Layer structure, count and performance

Discussion created by apwebb on Nov 27, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 27, 2013 by apwebb

Let me start by saying I'm not a GIS expert. We have a planning team who demand maps with two to three hundred layers in. This causes performance issues in the desktop tools and Localview. These layers could be logically grouped together - for example ones that relate to floodplains.

Do the ESRI products support the concept of composite layers, or parent layers made up of data from a number of independent sub-layers ? If so, would structuring the data in this way so that each map had fewer composite layers result in improved performance ?

If not, what other approaches could work other than requiring the team to use fewer layers per map !

Kind regards

Andy Webb
ICT Customer Services Manager
Chelmsford City Council