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  • Zachary Carlson

Katapult Pro Office Tools & Job Prep Manual (Version 5.1 Update)

Updated: Mar 20

Job Preparation makes use of your Office Tools and Office Power Tools to get the nodes contained in your job ready for annotation and deliverables.

Once the photos for the job have been classified, you are ready to head back to Katapult Maps to begin working on the poles in the office.

Go to the Tools dropdown and select Office Tools.


The first tool in the list is typically the “Order” tool. You can use this to order the poles or locations in your job.

When you click on the button, a window will pop up at the bottom of the map page. In this window you can set the number for the starting SCID.

The SCID number just means a sequentially coded identifier. It logically orders the poles/nodes in the job. In the window you also have the option to use decimals for guy poles.

For example, if I wanted to order these poles starting with 001 from the top left, I would click on that pole. The “Use decimal for Guy Poles” is unchecked so that each pole will have a whole number for an identifier.

When the starting pole is clicked, the software will automatically assign the SCID number.

References off the pole will be assigned using letters to show how many there are. From the above example the one reference coming off SCID 001 is labeled as 001.A.

Ordering will only work on a pole line that is connected. If your job has breaks in it, you can click the Order button again to SCID the next section of poles.

For example, if my last pole before my break was SCID 026, I would start my next ordering at 027 and click on the pole closest to the break.

Once all poles have been Ordered you will see the message “no warnings found” in the Quality Control Results window.

Associate Photos

After the poles have been ordered, you are ready to associate the photos from the field to the map.

The association button is typically below the order button. When you click the button, you will be able to draw a polygon around a section and select “Associate Selected” or you can just click "Associate All.” Photo association will automatically star height and midspan photos.

Because the photos are classified, you will be able to see warnings on the map if any photos are associated incorrectly. A Photo Association Results window will also appear, listing the errors that need to be addressed.

You can either click on the magnifying glass icon to go to the location that needs fixed or click on the locations that have warnings (orange icons).

To fix association errors, open the Photos section in the Node Info panel. You can multi-select photos by holding the control key of the keyboard and clicking the photos that don’t belong.

You can then click and drag the photos to the location they belong. When your mouse highlights over a location, the location will have a green highlight around it, and if you release the click a window will pop up to either move the photos or duplicate the photos.

If you choose “Move Photos” the photos will move to the selected location, and if you choose “Duplicate Photos,” a copy of the photos will be placed onto the selected location.

If some photos have been left unassociated, you can go under Tools and select the Office Power toolset. Towards the middle will be the button to show un-associated photos. If you click on this button, a photo tray will appear to the left of the map.

The photo tray will display all unassociated photos. At the top of the window will be the camera that photos were taken on. You can then see where the photos likely belong, and drag and drop them from the tray to the map location.

You can then use the pink menu button at the bottom right of the tray window to expand the photo tray options. Clicking on the orange “X” button will close the tray.

Scraping Photo Data

Once all association errors have been resolved and the photos are in the right location, you are ready to scrape the photo data.

The scrape photo data button is located below the associate photos button. Clicking this button will pull the data entered onto the photos during the classification process onto the poles/nodes in the job.

When the button is clicked, the window will pop up asking whether you want to select all or select which nodes are scraped.

If you select “Select Nodes” you are then able to draw a polygon around the section you want. Clicking “Select All” will just scrape all locations.

Once you select all or select nodes, the Results window will pop up at the left to show locations that need to be updated with data. Here, you can click on the magnifying glass icon to go to the location or you can click the “X” to close the window and just go pole by pole.

When you click on the starting pole (SCID 001) you can now see the Pole Info section is updated to include the data entered on the photos for that pole location.

Now you can go through and QC and update the attributes in this section. For example, in the above image, the Pole "Company" would be chosen from the dropdown, and if that is the pole owner, the checkbox to the right would be checked.

You can use the Add Attribute dropdown to add any other attribute you need to the Node Info for your deliverables.

If you click the three dot menu at the top, you can remove attributes and photos. When you select that option, a trash can icon will appear to the left of the attribute, and at the top left of the photo thumbnails. Clicking the trash can will delete any unwanted attributes or photos.

Go through each pole and verify the Node Info contains the correct information.

Insert Pole Spec (Used in PLA workflows only)

If you are using the Pole Loading Integration module, the next button to click will be the “Insert Pole Spec” button.

This will place a Pole Spec attribute on each pole location that has the birthmark filled in correctly. This pole spec will match up to an appropriate spec in the catalog or client file.

*This button is automated to choose the appropriate option, please reach out to the support team at for help configuring this button.

If the pole birthmark is missing, the QC window will pop up on the left side to show you the poles that will need pole spec added manually. Click on the magnifying glass icon to navigate directly to the pole to add the pole spec attribute.

You can leave the QC window open as you move through the list to fix and update the necessary locations.

Google Elevation

The Google Elevation button will place the elevation directly onto the Node Info of each pole. This can be used to measure rise and fall of the pole line as well as calculating uplift for pole replacements.

The button is the green mountain icon. When you click this, the attribute will be automatically added to each pole.

If you have to move poles on the map, you can click on the Google Elevation button again and the elevation will update based on the new latitude and longitude of the pole.

Address Data

You can quickly insert address data for locations on the map by using the Address Data button. This button is typically located under the Office Power Tools toolset.

When you click on the Address Data Button, the address data window will pop up to select various options. At the bottom you can select what address attributes you wish to add to the node locations.

Select or deselect the address attributes you wish to add. Once you have the appropriate ones selected you can have the option to select all nodes, select by type, or manually select which nodes will get address data.

For most occasions, use the “Select Type” to choose what node type will get address data.

Once you have the type or types you wish, click “Get Address Data”. The software will automatically request address data on the desired locations. The address attributes will be added directly to the Node Info section.

Thanks for reading! For a more visual guide of the Office Tools and Job Preparation steps, check out our Office Tools and Job Preparation Webinar coming soon!

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