With a network selected on the home tab, clicking on the Map icon in the tab presents the user with a geographical map layout of the electrical network data. When the user initially enters the map view, the area of the selected network will be zoomed to and only lines will be displayed to the user. The user can zoom in and out of the map in the same way as Apple or Google Maps. Pinching in on the map will zoom in and pinching out will zoom out. The map can also be tipped by pushing up with two fingers to show an isometric view. It should be noted that any icons displayed in this view will be clustered. Pulling back down with two fingers will put the map back to its flat position where individual equipment icons will be displayed. The map can also be rotated by using a two finger rotation allowing the map to be rotated 360°C. As the user zooms in on the map, icons, representing the various equipment types are displayed to the user at their appropriate location. Depending on the zoom level the icons may be clustered to avoid too many icons appearing at once. Cables are shown on the map by using different colours to represent different voltages, as well as dotted lines to represent underground cables.
A search bar is presented in the top left corner of the map, (see Figure 7). This search bar is twofold:
- If the user wishes to search for pieces of equipment then they must select “Network” and enter search terms that correspond to the name of the equipment. This search will search for any piece of equipment that contains the search term entered. Once a search is complete, if successful, a list of search results will be presented. Clicking on one of these items will navigate the map to the search results and place icons onto the map.
- If the user wishes to search for postcodes, cities, coordinates etc then they must select “Geographical”, have an internet connection and enter search terms. Once a search is complete, if successful, icons will be placed on the map and the map will be navigated to the area.
An advanced search option is also present for the Network search. Clicking on “Advanced Search” below the search bar when “Network” is selected will bring up options for the user to refine their search (see Figure 8). Here the user can specify if the name contains, matches, starts with, ends with the search term and if a piece of equipment equals or doesn’t equal a certain type. The user can add up to 6 conditions that the search must meet by clicking on the ‘+’ to the right of a row. Clicking on ‘-‘ will remove the condition from the search.
The search can also be refined in the way the conditions are used. For example, if the user selects matches “all” then each of the conditions will be used in an AND way to find results. If, on the other hand, the user selected “any” then an OR search will be performed showing results where any of the conditions are met. The results can be limited to 50, 100, 200 results by changing the “Limit Results to” part of the search. Again the results, if successful, will be displayed in the results table. If the user reenters the advanced search then their previous search will be present for ease of refining their previous search. To start a new advanced search click on clear or the refresh icon.
For both network searches, the results table will stay populated until the next search takes place allowing the user to navigate between many results. The list can be displayed by clicking on the right hand icon in Figure 7. To clear the icons from the map the user can either click on the X beside the search bar or by clicking “Remove Search Pins” in the map settings menu (see Figure 10).
3.2.2 Task Bar
A task bar is available to the user providing a number of options, shown in Figure 9.
If the user clicks on the map settings button in Figure 9 then Figure 10 will be presented to the user providing more map options.
If the user clicks on the overlays settings button in Figure 9 then a similar view to Figure 11 will be presented allow the user to turn off and on certain overlays associated with that network. If there are no overlays associated with the network then it will be blank.
If the user clicks on the documents button in Figure 9 then a similar view to Figure 12 will be displayed showing the groupings of documents available to the user. Clicking on a group will show the individual documents that can be viewed on the device. The document will appear by clicking the desired document.
3.2.3 Selecting a Line or Equipment
The Map view allows the user to view information about the equipment or lines and allows them to perform a number of tasks on each. The user is presented with an option within the task bar at the bottom of the map to allow them to select either equipment or lines on the map.
220.127.116.11 Selecting a Piece of Equipment
Ensure that “Equip.” is highlighted in the task bar at the bottom of the map view. Clicking on a piece of equipment shows a callout with the name and type along with an information button that when clicked pops up a variety of options, an example of which is shown in Figure 13. The popup screen shows the equipment name, type, voltage levels and latitude and longitude. If a grid code or NRN is available for this equipment and is different from the name it will be displayed above the latitude/longitude. As shown in Figure 13, the following options may be available for existing equipment:
- “Reports” – shows a list of reports in a table view. When a report is selected it will open a new interface in the reports tab (see section 3.5.1).
- “View Documents” – shows the various document groups in a table for viewing, (see Figure 12).
- View Location Details – by clicking on the lat/long, the equipment’s latitude, longitude, altitude, and (Internet access depending) details of the closest physical address will be displayed.
- “Request Location Adjustment” – allows the user to drag the equipment location to where it actually resides, sending an adjustment request to a backend server.
- “View Equipment’s Report History” – allows the user to view and edit reports that have previously been stored/sent with this piece of equipment. The equipment’s icon will also have an image of a document next to it to show that a report has already taken place for it.
- Tagging – at present tagging is only available for poles. When a pole is selected a grey ribbon will appear in the top right of the options view, clicking on this will allow the user to tag a pole to one of five categories (cut, checked, cleared, affected, permissioned). Selecting one of these will update the equipment’s icon with the same colour flag, an network update request will also be created for sending to the server in the network update tab.
18.104.22.168 Selecting a Line
Ensure that “Lines” is highlighted in the task bar at the bottom of the map view. The user should now be able to click on a line within the map to show more information about the line as well as starting reports and viewing documents, similar to section 22.214.171.124 and Figure 13.