Google Map Maker Tutorial - GPS Overlays

A helpful Map Maker tutorial explaining how to use GPS overlays! Perfect for surveyors on the move

With the latest update to Google Map Maker: the "Overlay" feature, you can now add your own maps and images on top of the regular map to help orient yourself and guide your mapping.
1. Enable Overlays
First, make sure that Overlays are enabled on Map Maker. To do this, access the "Labs" by clicking the green labs icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen. Then make sure that "Overlays" is switched to "Enabled" and click "Save". The "Overlays" button should now appear before the "Map" and "Satellite" buttons on the viewport.
2. Find or Make Content
To access KML maps or Images in Google Map Maker with the Overlay feature, this content will need to be online and you will need its web address. See "Where to host content" for suggestions. In this tutorial, we will use a KML map already online from Panoramio, a Google-run website where users can share geotagged photos.
3. Add Content to Map Maker
Once you have a web address for the content you'd like to see in Google Map Maker, you can add this web address to your Overlays. To do this, first go to the Google Map Maker homepage: http://mapmaker.google.com and sign in using your Google Account. Next, click on the "Overlays" tab on the upper-right hand corner of the map view. (see image below)

Click the "Manage overlays" button. This will open a window where you can add KML and Image web addresses. For this tutorial, copy the following Panoramio KML url text: www.panoramio.com/kml  , enter it under the section that says "KML:" in the dialog box, and click "Add". (see image below) When you are finished managing your overlays, simply click "OK".


4. Enjoy Mapping with new Data!
If adding the web address of the Panoramio KML file has worked, you will see the image below. When zooming in, you may need to pause in an area for some time for the KML file to load. Overlays will only be kept while you have Google Map Maker open your web browser as they are not stored with your user account.  If you close or refresh your browser, you will need to repeat the steps above again to see your Overlays.

Click the "Overlay" button to turn on and off the overlays. Click the "Manage overlays" link again to add and remove your overlays. If you want to add more URLs, you can continue to enter them one at a time under the appropriate "KML" or "Image" field and click "Add". To remove a link, simply click on the boxed "X" next to the URL you'd like to remove. Connecting to too many links may slow down your Map Maker connection.
You can now turn on and off the Overlays tab as you like in order to better help you map. Panoramio photos are great for helping you see what areas look like on the ground. This will let you orient yourself when looking at the world from above as well as give you ideas of what additional landmarks, points of interest, etc. may be worth adding to

This Content Originally Published to Land Surveyors United Network

Views: 463

Subject Keywords related to this post (add as many as you like): GPS, how-to, mapping, maps, overlay, More…surveying, tutorial

Say Something ⇣

Reply by Rene moya on March 24, 2013 at 1:09pm

can not view video error msg "this video is private"

Global Trade organization for Professional Land Surveyors and Geospatial Pros. Frictionless GeoCollaboration Surveying Forum and Groups

Surveyor Hubs and Tags

Try Out the New Search Here:

Surveyor Community Hubs For World Regions

Surveying Hubs For US States

Social Support For Equipment

Surveying Photos by Tag

Surveying Videos by Tag


Share on Tumblr
+ Surveyor Sharer

Drag Button to bookmark bar and view submitted links here.Will soon be moved to a directory

What You Missed

Mark Sidler commented on LSU Justin's group Computer Help for Surveyors
"Dynamic Coordinate Geometry Software for the Land Surveyor. Check it out. Free…"
6 hours ago
Mark Sidler posted a status
"Simple, versatile, dynamic, Coordinate Geometry software? Free download. www.dc-survey-software.com"
7 hours ago
Ziad H. Alian commented on Surveying Jobber's group Egypt Land Surveyors
"لكل اعضاء الجروب انصحكم بمتابعة هذا الجروب علي…"
11 hours ago
katrianto joined RAJASEKARAN's group
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Casio 5800P - Programs For Surveyors

Casio 5800P - Programs For Surveyors is a group forum for sharing tips and tricks for using Casio…See More
12 hours ago
Profile IconDesire Munyikwa, attaullah khan, ubaidullah and 2 more joined Land Surveyors United
yesterday
Matt Thomas joined SurveyEarthinaDay's group
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Survey Monuments and Marking

Survey Monuments and Marking is a group forum for discussing survey markers, monuments and physical…See More
yesterday
Matt Thomas commented on Matt Thomas's photo
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Mlandizi, Tanzania

"I have no idea on the whereabouts of Mr. Shayo. I was just there 10 days surveying for the design…"
yesterday
Robert Ruxandu joined Malik Abdur Rehman's group
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Excel Spreadsheets for Surveyors

This group is for discussions related to the use of spreadsheets and excel in land surveying.See More
Thursday
Travis Houston posted a photo

Rainbow Canyon

A cold day on the mountain near Las Vegas, Nv
Thursday
Profile IconDavid Webb, J. Anthony Cavell, amir shahbaz and 3 more were featured
Thursday
Mat Win's discussion was featured

GPS questions

Hey guysWhat are people using DGPS generally for?And what is the difference between RTK and PPK in…See More
Thursday
Panchuk Vladimir's photo was featured
Thursday
David Webb's discussion was featured

Deed Map Closure Lisp Routine

Dear Sirs,where I work, we are using basic autocad release 2012. I work for a small civil…See More
Thursday
amir shahbaz and RAYMOND KINGSLY are now friends
Thursday
Pedro Hernandez shared Surveying Jobber's group on Google +1
Thursday
Pedro Hernandez promoted Surveying Jobber's group Hydrographic Surveyors
Thursday
Pedro Hernandez joined Surveying Jobber's group
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Hydrographic Surveyors

Hydrographic Surveyors Group Forum is for discussing hydrographic surveying anywhere on Earth.…See More
Thursday
Profile IconHaza Ana, Samuel Zasadny, Travis Houston and 3 more joined Land Surveyors United
Thursday
János Czakó joined LSU Justin's group
Land Survey Media Thumbnail

Surveyors Online Toolbox

Surveyors Online Toolbox will help you accomplish your online tasks with handy tools. In this group…See More
Thursday
kyaw thu promoted LSU Justin's group Law for Land Surveyors
Thursday

Take This Page With You

follow us in feedly

Take this Page With You

QR Code for This Page: What is this?

© 2015   © Created by Land Surveyors United

Badges  |  Contact LSU  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service

Related Posts for Land Surveyors UnitedRelated Posts Plugin for Land Surveyors United Network ForumRelated Surveying Photos Land Surveyors United Live Support