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This page provides instructions for using the NT Visualiser (NTG Google Earth) WMS layer in ArcGIS. This provides any ArcGIS user inside the NT Government with the best available georeferenced imagery without having to store on manage it themselves.

Please note this article is only relevant to users inside the NT Government network.



  • WMS stands for Web Mapping Server, an international standard for requesting maps over a network connection.
  • Adding a WMS server requires ArcGIS 9.1 or above, these instructions are specific for MapInfo Professional 9.1.
  • The WMS layer can also be added to MapInfo and any other WMS client.
  • A WMS layer requires a network connection at all times to work, it cannot be burned onto a CD and distributed.
  • For further information you can call GIS support (899 55322) or you may wish to read the Help in ArcGIS (see WMS).


Note - This WMS service will only work if your Coordinates/Datum is set to Longitude/Latitude

1. Open ArcCatalog. Goto “GIS Servers”, then “Add WMS Server.”



2. Double-click on “Add WMS Servers”
3. in the Server URL: enter:        http://land.visualiser.nt.gov.au/wms/wms?request=getcapabilities




4. click 'Get Layers'.. Select the service you have added.(NTLIS Google Earth), then click Add. Then click OK.

5. The service then appears in the ArcCatalog directory:




6. Drag the service icon to ArcMap. If you have a small ArcMap window open, the following map will appear. If you have ArcMap maximized already, simply reduce the size of the window and refresh.





7. A shortcut is to open the attachment NT Visualiser.mxd


For further information call GIS Support (899 55322).

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