Landscape Analysis Tool User Guide

Landscape Analysis Tool User Guide
Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) User Guide
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Description
 From ‘PLA’, Pipeline – Fresh Water and Pipeline –
Produced or Waste Water, have been moved to the ‘LOC’
purpose list (Table 2).
 Adjustments for MSL – SAT – PNG or OS Facility –
Satellite Site
 LOC – Class 1 to VI – ‘Road’ removed from description
 PIL – CATHPROTAG – Pipeline Installation – Cathodic
Protection / Anode Bed
 PIL – COMPSTN – Pipeline Installation – Compressor
Station (Sales Line)
 PLA – CATHPROTBG – Pipeline – Cathodic Protection /
Anode Bed
 Remove MSL Sump from Table 2
 Updated screenshots for AER changes
 Update Appendix A, Table 1, Table 2
 LAT Changes Include - MSL Sump and Table 2 Purpose
Types Renamed
 Correct images and tables
 Add in new road allowance types and LAT News Panel
 Add in two new MSL Purpose Types in Appendix A –
Table 2
 Updated Appendix A to include “Using Multipart
Features”
 Section 4.4 – “Edit Project Information” lists permissible
characters in the “Industry Company Name” and “Industry
Contact Name”
 Change “Activity Type” to “Purpose Type”
 Appendix A - Introduction
o Shapefile extensions must be in lowercase
 Appendix A - Proposed Activity Size Limitations
o Specified the area/length limitations
 Appendix A - Table 1
o Resized table
 Appendix A - Table 2
o Updated Disposition/Activity Type Codes
 Updates to screenshots
 First version
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Table of Contents
1.0
Quick Start: How do I get LAT Reports for Proposed Activities? ...... 7
The LAT Report Workflow ............................................................................................................................ 7
Step 1 - Enter the LAT login URL in your internet browser. ......................................................................... 8
Step 2 - Login into SecureXNET and launch the LAT Tool User Interface. .................................................. 9
Step 3 - Entering Proposed Activities into the LAT: .................................................................................... 10
Step 3A - How to upload a shapefile: ............................................................................................................ 10
Step 3B - Entering project information:......................................................................................................... 11
Step 3C - How to create a Proposed Activity Layer from scratch. ................................................................ 13
Step 3D - Entering new Proposed Activities into the LAT by using the Editor Tools: ................................. 14
Step 4 - Generating my LAT Report(s) and associated returns: .............................................. 18
Step 5 - Receiving and viewing my LAT Report(s) and other returns:....................................... 19
2.0
Getting Started .............................................................................. 29
2.1
3.0
Logging into the LAT ........................................................................................ 29
The LAT User Interface .................................................................. 32
3.1
LAT Map Layers ............................................................................................... 33
3.2 Showing and Hiding Map Layers ............................................................................. 34
3.3 Making Map Layers Active...................................................................................... 34
3.4 Viewing the Map Legend ........................................................................................ 35
3.5 Using Layer Actions .............................................................................................. 35
3.5.1 Viewing Layer Metadata ..................................................................................... 35
3.5.2 Zoom to the Full Extent of a Layer ........................................................................ 35
3.5.3 Hiding Labels ..................................................................................................... 35
3.6 Viewing the Attributes of Features .......................................................................... 35
4.0
The LAT Toolbars ........................................................................... 36
4.1 Map Navigation Floating Panel Tools ....................................................................... 36
Zoom Out ............................................................................................................. 36
Pan.................................................................................................................... 36
Zoom to Full Extent ................................................................................................. 37
Map Back ............................................................................................................ 37
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Map Forward ....................................................................................................... 37
Identify Features ..................................................................................................... 37
Identify Visible Features ............................................................................................ 37
Measure .............................................................................................................. 37
Magnify .............................................................................................................. 39
4.2 General Toolbar ................................................................................................... 40
Generate Map Report ................................................................................................. 40
Zoom to ATS .......................................................................................................... 42
Zoom to Projected Co-ordinate ...................................................................................... 43
Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate .................................................................................... 44
Bring up the LAT News Panel… ..................................................................................... 45
4.3 Markup Toolbar .................................................................................................... 45
Point Markup .......................................................................................................... 45
Polyline Markup...................................................................................................... 46
Polygon Markup ...................................................................................................... 46
Rectangle Markup ..................................................................................................... 46
Oval Markup .......................................................................................................... 47
Circle Markup ......................................................................................................... 47
Text Markup ............................................................................................................ 48
Buffer Markup ......................................................................................................... 48
Erase Markup .......................................................................................................... 49
Clear All Markups ..................................................................................................... 50
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Swipe Markup Layer ................................................................................................. 50
4.4
LAT Tasks Toolbar .............................................................................................. 50
Upload Shapefile .................................................................................................... 50
Create a New Proposed Activity Layer ............................................................................. 52
Edit Project Information ............................................................................................. 53
Edit Proposed Activities ............................................................................................. 54
4.4.1 Selecting / Unselecting and Clearing Selection of Proposed Activities ....................... 57
4.4.2 Moving a Proposed Activity: ............................................................................... 58
4.4.3 Editing the shape (vertex) of a Proposed Activity: ................................................. 58
4.4.4 Rotating a Proposed Activity: ............................................................................. 60
4.4.5 Deleting a Proposed Activity: ............................................................................. 60
Generate LAT Report .................................................................................................. 61
Appendix A – LAT Shapefile Specification for Proposed Activities .......... 75
There are no standards with respect to the naming convention for the basename, as long as it is supported by the ESRI
shapefile format. ............................................................................................................. 75
Geo-referencing: ............................................................................................................. 75
Proposed Activity Size Limitations: ........................................................................................ 75
Using Multipart Features: ................................................................................................... 76
Shapefile Attributes and Attribute Values: ................................................................................. 77
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Acknowledgement
Portions of the LAT were constructed using licensed GeoCortex Essentials technology, developed by Latitude
Geographics Group Ltd. Portions of this LAT User Guide made liberal use of the contents of the GeoCortex
Essentials On-line Help and Tutorial System for content. We greatly appreciate the ability to use this
information and acknowledge their contribution to this document.
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Quick Start: How do I get LAT Reports for Proposed Activities?
The LAT Report Workflow
The workflow for generating LAT Reports is shown in the diagram below and includes the following
basic steps:

