What is the difference between a plot and a map? A plot is your basic vector data designed for a specific purpose and audience. A map provides extra details that is usable by a larger audience. In the GIS industry, ESRI has been the de facto standard of creating the most realistic and useful maps. Smallworld was not considered to be a viable map producing solution.
However, Smallworld always had a robust core technology for producing maps. FCSI has exploited that functionality into a series of drawing functions (aka layout elements) that produces the most realistic and detailed maps directly from a Smallworld application.
Real Look and Feel
With FCSI’s tools and methodology, you can produce maps that are easily understandable by a much larger audience. The maps can be generated to meet a wide range of specifications resulting in the most realistic maps. FCSI has experience in creating maps in different projections other then the data's coordinate system.
You can overlay multiple grids and tick locations with detailed labeling in the view port and along the edges. Our labeling supports minor and major character sizing just like real maps. Multiple grid projections with configurable spacings for minor and major grid lines or ticks can be displayed on the same map.
Elevations and Contours
Tools give you the ability to create elevation contours, labels and spot heights. The labels have white space management algorithms to reduce labeling overlapping artifacts. FCSI has created elements that can automatically label the map with highest elevations for both the entire map and within a grid cell.
FCSI has developed multiple techniques to support robust representations of your features such as thematic coloring, drawing, or labeling. We have automatic point symbology scatter algorithms that allow you to have increased realistic symbology of vegetation features such as woodland areas and tree lines and hedgerows.
Alternative Views - Keys & Locators
You can include several different views of the data. The data displayed in these key and locator views can be dynamically labeled that uses white space management algorithms to ensure labeling isn't placed on top of each other.
Automated Location Indexing (aka Table of Contents)
You can include a table of referenced objects of the plotted data that not only describes the object, but also the grid location of the object.
Customized Legend Data
We have layout elements that allow you to create a customized legend with just the data you want. You define the object, geometry, and draw style you want to see.
Work Order Plotting
We have created a layout element that will list your work orders and draw the leader line to them on the map. This makes it easier than ever to locate the work to be done.
Other Layout Elements
FCSI has expanded the scale bar functionality to support advanced labeling and graticules. Other additional elements currently available are conversion bar and slope guide. FCSI can support your need for additional layout elements.