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The man-made tag is for identifying man made structures. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 173
See also
Status: de facto

man_made=* is used to identify man-made (artificial) structures added to the landscape.

See also building=* for buildings.


Man made

A tag for identifying man made (artificial) structures that are added to the landscape.

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
man_made adit node A type of entrance to an underground mine which is horizontal or nearly horizontal.
man_made advertising node way A generic advertising device.
Picadilly Circus London by night 2006.jpg
man_made antenna node way area An antenna to transmit and/or receive wireless signals.
Radio towers on Sandia Peak - closeup.jpg
man_made avalanche_protection node way area A feature to protect from avalanches or to keep them from going off.
SilvrettaNova 11.jpg
man_made beacon node A structure for signalling on land and sea.
Cuxhaven 07-2016 photo23 Kugelbake.jpg
man_made beehive node Beehive
Dadan-Blatove kosnice.JPG
man_made borehole node area A bore used for a purpose not covered by man_made=petroleum_well or man_made=water_well.
Salton Buttes - Obsidian Butte - geothermal well.JPG
man_made breakwater way area A man-made structure designed to protect a shore or harbour from the sea and waves.
Rendering-man made breakwater.png
Dalga kıran.jpg
man_made bridge area The outline of a bridge, grouping together all features for that bridge.

Please also add bridge=* and layer=* to all ways running over the bridge.

