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Coal Mine Information System
 
  
CMIS - Getting Started

Purpose

The Coal Mine Information System (CMIS) Web site was created to provide online access to maps showing locations of coal mines in Indiana. Funding for this effort is provided through a cooperative agreement between the Indiana Geological Survey and the Abandoned Mine Lands program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Reclamation.

The CMIS Web site allows users to create maps showing the locations of surface and underground coal mines in Indiana. In addition to coal mines, maps also show underground mine entrances and documented subsidence areas. Maps can be viewed and printed at a variety of scales. Search tools are provided to help the user search by address, zoom to a location of interest, a county, city, quad, township/range/section, or zoom to coordinates. Detailed mine reports can be displayed for individual surface or underground mines. Mine workings maps for individual underground mines (if available) can be displayed and saved to a local drive. Detailed explanations of mine attributes are available in the metadata files which are available for each coal mine data set (surface mines, underground mines, mine entrances).


Search Options

Search by Address
Click this menu item to zoom to a specified address or street.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Locate Address or Street" dialog box will appear in theframe to the right of the map.
  • For the address or street of interest, enter the specified parameters. Examples are provided in the lower part of the dialog box under the section titled "Instructions."
  • Click the "Search" button to locate addresses or streets. If a single address match is found, the map is zoomed to the location and address marker and text are drawn on the map. If a single street match is returned, the street segment is selected and the map is zoomed to it.
  • If more than 25 address or street matches are found, only the first 25 will be shown. Narrow down your search criteria to reduce the number of matches. Multiple address or street matches are returned as hyperlinks. Click a link to zoom in to the address of street.
  • To remove the marker and text or line, click the "Clear Map" button.

Zoom to Location
Click this menu item to zoom-in quickly to a county, city, quadrangle, township, or section of interest.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Zoom to Location or Area" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.
  • In order to zoom to a county, use the dropdown box to select the county and then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a city or quadrangle, enter first letters of the name followed by a percent sign ("%") into the appropriate query box. Press the "Search" button and select the city or quadrangle from the dropdown box. Then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a township or section, select the township, range, and section from the dropdown boxes. Then press the "Zoom" button. In order to view an entire township, select the value "All" from the "Section" dropdown box.

Zoom to Coordinates
Click this menu item to zoom to a point with specified coordinates.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Zoom to Coordinates" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.
  • Select which coordinate system you wish to use: (1) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), Zone 16 North, NAD83, or (2) decimal degrees. If you have coordinate values that are in units of "degree-minutes-seconds" and you need to convert such values to decimal degrees, several links to convertors are provided at the bottom of the dialog box.
  • Under "Specify Coordinates," enter the coordinates into the text-entry boxes for "X" and "Y" coordinates.
  • Under "Add Point Symbol," select the type of point symbol that you wish to use to show the point's location.
  • If you wish the coordinate values to appear as labels on the map, check the box labeled "Add Coordinates to Map."
  • Click the "Zoom" button to zoom-in to your specified coordinates.
  • To remove the point and coordinates, click the button labeled "Clear Map."


Individual Mine Information

Display Mine Report
If additional information is needed for a specific mine:

  • Click the "Identify" tool. This tool lets you view information for a particular feature (point, line, or polygon) of a layer. After selecting the tool, choose either Surface Mines or Underground Mines from the "Active Layer" drop-down box. Then click inside the boundary of the mine of interest. If you are zoomed out, a single click may select multiple features of a layer. To avoid a clutter of symbols and numbers, you may need to zoom in closer on the feature of interest.
  • After you have clicked on a mine, a table with the attribute information for the mine will appear on the right side of the browser window.
  • To view the detailed Mine Report for the selected mine, click the View Mine Report link.
  • To view the detailed mine workings map image for the selected mine (if available), click the View Mine image link.


Map Menu Items

Map-> Layers
Click this menu item to display the table of contents in the frame to the right of the map.

  • The map layers are organized thematically in folders. Click the folder icons to expand or close the folders and to view the map layers contained in the folders.
  • Check the box next to a layer's name to make that layer visible in the map. The map will refresh immediately. To control when the map refreshes after layers are checked on or off, uncheck the "AutoRefresh Map" box below the layer tree. The map will then redraw only when the "Refresh Map" button is clicked.
  • Some layers are visible only within a specified range of view-scales. Such layers are marked with the icon. Hover your mouse pointer over the icon to determine the range of viewable scales for scale-dependent layers.
  • Clicking the icon shows or hides the layer's legend.

Map -> Legend
Click this menu item to display legends for visible map layers.

