Design your own asset types in Alloy
The Designer module allows you to create and manage designs (e.g. network or inspection designs) to customise your data your way. When you select the Designer card the design editor is displayed and you can use it to create and edit designs or items.
Your user permissions might restrict your access to designer features. Contact your administrator for assistance.
Alloy provides you with a set of design types that help you create and manage your data. While Alloy comes with many predefined designs, you can create new designs to suit your organisational needs from within the design types provided.
Creating a design
- From the dashboard select the Designer module.
Select Create design. The list of design styles is displayed.
- Select the type of design that you require. The standard design form is displayed.
To create a basic design complete the form fields (* mandatory):
Name* - Give your design a meaningful and unique name that can be easily used when you create items.
Icon* - When you select this field you can choose an icon from the built in library within Alloy, see Selecting Icons. The icon is inherited by all items that are created using this design.
Colour* - When you select this field you can choose the colour applied to the icon within Alloy. This colour acts as the default colour for any layer style associated with this design, see Layer Styles.
Title* - The Title is a name that is used by all items that are created using this design and is displayed whenever. This field is mandatory, however, you can enter a variable that references an attribute within the design. This allows you to generate unique titles each time an item is created, see Using variables.
Subtitle* - The Subtitle is an additional name that is used by all items that are created using this design. This field is mandatory, however, you can enter a variable that references an attribute within the design. This allows you to generate unique sub titles each time an item is created, see Using variables.
Example of an Item title and Item subtitle
You can create custom titles and subtitles for items that are created based on a design, see Using variables.
Geometry types - If the items that you are going to create using the design are going to be placed on a map, then they require some type of geometry (see Geometry types). You can select from the following list of geometry types:
- Point (a single location)
- Line (a series of points)
- Polygon (a shape or area)
- Multi Point (multiple individual locations)
- Multi Line (multiple point series)
- Multi Polygon (multiple shapes or areas)
- Geometry Collection (A mixture of all types of geometry)
Geometry required - Select this checkbox if the items that you create using this design require the mandatory inclusion of geometry.
Versioned - Select this checkbox if you want to maintain historic details of changes to the items that you create using this design.
Collections - This allows you to define which collections can be used when creating items based on the design, see Understanding collections. The Live and Archive collections are included by default.
- When you have completed all the required fields select Create. The new design details are displayed in the right panel.
So, you have now created a basic design that can be used to create items. Before you use the design you will need to add attributes to customise the information that you want to record and display for each item, see Adding design attributes.