How to Configure the Topo TNM Style Template

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This is lesson 12 - How to configure the Topo TNM Style Template. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set the Template up for use.


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Length: 00:16:44

Location Taken: Augusta, ME, US


This is Lesson 12 – How to Configure the Topo TNM Style Template

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to configure the Topo TNM Style Template for use the Topo Map Vector Data products. 

This training video will demonstrate how to configure the Topo TNM Style Template to one of the approximately 65,000 7.5-minute US Topo map extents.  Throughout this video, the Topo Map Vector Data product will be used to provide the required data, though the Style Template can be configured anywhere national map data exists.  This video assumes that the Style Template and a Topo Map Vector data product have been previously downloaded.  Please see prior video lessons for a description of and for downloading the style template and vector products.


Ok, let’s get started.  Open Arcmap and the Topo National Map Style sheet

Before we begin to configure the Template, you should become familiar with the Table of Contents and the Map layout.  The five data frames in the Table of Contents relate to various parts of the Map Frame include:

The Quadrangle Location which will highlight the 7.5-minute extent within a state or territory

The Adjoining Quadrangles which names the eight neighboring 7.5-minute extents

The US National Grid which identifies the 100,000m Military Grid Reference System location

The Grid Zone Designation , which identifies the Universal Transverse Mercator, or UTM, grid zone location

The Map layers, which will display the data of the map, contains two major Group Layers: Features and Images

The first step in configuring the Topo TNM Style Template is to repair the broken data sources.  Repairing the State Outline layer will fix the the entire foundation dataset.

Right click on the State or Territory Outline layer, scroll down to Data and click on “Repair Data Source.”   

A Data Source dialog should open.  Navigate to the directory where the data product GDB is stored. 

Click on the vector data product folder. Then click on foundation. Highlight the GU_StateOrTerritory feature class.  Click Add. All of the data layers should now have valid data sources.

Note that some broken data links are acceptable when using the Topo Map Vector Data.  In this product, feature classes are only provided if data exists within the 7.5-minute map extent.

Now that the data is sourced, the next step is to configure the data frames.  The 7.5-minute cells layer has important information to help identify the authoritative map name and ID used to look up the configuration information.   Open the Attribute Table for the 7.5 minute cells layer. If needed, dock the attribute table to the bottom of the map document and resize it to see all 9 records.

Write down or copy either the cell ID.  The cell ID is the unique identifier for each 7.5-minute extent.  The cell name is the official  name of the 7.5-minute extent. 

We now need to gather information about the spatial extent of the Grand Junction, CO US Topo map.  Change the Table of Contents to Source View and scroll down to Map Details.

 You will click and open the Map Details table. This table contains the 7.5-minute extent-specific tailoring information for each of the approximately 65,000 US Topo Maps. You are now going to locate the Grand Junction cell within the table by using the Select by Attributes dialog.

Open the Select by Attributes Dialog, Double Click “CELL_ID” from the top of the list.  This will populate in the lower dialog box. Click once on the “=” button in the center of the dialog.  Click the lower dialog and to the right of the “=” sign, type in the Cell ID .  Note that you obtained this ID from the MapDetails table. In this case,  Grand Junction is  17976) Click “Apply

The results of the query will find the 7.5-minute extent specifications for the Grand Junction, CO map.  To easily find the selected map – Click the “Show Selected Records” button at the bottom of the attribute table.

You will need write down the following information from this table.  The UTMZone column identifes the UTM Projection. The Map Rotation column defines the angle the 7.5-minute extent must be shown to square the map for working purposes. The D-F Width and Height columns define the Map Layers data frame size for the 7.5-minute extent to fit exactly within the neat line.

You will now need to switch the Table of Contents view  back to “List by Drawing Order” to apply these settings to the data frames.

Right Click on the US National Grid Data Frame and select “Properties.”  Click on the “Coordinate System Tab.”  Select NAD 1983 UTM Zone 12N.  (You noted this during the last step)   You may get a warning  when you click “OK.”  Click the “Don’t warn me again (either “in this session” or “ever”) and Click “Yes”

You will also follow the same basic instructions to change the projection of the Grid Zone Designation data frame.   Right Click on the Grid Zone Designation Data Frame and select  “Properties.”  Click on the “Coordinate System Tab.” Select NAD 1983 UTM Zone 12N. Click “Ok”

You will also follow the same basic instructions to change the projection of the Map Layers data frame.  Right Click on the Map Layers Data Frame and select “Properties.” Click on the “Coordinate System Tab.”  Select NAD 1983 UTM Zone 12N.  Click “Apply”  this time because we are going to make some additional changes to this Data Frame.  Keeping the Data Frame Properties open, “Click” on the General Tab to change the Rotation.  You will replace “-1.233451” with “-1.534535” Remember, you wrote this number down when you checked the Cell ID information for the Grand Junction map.  “Click” Apply.

