New Add-On Module for TreePlotter™

January 31, 2020


Often as a consultant or tree care professional, you find yourself in a situation where you need to reference your trees concerning parcel boundaries, sidewalks, buildings, utilities, or other hardscapes. Having the right tools is especially important in cases of tree preservation, tree planting plans, and development sites. This tool gives you the ability to plot your trees within development plans seamlessly, visually and professionally, so that your design for the trees is just as crucial as other hardscapes.


This tool allows users to upload a Shapefile or CAD file to their TreePlotter™ application. Once uploaded they can view that data in TreePlotter alongside all their other data as an additional layer on the map.

Reference Layer Importer FAQ’s

What is the Reference Layer Importer?

It’s an add-on module to TreePlotter that allows users to upload Shapefile or CAD file to their TreePlotter application. Once uploaded they can view that data in TreePlotter alongside all their other data as an additional layer on the map. 


Who can get this add-on module?

It is an add-on module that can be added to your TreePlotter INVENTORY or PARKS app.


Can it show colors and labels of uploaded files?

Yes, CAD files it will automatically pull colors and labels associated with a feature. Shapefile users can use the attributes TP_COLOR and TP_LABEL to define the colors and labels of features when they are uploaded to TreePlotter. 

Can it import other data from uploaded files into TreePlotter?

No, it cannot import other attributes from uploaded files. The tool is meant to import visual data to the map for reference purposes. If a client would like to import a Shapefile layer with attributes (e.g. a special parcel layer to populate tree street addresses) that is a separate service we offer for a fee.


What is the limit on the size of files I can upload?

Files must be less than 100MB and have fewer than 5 million vertices. Layers with fewer vertices will load faster and have better performance in TreePlotter. 

Do files I uploaded need to have a coordinate reference system?

Yes, the data must have a coordinate reference system, otherwise the tool has no way to know where the features belong on the map. Clients do not need to reproject the data into a particular coordinate reference system before uploading.


The shapefiles coordinate reference system is automatically detected as long as all the necessary files are included. CAD files the users will usually need to manually enter the appropriate EPSG code in TreePlotter. In some cases if the CAD files have the proper metadata this can be detected automatically but this isn’t typical of most of the files we’ve tested. 

What other features and options does the module have?

The tool has an optional “Snap To” feature so that your mouse cursor snaps to the edges of the layer you’ve uploaded when adding trees or other features in TreePlotter. The performance of the Snap To can be slow on very large reference layers.


The tool also has an optional “Upload within Organizations” setting on the backend which allows users to upload a reference layer to a specific organization as opposed to making it visible in their entire app. This setting was made for the BS5837 module so reference layers are associated to a specific Survey. This setting could also be useful for state wide or other apps with many organizations spread over a large area. 


Finally there are permission settings so you can restrict the ability to upload and delete reference layers to certain user roles.


Try The Reference Layer Importer for Yourself


Take this opportunity to communicate clearly and bring your plans to the table presented in a visual report that demands acknowledgment of the trees as infrastructure, instead of an afterthought. Contact our knowledgeable staff for a live demo and see the Reference Layer Importer for yourself.

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