Rendering-man made bridge.png
2014 Karwina, Darków, Most żelbetowy 01.jpg
man_made bunker_silo node area An open-sided structure that can be used with vehicles to fill and empty them.
Empty bunker silo in Nebraska.jpg
man_made cairn node area A mound of stones, usually conical or pyramidal, raised as a landmark or to designate a point of importance in surveying.
man_made carpet_hanger node A construction to hang carpets for cleaning with the help of carpet beaters.
man_made cellar_entrance node An entrance into artificially created vault.
Felsenkeller Eingang Ebnether Keller.jpg
man_made charge_point node A device for charging electric vehicles.
Cs us tesla supercharger.png
man_made chiller node area industrial cooling construction with large diameter fans
Air Cooled Liquid Chiller.jpg
man_made chimney node A tall distinctive vertical conduit for venting hot gases or smoke, normally found near power stations or large factories.
Schwerin Wuestmark Heizkraftwerk Schwerin-Sued.JPG
man_made clarifier node area A clarifier of a wastewater treatment plant.
Radevormwald - Klärwerk 11 ies.jpg
man_made clearcut area An area where all trees have been uniformly cut down.
Old Clear Cut - panoramio.jpg
man_made column node area A column used to support a structure or for decoration.
Pioneer Courthouse Square May 2008.jpg
man_made communications_tower node area A huge tower for transmitting radio applications.
Communication tower-14.svg
Sender Blauen-2.jpg
man_made compass_rose node area A compass rose or wind rose.
man_made compressor node Industrial equipment used to compress a gas by reducing its volume.
man_made cooling way Industrial cooling facility.
Киев, градирня завода «Арсенал».jpg
man_made cooling_tower node area A cooling tower
Power station Westfalen. Cooling towers.jpg
man_made courtyard node area relation An area that is usually enclosed by walls or buildings.
Plazuela de la Cárcel, Sigüenza, España, 2015-12-28, DD 142.JPG
man_made crane node area A stationary, permanent crane.
Ladebruecke IMGP2656 wp.jpg
man_made cross node Cross with little historical or religion value, e.g. summit cross.
Heimgarten Gipfelkreuz.jpg
man_made cutline way A straight line cut in a forest.
Rendering-man made cutline.png
man_made dolphin node area A marine structure for berthing and mooring of vessels.
Dalben aus Holz Suederelbe.jpg
man_made dovecote node area A place where doves are farmed or stored.
man_made dyke way area A dyke is a an embankment built to restrict the flow of water or other liquids.
Whitgift, dyke and Ouse.jpg
man_made embankment way An artificial steep slope.
Railway embankment.jpg
man_made flagpole node A long pole built to hold a flag.
Genova-Quarto dei Mille.JPG
man_made flare node A tower constructed to burn off excess gas.
Kimanis Sabah SOGT-Kimanis-02.jpg
man_made footwear_decontamination node area A facility to decontaminate footwear for hikers.
Waipoua Forest, North Island, New Zealand -kauri dieback disease prevention-21March2011.jpg
man_made frost_fan node A device to stop frosts from damaging crops.
Frost prevention fan for Ōmi tea.jpg
man_made fuel_pump node A fuel pump (petrol pump, gas pump)
Gasolinera Statoil, Gniezno, Polonia, 2012-04-06, DD 01.JPG
man_made gantry node way An overhead structure across a major road usually for holding signs, often variable-message signs.
A 8 Dreieck Inntal (2009).jpg
man_made gas_well node area A natural gas well
man_made gasometer node area A large container in which natural gas or town gas is stored near atmospheric pressure at ambient temperatures.
Gasometer in East London.jpg
man_made geoglyph node way area A large design or motif (generally longer than 4 metres) produced on the ground
Osmington White Horse 2013-09-05.jpg
man_made goods_conveyor way A conveyor system for transporting materials
Rendering-man made goods conveyor.png
Mannersdorf conveyor4.jpg
man_made groyne way area A rigid structure built from a shoreline or riverbank that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. See also: man_made=breakwater.
Rendering-man made breakwater.png
man_made guard_stone node A guard stone: a stone built onto or into the corner of a building or wall to prevent carriages from damaging the structure, often found on either side of an entrance to a laneway, or alongside a wall to protect it.
man_made guy_wire way Guy wire designed to add stability to a freestanding structure.
Rendering-man made pier.png
man_made heap node area A large pile of material
San diego bay salt pile.jpg
man_made hongsalmun node A gate for entering a sacred place in Korea. The gate indicates entry to a sacred realm.
Hongsalmun(홍살문) of Illeung Royal Tomb (인능).jpg
man_made iljumun node area The first gate at the entrance to many Korean Buddhist temples
Korea-Gurye-Hwaeomsa 4934-06.JPG
man_made insect_hotel node A structure intended to provide shelter for insects.
Insect hotel - Parc de la Tête d'Or - DSC05221.jpg
man_made kiln node area A kiln: an oven used for industrial processes such as hardening, drying, or smelting
man_made lighthouse node Tower that emits light to serve as a navigational aid at sea or on inland waterway.
Chania lighthouse A.jpg
man_made manhole node Hole with a cover that allows access to an underground service location, just large enough for a human to climb through.
man_made mast node A mast is a vertical structure built to hold, for example, antennas.
Mast general.svg
Mobile phone base station 2010 12 30 165211 PC304165.jpg
man_made maypole node area A tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk traditions to celebrate the beginning of summer.
2351 - München - Maibaum.JPG
man_made milk_churn_stand node area A current or former collection point for milk churns.
Milk Churn Stand, Wadenhoe - - 714481.jpg
man_made mineshaft node area A mineshaft: vertical tunnel into a mine where minerals are extracted.
Hückelhoven Zeche Sophia-Jacoba Förderturm Schacht-3 0334.jpg
man_made monitoring_station node area A station that monitors something.
An Air Quality Monitoring Station above the M42 - - 210181.jpg
man_made nesting_site node area A man made nesting aid that is mounted on a support device.
Cigonyes Alfaro.jpg
man_made obelisk node area Tall, narrow, four-sided, tapered monument which usually ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.
