Remember that Geocoding is the process of transforming a specific address to a pair of geographic coordinates (X and Y values). Some common tasks in Compass Route Builder, such as adding new Students, adding new Schools, or creating Stops, require that addresses are converted into coordinates. Compass uses these coordinates to produce Runs and Routes and the Coordinates Tool can help users to disclose X and Y values associated with an address or point in the Map.
There are three different tools available for Geocoding next to the address text box: The red button is used to disclose address and coordinates, the green button can be used to disclose coordinates only and the white one links an address to associated coordinates.
If you know the exact location on the Map, you can disclose the address and coordinates at the same time with the red Geocoding button as follows:
Click first on the red Geocoding button.
Zoom in and click on the exact location on the Map. The address and coordinates will be displayed in the corresponding text boxes.
The green geocoding button gives the user the option to enter the address manually and even customize the way such address is displayed. To do so:
Zoom in and click on the exact location on the Map. The coordinates associated with that location will be disclosed in the corresponding text boxes.
Then, enter the address information as you want it to be displayed in the address text box.
The white geocoding button, represented by a magnifier icon, allows users to link an address to its corresponding coordinates. To link an address with its associated coordinates:
After an actual address is entered in its text box, if the user clicks on the white Geocoding button and the system recognizes its associated coordinates, a pop-up window with such address and geocoding information will be displayed on the Map on the corresponding location.
Sometimes, even an actual address already existing in the database can’t be found in the Map. This often happens because it takes some time to update the map’s information after recent developments. In that case, the system might be able to geolocate the address and assign coordinates to it, but no graphic information of the current street layout would be displayed.