Map -> Hyperlinks
Click this menu item to save your customized map as a Web hyperlink that can be shared with other users. When you click this menu item, the "Generate a Map Hyperlink" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.

  • Click the "Generate Link" button, and a hyperlink will appear in the text box above the button. You can then copy and paste the hyperlink from the text box into a document or e-mail message.
  • NOTE: This tool may not work with browsers other than Internet Explorer.

Map -> Index Map
Click this menu item to hide or show the small index map in the upper-left portion of the interactive map.

Search/Query -> Zoom to Location
Click this menu item to zoom-in quickly to a county, city, quadrangle, township, or section of interest.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Zoom to Location or Area" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.
  • In order to zoom to a county, use the dropdown box to select the county and then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a city or quadrangle, enter first letters of the name followed by a percent sign ("%") into the appropriate query box. Press the "Search" button and select the city or quadrangle from the dropdown box. Then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a township or section, select the township, range, and section from the dropdown boxes. Then press the "Zoom" button. In order to view an entire township, select the value "All" from the "Section" dropdown box.

Search/Query -> Zoom to Coordinates
Click this menu item to zoom to a point with specified coordinates.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Zoom to Coordinates" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.
  • Select which coordinate system you wish to use: (1) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), Zone 16 North, NAD83, or (2) decimal degrees. If you have coordinate values that are in units of "degree-minutes-seconds" and you need to convert such values to decimal degrees, several links to convertors are provided at the bottom of the dialog box.
  • Under "Specify Coordinates," enter the coordinates into the text-entry boxes for "X" and "Y" coordinates.
  • Under "Add Point Symbol," select the type of point symbol that you wish to use to show the point's location.
  • If you wish the coordinate values to appear as labels on the map, check the box labeled "Add Coordinates to Map."
  • Click the "Zoom" button to zoom-in to your specified coordinates.
  • To remove the point and coordinates, click the button labeled "Clear Map."

Search/Query -> Locate Address or Street
Click this menu item to zoom to a specified address or street.

  • When you click this menu item, the "Locate Address or Street" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map.
  • For the address or street of interest, enter the specified parameters. Examples are provided in the lower part of the dialog box under the section titled "Instructions."
  • Click the "Search" button to locate addresses or streets. If a single address match is found, the map is zoomed to the location and address marker and text are drawn on the map. If a single street match is returned, the street segment is selected and the map is zoomed to it.
  • If more than 25 address or street matches are found, only the first 25 will be shown. Narrow down your search criteria to reduce the number of matches. Multiple address or street matches are returned as hyperlinks. Click a link to zoom in to the address of street.
  • To remove the marker and text or line, click the "Clear Map" button.

Map Output -> Generate Layout for Printing
Click this menu item to create a layout (in a new browser window) to create a layout to send to a printer.

  • After you select the tool, the "Generate Layout for Printing" dialog box will appear to the right of the map. Follow the steps described below to generate the map layout.
  1. Specify map properties
    1. Map size and orientation. Select the size and orientation of your map.
    2. Map extent. Use the "Preserve scale" option to keep the scale of the printed map the same as that of the online map. The area covered by the printed map will not match the area covered by the online map. Both printed and online maps, however, will always be centered on the same location. Since the scale of the map remains the same, the visibility of scale-dependent layers in the printed map does not change. If the "Preserve extent" option is used, the online map is fit into the extent of the printed map. The area covered by the map remains the same, but the scale of the map changes. Layers that are scale-dependent that are visible in the online map may not be visible in the printed map because of the change of scale.
    3. Map elements. Select the "Map image only" option to maximize the map area in the print layout. The layout will contain map, disclaimer, and map scale.
    4. Select the "Add map elements" option if you wish to add additional elements to the map. These elements are optional and include "Title," "Overview map," and "Legend." You can control which layers will appear in the legend by selecting them in the list.
  2. Generate map layout:
    Click the Print Map button to create map layout. You may have to wait up to 20-30 seconds, depending on map size you selected.
  3. Set page options.
    In the new browser window that contains the map layout, go to "File > Page Setup."
    The following parameters must be set:
    1. Paper size. This browser parameter must match the page size you selected when creating your custom layout. The default page size is "Letter" (8.5 x 11 in.).
    2. Page orientation. This browser parameter ("Portrait" or "Landscape") must match the page orientation you chose when creating your custom layout. Page orientation always defaults to "Portrait.
    3. Page margins. This browser parameter must be set to 0.5 inches (or less) for all four sides. This change need only be done once because Internet Explorer retains the last values entered for margin settings.
    4. Printer. To print your map on a printer that is not set as your default printer, click the "Printer" button and select a different printer. NOTE: when changing your printer, you may need to reset the page size, page orientation, and page margins.
  4. Preview your map.
    Go to "File > Print Preview" to verify that your map fits the page size you selected. If the page is cut off at the right or at the bottom, try the following:
    1. Double-check your Internet Explorer page options: page size, page orientation, and page margins. Size and orientation should match those you selected for your map. Margins should be set to 0.5" on each side.
    2. If the map still does not fit on one page and is cut off at the bottom, the map legend may be causing the problem. If your map contains many layers, or if some layers have many symbols, the area occupied by the legend may spill onto a second page. To solve this issue, reduce the number of layers to be included in the legend, change orientation to portrait, increase the page size, or eliminate the legend from the map layout altogether.
  5. Print the map.
    If the print preview shows that the map fits the page correctly, then go to "File > Print" to send the map to the printer.

