Site reference layers

This article will cover what reference layers are and how you can manage them on the Sitemark platform

Updated over a week ago


When building up your digital twin on the Sitemark platform, it's important to ensure that your geospatial data uses the same reference throughout the different operations.

The reference layers are used in the platform as the source of truth that can be used across all of your future operations. This article will go into more detail about what they are and how you can manage them in the platform.

What are reference layers?

Reference layers are Site Design Files marked as reference layers. This means that we will use the location of the design file to correctly place new detections of your assets on the map. To ensure consistency in the digital twin of your site, you can not change the location of a reference layer after creating it.

Any type of design file can be marked as a reference layer:

Using reference layers has the following benefits:

  • Multiple detections of the same asset can be linked in your digital twin, enabling features like Asset Timeline

  • Reference layers are visible by default on the map view

  • Reference layers are included by default when exporting a Schematic Report

Identifying reference layers

A reference layer can be identified by the thumbtack icon on the design file page of your site. The design file is marked as a reference layer if the icon is blue.

An optimized reference layer

How to manage reference layers

Both new and existing Site Design Files can be marked as reference layers.

Marking a new Site Design File as a reference layer

  1. Follow the guidelines for adding a new Site Design File, which you can find by clicking on this link.

  2. Use the toggle for marking the design file as a reference layer

Marking an existing Site Design File as a reference layer

  1. Select a site from your site overview.

  2. On the site page, look for the button "Design Files" near the top of the page.

  3. After clicking it, you will see the Design Files Manager with a list of all your existing design files.

  4. Look for the design file you want to mark as a reference layer in this list.

  5. Click the thumbtack icon on the card of the design file.

  6. The design file will now be marked as a reference layer, indicated by the blue thumbtack icon.

Removing a reference layer

You can remove a Site Design File even though it is marked as a reference layer. You will receive a warning because it's possible that future operation results will no longer align with your digital twin if they use a different reference.

Similarly, you can mark a Site Design File as no longer being a reference layer without deleting it. To do so, click the blue thumbtack icon on a Site Design File in the Site Design files manager. You will receive a warning to confirm this change.

Screenshot of removing a reference layer
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