 Keeping the Data Frame Properties open, “Click” on the Size and Position  to change the Width and Height.  You will replace “16.8” with “17.82” for the Width and replace “22.83” with “22.82” for the Height . Remember, you wrote these numbers down when you checked the Cell ID information for the Grand Junction map.  You can “Click” Ok at this point because we are finished adjusting our map.

Please note that  changing the page size slightly will alter the scale. Reset the scale back to 1:24,000. The 7.5-minute extent should now fit within the neat line.

You will now need to pan the map frame to the target map extent, in this case, Grand Junction, Colorado.  You will do this by locating the 7.5-minue extent of interest and pan to it.  

You can do this by scrolling to the bottom of the Table of Contents.  Right Click on the map indicies layer and select “Open Attribute Table”

Click on the Grand Junction CELL_NAME.  Right Click the gray square with the arrow to the left of the record.  Click “Pan To.”

You can now close out of the attribute tables.

You will now be able to see your map – in this case the Grand Junction, Colorado.  If you do not see your map, ensure that your individual data layers are checked. 

The final step in this process is to update the map’s marginalia.

In the upper right corner of the Map Frame, update the Map title text element to the Map Name provided in the Map Details table or any custom map name to suit the purpose of the document.  Right click on the <Map Title> Quadrangle text element and select “Properties.” Replace <Map Title> with “GRAND JUNCTION”  Click OK

Repeat the previous steps to replace <STATE> with  “COLORADO” 

Next, Navigate to the lower right corner of the Map Frame and repeat the Map title and State in the text element. 

Navigate to the bottom  center of the Map Frame and find the CONTOUR INTERVAL text element.

We will edit the properties text in the same manner that we just demonstrated for the Map Name. However, we need to determine what the contour interval is for the Grand Junction map.  If using the contours provided through The National Map, the contour interval can be found in the Contours Layer Attribute Table.

To find the interval, go to the Table of Contents and scroll down to Contours. Right Click on Contours and Select “Open Attribute Table” Scroll to the far right of the Attribute Table.  As you can see, the Contour Interval is 20 Feet. Close the Table. Edit the Map Frame with the correct Contour Interval.


Finally, the citation dates must be updated in the lower left of the Map Frame. The information for this update can be found in the XML metadata downloaded alongside The National Map data.

You will need to open the XML Document to view the metadata.  All the data sources can be found within the lineage tag  within the XML document.


Scroll down until the “<lineage>” line can be seen. Each data source is documented within a “srcinfo tag”  The first scrinfo tag contains information about the Hypsography (contours). Scroll down to the begdate/enddate tags.  The <begdate> references the earliest year data may have been created for the current dataset.  The <enddate> tag references the most recent year edits were made to the dataset.  WARNING: If the begdate and enddate tags are empty, use the <pubdate> tag located above the <begdate> and <enddate> tags .  The <pubdate> tag references the date the current product was generaged for delivery and is formated as YYYYMMDD.  In the case of Grand Junction, CO use the <pubdate>  2015.

You will now need to document the citation year of each <scrinfo> tag in the XML metadata.

As you scroll through the XML file you will note that there may be several data layers listed for Roads, Names, Hydrography and Boundaries.  You will need to note the dates for each of these individual layers to be able to gather the correct <begdate> and <enddate>.

Let’s look again at the Grand Junction, CO XML file for the Boundary file:

You will first find the <srcinfo> for the U.S. / Canada International Boundary and the <begdate> and <enddate> date of 2006.  However, you will also find  <srcinfo> for the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia of Mexico and the <begdate> of 1972 and <enddate> of 2006.  You will also find <srcinfo> for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service – Washington Office Automated Lands Program (ALP) and the <begdate> and <enddate> of 2009.  In fact, you will scroll down and find an additional 12 credited Boundary sources.  You will need to record each of the <begdate> and <enddate> entries that you find.  You will then use the “oldest” <begdate> and the “most recent” <enddate> for the citation dates.  In this case, the dates to be used are 1950-2015.

The following information will be collected for Grand Junction, CO:

Names will be 2005-2015

Land Cover – Woodland will be 2001-2012

Hydrography will be 2010-2015

Roads will be 2006-2014


You will now return to the Topo TNM Style sheet to record the citation dates. You will make the edits for these dates in the same manner that you edited the previous steps.


You may add other layers to the citation box as applicable

Your Template is now complete and ready.