My state has a nice land use shapefile. It contains polygons that are labeled things like “airport”, “forest”, “mixed urban” and “single family residential”. Your state or county might have zoning information. Or you probably have access to things like flood zone polygons, or similar.
I want to make a theme based on these land use types.
After I import the data, I go into the Configure dialog, just like I showed you the other day. In addition to all of the normal configuring stuff about style and draping, I need to tell Infrastructure Modeler which field in my data is important to me. In this case, I know the LANDUSE07 field contains the information that I’d want to “theme”, so I pick that for the NAME field.
Next, choose Analyze > Feature Themes.
For the Property, you want to theme on the Name. That’s the field I assigned to my LANDUSE07 information.
I can pick a color range, or assign individual colors to each unique property. Also note, I can made the theme transparent.
Now, I can see all of my different land uses in color!
Think of all of the valuable things you could theme to show your client their options for a project, or work on region planning, how about watershed studies? Lots of great ideas.