Primary Assets: Save a custom parcel boundary, substation, or line route
Add primary assets to project setup by creating a custom asset.
Need to create a project around a sub, line, or parcel that's not in the default dataset? Manually add in desired assets using the drawing tools (or import them from a kml/kmz).
Common scenarios that use this method:
  • Siting around three-phase lines or DG substations where the grid infrastructure isn't available in one of the existing grid infrastructure datasets.
  • Creating land boundaries in areas where ReportAll does not have parcel data (for buildable area analysis).

Start to create a new siting project

Check out how to start creating a project
  • Choose desired project type and enter basic project details
  • Proceed to the 2nd step - adding primary assets
In step 2 of the 'create project' workflow, the map will load displaying all the existing assets of that type. You can manually add missing assets to this map and select them for the new project.
This workflow works on any map. This documentation shows the workflow in the context of creating a new project around a manually added asset, but you can also follow the same steps to add a new asset to an existing project.

Identify location of line, sub, or parcel

Locate the location of the sub, line, or parcel that you wish to add
  • Use the magnifying glass to search locations on the map and/or switch the search type from Address to Lat/Long to search by lat/long coordinates.
  • Use Google Street View tool to help check out imagery from the ground at that location.

Manually add asset

Turn on the drawing tools

When you're ready to manually add the new asset:
  • In the map toolbar, click on Menu
  • In the dropdown, select Drawing tools
Access the drawing tools from the map toolbar > menu > drawing tools

Select desired drawing tool

  • Choose the appropriate drawing tool icon depending on the type of asset you're trying to draw:
    • Substation: Choose the marker icon
    • Line (transmission or three-phase): Choose the polyline icon
    • Parcel: Choose the free-form polygon icon
Choose desired drawing tool (marker for subs, polyline for lines, free-form polygon for parcels)

Trace/mark location of asset

  • Once the desired drawing tool is selected, trace/draw out the asset's location on the map.
Line - Transmission or Distribution
Using your cursor, click the map to drop the marker where the substation is located
Use your cursor to drop nodes marking out the line path on the map. Click the last node 2x to complete the line segment.
Use the free-form polygon icon to trace out the boundaries of the parcel by clicking your cursor to drop each section of the polygon on the map.
Below is an example of a traced polyline
Example of line route traced with the drawing tools

Save drawing as an asset via the 'Create' button

At this point, the object on the map has not yet been saved as an actual asset, so the next step is to convert the drawing into the applicable asset category (e.g. line, sub, parcel).
  • Click on the hand icon in the drawing toolbar to turn off the drawing functionality
  • Click on the drawing on the map
  • In the pop-up window, hit the Create button to save it as an asset
    • Choose the desired asset type:
      • Land
      • Transmission Line (select this regardless of voltage level - even if it's a distribution line)
      • Substation
Save the drawing as an asset by clicking 'Create' in the drawing pop up

Select the newly created asset

Add the newly created asset as a primary asset on the project:
  • Click Select in the asset pop up on the map (this will add it to the primary asset list below the map)
Add the new asset as a primary asset on the project by clicking 'Select'
Repeat the steps above to manually add additional primary assets as needed.

Finish creating the project