Sourcing data with Area Select

If you've read the piece on Why Input data is Important, you'll have some understanding of why sourcing quality data is important. 

This guide will go through how you can source Address and Street Centreline data for your project using FOND's Area Select feature.

What is Area Select 

The idea behind Area Select is to provide users with base data to get their project going. Area Select is able to provide you with Street Centrelines for anywhere in the USA, as well as Address data that has been derived from land parcel data for a selection of counties (you can request new counties in the USA as needed). Using Area Select allows you to draw a polygon, and obtain input data for anywhere within that polygon.

In many cases, the quality of data is adequate for a feasibility design. If you're doing designs for a High-Level Design or Detailed Design, you may want to use FOND's Data Concierge (see this guide) feature or drawing tools (underground, addresses) to touch up the data to make it more accurate and appropriate for construction.

Using Area Select

The first step is to open up the feature. Choose the Area Select option from Address or Underground path in the Input data section of FOND, and you'll see the map of the USA mostly greyed out. The light sections of the map have both addresses and street centerlines. Dark sections have only street centrelines, and only in the USA states. 

There are two ways to navigate to the area that you'd like to source data for. The first option is to zoom in to the area of the map you're interested in with the map tools (this guide is relevant). 


In the GIF above, I'm zooming in with the scrollbar of my mouse. Note, once you're in area select mode, clicking on the map will begin drawing on the map. However, clicking and dragging will still allow you to pan on the map (if you want more tips on moving around the map, take a look at How to best use the map tools in FOND). Once you're in place, you can begin drawing your polygon.

Once you've drawn the polygon, the data will begin to come down out of the FOND database, and you'll see the underground path and addresses. You can select one or both of these to import into your project. 

You can also edit the polygon after you've drawn it by adding more vertices to the edge of the polygon and dragging them. 

The second way of moving around the map in Area Select mode is to use the geocoder search bar. Once you're where you need to be, the steps are all the same as above.


Requesting more data

If you want to design in an area that we don't have data for (e.g Santa Claus, Georgia), you can request us to source the data for. Currently, we only carry out these requests in the USA states.