Export Map Layers as a KML

Export Transect layers to view them in Google Earth

In this article you will learn how to:

  1. Export all map layers as one KML file.
  2. Export individual map layers as single KML files.
  3. View KML data in ArcMap or AutoCAD


To export all map layers as one KML file: 
  1. Open the Transect Report with the data you want to export, and navigate to Sharing & Export in the left side menu bar.
  2. Click the Generate KML button. Once your export has been generated, you will receive an email within a few minutes with a link to download the KML file.
  3. Open the notification email, and follow the prompts to save your report as a KML to your computer.
  4. Open Google Earth, and browse to the file location on your computer to view.

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To export an individual map layer as a KML file:
  1. Open the Transect Report with the data you want to export.
  2. Click on the Transect Layers icon to open the layer list, then find the layer you want to export (in the screenshot below, we are exporting the Floodplain data)
  3. Hover over the right of the layer name and select the download icon that appears.
  4. You will be prompted to save the KML to your desired location on your computer.
  5. Open Google Earth, and browse to the file location on your computer to view.

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    Viewing KML data in ArcMap or AutoCAD

    Google Earth is the best application for viewing the KML data downloaded from Transect.  For ArcMap or AutoCAD users, you can use internal tools within those applications to convert the KML data into a shapefile (.shp) or .dwg file, respectively.  However, while the point, polyline, and polygon data will typically convert without issue, we are aware that not all of the data attributes will transfer with the conversion. 

    This issue is not unique to Transect KMLs and is a common problem when converting a KML file type to other geospatial file types. We are not aware of a fix at this time, though we propose to allow users to export the data from Transect as a GeoJSON file, which may keep attributes in tact. While we search for a fix, please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for addressing this particular issue.