Logging into the LAT web site;

Entering Proposed Activity locations into the LAT using the “Upload Shapefile” tool, or by adding
new activities interactively in the LAT;

Entering Project Information;

Editing the locations of Proposed Activities (add, move, modify, or delete);

Generating LAT Report(s);

Receiving the LAT Report(s) and associated returns by email.
The following sections provide detail on a step by step approach for getting LAT Reports from the LAT.
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Step 1 - Enter the LAT login URL in your internet browser.
https://securexnet.env.gov.ab.ca/lat_login.html
You will be directed to the SRD Applications SecureXNET login page for the Landscape Analysis Tool. All
existing EDS (Electronic Disposition System) users will automatically be able to access the LAT. If you are an
EDS user and are unable to access the LAT, please contact the EDS Help Desk at the following:
EDS central number 780-427-3570 and the following email address, [email protected]
If logging in for a new session –
Select the following option:
1 – Please proceed to... the Landscape Analysis Tool
If you are not logged in to SecureXNET,
you will be redirected to log in.
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Step 2 - Login into SecureXNET and launch the LAT Tool User Interface.
Enter in your GOA user id, Password and Account Type. If successful, you will be directed to the LAT user
interface. If you are unable to login, please contact your system or network administrator.
On some IE browsers, when the LAT Tool is loading, you will be prompted by your browser whether to display
unsecure items. Please select “Yes”.
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This will launch the LAT Tool within your browser and will display the provincial base map.
Step 3 - Entering Proposed Activities into the LAT:
There are two methods to enter Proposed Activity data into LAT. Data can be entered in by:
a. Uploading a shapefile containing proposed activities;
b. Adding proposed activities in the LAT using the editor tool.
Step 3A - How to upload a shapefile:
***Note: The LAT requires all shapefiles to be uploaded to conform with the specifications contained
within Appendix A – LAT Shapefile Specification for Proposed Activities. Please refer to this
specification to ensure that your shapefile will be processed. Failure to comply with this specification will
result in incomplete and invalid LAT Reports.
From the LAT Toolbox Dropdown at the top of the Toolbox menu bar – Select the “LAT Tasks” Toolbox:
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Select “Upload Shapefile” Tool from the LAT Tasks Toolbox:
On the Upload Shapefile form, enter the name of your Proposed Activity Layer. Browse to the location on
your workstation of the shapefile containing proposed activities. Enter in the location of the shapefile .dbf,
.shp, .shx, .prj components.
Select “Submit” on the “Upload Shapefile” form. You will then be prompted to enter project information
and render the colour of the proposed activity layer, if you do not like the default rendering chosen by the
software.
Step 3B - Entering project information:
Enter project information into Project Information data entry form. The required fields (marked with a *)
are used within the LAT Report and are used to email the LAT Report and other returns to the user. Once
the required and optional fields are entered, select “Submit”.
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At any time, Project Information can be modified using the “Edit Project Information” tool contained in
the LAT Tasks toolbar.
Zoom to the extent of the Proposed Activity Layer (Upload Shapefile), to view it:
In the Layer List box, click on the small triangle next to your Proposed Activity layer name (Project1, in
the example below), and select “Zoom to Full Extent” from the layer actions.
The map display will zoom to the full extent of the shapefile uploaded.
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Step 3C - How to create a Proposed Activity Layer from scratch.
Select “Create a new Proposed Activity Layer” from the LAT Tasks Toolbox:
You will then be prompted to enter the name of a new Proposed Activity layer. Select “Submit” once you
have entered the name.
You will then be prompted to enter Project Information. Refer to Section 4.4 “Edit Project Information” for
instructions on how to enter Project Information. Once the required and optional Project Information fields
are entered, select “Submit”.
Once successfully submitted, the name of the Proposed Activity layer will appear as a layer in the Proposed
Activity folder contained in the Layer List box. Navigate to the area of interest to enter in Proposed
Activities using any of the zoom, pan, zoom to ATS, or zoom to co-ordinate tools provided by the LAT.
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Step 3D - Entering new Proposed Activities into the LAT by using the Editor Tools:
Zoom into the area of interest where you wish to add new proposed activities using any of the zoom, pan,
zoom to ATS, or zoom to co-ordinate tools provided by the LAT.
To add a new proposed activity, make the layer active, by highlighting the Proposed Activity layer in the
Layer List. Select the icon next to the layer and it will be highlighted in blue. This indicated that the
Proposed Activity layer is now available for editing.
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From the LAT Tasks toolbar, select the “Editor” tool.
You will be presented with the “Editor” tool form. This form provides the capability to add Proposed
Activities by adding either a point, line or polygon feature that represents a Proposed Activity. To add a new
activity, select the Disposition Type and Purpose Type from the drop-downs in the Editor.
In the case of a MSL or Mineral Surface Lease activity (point feature), select the MSL dimensions from the
drop-down box, as well as the rotation angle, if necessary.
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Place a point on the map display by clicking in the desired location for the centre of the MSL. A polygon
representing the proposed MSL will be created in the map display.
To place a Pipeline Agreement activity (line feature), select the disposition and activity sites, proposed right of
way buffer distance, angle of rotation (if required) in the Editor menu box. Position the mouse cursor within the
map display and draw the proposed activity by clicking the start point, and vertices (bends) of the proposed
activity using single mouse clicks. Double click the mouse to draw the end point of the activity.
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The Editor menu also provides functions to select/unselect a proposed activity, move an activity, modify a
vertex point of a proposed activity, rotate the proposed activity and to delete the shape. Refer to Section 4.4
“Edit Proposed Activities” of this document for details on how to select, move, modify or delete a Proposed
Activity.
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Step 4 - Generating my LAT Report(s) and associated returns:
Once you have completed adding your Proposed Activity(ies) to the LAT, you can generate LAT Reports
and associated returns for all activities in your Proposed Activity Layer. To generate a LAT Report and
returns, do the following:
From the LAT Tasks toolbar, select the “Generate LAT Report” tool.
You will then be prompted to select the Proposed Activity Layer that you wish to generate LAT Reports for.
Select the required Proposed Activity data layer from the drop-down list in the form, and select “Run”.
When the LAT Report Generator has successfully run, you will receive a notification to indicate that your
activities were received and that your results are being e-mailed to the e-mail address entered into the
Project Information form. Please check your e-mail to receive your results. “Exit” the Report notice form to
receive your results.
You will also receive an e-mail notification from the system indicating that your LAT Report request has
been submitted. An example of the email is shown below:
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Step 5 - Receiving and viewing my LAT Report(s) and other returns:
Upon completion of the LAT Report generation, an e-mail confirmation in the format below will be sent to
you.
The e-mail confirmation contains hyperlinks to:
 The location of a zipped file containing your LAT Report(s).

