3.4.2. Rules for adding attributes to buildings


Building items can be supplemented with Entrance items. For more information, see section3.4.3. Entrances: rules for drawing and adding attributes.

The attribute panel for a building looks like this:

Techniques for adding attributes to “Buildings” are similar to the techniques for adding attributes to all items on YME.

There is an extended attribute panel for buildings that lets you add and edit additional building attributes:


The extended panel opens:

  1. When you create a new item and click Save.

  2. When you edit a new item and click Edit .


Add the appropriate attributes to buildings and stationary structures that are visible on satellite image (including semi-permanent ones on the territories of residential complexes, shopping markets, porches, etc.).

Follow these rules when adding attributes to buildings: Type

Select a building type from the list:

  • Residential building — a building used for living space. This includes dormitories, houses on land plots intended for gardening or houses in rural (dacha) complexes (usually there is one residential building per such land plot).

    Homes that were previously residential but are currently used by organizations to a large extent should still be labeled as residential. If organizations have occupied the entire building, then you should select the building type that best corresponds to those organizations (for example, shopping).

  • Industry — all buildings on the territory of an industrial zone except for the following:

    • Administrative buildings of industrial enterprises (label these Offices)

    • Semi-permanent buildings and garages (label these Structure, building site).

  • Education — kindergartens, schools (including sports, art, and music schools), technical schools, vocational schools, universities, research institutes and laboratories, driving schools, libraries.

  • Shopping — shopping centers, entertainment complexes, supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, stalls and kiosks (engaged in the sale of goods rather than services).

  • Healthcare — hospitals, clinics, dental centers and offices, building on the territories of institutions used for medical purposes (hospital buildings, morgues etc.), first aid stations, medical research institutes.

  • Culture and recreation — museums, galleries and exhibition halls, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, zoos, kremlins/castles/towers, сafès, restaurants, hotels, etc.

  • Religion — buildings used for religious worship (churches, chapels, mosques, synagogues etc.), buildings on the territories of churches and monasteries that serve a religious purpose.

  • Sports — stadiums, sports palaces, sports complexes, sports arenas, lap pools, grandstands, and other buildings that are used for sports.

  • Offices — office buildings and business centers, administrative buildings for industrial enterprises.

  • State— buildings containing government authorities and various agencies at different administrative level, (government divisions and parliaments, ministries and departments, including those related to taxation and social security, international organizations, etc.).

  • Transport — ports, airport terminals, train stations, river ports, bus stations, city transport buildings, metro stations, funicular stations.

  • Business and services —buildings used by various types of organizations that are not dominated by a single one, buildings used by organizations that provide services, buildings at gas stations.

  • Structure, building site — Garages, multi-level parking structures, public garages, utility buildings in areas of individual developments and rural (dacha) settlements, sheds, checkpoints and police control points, portable outdoor toilets, housing and utilities services, lighthouses, ventilation shafts of subways and tunnels, the openings of mining shafts, trusses and cell towers, outdoor areas of daycares, dovecotes, etc.

    If the buildings you enter (other than temporary structures and garages) are located on industrial zones, assign them the Industrial type.

The building type is determined based on the function of that specific building (rather than that of the territory it is located on).

For example, on the territory of a hospital — medical buildings will be classified under Healthcare, technical buildings and warehouses — as Structure, building site, cafeterias — as Culture and recreation, and stores on the territory — as Shopping).

If a building is used for multiple purposes (and could be classified under various types), then determine what its “main use” is (based on what the main organization in the building is) and mark the corresponding type. If there are several organizations that share the building space more or less equally, then mark the building type as Business and services.

Classify residential buildings that contain non-residential or administrative space as Residential buildings regardless.

If other buildings are attached to multistory residential buildings, determine their building type based on their function; don't classify them as Residential buildings. Condition

Select the condition of the building from the list:

  • Regular — buildings that have been constructed and are being used as intended. This is the default value.

  • Under construction — you can draw buildings that are under construction from the moment their foundation is laid. Don't draw buildings that are in the planning stages and haven't started being constructed yet.

    Don't use this condition based solely on satellite images because they might be outdated. Check other sources.

  • Abandoned — buildings that have not been used for an extended period of time. This type includes buildings whose construction was halted long ago, as well as dilapidated structures.
  • Demolished — completely demolished or destroyed buildings (mark these even if no visible traces of the previous structure remain). As long as these buildings are still visible on the satellite image, you can continue to draw them.

    You should delete these items after the satellite images have updated.

    You should also delete demolished items from the map when construction has begun (or has already been completed) for a different item on the territory of the demolished one (and a newly constructed item has been drawn on the map). Height

Height displays on the map for all buildings and structures; enter a whole number for the height in meters with no additional characters or comments. The number of characters in the field can not be more than three.

If the exact building height is unknown, then you can enter an approximate value by calculating three meters for every floor.

When you enter building height:

  1. Underground sections of buildings are not counted.
  2. If a building is built on an incline and different sides of the building have different heights, then enter the height of the main facade. If you can't determine which side of the building is the main facade, then enter the least of all the height values.
  3. For buildings under construction, it's best to enter the planned height (if known), rather than the current height (which will have to be updated periodically).

  4. If a building is on top of a podium, enter the total of the podium and building height as the building height.

    For the building in the photo below, the height of the podium is 9 m (blue arrow) and the part of the building on top of it is 16 stories high (with a height of 16×3=48 m if we give each floor three meters, see above).

    In this case, the height of the building part located on the podium should include the podium and the building itself: [16 × 3 + 9] = 57 meters (if we approximate that each floor is three meters).


The building height will display based on the total height that is entered. Main organization

In the Main organization field, enter the name of the main map item in that building. Enter this value if you can determine what the main organization in the building is.

For example, if a “Shopping” center contains several retail organizations such as flower shops and antique stores, but also has a supermarket that occupies the majority of the building, then select the supermarket as the main item in that building.

In this case, select the supermarket in the Main organization field from among the options in the list that generates of the organizations in the building:

In turn, the building will be linked to the item you selected. The name of the item displays in the panel as a link that you can click on to get to the item (green arrow):

This field is not mandatory.


If the building has a proper name, then create a “Location” item on the territory of the building (category: “Culture and recreation”, type: “Attraction”) so that the building name will be assigned to that item. Additional attributes: address, entrances, list of items

Open the extended attribute panel for buildings to add additional attributes. The extended panel opens:

  • When you create a new item and click Save
  • When you edit a new item and click Edit

The extended attribute panel for buildings lets you add and edit additional building attributes (addresses, entrances, and organizations located in the building): Additional attributes: address

To add an address (or several addresses) to a building:

  1. Open the extended attribute panel for buildings (see point

  2. Click Add in the Address line.

  3. Enter the Address of the building in the panel that opens.

    For more on rules for entering building addresses, see section 3.5.2. Rules for adding attributes to addresses). Additional attributes: entrances

To add entrances to a building drawing:

  1. Open the extended attribute panel for buildings (see point

  2. Click Add in the Entrances line.

  3. An Entrance attribute panel will open.

    The rules for drawing and adding attributes to entrances can be found in section 3.4.3. Entrances: rules for drawing and adding attributes. Additional attributes: list of items (in this building)

To add the items located within a building to your drawing:

  1. Open the extended attribute panel for buildings (see point

  2. Click Add in the In this building line.

  3. In the menu that opens, select the appropriate item type from the available options.

  4. Create an item of the type you selected: draw it and then assign it attributes (for more information, see section 3.6. Locations.