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

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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 has had the ability to support some of these web services for a few years, but this ability has been greatly improved and expanded in recent releases of the software:

  • In addition to the traditional WMS protocol, in our Petrosys 17.8 release we introduced the ability to display tiled georeferenced imagery (WMTS), ArcGIS Server and Bing Maps [1].
  • In the 17.8 release we also added the ability to display secured web map services (https), required not only for vendors serving high-value imagery, but also for clients wanting to serve internal data.
  • Support to display spatial data from web feature services (WFS and ArcGIS Server) was introduced in Petrosys PRO 2018.1. This new feature in our software allow clients to access vector data over the internet.

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).

Regarding how to access and use these web services in Petrosys PRO, we have included the ability to store these services in a catalog. This feature allows all the users an easy and effective way to quickly access any of the services already stored.

To view the catalog and being able to 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’, as previously mentioned, 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.

Storing the services at Site level may provide the most effective way to manage your web service catalog.

As an example of what is mentioned above, big to medium sites may have an administrator of the catalog. Using a shared local directory [4], this person could save all new services at Site level, making 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

[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

2019-08-06T22:30:13+09:30 February 7th, 2019|News Archive, Software Support|

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