The location of a zipped file containing the LAT Report data in a CSV – (comma separated values)
format. This format can be used to enter and analyse the LAT Report data in a spreadsheet, access
database or software that accepts this format.

The location of a zipped file containing a shapefile of the proposed activities used to generate the
LAT Report (s).
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Select the appropriate hyperlink(s) to download the zip file(s) and unzip files using your unzip file utility of
choice.
The following screen shots show samples of the LAT Report and associated returns:
LAT Report(s):
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The LAT Report is in a .pdf file format and can be viewed and save within a .pdf viewer such as Adobe
Acrobat Viewer.
The LAT Report cover page presents the LAT number, date, time, project information, disposition and
purpose type.
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The listing of the Geo-administrative Base Features upon which the Proposed Activity is located appears as
follows:
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The listing of the Sensitive Features upon which the Proposed Activity is located appears as follows:
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The listing of Quarter Sections in which the Proposed Activity is located appears as follows:
* The Road Allow. column indicates there is a Road Allowance that may have one of the following values:
1. RS=South
2. RW=West
3. RI=Intersection (SW segment)
4. A blank value indicates no Road Allowance.
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A map image of the Proposed Activity appears as follows:
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The listing of applicable Provincial Approval Standards and Operating Conditions for the disposition
appears as follows:
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The listing of the applicable Approval Standards and Operating Conditions based upon sensitive features
affected by the proposed activity appears as follows:
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CSV File(s) containing LAT Report data:
This is a zipped file containing the LAT Report data in a CSV – (comma separated values) format. This
format can be used to enter and analyse the LAT Report data in a spreadsheet, access database or software
that accepts this format.
LAT Report CSV file opened within an Excel spreadsheet:
Zip file of the Proposed Activity Layer associated with the LAT Report(s):
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Getting Started
2.1 Logging into the LAT
To start the Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT), you must first log into the Alberta Sustainable Resource
Development (ASRD) Secure XNET login page. To login, you will require a:

GOA user id;

Password;

