Multiple SHP/MIF files can be loaded to act as a background to the design.  Lines, points and circles can be loaded in.


Loading Data:

GIS data can be loaded from a file using the 'GIS Data' option from the Site Ribbon. Alternatively you can use the Tree View to load the data by selecting 'Load Data' from the 'GIS Data' node's Right-Click menu.

The first step will be to locate the File(s) you wish to load using the Open dialog. Multiple files can be selected using the CTRL or Shift key. Once selected you will be presented with the GIS File Import form, which shows a preview of the data together with a list of files and other options:


Select the units that the GIS file(s) being loaded is in so that it can be converted for use with the current units within the software.

Files Spreadsheet


Tick the check box to display the file's data.


Displays the filename of the file read.


Click the button to change the colour of the file's data.


Viewing the Data:

Once loaded the GIS File(s) will be shown in the Tree View under the GIS Data node. The Filename is shown to make each file distinguishable. It is possible to adjust the visibility of each file using the checkbox next to the filename.

It is also possible to adjust the visibility of the all of the GIS Data at once using its checkbox. This will have the effect of turning on/off all of the GIS files as one for ease.


Colouring the Data:

Each GIS File is assigned a colour when it is loaded. This will then be used to colour the data in the preview on the GIS File Import form as well as on the Plan once loaded. This colour will be shown on the Tree view by colouring the file's icon. In this way the Tree view also acts as a key for the Plan to make it easy to distinguish each file.

You can change the colour of a given layer by Right-Clicking on the GIS Files node on the Tree View  and selecting 'Set Colour'. This will then display the Colour dialog which allows you to choose the new colour.


Deleting the Data:

It is possible to remove all GIS File references by Right-Clicking on the 'GIS Data' node on the Tree View  and selecting 'Clear All'.

Alternatively, each GIS File can be removed individually by Right-Clicking on the Files node on the Tree View and selecting 'Clear'.


Refreshing Data:

GIS Entity data is not stored to the .xpdx file directly, instead a link to the GIS file(s) is maintained so that they can be reloaded each time. As such the data shown by xpdrainage will be as up to date as the GIS file was when the .xpdx was loaded. If a GIS file is not present when the .xpdx is loaded a warning will be displayed and the file removed, but the file can be re added later if needed.

However, it is possible that a GIS file may be updated while you are using the software and you may wish to reload that updated GIS Data. This can be done by Right-Clicking on the Files node on the Tree View and selecting 'Refresh'.


Displaying an imported GIS file in Windows Explorer:

The location of an imported GIS file can be displayed by selecting the file's node under the GIS Data node in the Tree View, right-mouse clicking to show its menu and selecting Open Containing Folder.