Most of the search queries on E-Plan are based on entering key search terms or specifying criteria to filter the result set instead of searching for facilities in a geographic area (e.g., zip code, city, county or state), Visual Search allows users to search for facilities based on a geographic coordinate. This geographic coordinate can be selected on a Google map by placing a marker and facilities near that geographic coordinate are displayed dynamically on Google Map. The results can be then drilled down to get more information about a facility.

Steps to perform Facility Visual Search

Step 1: You must be logged on.

Step 2: You then click the gFacility Visual Searchh option in the left pane.

Step 3: The Facility Visual Search page will appear.

Step 4: You can perform a search for facilities using the following methods:

Method #1: Find facilities near an address

  • Type the address of the location in which you want to search for facilities (e.g. Oakville, TX).
  • Click "GO". This will create a marker on the map, at the specified address.

    • Select the following parameters:
      • Filing year: All or a specific year (e.g., All)
      • Radius (miles): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 50, 100, or 200 (e.g., 200)
    • Click on the “Find Facilities”button. The facilities in the specified area will be marked on the map.


    • Click on the marker to view facility name and id.

  • Click on the Facility ID link to view more information about the facility.

Method #2: Find facilities near a selected point

  • Click on the map at the specific location where you want to search for facilities.
  • Latitude and longitude values of the pointer will be displayed on the map. You may have to zoom in the map to precisely point the location.

    • Select the radius in miles that you want to find facilities (e.g., 4).
    • Click on the “Find Facilities”button. The facilities in the specified area will be marked on the map.

    • Print report: Select "Download Excel File" to export data.


Method #3: Draw a rectangle box to search for facilities within that boundary

  • Click on the "Draw a rectangle" icon.


    • Drag the cusor to a location and draw a rectangle.
    • Click on the "Find Facilities" button to search for facilties within the rectangle.


Step 5: When you click the gClear Maph button, it will clear all the facilities and geographic coordinates displayed on the map.

Step 6: When you click the “Back” button, the Facility Search page will appear.