AER Coal Mine Map Viewer

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Overview

 

Increasing the size of the map

When initially loading the map viewer, the toolbar and home panel are displayed for faster access to tools. If you would like to have a larger map area to view, you can use the two buttons highlighted in the picture to hide the toolbar/task panel. These same buttons can be used to show the toolbar/task panel when they are hidden.

 

The AER Coal Mine Map Viewer is a web-based application designed to let you browse the AER coal mine map data repository. All you need to use the AER Coal Mine Map Viewer is an Internet browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox). 

 

When first connecting to the Map Viewer, you will be presented with a terms of use, which you must accept in order to access the website. Declining will redirect you away from the Map Viewer. The terms of use can be viewed again at any time by clicking the button in the lower right corner.

 

The symbols used with the AER Coal Mine Map Viewer are standard to the AER.

 

Note that the AER Coal Mine Map Viewer is not designed for complex analysis.

 

The AER Coal Mine Map Viewer is an ArcGIS Server GIS application, customized to provide you with easy access to Coal Mine data and map navigation tools. The basic components of the AER Coal Mine Map Viewer are shown in Figure 1.

 

 

Figure 1: Components of AER Coal Mine Map Viewer

 

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Tool Bar

 

The toggle tool bar allows you to shrink/expand the tool bar to give you a larger working area when needed.

Getting Around

 

The tool bar contains a set of tools that let you quickly move around your map, and see detailed information about map features.

 

 

Number

Name

Description

1

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Pan (move) the map in any direction. To pan the map, click on it and drag in any direction. Use the Pan tool to return to panning when you have used other tools. You can also click and hold the middle mouse button to pan the map.

2

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Drag a rectangle to zoom in (make larger) on the selected area of the map.

3

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Drag a rectangle to zoom out (make smaller) on the selected area of the map.

4

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Return to the original view (extent) that the map was at when it opened. 

5

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Zoom out to as far as the map goes to show the full extent of the map.

 

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Identify data at a particular point anywhere on the map. All the features beneath the point you click are listed in the Results Table.

 

 

Identify features by drawing a line in any direction on the map. All the features that intersect with the line you draw are listed in the Results Table.

 

 

Identify features by dragging a line in any direction on the map. All the features that intersect with the line you draw are listed in the Results Table.

 

 

Identify features by drawing a polygon over an area on the map. All the features beneath the shape you draw are listed in the Results Table.

 

 

Identify features by drawing a rectangle over an area on the map. All the features beneath the shape you draw are listed in the Results Table.

 

6

7

Print the map. A window will appear that gives you options to select layout, output format, grid size, scale of the map, and to add an author and title information.

 

 

 

8

Open this help file in a new window.

 

 

 

 

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Annotate

 

Select an area on the map using one of the tools below. Your report will be created once your selection is complete.

 

 

Number

Name

Description

1

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Draw a Point on the map. The shape, size, color and transparency of the point can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

2

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Add Text to the map. Click on the map and type the text. You can edit the font, size, color, transparency and angle or rotation of the text using the Styles & edit tools. You can add multiple lines of text by pressing SHIFT+ENTER. You can also select layer and field information to add to the label.

 

3

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Draw a straight Line or click to change the line and draw in a new direction. The style, thickness, color, and transparency of the line can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

4

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Draw freely on the map in any direction. The style, thickness, color, and transparency of the line can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

5

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Draw an Ellipse on the map. Drag in different directions to change the shape and size of the ellipse. The thickness, color, and transparency of the border and the color and transparency of the fill can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

6

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Draw a circle on the map. Drag into the center or outwards to change the size of the circle. The thickness, color, and transparency of the border and the color and transparency of the fill can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

7

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Draw a Polygon on the map, clicking to change direction. Double-click to stop drawing. The thickness, color, and transparency of the border and the color and transparency of the fill can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

8

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Draw a Rectangle on the map. Click and drag across the map. The thickness, color, and transparency of the border and the color and transparency of the fill can be changed using the Styles & edit tools.

 

9

The Styles tool allows you to edit various properties of your annotations.

 

 

10

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Edit any text or drawing added to the map. Rotate the drawing by clicking and dragging the square above the marquee in the middle of the graphic. Move text by dragging it. To edit shapes or lines, click the drawing and drag any of the points in any direction to change the shape of your drawing. To edit text labels, click Edit Drawing and then the text. Type in the new text.

 

11

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Erase drawings from the map one at a time by clicking on each one.

 

12

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Clear All drawings from the map. Use caution when using this tool.

 

 

 

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Analysis

 

 

Number

Name

Description

1

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Measure distances on the map by drawing a segmented line. Click once to start drawing a line. Single click to start drawing a new line segment. Double click to finish drawing the line.

 

2

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Measure an area of the map by drawing a shape. Click once to start drawing a line. Single click to start drawing a new line segment. Double click to finish drawing the line, and the area inside the lines will be drawn.

3

Select the units you would like the measurements displayed in.

 

4

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Erase a drawing by clicking it.

5

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Clear all the drawings on the current map.

6

Add the distance or area measurement to the map as a drawing. If this is disabled, the measurement will be cleared when you use the tool a second time.

 

Tooltips

If no tool is currently selected, clicking on the map will bring up a tooltip containing coal mine information about the area selected. Clicking in another area will remove the previous tooltip, and add a new one at the location most recently selected.

Geolocation

This button will attempt to find your current location, and display it on the map. If successful it will zoom into the area you are located, and highlight the area. Depending on the settings of your browser, you may get a window pop up at the bottom of your screen. In order for this tool to work, you must click allow.

 

Zoom In/Zoom Out

 

Clicking the  button will zoom in (decrease the map scale), while clicking the  button will zoom out (increase the map scale).