Account Type.
You must also be a member of the LAT user group to be authenticated by Secure XNET. Please contact
your system or network administrator if you do not have the necessary permission to access the LAT. All
existing EDS (Electronic Disposition System) users will automatically be able to access the LAT. If you an
EDS user and are unable to access the LAT, please contact the EDS Help Desk at the following:
EDS central number 780-427-3570 and the following email address, [email protected]
To access the LAT, type the following URL into your browser:
https://securexnet.env.gov.ab.ca/lat_login.html
You will be directed to the SRD Applications SecureXNET login page for the Landscape Analysis Tool.
If logging in for a new session –
Select the following option:
1 – Please proceed to... the Landscape Analysis Tool
If you are not logged in to SecureXNET,
you will be redirected to log in.
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Enter in your GOA user id, Password and Account Type. If successful, you will be directed to the LAT
user interface. If you are unable to login, please contact your system or network administrator.
On some IE browsers, when the LAT Tool is loading, you will be prompted by your browser whether to
display unsecure items. Please select “Yes”.
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This will launch the LAT Tool within your browser and will display the provincial base map.
Note that if your session is in-active for a significant period of time, you session will be ended by the
system. You will then be required to re-login to the LAT through Secure XNET.
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The LAT User Interface
When you open the LAT Viewer in your Internet browser, you should see something that looks like the image
shown below.
The LAT Viewer contains the following components:
1. The Map Window – this displays the mapping information;
2. The Information Panel - this displays information about the map and lets you interact with the map;
3. The Layer List – this provides a listing of all Base Features and Sensitive Features data layers that can
be viewed within the LAT;
4. The selections and interfaces for various LAT Tools;
5. The Toolbars, located at the top of the viewer. There are three static toolbars (General, Markup and
LAT Tasks) at the top of the viewer and one floating panel toolbar (Map Navigation) used for
navigating around the map. These tools allow you to navigate around the map, ask questions of the map,
upload, create and edit Proposed Activities on the map and to perform the workflow required to
generate LAT Reports.
At the bottom of the viewer are:
6. The scale box and
7. The scale bar.
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The scale bar changes dynamically with the value shown in the scale box. The scale box provides of
zooming by keying in scale values. To change the scale, type the desired ratio and click the Arrow. This is a
quick way to zoom directly to the scale you need.
Note that the Scale Box and Scale Bar are for map navigation only, and may not be perfectly accurate.
Without information about the size of your monitor or display device, it is impossible to accurately provide
a ratio scale. An error will be most pronounced if you are operating a large monitor or a projection device
running at a very low resolution, or if you are running a small monitor at a very high resolution. A 17"
monitor running at a resolution of 800x600 or 1024x768 represents the scale more accurately. Some maps
have limits on the scales at which you can view the data, and some layers and map labels may only appear at
certain scales. If the layer you need is unavailable at your current map scale zoom in until the layer becomes
available.
3.1 LAT Map Layers
The LAT has many map layers. Map layers are organized into folders and group layers in the Layer List. (If
you don't see the Layer List, click the tab in the Information Panel).
The LAT contains map layers grouped according to the following data categories:
1. Base Maps – these data layers are contained in a cached map service showing Provincial Base
Mapping data provided by the Resource Information Branch (RIMB) of ASRD. Base Map data is
viewable in the Map Window from the Provincial extent, down to a scale of 1:500,000.
2. Sensitive Features – these are dynamic data layers used in the generation of the LAT Report for a
Proposed Activity (e.g. sensitive caribou, grizzly bear habitat ) Many of the Sensitive Feature layers
have guidelines associated with them as contained in the Integrated Guidelines Package (IGP). Other
Sensitive Feature layers are provided for information only. Sensitive Feature data layers are grouped
according to ISO data categories.
3. Base Features – these are data layers that comprise the Provincial Government Base Features data,
such as Alberta Township System (ATS), Access, Geo-Administrative boundaries, elevation contours
etc. Certain Base Features data layers are used for the LAT Report (such as FMA, First Nation
Reserves, Provincial Parks, etc.), while others are available to provide context and a way to reference
yourself. (for example, Digital Integrated Dispositions, Access, etc.). Base Feature data layers are
grouped according to ISO data categories.
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4. Imagery – the LAT provides several imagery data layers that can be used for visualization and
referencing. They are 2009 SPOT5 fiver meter resolution satellite imagery, the Provincial Hillshade
and the Provincial Painted Relief.
When you first open a map, some folders and group layers may be open while others are closed. Similarly,
some layers may be visible on the map while others are not. To open a folder, click the folder icon. A list of
the layers contained in the folder will display. To close the folder, click the icon again. To open and close a
group layer, click the group layer icon. Notice that opening and closing folders and group layers doesn't
change which layers are visible on the map; it simply helps you stay organized.
3.2 Showing and Hiding Map Layers
Beside every layer in the Layer List, you will see a check box. Folders and group layers also have a check
box beside them. In order for a layer to be visible on the map, both check boxes must be selected: the layer's
check box and the check box of its folder or group layer.
Folders and group layers work differently. When you select or clear a folder's check box, the check boxes of
all its layers also become selected or cleared. Selecting and clearing a group layer's check box never changes
the check boxes of its sub-layers.
When you select a group layer's check box, every sub-layer whose check box is already selected becomes
visible on the map, provided they're visible at the current scale. You can also change layer check boxes
individually.
3.3 Making Map Layers Active
Some layers are only available at certain scales. Layers that are available at your current scale are shown
with an Available icon next to the layer name, while layers that are unavailable at the current scale are
shown with an Unavailable icon. A layer can be made active by clicking its Available icon.
Active
Inactive
An active layer is represented by an Active icon and its name is highlighted in blue in the Layer List.
Making a layer active is your way of telling the LAT software that you want to work with the layer. For
example, when a layer is active, you can search for points of interest on the layer. You can have multiple
layers active at one time
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3.4 Viewing the Map Legend
In addition to the functions previously described, the Layer List can also display a Map Legend. To make
the legend visible, click the Show Legend button at the bottom of the Layer List. To hide the legend, click
the Hide Legend button. L Legend symbols are shown for available layers only.
3.5 Using Layer Actions
This section describes the operations, or actions, that you can perform on layers. To perform a layer action,
click the layer's name or its down arrow (the small triangle) in the Layer List and select the action from the
menu.
The following layer actions are available in the LAT:
3.5.1 Viewing Layer Metadata
The Metadata action displays Metadata for the layer in a browser window. The layer metadata provides
information on the source, currency and accuracy of the data layer. The layer metadata provided in the
LAT is compatible with the metadata standard established for GeoDiscover Alberta (GDA).
3.5.2 Zoom to the Full Extent of a Layer
The Zoom to Full Extent layer action zooms directly to the extent that is just large enough to show all
the layer's features.
3.5.3 Hiding Labels
The Hide Labels layer action removes a visible layer's labels from the map display. For example,
selecting Hide Labels for the National Parks layer turns the National Park name labels off for the layer.
3.6 Viewing the Attributes of Features
Features have attributes associated with them in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Suppose you are
interested in the attributes associated with a Sensitive Feature. To see a Sensitive Features attribute
information, make the Sensitive Feature data layer active, click the Identify tool and then click the Sensitive
Feature on the map. Use the Identify tool whenever you want to examine the attributes of features on the
map.
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The LAT Toolbars
There are three static toolbars (General, Markup and LAT Tasks) at the top of the viewer and one floating panel
toolbar (Map Navigation) used for navigating around the map. The following sections provide details on the
various tools available with the LAT.
Static Toolbars
Map Navigation Floating Panel
4.1 Map Navigation Floating Panel Tools
The Map Navigation Floating Panel is accessible at all times throughout the LAT session. The Map
Navigation tools contained in the floating panel are:
Zoom In
The Zoom In tool allows you to zoom in on any part of the map. To zoom in, click the Zoom In tool and
then click the map location that you want to zoom in on. Alternatively, click and hold the mouse button to
drag a box that defines the area that you want to zoom in on.
Zoom Out
The Zoom Out tool allows you to zoom away from the map. To zoom out, click the Zoom Out tool and then
click the map location that you want to zoom out from. Alternatively, click and hold the mouse button to
drag a box that defines the area that you want to zoom out from.
Pan
The Pan tool lets you navigate around the map. Use the Pan tool by clicking and dragging the mouse on the
map. The area of the map that you grab will end up wherever you release the mouse button. For example, if
you want to move north (up the map), click and hold near the top and drag the map down.
