Viewing events based on time

Time is very important with respect to event data. Not only do users need to see how events looked on the highway at the time of the highway alignment, they also need to see how events may change or accumulate over time. Esri Roads and Highways supports both the temporal view date (TVD) and the Time Slider for viewing time-aware event data. Setting and viewing events by TVD works exactly like viewing LRS Networks based on time. The steps below explain how to use the Time Slider for displaying advanced linear referencing system (ALRS) event layers. Refer to Advanced linear referencing—Time-aware LRS to learn more.

  1. Start ArcMap and add event layers to your map.
  2. Right-click an event layer in the table of contents (TOC) and click Properties.
  3. Click the Time tab on the Layer Properties dialog box.
  4. Set the time properties for your event layer.
    1. Check Enable time on this layer.
    2. Specify the field to be used for visualizing time in the Time Field drop-down menu.
    3. Specify a Time Step Interval to let ArcMap know how granularly to step through time. For highways, data analysis is usually performed in months, quarters, and years, but you can step through time down to the millisecond level.
    4. Click Calculate to establish the time interval for your data. Doing this in advance will make time display render more quickly.
    5. Check Display data cumulatively if you want to see events accumulate over time.
    6. Click OK.

    Event time properties
  5. Click the Open the Time Slider Window button Open the Time Slider Window to open the Time Slider.
  6. Move the Time Slider along the time scale to see changes in your events.

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