Map Output -> Save Map as JPG
Click this menu item to export your customized map to a JPEG file.

  1. After you select this tool, the "Save Map as JPEG Image" dialog box will appear to the right of the map.
  2. Select your desired size and orientation and click the "Generate Image" button. Note that the scale and the center of the JPEG image are the same as those of the map in the viewer. The image loads in a new browser window. To generate your JPEG file, right-click on the image and choose "Save Picture As."

Help -> Request Support
Click this menu item to submit a request for technical support, report a bug, or request an enhancement to the site.

Help ->Getting Started
Click this menu to link to this page.


Map Tools & Buttons

Zoom In.
Select this tool and draw a box around your area of interest. To zoom by a factor of two on a particular location, simply click on the map.

Zoom Out.
Select this tool and draw a box to zoom out. The smaller the box, the farther the map will zoom out. To zoom out by a factor of two, simply click on the map.

Zoom to Full Extent.
Click this button to redraw the interactive map at its original extent.

Zoom to Location or Area.
When you click this button, the "Zoom to Location or Area" dialog box will appear in the frame to the right of the map. Use this dialog box to zoom to a county, city, quadrangle, township, or section of interest.

  • In order to zoom to a county of interest, use the dropdown box to select the county and then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a city or quadrangle of interest, enter the first three letters of the name into the appropriate query box followed by a percent sign ("%"). Press the "Search" button and select the city or quadrangle from the dropdown box. Then press the "Zoom" button.
  • In order to zoom to a township or section, select the township, range, and section from the dropdown boxes. Then press the "Zoom" button. In order to view an entire township, select the value "All" from the "Section" dropdown box.

Pan
Select this tool, then click and drag in order to display areas adjacent to current map view.

Zoom to Last Extent
Click this button to re-draw the map at its previous extent.

Identify
This tool lets you view information for a particular feature (point, line, or polygon) of a layer. After selecting the tool, choose the layer of interest from the "Active Layer" drop-down box. Then click on the feature of interest (such as a particular road, city, etc.).

After you have clicked on a feature, a table with the attribute information for the feature will appear in a new browser window. Close this window when you are finished, or it will become hidden behind other windows and may not re-appear on top when you use the Identify tool again.

If you are zoomed out, a single click may select multiple features of a layer. To avoid a clutter of symbols and numbers, you may need to zoom in closer on the feature of interest.

If you have a problem with this tool, check to determine if the problem might be caused by a popup blocker that is utilized by your Web browser.

Measure Distance
This tool allows the user to measure distances on the map. Select the tool and click the map to place the starting point. Wait until a red point appears, and then click again to define a second point. A completed line segment with its length will appear. Continue to click other points in order to add and measure more segments. The total length of all connected segments is indicated in parentheses.

To erase lines and text, click the "Clear Selection" button

Measure Area. This tool allows the user to measure areas on the map. Select the tool and click the map to place the starting point. Wait until a red point appears, and then click again to define a second point. When a third point is added, a polygon formed by the three points appears, together with a number indicating its area. Continue to click the map to further modify the shape of the polygon.

To erase areas and text, click the "Clear Selection" button .

Select by Rectangle. This tool lets you view information about a feature or features (points, lines, or polygons) of a layer. After selecting the tool, choose the layer of interest from the "Active Layer" drop-down box.

Click on a single feature to select it, or draw a rectangle around multiple features to select all of them. All features that completely or partially fall within the rectangle will be selected.

After you have selected the features, a table with the attribute information will appear in a new browser window. Close this window when you are finished, or it will become hidden behind other windows and may not re-appear on top when you use the tool again.

If you have a problem with this tool, check to determine if the problem might be caused by a popup blocker that is utilized by your Web browser.

Clear Selection. This button removes selected features and any lines and text drawn on the map.



 
 
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