Using Web Map Services (WMS) in InfoWorks ICM, InfoWorks WS Pro and InfoNet

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March 5, 2018 | Andrew Walker

InfoWorks ICM, InfoWorks WS Pro and InfoNet (now InfoAsset Manager) all support the following Map Controls: ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop and MapXtreme. The GIS Layer Control Dialog is used to choose how map layers are displayed on the GeoPlan Window. The dialog is displayed by right clicking on the GeoPlan View and choosing GIS Layer control… from the popup menu.

As well as supporting the traditional GIS layers associated with ArcGIS and MapInfo, InfoWorks and InfoNet can utilise Map Layers offered up by WMS Servers.  An example would be mapping provided by Open Street Map (  This resource provides maps of the world that are free to use under an open licence. Users can connect the GeoPlan view to both remote web servers and LAN servers.

To utilise WMS you need to know the URL of the Web Map Server. Many of the publicly available server can be found by searching with Google. 

In some cases you need the “?” at the end of the links, in others not.  These WMS map layers can be combined with the traditional GIS layers associated with ArcGIS and MapInfo that have always been available in the GeoPlan view.

Combining MapInfo TAB file and WMS layer from Open Street Map

Depending on whether you utilise MapXtreme as the map control for the InfoWorks / InfoNet GeoPlan, or if you work directly with ArcGIS Engine / ArcGIS Desktop in the background, the way you access and apply WMS layers will be slightly different.

MapXtreme as map control in InfoWorks and InfoNet
From the GeoPlan, right-click and select GIS Layer control… from the popup menu.  Click the Add WMS… button to display the Add WMS Layer dialog, and then enter a WMS Server URL and click OK.

The WMS layer will be added to the list of GIS layers. If you’d like to view or edit the display properties for the layer in the Web Map Service Properties Dialog, select the WMS layer and click the Properties… button.  If not, just press OK or Apply and the WMS layer will appear in the background of the GeoPlan.

ArcGIS as map control in InfoWorks and InfoNet
ArcGIS Server Map Services are fully supported in InfoWorks ICM, InfoWorks WS Pro and InfoNet.  You can use a WMS layer with a Map Control from ESRI if you save the WMS as a layer in ArcMap. You can then add this layer as a background layer in InfoWorks ICM. These are the steps you need to follow:-

  • Firstly, create a new layer in ArcMap, ready to add the required WMS data from ArcGIS Online.

  • Next, using ArcGIS Online you can add OpenStreetMap from the list of available resources:

  • Next, export the layer you’ve just created as a Layer File.

  • Finally, add the layer created in ArcMap as a background GIS layer in InfoWorks / InfoNet:

Working with ArcGIS (32-bit) and InfoWorks ICM / InfoWorks WS Pro (64-bit)
ESRI ArcGIS is still only available as a 32-bit application.  As things currently stand, you can’t use the 64bit version of the InfoWorks User Interface (UI) with layers hosted by ESRI ArcGIS because of incompatibilities between the 32-bit and 64-bit environments.

So, when you install the 64-bit edition of InfoWorks ICM or InfoWorks WS Pro on your workstation, the installer will also add a 32-bit version of the User Interface (UI) to your Windows Start Menu so that you can circumnavigate any issues with applying ESRI ArcGIS layers in the InfoWorks ICM or InfoWorks WS Pro GeoPlan.

Rest assured, if you have installed the 64-bit edition of InfoWorks ICM or InfoWorks WS Pro, your simulations will always run in 64-bit mode, even if the model was created using the 32-bit UI of InfoWorks.

This restriction only applies to ArcGIS, when using MapXtreme all mapping functions, including WMS, will operate in either 32-bit or 64-bit modes.

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Tags: Web Map Services (WMS), InfoWorks ICM, InfoWorks WS Pro, InfoAsset Manager

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Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Regional Sales Manager


Andrew Walker is a Regional Sales Manager with Innovyze in the United Kingdom. He has over 30 years’ experience of modelling the key hydraulic processes involved in the field of urban drainage design and analysis. Throughout his career he has focused on the analysis of drainage and flooding, supervising the roll-out and early adoption of both InfoWorks CS and InfoWorks ICM throughout the UK and wider European marketplace. More recently, he has expanded his remit to cover Water Supply Modelling, Asset Management, Operational Analytics and Event Forecasting.