Roma-obelisco in laterano.jpg
man_made observatory node area Observatory: a location used for observing terrestrial or celestial events
PVSO Dome.jpg
man_made offshore_platform node area Offshore platform, oil platform or offshore drilling rig
Oil platform.jpeg
man_made oil_gas_separator node Industrial equipment used to separate liquid and gaseous components (oil and gas) produced from a petroleum well.
Moonie Horizontal Oil and Gas Separator.JPG
man_made oxidation_ditch node area An oxidation ditch of a wastewater treatment plant.
Beckton STP, Activated Sludge Tank - - 1481906.jpg
man_made paifang node way area A traditional style of Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure.
man_made petroleum_well node Oil well: a hole bored in the earth, designed to bring petroleum oil or gas to the surface
Wellhead-dual completion.jpg
man_made pier way area A pier is a raised walkway over water, supported by widely spread piles or pillars.
Rendering-man made pier.png
Poland. Gmina Jedwabno. Narty Lake 001.JPG
man_made pipeline way A major pipeline carrying gas, water, oil, etc.
man_made planter node area A structure for planting flowers or other ornamental plants.
Planter at Station Road, Ince.JPG
man_made pump node A device in charge of moving or raising the level of liquids.
Materieel op motorschip Margriet 02.jpg
man_made pumping_rig node way A pumping rig for producing oil. Use of this tag is discouraged. See man_made=petroleum_well instead.
Pumpjack 0154.jpg
man_made pumping_station node area Pumping station: a facility including pumps and equipment for pumping fluids from one place to another
Pumpwerk Landungsbrücken.JPG
man_made quay way area A man-made structure alongside navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels.
Porthmadog harbour 1.jpg
man_made reservoir_covered node area A covered reservoir is a large man-made tank for holding fresh water
Diedrichshagen alter-Hochbehälter April-2009 SL272183.JPG
man_made satellite_dish node area A dish-shaped parabolic antenna designed to receive or transmit radio waves to or from a satellite
man_made silo node area A storage container for bulk material, often grains such as corn or wheat
Storage tank-14.svg
Alcan silos and River Blyth - - 37856.jpg
man_made snow_fence way A solid fence-like structure built across steep slopes to reduce risk and severity of (snow) avalanches.
Verbauung Tanngrindel.JPG
man_made spoil_heap area Spoil heap, piles of waste rock removed during mining.
Coal waste pile west of Trevorton, Pennsylvania far shot 2.JPG
man_made spring_box node area A structure designed for protecting and catching groundwater from a natural spring.
man_made storage_tank node area A container that holds liquids or compressed gases.
Storage tank-14.svg
Gasometer in East London.jpg
man_made street_cabinet node area A cabinet located in the street and hosting technical equipment to operate facilities such as electricity or street lights.
Street cabinet friendship.jpg
man_made stupa node area A Buddhist dome-shaped structure with a spire on top
Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Maharashtra.jpg
man_made surveillance node area A surveillance camera or other type of surveillance equipment.
Three Surveillance cameras.jpg
man_made survey_point node A triangulation pillar, geodetic vertex, or other piece of fixed equipment used by topographers.
man_made tailings_pond area Tailings pond: A body of liquid or slurry used to store byproducts of mining operations
Bützflethermoor Rotschlammdeponie Luftaufnahmen 2012-05-by-RaBoe-478-1.jpg
man_made telescope node area Telescope: an instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting light or radio waves
Telescope dish-14.svg
man_made torii node area The gate structure found at the entrance of Shinto shrines and (rarely) Japanese Buddhist temples.
Pentagonal kasagi.jpg
man_made tower node area A tower is a free-standing structure which is higher than it is wide. Add tower:type=* if possible.
Tower freestanding.svg
man_made threshing_floor node area An open air paved area created to thresh the grain harvest and then winnow it.
Eira junto a um Moinho de Vento, Santa Rosa, Calheta, ilha de São Jorge, Açores.JPG
man_made utility_pole node A single pole supporting elevation of any of various and unspecified public utilities, such as power transmission, lighting or telephony.
Wooden telecom suspension pole.jpeg
man_made ventilation_shaft node A vertical space in mines, tunnels, or buildings allowing stale air to leave the space underneath and/or fresh air to enter it.
Vent shaft.jpg
man_made video_wall node way A digital screen, typically constructed out of smaller LED panels.
Led wall on poles.jpg
man_made wastewater_plant node area A wastewater plant is a facility used to treat wastewater or sewage.
Hall Lane Sewage Farm - - 69284.jpg
man_made water_tap node area Publicly usable water tap, providing access to water and usually equipped with a valve.
Water tap in Frejus.jpg
man_made water_tower node area Structure with a water tank at an altitude to increase pressure in water network
Lanstroper Ei IMGP8117.jpg
man_made water_well node area A structural facility to access ground water, created by digging or drilling.
Gdów Water Well.jpg
man_made water_works node area A place where drinking water is found and applied to the local waterpipes network.
Water treatment - - 231374.jpg
man_made watermill node area A mill driven by water power.
Belzig Springbachmuehle1.JPG
man_made wildlife_crossing way area Structure that allow animals to cross human barriers safely.
man_made windmill node area A traditional windmill, historically used to mill grain with wind power. See power=generator in combination with generator:source=wind for modern wind turbines.
Willesbourgh Windmill, Ashford, Kent.jpg
man_made windpump node area A device that pumps natural gas or water using the wind, typically mass produced.
man_made works node area A factory or industrial production plant.
man_made yes node way area General tag for man-made (artificial) structures.
man_made user defined node way area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

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