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Zoom to Full Extent
The Zoom to Full Extent tool is a quick and easy way to zoom out as far as possible. Click the tool and the
map will zoom out to its maximum extent. This is especially useful when you want to make a fresh start
without losing the changes you made to the map.
Map Back
Clicking the Map Back tool will return your map to the previous extent that you viewed. For example, if you
are currently viewing the map extent at a scale of 1:250,000 and you zoom to 1:100,000, clicking the Map
Back button will return the map to the previous scale (1:250,000).
Map Forward
If you have used the Map Back button, clicking the Map Forward tool will return the map to the next extent.
Identify Features
Use this tool to see a list of a feature's attributes. First make the feature's layer active and then click the
feature whose information you want to see.
Identify Visible Features
The Identify Visible Features tool identifies features from all the layers that are currently visible. Click the
tool and then click a location on the map to see the attributes of all the features that are visible at that
location.
Measure
The Measure tool allows you to measure areas (polygons), distances (lines), and coordinates (points) on the
map. Click the Measure tool to open the Measure window.
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Measure Coordinates
To view the coordinates of a particular location, click the Measure Coordinates tool in the Measure window,
and then click the location on the map.
The coordinates for that location will display in the Measure window. You can view the coordinates in map
units, decimal degrees, or degrees, minutes and seconds.
Measure Distance
Distance is measured as a sequence of line segments that you draw on the map. To measure a distance, click
the Measure Distance tool), click one end of the path you want to measure, and then click the first point
where the path changes direction. Continue clicking points until there is one point left. You can undo points
by right-clicking if you make a mistake. Double-click the last point to end the measurement.
The results of the measurement are shown in the Measure window. To change the unit of measurement,
select the unit from the drop-down list.
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To save the measurements to a CSV file, click the Export Measurement button.
Measure Area
Area is measured as the area within a polygon that you draw on the map. To measure an area, click the
Measure Area tool and draw the polygon just as you would draw a polyline. Double-clicking closes the
polygon and ends the measurement. The results will be shown in the Measure window.
Magnify
When you click the Magnify tool, the Magnifier window appears on the map. To magnify an area, click and
hold the grey bar at the top of the Magnifier to drag the window on top of the desired location. You can
change the degree of magnification using the drop-down list at the bottom of the window.
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Note that when you increase the magnification, the current map is not simply enlarged. Rather, new map
data are displayed, often showing additional features that are not visible at a smaller scale.
4.2 General Toolbar
The General Tool bar contains the Generate Map Report, Zoom to ATS, Zoom to Projected Co-ordinate and
Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate and LAT News Panel Tools.
Generate Map Report
The Generate Map Report Tool is a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) report generator that
allows you to export a printable map of the data that is currently viewable within the map display window.
** Note: at map scales less than 1:400,000 (eg. 1:250,000 1:50,000 etc.) you must ensure that the cached
Base Maps layers are not viewable. To do this, simply “un-check” the check box next to the Base Maps
folder as shown in the figure below.
By selecting the Generate Map Report Tool, the Print Template form is initialized that allows you to select a
pre-defined LAT map template, output format (pdf), map legend, map title and map notes.
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To download your Map Report, select “View” from the Print Template, and then select download. This will
generate a pdf map report that you can download.
A sample Map Report is shown below:
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Zoom to ATS
The Zoom to ATS Tool provides the user with the capability to quickly zoom the map display to an area of
interest defined by and ATS (Alberta Township System) Township or Quarter Section. Selecting the Zoom
to ATS Tool initiates the Zoom to ATS menu.
To zoom to a Township extent, select “Township” from the drop-down list, and key in the Township,
Range and Meridian values.
To zoom the map display to the selected township, select “Apply”. This will change to view extent of the
map display to the selected township polygon which will be outlined in yellow. The yellow outline will
remain until the “Erase” button is selected.
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To zoom to a Quarter Section extent, select “Quarter Section” from the drop-down list, select the Quarter
Section value from the drop-down (NE,NW,SE,SW) and key in the Section, Township, Range and Meridian
values.
To zoom the map display to the selected quarter section, select “Apply”. This will change to view extent of
the map display to the selected quarter section polygon which will be outlined in yellow. The yellow outline
will remain until the “Erase” button is selected.
Zoom to Projected Co-ordinate
The Zoom to Projected Co-ordinate Tool provides the user with the capability to quickly zoom the map
display to an area of interest centred on a specific projected map co-ordinate. Supported projections are
10TM Forest (500,000 false easting), 1-TM Resource, and UTM Zones 11 and 12. Selecting the Zoom to
Projected Co-ordinate Tool initiates the Zoom to Projected Co-ordinate System menu form. From the menu
form, select the co-ordinate system of choice and enter in the x value (easting) and y value (northing).
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To zoom the map display to the co-ordinate entered, select “Apply”. This will change to view extent of the
map display to an area centered on the co-ordinate entered. The location will be identified with a gold star,
with the easting and northing co-ordinates annotated on the map display. The annotation will remain in the
map display until the “Erase” button is selected.
Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate
The Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate Tool provides the user with the capability to quickly zoom the map
display to an area of interest centred on a specific geographic (latitude, longitude) map co-ordinate.
Supported formats are decimal degrees and degrees, minutes and seconds (DMS).
Selecting the Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate Tool initiates the Zoom to Geographic Co-ordinate System
menu form. From the menu form, select the format (decimal degrees or DMS) and enter in the appropriate
values. West longitude values (for Alberta) must be entered in as a negative value. See the example below:
To zoom the map display to the co-ordinate entered, select “Apply”. This will change to view extent of the
map display to an area centred on the co-ordinate entered. The location will be identified with a gold star,
with the Latitude and Longitude co-ordinates annotated on the map display. The annotation will remain in
the map display until the “Erase” button is selected.
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Bring up the LAT News Panel…
The LAT News Panel provides a way to keep the user informed of changes to LAT and to the Enhanced
Approval Process
To see the LAT News Panel simply click on the icon.
4.3 Markup Toolbar
The Markup Toolbar provides tools to add points, lines, areas and text to your map. Each tool has many
options for changing the attributes of your markup, such as fill type, color, transparency and line width.
Markup tools are used only to draw lines and annotate features on the map display. The features created
using these tools are NOT Proposed Activity features. Tools to create and modify Proposed Activity
features are provided in the LAT Tasks Toolbar. Mark-ups are visible on the Map Report that results from
initiating the LAT Generate Map Report Tool.
Point Markup
To add points to your map, click the Point Markup tool and then select the attributes of your point in the
Point Markup area of the Information panel.
Click the map at the desired locations to add points.
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Polyline Markup
Use the Polyline Markup tool to draw lines on your map. Select the attributes of your line from the dropdown lists in the Polyline Markup area, then click the map where you want your line to start.
Move the mouse to begin drawing and click wherever you want your line to change direction. Double-click
to complete your line.
Polygon Markup
To draw a polygon, select the Polygon Markup tool and choose the attributes of your polygon from the
Polygon Markup area.
Click the map to mark a starting point for your polygon. Next, add at least two more points by clicking the
map in the desired locations. Double-click to close the polygon.
Rectangle Markup
To add a rectangle to your map, select the Rectangle Markup tool and choose the attributes in the Rectangle
Markup area.
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Click and hold the mouse button down on the desired location on the map. Drag the mouse to size the
rectangle and release the mouse button to complete it.
Oval Markup
Draw an oval on your map using the Oval Markup tool. Select the tool and choose the attributes in the Oval
Markup area.
Click the map to position the corner of your oval and drag the mouse in any direction until the oval is the
desired size. Click again to complete the oval.
Circle Markup
To create a circle, choose the Circle Markup tool and select attributes in the Oval Markup area.
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Next, click the map where you want the center of your circle. Move the mouse away from the center to
enlarge the circle and back towards the center to shrink it. To complete the circle, click the mouse button
again.
Text Markup
The Text Markup tool allows you to place text on the map, optionally contained in a callout. Specify a
format for the text and callout using the options in the Text Markup panel and then click the location on the
map that you want to place the markup.
Type your text in the window that opens. Use the buttons to insert the location's coordinates or attributes of
