method for managing your web services.  Using a shared local directory [4], the administrator could save all new services at Site level which would make the catalog with all the web map and feature services available to every user!

For more info about this and many more topics, visit the Learn section in the Client Portal or contact us at support@petrosys.com.au.


[1] Bing Maps require a license which is provided by Microsoft©

[2] To display a web map service, go to Display > Web Map Service…

[3] To display a web feature service, go to Display > GIS… and choose the relevant source: WFS or ArcGIS Web Service

[4] More information regarding shared local directories in the Petrosys Online Help under the topic called PS_LOCAL FOR MULTIPLE OPERATING SYSTEMS

2019-11-23T01:48:08+10:30 November 22nd, 2019|News Archive, Software Support|

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