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Creating HeatMap symbol (How To)

by Technical Evangelist ‎09-01-2015 02:14 AM - edited ‎09-01-2015 02:14 AM (1,110 Views)

This tutorial shows you how to create a HeatMap symbolizer in GeoMedia Smart Client 15.


Note: The result will be the same symbolizer as you can see in our online demo.


Usage of HeatMap in GeoMedia Smart Client

1 Creating the HeatMap symbolizer in StyleEditor


  • Click Libraries on the right hand side.
  • Select an existing library or LINK NewLibrary.
  • Click Add to create a new symbology within the specified library.
  • Click From Editor if you want to create a new one. If you have already an existing one click Upload and continue at 2 Adjustments in the Smart Client Administrator.
  • Type in a usable name and choose HeatMap out of the drop down list of Symbology type.
  • Click Load Editor.
  • Click HeatMap in the scale area.

       The following screenshot shows you the starting point of the HeatMap symbolizer in the StyleEditor:





  • Details to every single possible field can be found LINK HeatMapSymbolizer [StyleEditor].
  • Enable Weighting threshold by checking the box and type in 10.
  • Change the five colors by clicking on them to:

      Heatmap_color5.png BD0026


Note: If you switch in the color picker to the tab RGB you can copy and paste the color codes from above.

Note: The colors are chosen by the help of ColorBrewer: Color Advice for Maps.


  • Click Save to apply the changes.



2 Adjustments in the Smart Client Administrator


  • Switch to the feature list.
  • Select the desired feature for the HeatMap symbolizer.
  • Check if the Type: is set to Point.

Note: If you want to use a polygonal feature for HeatMap symbols, then you have to define a LINK HeatMap Geometry function for it.


  • Change the Interpretation to HeatMap.
  • Switch the tab to Symbols.
  • Edit the current display rule by clicking Edit.png
  • Choose the corresponding Library and Symbology.
  • Click Save to apply the changes.
  • Assign the feature to the legend. Details can be found LINK Legend.
  • Click Roles on the right hand side.
  • Select or create the role for whose the HeatMap should be used.
  • Switch the tab to Features.
  • Select a Project from the drop down list. 
  • Change the Right to Visualize.
  • Check the box of your HeatMap feature. 
  • Click Apply.

3 Result


The following screenshot shows the HeatMap for the fire history of Clark County between 1910-2013. The same example can be viewed on our online demo.



Usage of HeatMap in GeoMedia Smart Client Public Maps

The result of this addon tutorial will be a simple BaseMap (Google Terrain) with HeatMap as a live rendered overlay.

Note: Prerequisite of this addon tutorial is the completion of these steps:

  1. Creating the HeatMap symbolizer in StyleEditor
  2. Adjustments in the Smart Client Administrator

Adjustments in the Public Maps Administrator

Note: If you already have a BaseMap and you want just add the BarChart layer, continue reading after the second break in the list. 

  • Switch to Public Maps by clicking switch.png
  • Click New Base Map and then select Google.
  • Type in a Name and choose the Coordinate System.

Note: For Google and Bing Maps you must have a *.csf with EPSG:3857 previously uploaded in the GeoMedia Smart Client. How to add a coordinate system can be read LINK CoordinateSystem.


Note: If you have already uploaded such a *.csf file it will be automatically selected in this field.


  • Change the Layer type to Terrain.
  • Click Save to apply the changes.
  • Click New Map View.
  • Define a Name and check Is default. At every start of Public Maps, this will be your starting Map View. 
  • Select the above defined Base Map.
  • Select the Project from whose you will get the live features.
  • Define 9 as the Zoom level
  • Click Project Center to get the center of your project in EPSG:3857 coordinates.
  • Click Save to apply the changes.
  • Click Map Views and select the previously defined Map View.
  • Click Add at Features in the most lower part of the form.
  • A modalform shows up and you will get the same treeview as in the legend at the GeoMedia Smart Client. 
  • Expand the theme, which contains the HeatMap feature. 

Note: If you don't see the feature there, you have to assign the HeatMap feature at one of the themes in your specified project.

Note: If you have more than one live feature and you want the HeatMap feature for example in the foreground, you can change the layer order by drag and drop.


  • Click Save to apply the changes.




The following screenshot shows the HeatMap for the fire history of Clark County between 1910-2013.




Note: If you want to change the opacity of the live feature, you have to edit the symbolizer in the StyleEditor. In this case details can be found LINK HeatMap Symbolizer


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