Adding layers on top of aerial imagery of your site is one of our software's most valuable features. It's simple to get started; here are a few notes before you do:

  • You’ll only be able to add a layer like this if you have the layer functionality as part of your Unearth toolkit.
  • To upload your shapefiles as a layer, make sure that all of your relevant shapefiles are in one .zip file. Then, complete steps 1-4 below using that .zip file.

Here's what you do in order to add a layer to your Unearth site:

1. Go to the plus button on the left. There, find the appropriate button for uploading layers. This may be called “Plan”. Click on this button.

2. Choose which file you want to upload. Once you have the file selected, click on Upload in the lower right of the file upload window.

3. Once the file has uploaded, click on the purple Layers button.

Your layer will take a little bit of time to be prepared. Once it is, your file will be automatically placed on the map (if it's georeferenced), or you'll manually stake it into position.

Here, we'll show how to stake a layer.

4. Place the first stake that appears on the screen in the correct location on the map (on the left half of the screen), and the corresponding location on the file (on the right). You can set latitude and longitude for the point on the map if you'd like.

5. Place corresponding stakes on at least two more points on both the map and file. Points on the map and file should be in the same position, and you can tell this via the numbers on each stake. Stake 1 should be in the same place on both sides, as should 2 and 3.

6. Click Save in the lower right.

7. Preview and change the color of the layer from this screen.

8. Click Save in the lower right again to complete your layer.

You’ll now be able to see your layer on top of the satellite imagery on your map. To learn how to turn your layer on or off, see this article. [LINK]

If you run into any issues or have any questions, please reach out to us at

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