features that are visible at the markup location.
Buffer Markup
Use the Buffer Markup tool to create buffers around any of your markup, including points and polyline.
Click the Buffer Markup tool, and then click the map and drag your mouse to draw a rectangle around any
geometries you want to use for creating buffers.
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Drawing Rectangle
Selected polyline feature
Specify the attributes of your buffers (including buffer distance and unit of measurement) in the Markup
Buffer panel. You can choose to have the original geometries displayed or removed after the buffer is
created by selecting or clearing the Remove Selected Geometry check box in the Markup Buffer panel.
Markup Buffer Panel
Buffer of selected graphic
Erase Markup
The Erase Markup tool allows you to selectively delete markup that you have made. To erase markup, select
the tool and then click once on any added text or graphic. To erase multiple graphics at once, click and drag
the mouse to create a box around added text or graphics. Release the mouse when the box encloses the
markup you want to erase. Note that when a portion of a graphic is enclosed within the eraser box, the entire
shape is deleted.
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Clear All Markups
To quickly erase all of the existing markups from the map, select the Clear All Markups tool. Before the
markup is deleted, you will be asked to confirm or cancel the operation.
Swipe Markup Layer
The Swipe Markup Layer tool allows you to interactively clear the contents of the Markup layer from the
map, like pulling a blind. When you click the Swipe Markup Layer tool, the map redraws with a swipe
window overlaying the Map Window. To swipe the layer, drag one of the overlay window's borders.
You can swipe vertically or horizontally. To close the overlay window, click in the window's upper right
corner.
4.4 LAT Tasks Toolbar
The LAT Tasks toolbar contains custom tasks developed following the LAT workflow required to enter
Proposed Activities into the system and to generate an LAT Report and other deliverables. The LAT Tasks
Toolbar is show below, and contains the Upload Shapefile, Create Proposed Activity Layer, Edit Project
Information, Edit Proposed Activities, Generate LAT Report and Download Shapefile Tools.
Upload Shapefile
The Upload Shapefile Tool is one method of entering Proposed Activities into the LAT. You can upload one
or many shapefiles representing Proposed Activities in the LAT. The LAT requires all shapefiles to be
uploaded to conform with the specifications contained within Appendix A – LAT Shapefile Specification
for Proposed Activities.
Please refer to this specification to ensure that your shapefile will be processed. Failure to comply with this
specification will result in incomplete and invalid LAT Reports.
Selecting the Upload Shapefille Tool will initiate the Upload Shapefile Form. On the Upload Shapefile
form, enter the name of your Proposed Activity Layer. Browse to the location on your workstation of the
shapefile containing proposed activities. Enter in the location of the shapefile .dbf, .shp, .shx, .prj
components.
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Select “Submit” on the “Upload Shapefile” form. You will then be prompted to enter project information
and render the color of the proposed activity layer, if you do not like the default rendering chosen by the
software.
Enter project information into Project Information data entry form. The required fields (marked with a *)
are used within the LAT Report and are used to email the LAT Report and other returns to the user. Once
the required and optional fields are entered, select “Submit”.
Optionally, you can render the Proposed Activity layer a different colour than the default. Select
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“Apply” to apply the new rendering to the data layer. Select “OK” to cancel the form, once you are satisfied
with the type of rendering.
Create a New Proposed Activity Layer
The “Create a New Proposed Activity Layer” is the other method of entering Proposed Activities into the
LAT. Once you select this Tool, you will be prompted to enter the name of a new Proposed Activity layer.
Select “Submit” once you have entered the name.
You will then be prompted to enter Project Information. The same Project Information Form available in the
Upload Shapefile Tool is initiated. Once the required and optional Project Information fields are entered,
select “Submit”.
Once successfully submitted, the name of the Proposed Activity layer will appear as a layer in the Proposed
Activity folder contained in the Layer List box. Navigate to the area of interest to enter in Proposed
Activities using any of the zoom, pan, zoom to ATS, or zoom to co-ordinate tools provided by the LAT.
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Edit Project Information
At any time, Project Information can be modified using the “Edit Project Information” tool contained in
the LAT Tasks toolbar. This will initiate the Project Information entry form, where any of the values can be
edited at any time during the session.
N.B. The “Industry Company Name” and “Industry Contact Name” textboxes only permit the following
characters:
a-z A-Z 0-9 ! @ # $ % ^ * . , _ -
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Edit Proposed Activities
To add a new proposed activity, make the layer active, by highlighting the Proposed Activity layer in the
Layer List. Select the icon next to the layer and it will be highlighted in blue. This indicated that the
Proposed Activity layer is now available for editing.
From the LAT Tasks toolbar, select the “Editor” tool.
You will be presented with the “Editor” tool form. This form provides the capability to add Proposed
Activities by adding either a point, line or polygon feature that represents a Proposed Activity. To add a new
activity, select the Disposition Type and Purpose Type from the drop-downs in the Editor.
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In the case of a MSL or Mineral Surface Lease activity (point feature), select the MSL dimensions from the
drop-down box, as well as the rotation angle, if necessary.
Place a point on the map display by clicking in the desired location for the centre of the MSL. A polygon
representing the proposed MSL will be created in the map display.
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To place a Pipeline Agreement activity (line feature), select the disposition and activity sites, proposed right
of way buffer distance, angle of rotation (if required) in the Editor menu box. Position the mouse cursor
within the map display and draw the proposed activity by clicking the start point, and vertices (bends) of the
proposed activity using single mouse clicks. Double click the mouse to draw the end point of the activity.
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The Editor menu also provides functions to select/unselect a proposed activity, move an activity, modify a
vertex point of a proposed activity, rotate the proposed activity and to delete the shape. Refer to Section
4.4.1 of this document for details on how to select, move, modify or delete a Proposed Activity.
4.4.1 Selecting / Unselecting and Clearing Selection of Proposed Activities
From the Editor tool, choose “Select Shape”.
In the map display window, click on the Proposed Activity you wish to select and it will be highlighted in
blue, indicating that it has been selected.
To unselect the feature, select another feature. The feature will no longer be highlighted.
To clear all select features, choose “Clear Selection” in the Editor Tool. The feature will no longer be
highlighted.
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4.4.2 Moving a Proposed Activity:
To move a Proposed Activity, make sure it is selected and then choose “Move Shape” in the Editor
Tool.
To move the shape, place the mouse cursor inside the shape and hold down the left mouse key and drag the
shape with your mouse to the desired location. Release to the left mouse key, and the shape will move to the
new location.
4.4.3 Editing the shape (vertex) of a Proposed Activity:
To edit the vertex of a Proposed Activity, make sure it is selected and then choose “Move Vertex” in
the Editor Tool.
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Select one of the vertices (blue circles) that comprise the shape and it will highlighted in a light blue
color.
Place the mouse cursor inside the shape and hold down the left mouse key and drag the vertex with your
mouse to the desired location. Release to the left mouse key, and the vertex will move to the new
location.
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4.4.4 Rotating a Proposed Activity:
To rotate a Proposed Activity, make sure it is selected, enter in a new rotation value and then choose the
“Rotation” button in the Editor Tool.
Place the mouse over the activity to be rotated and click the mouse inside the feature. The feature will
then be rotated by the angle of rotation entered in the form.
4.4.5 Deleting a Proposed Activity:
To delete a Proposed Activity, select “Delete Shape” from the Editor Tool.
Place the mouse over the Proposed Activity to be deleted and click the left mouse button. You will be
prompted whether you wish to delete the selected shape prior to deleting it. Select “OK” to delete the
feature and this will delete the selected Proposed Activity from the Proposed Activity layer. Select
“Cancel” to cancel the operation.
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Generate LAT Report
Once you have completed adding your Proposed Activity(ies) to the LAT, you can generate LAT
Reports and associated returns for all activities in your Proposed Activity Layer. To generate a LAT
Report and returns, do the following:
From the LAT Tasks toolbar, select the “Generate LAT Report” tool.
You will then be prompted to select the Proposed Activity Layer that you wish to generate LAT Reports
for. Select the required Proposed Activity data layer from the drop-down list in the form, and select
“Run”.
When the LAT Report Generator has successfully run, you will receive a notification to indicate that
your activities were received and that your results are being e-mailed to the e-mail address entered into
the Project Information form. Please check your e-mail to receive your results. “Exit” the Report notice
form to receive your results.
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You will also receive an e-mail notification from the system indicating that your LAT Report request
has been submitted. An example of the email is shown below:
Upon completion of the LAT Report generation, an e-mail confirmation in the format below will be sent to you.
The e-mail confirmation contains hyperlinks to:

