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SubTel Cable Map Tutorial: Select Tool

SubTel Forum Blog
August 21, 2019

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Welcome to this video tutorial on how to use the Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map. My name is Kieran Clark, Lead Analyst at SubTel Forum, and by the end of this tutorial, you will have learned how to use the Select Tool to highlight systems of your choosing and view some basic stats associated with your selection.

Opening the Tool and Selecting Layers

Start by clicking the Select Tool icon in the upper right-hand corner of the map.

Choose the layer or layers you would like to have available for selection by checking its corresponding box.

Open the Select Tool by clicking its icon in the top right of the SubTel Cable Map

By clicking the button in the upper right corner of the Select Tool panel, you can also make all layers selectable or de-selectable.

The Layer Selection interface

Selecting Map Features

Click the downward pointing arrow on the Select button to choose your method of selection.

Select by Point allows you to select features at a clicked point.

Select by Rectangle allows you to select features by drawing a rectangle over the desired selection area.

Select by Line allows you to select features by drawing a line through your desired items.

Choose your Selection Type

For this tutorial, we will be using the “Select by Rectangle” option.

With the “Select” button pressed – indicated by the button turning dark green – drag your mouse on the map to draw a rectangle and create a new selection.

Make your selection on the SubTel Cable Map

Press the Shift key while dragging the mouse on the map to add additional features to the selection.

Press the Ctrl key while dragging the mouse on the map to remove selected features from the selection.

The number of selected features will display next to the corresponding layer in the Select Tool panel.

Analyzing Your Selection

Click the ellipsis (…) next to a layer in the Select Tool panel to open the Selection Actions drop-down menu and view a list of actions you can now take with your selection.

Selection Actions available

Click Zoom to in order to center the selected elements and fit them in the map window.

Click Pan to in order to center the selected elements in the map window at the current zoom level.

Click Flash in order to make the selected elements flash on the map.

Click Show pop-up to show details on the selected element in the Information Pane if you have selected only a single feature.

Click Add a marker to add a map marker on the selected element if you have selected only a single feature.

Click Clear selection to clear the current selection.

If you would like to run some basic analysis on your selection, click Statistics.

Statistics Pop Up window

In the new “Statistics” pop-up window, you will be able to select any data field associated with your selection and view a list of preconfigured stats.

For this example, we will choose the “DesignCapacity” field to view the sum total capacity, mimimum and maximum capacity, average capacity and the standard deviation for all of our selected cable systems.

This process allows you to get basic details on a given cable route or region that can be used in a report or presentation.

Once you are done viewing stats, click the “OK” button or the X in the top right corner of the Statistics pop-up to close it.

If you are finished with your selection, click “Clear” to clear all selected features and then close the Select Tool panel.

Press the Clear button to clear your selection

See You Next Week!

This concludes the tutorial on how to use the Select Tool to highlight certain systems and view some basic stats associated with them. I hope you found this useful and encourage you to make use of this tool to learn more about the submarine cable industry.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know at [email protected]. I’m always looking for feedback on how to improve this map.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all tutorials for the SubTel Cable Map.

I’ll see you next week to talk about more exciting features!