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GIS Map Elements

Alongside the creating and locating facilities within your supply chain model, GIS map also allows you to examine the facilities that you can see on the map, filter them, convert them and delete the unwanted facilities.

Working with the GIS map elements

To create an element

  1. Click the required element's button on the GIS map toolbar.

    Create customer

    Create warehouse

    Create factory

    Create supplier

  2. Hover your mouse over the required location and click it to create and place the supply chain element there.

    You can also right-click the required spot on the map and select the element that you would like to create from the shortcut menu.

    The newly created customer will appear on the map:

To examine an element

  1. Click the required facility on the GIS map to select it.

    A semi-transparent description box will appear, containing the name of the selected facility.

  2. Navigate to the dashboard below the GIS map. You will see that it contains the automatically opened table of the selected facility.

To change the location of an element

  1. Click the required facility on the map to select it.
  2. Drag it to the required location.

Alternatively you can:

  1. Click the required facility on the map to select it.
  2. Select the required location in the Location cell of the table that will automatically open in the dashboard beneath the GIS map.

    If you accidentally relocate an element on the GIS map, you can always restore its previous position with the help of the Ctrl + Z shortcut.

To convert an element on the GIS map

  1. Right-click the required facility (of Customer, DC, Factory or Supplier type) to open its context menu.

    The type of the resulting object depends on the type of the initial object that you are converting. You may perform the following conversions:

    • Customer to DC, Factory
    • DC to Customer, Factory or Supplier
    • Factory to Customer, Supplier, DC
    • Supplier to DC, Factory
  2. Select the required option from the menu:

    Once converted, the current element's table record will be automatically moved to the table of the resulting element type (Customers, DCs and Factories, Suppliers).

    • When converting Customer

    • When converting DC

    • When converting Factory

    • When converting Supplier

  3. Click the just converted element to select it and automatically open its table record for adjusting its properties.

To select a number of elements

To simply select a number of required facilities:

  1. Select the required elements by holding Ctrl and clicking the facilities you need. Release the Ctrl button when selecting is done.

To select a group of facilities

  1. Place your mouse cursor beside the group of elements you need to select.
  2. Press Shift and click and drag your mouse to select all the elements within the area of selection.
  3. Release the mouse and the Shift buttons when selecting is done.

Changing elements' visibility on the GIS map

You can filter or hide the required elements on the map.

To filter elements

  1. Click the Filter button, to open filter options.

  2. Then click the drop-down list to the right of the required parameter and select the checkboxes of the required elements to highlight.

    Certain connections between the map elements may become invisible depending on the selected filter options.

  3. Click Apply to apply the changes. The map will now show only the selected objects. Other connections and the non-selected objects will be hidden.
  4. If required, click Reset all to removes all defined filters.
  5. Click the Filter icon again to close the filter dialog box.

To hide elements

  1. Click the Show button to open the drop-down list of controls allowing you to toggle visibility of the element types on the map.

  2. Click the required toggle-button to hide / show certain element types.

To delete an element

  1. Click the required facility on the GIS map to select it.
  2. Press Delete. The selected facility will be removed from the GIS map, its record will be removed from the corresponding table (Customers, DCs and Factories, Suppliers depending on the type of the element).

    When you delete an element, the record about its location (stored in the Locations table) will be also removed, unless some other object uses this same location. In case of a customer, its demand will be removed as well.

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