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Complete user guide

This area of the site is aimed at assisting you in using the FIND tools and services on offer. Simply select a help topic from the dropdown list below to find out more about your topic of interest.


Map screen layout

At the top of the map screen is the actions bar that contains buttons to export, print or order reports, it also displays the 'Project ref' and 'Sub ref' at the top-right of the screen.

Down the right hand side of the map screen are panels that can be expanded or minimised. These panels contain tools for navigating around the map, choosing map backgrounds, viewing data packages and aerial photography available on FIND. To view the contents of a panel, click on either the green '>' or the name of the data package or service you require to expand it.

At the right hand edge of the displayed map are three hidden tabs, simply click on them to expand into panels. These contain the 'Tool bar' which allows you to annotate the map, the 'Download' panel, which shows the progress of any downloads (includes Exports, Aerial Photography and Prints) and the 'Legend' for the FIND Map background (only available when viewing the FIND Map).

Display grid lines over the map

Locator pin

The orange locator pin indicates the location of interest as selected from the address search results list. If you pan away from the pin you can automatically return to it by right clicking over the map and selecting 'zoom to pin'. To turn the visibility of the pin on and off click the pin located in the actions bar at the top of the page next to your chosen address.

When a map is printed or data exported the locator pin will not be displayed.

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Modern and historic aerial photography

'FIND a map' search panel

If you wish to change the location you are viewing enter a new address or co-ordinates in the search box in this panel.

If you are browsing a new map area then additional charges may accrue. Simply click 'OK' to accept these charges as necessary.

Searching for a new location within the map screen

'Map view' panel

The tools contained in this panel allow you to change the map background, pan around, zoom in and out.

There are six different viewable map backgrounds. The main difference between them is the different scales and varying levels of detail they are designed to be viewed at.

FIND Map (1:1 250) - The FIND Map is based on the most detailed mapping in Great Britain, the Ordnance Survey's MasterMap Topography. Created by FIND, this is a carefully developed colour map which highlights property-related elements, such as building outlines. This an altogether easier map to navigate and interpret, and is ideal for inclusion in reports and presentations.

OS Plan (1:1 250) - The OS Plan map shows a black and white representation of the most detailed mapping in Great Britain, the Ordnance Survey's MasterMap Topography. It includes all detailed line work and text. This makes it ideal for in-depth work on a specific site as it offers a level of detail that cannot be found on any other map. This map is particularly suitable when used in conjunction with some of the more colourful information layers, such as those in the Property package, as they are often more easily viewed on a black and white background.

Street (1:10 000) - The Street map displays basic building outlines, property boundaries and road names. Overlaying layers from the Environmental Package provides a detailed overview of the area surrounding a site. This map provides an ideal base for detailed work, such as site management or environmental analysis.

Locale (1:25 00) - The Locale map displays basic road and building outlines, including including hill contours and height information. With fence-level detail and depiction of contours makes this map background particularly useful for analysing data in rural areas. For example, overlaying your own information onto a backdrop of Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 Scale Raster map data enables you to view the extent of countryside access to plan routes for navigation aids. More generally this map provides an ideal base for large-scale site management and environmental analysis in rural areas.

Town (1:50 000) - The Town map allows you to clearly identify roads, water features, important buildings and height contours. This map is particularly useful when analysing the regional context of a site, by overlaying it with layers from the Environmental package. It provides a comprehensive base map ideal for environmental or geological analysis.

GB (1:250 000) - The GB map displays all cities, towns and many villages, as well as transport routes including all motorways, A and B roads and railways. It provides the ideal backdrop for analysing the wider regional or national context of an area, where local details are not required. This map is useful as a backdrop when overlaying some large scale layers in the Environmental Package.

Imagery (12.5cm resolution; 25 cm resolution) - The imagery layer displays recent photography covering the whole of Great Britain. Images can be viewed at any scale, and the resolution displayed varies depending on the age of the photograph shown. This layer can be turned on as a background behind all layers in the data packages area, and is particularly useful for finding out additional detail during site analysis.

Map screen layout
Map backgrounds

FIND Map legend

The FIND Map has a unique colour scheme or legend created by FIND. It highlights property-related elements, such as building outlines. When the FIND Map is displayed on the map screen the 'Legend' tab can be activated to help interpret the map. This is the middle tab located on the upper right-hand side of the map area, click on the tab and the legend panel will appear over the map.

'Map View' panel
Map backgrounds

Zooming in and out

The zoom buttons are located in the 'Map view' panel. Zooming in is achieved by clicking the '+' button and then clicking over the map area or drawing a square in the map window. Zooming out is achieved by clicking the '-' button and then clicking over the map area or by drawing a square over the map area.

If you have selected the pan icon your mouse scroll wheel can also be used to quickly zoom in and out.

Underneath the map area the scale of the current map is displayed. Manually altering this will change the scale of the map. To do this replace the current scale and press enter.

Be aware that when zooming out additional charges may be incurred with some map backgrounds and data packages.

Accepting the viewing charge
Map scale
Panning around the map

Panning around the map

If you wish to move the map and see a different area select the pan button, with the hand icon on it, from the 'Map view' panel. When the cursor is moved over the map screen it will automatically turn into a hand. To move the map, click anywhere on the map and drag the map to the new location.

Around the edge of the map there are small green arrows that allow you to move the map a set distance in the selected direction.

Be aware that when zooming out additional charges may be incurred with some map backgrounds and data packages.

Accepting the viewing charge
Zooming in and out

Info a Data Package layer

The 'Info' button in the 'Map view' panel allows you to get further information about displayed features. To Info a data package information layer it needs to be visible on the map screen.

To use the Info tool select the 'i' button on the 'Map view' panel, and then click on the area you wish to get more information about. A pop-up listing all the layers which cover that particular area will appear. Select the layer you wish to find out further information for. A panel will then appear with further details about the selected layer for that location. To Info another part of the map simply click on the map again.

A drop down list at the top of the Info box will appear if more than one feature is located at that point.

Selecting and viewing data layers

Display grid lines over the map

To display grid lines over the map screen simply click the 'how gridlines' tick-box at the bottom screen. Grid lines measure 100 metre square and can only be viewed on top of the FIND Map or OS Plan. They are incorporated automatically into MasterMap exports.

Previous and next view

Right-click on the map screen to see a menu options list, select 'Previous view' to go back to your last map screen pan/zoom view or scroll forward again using the 'Next view' option.

Copy co-ordinates and current map extents

Use the the right-click menu options on the map screen to copy co-ordinates or the current map extent to the clipboard. 'Copy co-ordinates' will copy the co-ordinates from the point of the right-click location to the clipboard. This allows them to be easily pasted into other documents/programs on a computer. Similarly, 'Copy extent' will copy the south western-most and north eastern-most co-ordinates to the clipboard.

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