CMPS Basics 03

Working with the Map


One of the most important tools for Compass users is the Map. This is located on the right side of the main screen and can be manually expanded or reduced with the draggable separator (see image below).

Safe Fleet uses ESRI maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) software to offer the best experience.

There are many elements that can be seen within the Map’s frame.
The toolbar is always visible in the Map and it is divided in 4 different sections, each one holding different tools:

  1. The first section holds Layers, Address or Street Finder and Location.

  2. The second section holds Zoom In and Out and Marquee Zoom In and Out.

  3. The third section holds Back View (previous) and Next View, and Select, Measurement, Length and Polygon tools.

  4. The fourth section includes tools to Merge, Move or Add Stops to a New Run.

Other elements can be displayed as different icons during the routing process. The image above shows Students (green figures) and Stops (purple stars) as examples.

  1. Clicking on any of the icons will disclose a window that shows the information related to that element and available optional tasks.
  2. Right-clicking anywhere on the Map will open a window with other additional tasks. These are: Show Address, Add Stop, Link Stop to Location, Add Point of Interest, Add Barrier and Add Depot.


Select layers, find addresses and get directions on the Map

Clicking the Layers button displays the Layers menu from which you can select or deselect Layers to be included in the Map as preferred.

You will notice that some elements in this menu, such as Attendance or Hazard Zones, are drop-down menus themselves. You can expand these to see the available options.

Clicking the Address button displays an Address/Street Finder tool. When a specific address is entered and the Search button clicked, a table displays matching Streets and their number ranges.

A magnifier button allows you to lo- cate the selected entry in the Map.

Geocoding tools are also available to disclose addresses and coordinates on the Map. See the Geocoding section to learn more about these tools.

Clicking the Directions button pops up a window that allows the input of the initial and final addresses of a route of interest.

After clicking Get Directions below, the system resolves the route and displays the directions (see next section).

The resulting path is disclosed on the Map as a colored line. Initial and final points are also displayed.

On the right of the Map, detailed directions are listed, including partial distances from one point to the next.

The Total Distance is shown on top of the Directions.

Zoom in and out

The Zoom tool directly zooms in/out the complete Map after clicking the +/- buttons respectively. The Marquee Zoom allows the selection of a particular area in the Map. Let’s see how this works:

After clicking that Marquee Zoom in or out, drag the mouse cursor over the Map while a red polygon displays to help you delimit the area of interest.

Once finished, release the mouse and the Zoom in/out will operate accordingly.

As a result, the selected area will occupy the whole Map.

Move, take measurements and draw polygons

Use the Back and Next arrows to display the previous or next view in the Map.

With the Drag tool, move the Map to position this on the screen as preferred by dragging it with the mouse cursor.

Use the Select tool to select features displayed on the Map.

Use the Measure tool to make area and distance measurements, or disclose coordinates (latitude and longitude).

When you click the corresponding icons to select the tool, the current unit for that tool is displayed.

Keep the left button of the mouse pressed while the cursor is over the unit to disclose the unit selection menu. Then, select the preferred unit.

When measuring areas, hover the mouse over the map and click on each necessary point to delimit the polygon of interest. Then double-click to end the selection. The resulting measurement will be disclosed at the bottom of the window.

For distances, click on the selected points to draw a sequence of segments that constitute the route to be measured. Double click on the last point to end the measurement. The result will be disclosed at the bottom of the window.

Use the Length tool to draw a line on the Map and automatically measure the distance it represents.

Use the Polygon tool to draw an area on the Map. Once you have selected the right number of corners, double click on the last one to end delimiting the area.

Combine, move or add Stops to a new Run

Use the Merge tool to group two or more previously selected Stops (displayed in yellow).

Use the Move Stop tool to relocate a Stop on the Map by selecting it and dragging it with the mouse cursor.

Use the Stop Adding to Map tool to generate a New Run while selecting School, Depot, Vehicles and the preferred Stops on the Map: