A data source is the encoded geographical information required for your vGIS system. The "Data Sources" subcategory allows you to add, edit, remove and map data sources from the vGIS Admin Portal (Fig. 1).
Adding a Data Source
vGIS is designed to aggregate data from multiple sources and formats, including automated Autodesk and Bentley BIM repositories, Esri ArcGIS, and others. The system can display 3D models as accurate to-scale holograms. It can also convert traditional 2D GIS data into BIM-quality 3D visuals. Each supported file type has its own configuration settings (Fig. 2).
To add a data source, click on the global "+" sign on the top left corner of the portal and select the Data Source option. You can also click on the Add Data Source action button from the 'Data Sources' section of the Portal.
Follow the links below to receive detailed instructions on how to add data in different formats:
- Autodesk Build
- Bentley iTwin
- Native BIM Files (DWG, DXF, IFC, and RVT)
- Vector .DWG/DXF
- Esri ArcGIS Feature/Map Services
- Esri ArcGIS Scene Services
- Pix4D Cloud
Editing a Data Source
The basic parameters of a data source can be edited by clicking on the data source row, or by clicking the "Edit" button at the end of the row.
Removing and Restoring Data Sources
A data source can be deleted/archived by either clicking the "Archive" button in the data source row or by clicking the "Archive" button from their Data Sources Details.
Please note: That any deleted data source information can still be accessed from the archive by toggling the "Show Archive" switch. Data sources will be permanently deleted after 30 days.
To restore a data source, toggle the "Show Archive" switch and click on the "Restore" icon from the data sources.
Searching Data Sources
You can find a specific data source from the data source list by using the "Search" bar located next to the "Add Data Source" button. The search bar uses a free-form search algorithm that allows you to find the desired device by typing in a part of its name.
The Data Sources database can also be sorted by clicking on the headers. This will arrange the device list by the selected header in either ascending or descending order.