In Alloy, the map is always at the centre of your workspace and provides you with a quick way of finding and selecting items to view item details or work with the item.

Selecting an item from the map

You can select an individual item from the map and view its details. This procedure applies only to items that have geometry and have been associated with a layer.

  1. Select a layer to view on the map. See Viewing layers.
  2. Zoom in until the layer shows icons representing separate items.
  3. Select an item icon to open the Item details panel on the right.

When you select an item for viewing you are also provided with a graph button at the top of the map area, see Item graphs.

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  1. The General tab is displayed by default, use the Tab bar to view other details of the selected item. The item details that are available depend on the item design and if you have the relevant permissions.

  2. You can now edit the item if you need to, see editing items.

Selecting an item from a group of items

There are instances when multiple items share the same location on the map, for example, an asset may have one or more defects, jobs or inspections associated with it, these would share the location of the original item. Alloy indicates that an item location may overlap with other items using the following icon:

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When you select this icon, Alloy displays the top most item in the Item details panel on the right. At the same time a callout appears next to the item with a list of the items located at the same location. The callout displays up to five items, if there are more you can scroll the list within the callout.

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You can select any item within the list to display the details of the item in the Item details panel.

Selecting from a cluster of items

Where a layer contains many items that are close together, for example street lights or waste bins, when the map is zoomed out the system clusters items to avoid cluttering up the map. To select an item from a cluster proceed as follows:


Items that appear on a network layer are not clustered when the map is zoomed out, the amount of detail is reduced and not all items will be displayed until the map is zoomed in.

  1. Select a layer to view on the map and zoom in until the layer shows icons representing clusters of items, the number in the icon identifies how many items are within a cluster.

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  1. Select on a cluster of items and the map zoom level adjusts to either show smaller clusters (depending on the previous zoom level) or to show each individual item in the cluster.

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  1. You can now select an item directly to view the details in the Item details panel on the right.

Selecting multiple items from the map

When you start the process of creating defects, inspections, job or projects you are required to select one or more assets. Alloy allows you to assign defects, inspections, jobs and projects against multiple items at the same time.

  1. Ensure the layer is active for the activity types that you want to select, see Layers panel.
  2. Zoom in until the layer shows icons representing separate items.
  3. Select the draw area tool. This allows you to draw a marquee around the icons that you want to select.

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  1. A placing icon appears under the cursor. Move the cursor to the starting location for the line required and click the cursor to place the first node of the polygon. A new placing icon appears under the cursor, as you move the cursor away from the first node, a dotted line appears connecting the first node to the placing icon.
  2. Repeat the process, placing a node every time you need to change direction to encompass items.

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  1. Ensure the polygon you have drawn encompasses all the items that you want to select. Double click the last icon to complete the polygon.
  2. The selected items will appear in the Item details panel on the right of the map.

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The button alongside each item allows you to remove the item from the list.

You can query the selected items by opening Data explorer from the action bar.