Quick User Guide

The Scotland Heatmap Interactive


This document outlines the main features and uses of Scotland Heat Map. Click on Get started to begin and you will see the different map layers you can select to view on the map and report on.

The legend panel


You first step would normally be to position the map to the area you are interested in and one of the ways to do this is to use the Search box at the top right of the map, to search for a place or Data Zone. As you start to type matching addresses will be displayed e.g.

The search box

Base Mapping

Basemap selection controls

Base mapping is always displayed and you can choose if you wish to see this as OS Greyscale or OS Colour by selecting the relevant Base maps entry at the bottom of the Legend e.g.

Note: Radio buttons (circular) allow you to select a single entry whilst Check boxes (square) allow you to select multiple entries.

Map Layers

Now you can decide which other information you are interested in by ticking the relevant boxes in the Legend. If you tick the box for the heading entry then its layers can be displayed on the map. You can select a single layer or mutiple layers in different layer groups. We have selected to display ‘Settlement Area Demand (total)’ e.g.

Selecting layers

Once an entry has been selected a small image is displayed in the Legend detailing how each layer will be displayed on the map. Note: To remove a layer from the map just untick the box in the Legend.

Clicking on the right arrow to the right of a Layer in the Legend will display more information about the Layer e.g.

Layer information panel

Here you will also find buttons to Zoom to layer extent which zooms the map to the extents of the chosen layer and Layer metadata which displays the ScotGov metadata for the Layer; as well as allowing you to change the Opacity of the Layer, links to WFS, WMS Web Services and CSV download. Simply click the X at the top right beside the Layer name to close the Layer details.

To find out more information about a particular entry just click on it on the map and an Information box will appear e.g.

Popup map feature information

Again, clicking the X at the top right will close the window.

Generating a Heat Demand Report

First select the Area and Layers you are interested in using the tools described above and then click on the Generate report button above the Search box.

The "Generate Report" button

This displays the Heat Demand Report where you can choose how to draw / select the area of interest for your report e.g.

Choosing your heat demand report type

Decide how to create your area of interest either by drawing a custom area (click Draw Custom Area) or selecting from the various predefined geographies such as Data Zones, Settlements or Local Authorities by clicking the relevant button. If you select Draw custom area you then draw an area on the map by clicking to add points to create an area and the double click to finish e.g.

Drawing a custom report area

If you select any of the predefined geographies then simply click to select the geography you are interested in; you may select more than one. As you select an area it is outlined on the map and the details displayed in the Heat Demand Report area e.g.

DataZone heat demand report

Once you are happy with your choices you have the option to either Print report, which will create a PDF of the data, including the map, or Download CSV which creates a CSV file of the details. The information included within the report includes the Area, Energy supplies, Public-sector head demand and Total heat demand for each area.

You can reset your area of interest by clicking Reset report area and return to the Legend by clicking Close report tool.

Other Tools

Menu toolbar

There are some other tools which you may find useful which can be accessed by clicking on the relevant button.

Just hover over each tool to find out what it does e.g. Measure, link, print, reset map and help.