Web Map Service (WMS)

WMS (Web Map Service) is a standard defined by OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) for the presentation of map images over the web. WMS can be displayed as a part of a model, either as background images in plan(2D), or draped to terrain surfaces in 3D.

Find it here:

The WMS Tool

Before WMS can be displayed, a task defining the data source must be created with the “WMS Tool” from the “Insert” menu.


WMS Settings

Data Settings



Using WMS with models

The WMS Task will appear in the task tree in the Explorer Window. Select any combination of data in the task tree (by holding Control) together with the WMS Task. Then right-click and select “View in 3D” or “View in Plan” to draw data. WMS can also be stored in a Plan Presentation or a 3D Presentation.

Tile downloading

The image downloading is dynamic, It only downloads the requested image tiles depending on your view and zoom level. First-time image downloading may take a while, depending on the performance of the WMS Service and your Internet connection speed. Once tiles are downloaded and saved to the cache, views will reuse these at a much more sufficient speed.

Shared Worksets

On shared worksets, only tasks are shared. Each user must retain a folder with locally cached images.

Create user-defined templates

By right-clicking a WMS Task and selecting “Save as Template” the setup will appear in the list of templates. They can now be reused to create new WMS tasks in new Quadri models, given that they belong to the same CRS.

Cache Management

There is no cache management in the current version.

Problem Solving

The most recurring problem related to using of WMS is wrong CRS settings. Public WMS services also vary a lot in both quality and speed.

If you experience that the WMS is not showing, it could be that the service is not working at the moment. You could also try to go to the explorer and start to edit the WMS task used in your presentation.

If you get a message about the CRS/Layers do not match and the OK button is Gray, then the CRS/Layer in the task is not supported by the service anymore. Please define new CRS/Layers for this service in the tool.

If that was not the case, you could try to use the button in the tool to refresh the cache.