The location of a zipped file containing your LAT Report(s).

The location of a zipped file containing the LAT Report data in a CSV – (comma separated
values) format. This format can be used to enter and analyse the LAT Report data in a
spreadsheet, access database or software that accepts this format.

The location of a zipped file containing a shapefile of the proposed activities used to
generate the LAT Report (s).
A sample LAT email is shown below:
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Select the appropriate hyperlink(s) to download the zip file(s) and unzip files using your unzip file
utility of choice. The following screen shots show samples of the LAT Report and associated returns:
LAT Report(s):
The LAT Report is in a .pdf file format and can be viewed and save within a .pdf viewer such as Adobe
Acrobat Viewer.
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The LAT Report cover page presents the LAT number, date, time, project information, disposition and
purpose type.
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The listing of the Geo-administrative Base Features upon which the Proposed Activity is located
appears as follows:
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The listing of the Sensitive Features upon which the Proposed Activity is located appears as follows:
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The listing of Quarter Sections in which the Proposed Activity is located appears as follows:
* The Road Allow. column indicates there is a Road Allowance that may have one of the following values:
1. RS=South
2. RW=West
3. RI=Intersection (SW segment)
4. A blank value indicates no Road Allowance.
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A map image of the Proposed Activity appears as follows:
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The listing of applicable Provincial Approval Standards and Operating Conditions for the disposition
appears as follows:
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The listing of the applicable Approval Standards and Operating Conditions based upon sensitive features
affected by the proposed activity appears as follows:
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CSV File(s) containing LAT Report data:
This is a zipped file containing the LAT Report data in a CSV – (comma separated values) format. This
format can be used to enter and analyse the LAT Report data in a spreadsheet, access database or
software that accepts this format.
LAT Report CSV file opened within an Excel spreadsheet:
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Download Shapefile Download Proposed Activity Layer
The Download Proposed Activity Layer Tool can be initialized at any time during the LAT session.
This tool provides you with the capability of downloading a shapefile of your Proposed Activity layer
and storing it on your local workstation for later use. An example of when you might wish to use this
tool would be the circumstance where you are working within the LAT, locating Proposed Activities,
and may wish to end your session prior to generating a LAT Report(s). By using the Download
Proposed Activity Layer Tool, you can save you work to your local workstation and then re-submit the
Proposed Activity Layer to the LAT using the “Upload Shapefile Tool”. This saves you from having to
re-draw any data.
To download a shapefile of your Proposed Activities, you must make a Proposed Activity layer active in
the Layer List box. Make the layer active by selecting the
icon next to the layer. When the layer is
active, it will be highlighted in blue.
If you do not make a layer active, you will receive the following message:
Select the Download Proposed Activity Tool
, and you will receive request box from the LAT
asking you to submit your request to download the shapefile. Select “Submit” to submit your request.
Upon successful receipt of your request by the LAT, your will receive a confirmation message box as
shown below:
Select the “x” to cancel the message box.
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You should receive and email confirming your request to download data. See the example below:
Within 3 hours, you should receive an email that contains instructions on how to retrieve and download
your shapefile request.
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Select the hyperlink text to download the .zip file containing your shapefile to your local workstation.
Navigate to the location on your workstation where you wish to save the file, open the file using your
.zip utility or cancel.
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Appendix A – LAT Shapefile Specification for Proposed Activities
Introduction:
The shapefile format is the native format of Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI)
ArcView product. Shape records store both geometry and attributes for features. Shape records consists
of six files, however only four are required for the LAT “Upload Shapefile”. The files required are:
 Shape records (geometry) are stored in the .shp file. This is the main file.
 Attribute records are stored in the .dbf file. This is a dBase file.
 An index to each shape is stored in the .shx file.
 A projection .prj file that contains the map projection and datum information.
These extensions are added to the basename of the file. (e.g.. test.shp, test.dbf. test.shx, etc.)
** Please note the following:

