4.01.3 Establish Web Map Service (WMS) connection

GRID supports the integration of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) Web Map Services (WMS). These are spatial layers published by external agencies and are consumed by GRID as images of the layer. More information about WMS can be found here.

  1. Click on Manage My Layers from the My GIS button in the Menu Bar:                       Capture
  2. Click on Add Layer.
  3. Select the Web Map Service tab:    Capture2
  4. Fill in the following fields:
    • Name: The name for the data you want to see in GRID (i.e. LGA Boundaries)
    • Category: How you want the data to be categorised in GRID (i.e. Administration)
    • Order:  The order you would like the layers to display in the table of contents under the category specified
    • Data Url: The web address for the published web map service. (i.e. the SLIP Environment WMS is: https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/services/Landgate_Public_Maps/Environment/MapServer/WMSServer?)

Note: Where the WMS publisher has provided a url for a category of layers, GRID will allow you to see a list and select the appropriate single layer to add (see below).

    • Data Username: if the WMS requires authentication, enter your registered user name here. Leave blank if the WMS does not required authentication.
    • Data Password: if the WMS requires authentication, enter your registered password here.WMS_GRID
  1. Click Get Layers. If the username and password is valid, this will populate a list under Select Layer.
  2. Select the layer from the list to add. If the publisher of the WMS service has included a second level of layers, a new field will appear asking you to select the appropriate sub-layer.
  3. The following fields are optional:
    • Alternative Legend Url: In case you wish to show a more detailed or different legend, a web address for an image can be set here to override the publishers legend. This will appear as a hover-over symbol patch next to the layer name
    • Min Scale: The minimum scale that you wish your data to display on the map
    • Max Scale: The maximum scale that you wish your data to display on the map
    • Layer Access: In Activity and Base Layers, Layer Access defines the levels of user who can see the data. As this option does not have any implications in the User Layers, it can be left as the default of internal (see 6.12 Internal, External and Public permission levels)
  4. Click Submit. The User Layers page will refresh and a message will be provided if the layer was successfully added.                                   Capture4


Contact the GRID Support team if you would like further information.