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, add parameters to the elements (the set of parameters differs depending on the facility type), convert them and delete the unwanted facilities.

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. Double-click the location on the map where you want to place the supply chain element. 

    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:

Filtering elements on the GIS map

The filter options are hidden by default. Having opened the options by clicking the Show filters button, you can filter the elements and paths shown on the GIS map.

To filter via element icons
  1. Click an icon of the required element in the filter controls toolbar of the GIS map toolbar to filter the visualized elements.

To define filter parameters
  1. Click the Show filters button, to open filter options.

  2. Then click the drop-down list to the right of the required parameter and check the element(s) to highlight. Please note that certain connections between the GIS mp elements may become invisible depending on the filter options that you select.
  3. Click the All sources / Best source toggle to filter the sources by either the available ones or just the best ones (based on the defined sourcing parameters).

  4. Click the filter icon again to close the filter dialog box.
    You will see that all elements are dimmed now, except for the checked one(s). The connections of the non-checked elements are not depicted.

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 and the type of the selected facility.

    Note: If more than one element is located in the location with the same coordinates, refer here.

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

To add parameters of an element
  1. Right-click the required facility to open the context menu (it differs for elements of different types)
  2. Click the required option. The dashboard beneath the GIS map will navigate to the corresponding table, allowing you to set the parameters of the selected option.

    Note: You can create more than one additional parameter of the same type for one and the same facility. If you do, make sure that the newly defined parameter does not contradict the previously defined one(s).

    e.g. We will create three Demand configurations for a specific Customer. In this case each demand of the specified customer refers to different product types.

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.

    Note: You can change location for a number of elements.

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.

    Note: 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.

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

  2. Click the option of the corresponding conversion type:

    Note: 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).

  3. Click the just converted element to select it and automatically open its table record for adjusting its properties.
To select one of the elements in the same location

Selecting an object may be quite difficult if it is located too close to another object or even in the same location as the other object. In the first case zooming in might solve the issue. The second case cannot be solved by means of zooming. If the elements are in the same location, the icon of every new object is located on top of the icon of the previous object, which means that you will have to do the following:

  1. Click the required facility on the GIS map to select it. A semi-transparent description box will appear, containing the name and the type of the selected facility.
  2. Click the facility again to switch to the next one located in this location. The semi-transparent description box will now provide information on the currently selected facility.
  3. Proceed clicking the element till the description box shows the name of the required facility.
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.
To select certain elements within the group of elements located in the same location.
  1. Navigate to the table of the corresponding element type to select the required elements there.
  2. Select the required elements by holding Ctrl and clicking the rows containing the corresponding elements. Release the Ctrl button when selecting is done.
 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).

    Note: When you delete an element, the record about its location remains in the Locations table. In case of a customer, its demand will be removed as well, unless you choose to keep it. You can either use such records with other supply chain elements, or you can manually remove them. 

Alternatively you can:
  1. Right-click the required facility on the GIS map to open the context menu. 
  2. Select Remove from the shortcut menu.