For LAT, the shapefile can only contain polygon features

The shapefile extension must be in lowercase (i.e. .shp, .dbf, .shx, .prj)
File naming:
There are no standards with respect to the naming convention for the basename, as long as it is supported by the
ESRI shapefile format.
Map Projection and Datum:
All shapefiles must be in 10TM_AEP_FOREST projection. The following .prj file parameters are
required.
PROJCS["NAD_1983_10TM_AEP_Forest",GEOGCS["GCS_North_American_1983",DATUM["D_Nort
h_American_1983",SPHEROID["GRS_1980",6378137.0,298.257222101]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0.
0],UNIT["Degree",0.0174532925199433]],PROJECTION["Transverse_Mercator"],PARAMETER["Fal
se_Easting",500000.0],PARAMETER["False_Northing",0.0],PARAMETER["Central_Meridian",115.0]
,PARAMETER["Scale_Factor",0.9992],PARAMETER["Latitude_Of_Origin",0.0],UNIT["Meter",1.0]]
Geo-referencing:
There are no standards with respect to geo-referencing, however for optimal results users should consider georeferencing their data to the DIDS (Digital Integrated Dispositions) layer, or to the Base Features ATS Version
4.3.1.
Shapefile Size Limitations:
The combined size of the four Shapefile files must not exceed 20480 KB.
Proposed Activity Size Limitations:
To optimize system performance, the following size limitations have been applied to Proposed Activities:
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1. Using the online LAT Editor tool, the maximum area of a Mineral Surface Lease (MSL) and Pipeline
Installation Lease (PIL) is 80 hectares (800,000 square metres);
2. Using the online LAT Editor tool, the maximum length of a License of Occupation (LOC) and Pipeline
Agreement (PLA) Activity is 20 kilometres;
3. The overall maximum area of all uploaded shapefile Proposed Activities is 110 hectares (1,100,000
square metres);
**Note that these limits may be adjusted from time to time.
Using Multipart Features:
Multiple polygons in a shapefile can be merged together as a single Proposed Activity. Using multipart features
will allow for a single LAT Report to be generated. Please refer to your GIS software to determine how this can
be done with your shapefile. If you are using ArcGIS Desktop, you can refer to the online help for “Merging and
separating features”:
http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgiSDEsktop/9.3/index.cfm?TopicName=Merging_and_separating_features
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Shapefile Attributes and Attribute Values:
The following Table 1 contains a description of the required attributes and attribute values represented as fields
within the shape .dbf file.
Table 1
Field Name
DISP_TYPE
ACT_TYPE
Type
TEXT(10)
TEXT(10)
Description
The disposition
type code of
the proposed
activity.
The purpose
type code for
the proposed
activity.
Purpose
This information is
used to determine the
types of Integrated
Guidelines that may
apply to the proposed
activity.
The disposition type
will be displayed in
the LAT Report.
This information is
used to determine the
types of Integrated
Guidelines that may
apply to the proposed
activity.
The purpose type will
be displayed in the
LAT Report.
Mandatory
Yes – this information
must be pre-populated
before uploading the
shapefile. Refer to Table
2 for valid codes.
Yes – this information
must be pre-populated
before uploading the
shapefile. Refer to Table
2 for valid codes.
Disposition/Purpose Type Codes
The table below lists the Disposition and Purpose Type Codes that are to be used within a Proposed Activity
Shapefile.
The validation of disposition/purpose types are only performed when generating a LAT Report. If either are
invalid, the corresponding proposed activity will generate a LAT Report noting that an error occurred due to the
invalid/missing activity.
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Table 2
Disposition
Type Code
Disposition
Type
MSL
Mineral
Surface Lease
LOC
License of
Occupation
Purpose Code
Purpose Description
BATT
COMPSITE
FACGPLT
CLS5RD
CLS6RD
DRAIN
PNG or OS Facility-Oil/Bitumen Battery site
PNG or OS Facility-Compressor Site
PNG or OS Facility-Gas Processing Plant
PNG or OS Facility-Gas Processing PlantSulphur Recovery
PNG or OS Facility-Custom Treating Facility
PNG or OS Facility - Satellite site
Wellsite-Injection
Wellsite-PNG Production (MW)
Wellsite-PNG Production (SW)
Access - Class I - All Weather
Access - Class II - All Weather or Dry
Access - Class III - All Weather or Dry
Access - Class IV – All Weather - Frozen/Dry
Conditions
Access - Class V - Frozen
Access - Class VI - Frozen
Water Diversion-Drainage or Irrigation Ditch
WTRPIPEFW
WTRPIPEINJ
Pipeline-Fresh Water
Pipeline-Produced or Waste Water
FACGPLTSU
FACTREAT
SAT
WELLINJECT
WELLPRODMW
WELLPRODSW
CLS1RD
CLS2RD
CLS3RD
CLS4RD
HDRISESITE
HEATERSITE
METERSITE
PUMPSTN
SEPSITE
VLVSITE
Pipeline Installation - Cathodic Protection /
Anode Bed
Pipeline Installation - Compressor Station
(Sales Line)
Pipeline Installation-Header or Riser Site
Pipeline Installation-Heater Site
Pipeline Installation-Meter Station Site
Pipeline Installation-Pumping Station
Pipeline Installation-Separator Site
Pipeline Installation-Valve Site
CATHPROTBG
Pipeline - Cathodic Protection / Anode Bed
MULTIPIPE
PNGOSPIPE
Pipeline-Multiple Pipeline ROW
Pipeline-PNG/OS Pipeline
CATHPROTAG
COMPSTN
PIL
Pipeline
Installation
Lease
PLA
Pipeline
Agreement
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