 

Bookmarks

The bookmark tool allows you to save a snapshot of your current map settings. To do this, select the “Bookmark Current Extent” option, and you will be prompted to enter a name. You are also able to load previously saved map extents, by selecting the desired choice. To remove a saved map extent, you can click the  next to the name.

 

 

 

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Map Layers & Legend

 

The Map Contents Panel displays the map services available for display. The check box next to the layer name indicates whether it is turned on or off. Clicking this check box will toggle the layer on/off. Some layers will not be visible at all zoom levels, indicated by the name being greyed out. In order to see these layers, you may need to zoom in or out. When the layer name is no longer grey, it will be visible. Pressing the Show Legend button will display the Map Legend.

 

 

 

The Map Legend Panel displays the symbology, or the legend, associated with the map services displayed in the map window. Pressing the Show Layer List button will hide the legend.

 

 

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Quick Search Tasks

 

 

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Area of Interest Task

 

 

The area of interest task allows you to zoom in the map to the area you specify. You can use Township, Section, Quarter Section, LSD, and Meridian to specify the area, where the values with a * are required. Choose a point for the top left corner of the map, and a point for the bottom right corner of the map, and finally, click the ‘Search’ button. Click on “Clear” button to reset the selection. Click on “Cancel” button to exit the tool. After clicking the ‘Search’ button, the map will be zoomed to your area of interest. If only one corner is entered, the map will centre on that Township/Range/Meridian.

 

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Locate Coal Mine Task

 

You can locate a Coal Mine and zoom to it quickly by using the Locate Coal Mine task.

 

The following are the steps to use this tool:

 

1.    Click on the Locate Coal Min link from the Quick Search Tasks area; “Locate Coal Mine” will show in a new tab on the map content window.

 

 

2.    Enter a Coal Mine number. An autocomplete drop down list will show as you type the number. You can then select a coal mine from the drop down list.

3.    Press Find button.

 

The results will be displayed in the Results Grid and the map display will automatically zoom to the Coal Mine. The selected mine will be highlighted in red colour.

 

 

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Coal Mine Data List in PDF Task

 

Use this task to create a PDF file containing a listing of coal mine information.

 

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Coal Mine Data List in Excel Task

 

Use this task to create a Microsoft Excel file containing a listing of coal mine information.

 

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Search Bar

 

 

The search bar feature allows you to search the map on a number of parameters.

 

When using the search bar, it is important to only search by one condition at a time. For example, only search by name OR by owner, searching by both will result in no results.

 

When searching by UWI, it is important to include leading 0’s in the identifier, but it is not necessary to include the whole UWI in a search.

 

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Results Grid

 

After executing a tool – whether using a Task in the Task Panel, or a tool from the tool bat – the results are displayed in the Results Grid below the Map Window (not shown in Figure 1). Results are separated into different tabs based on what layer they belong to. Selecting a result will zoom in the map into the selected area, and highlight the feature.

 

 

By clicking the show in list button, the results grid will change to the list view. Clicking the button again will return to the results grid format.

 

 

 

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Browser Support

 

This application uses HTML5 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5) for structuring and presenting AER geospatial data for the latest standard Internet browsers.  AER has tested compatibility with the most current stable releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer v11, Google Chrome v34 and Mozilla v30.   Other browsers may be used (including on Tablet and Smartphone platforms), but AER cannot guarantee that all features will work as expected.

 

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Technical Support

 

For technical support, please contact the Customer Contact Centre at:

 

Email:  inquiries@aer.ca

Phone:  403-297-8311 option '0'

 

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Background

 

Coal was first excavated in Alberta during the late 1700s and early 1800s to fuel blacksmiths' forges at Fort Edmonton. In 1874, Nicholas Sheran opened the first commercial mine on the banks of the Oldman River in southern Alberta to supply coal to a local market. The westward expansion of the railway saw the opening of Alberta's first large-scale mine in 1882: the Galt Mine, located near Sheran's original workings. Since that time, more than 2000 mines have operated in the province, producing over 1 billion tonnes of coal.

Energy Resource Conservation Board (AER) first published the Coal Mine Atlas in 1985 to serve primarily as a guide for identifying the areas in the province where mining has occurred. More detailed information (i.e.: microfiche) can be obtained from actual mine plans, some of which may be directed to Information Services by email at infoservices@aer.ca or telephone at 403-297-8311, option 0. The publication of this atlas updates the fourth edition (2001-45), the third edition (94-45), the second edition (88-45), and the 1992 supplement (93-45A).

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Mine Numbers

In 1905, Alberta began to catalogue coal mines by assigning a unique number to each operation. Numbers were assigned to all mines then operating and to a large number of mines already abandoned. This system is still used by AER with some modifications. The mine numbers in the atlas consist of four digits and currently range from "0001" to "1809". The numbers "0500" to "0599" were not issued.

For various reasons, some coal mines and exploratory excavations were not assigned mine numbers. These mines are identified in the atlas by a prefix of four zeros followed by either a subsequent number or a contraction of the owner's name or mine location (e.g., "0000ARM" represents a mine operated by F. C. Armstrong).

In special circumstances, extenders have been added to some mine numbers and are confined to this publication. In a case where one owner mined coal in various locations and retained the same mine number, a suffix "/1", "/2", etc., has been used (e.g., 1603, 1603/1, 1603/2). When unrelated mining operations were given the same mine number, a suffix such as "/A" or "/B" has been added (e.g., 1137, 1137/A, 1137/B). Mine numbers containing the suffix "/E" are designated as experimental and/or exploratory excavations, such as test pits or adits (e.g., 1786/01/E, 1806/E/01).

Several shale mines and base metal prospects were also assigned coal mine numbers. These mines are identified in the table Operating and Abandoned Mines in the Remarks column.

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