AnyLogic provides a GIS map tile layer, which is a part of a GIS map that contains a tiled map. A tiled map is a map that is downloaded in real time from special online map services, such as OpenStreetMap. Such maps are called “tiled maps” because they are downloaded as tiles, which are small, usually square, images that are placed seamlessly side-by-side to construct the maps. You can choose an online tiled map service in the Properties section of a GIS Map shape.
When you navigate a tiled map at design time, all the tiles you display are saved in a special subfolder of the model folder called a cache. With a cache, you do not have to continually make online requests when working with a section of a map. This makes you less dependent on an Internet connection and increases the model’s performance speed. It also allows you to easily share the model and to run it without an Internet connection.
If none of these online services meets your needs, you can add a map from the shapefiles on your computer, or define a custom tile provider.