Why will my ZIP file not upload properly for a shapefile layer?

Having a properly formatted ZIP file is key to creating a shapefile, and what to include in the ZIP file can sometimes be confusing. We hope this article helps walk you through how to prepare your ZIP file.

Your ZIP file will contain multiple files that make up a single shape layer. However, often times when shapefiles are received, multiple shapes are included in a single ZIP. 

Incorrect ZIP File 

In the example shown below we have shapes for: Leases, Units, and Wells. Attempting to upload all three shapes in a single ZIP file will fail. 


Correct ZIP File

Let's split out just the Active Units into one file, then the same process would need to be followed for the leases into another, and wells into a third. The easiest way to accomplish this is to make a copy of the entire zip file, and then delete the additional files. 

Once you have 3 separate ZIP files created from the initial file, you will be able to upload each of these as a shape. Then you can show all three shape layers on your WellDatabase map.  

Upload a Shapefile in Your WellDatabase Account

For reference purposes, here is an article that will walk you thought how to upload a shapefile if you haven't done this before: Can I add a shapefile to my map?

Here is a link for Texas shapefiles: https://www.glo.texas.gov/land/land-management/gis/index.html which can be downloaded to your local computer, then uploaded into WellDatabase. 


The ability to import your own shapefiles to WellDatabase, gives you unlimited possibilities for your map!