Tag: 3D visualization

ArcGIS Pro – Reinventing Desktop GIS

ArcGIS Pro is now available, and it is part of ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop. This new desktop application includes many of the features and enhancements you’ve been asking for, including multiple layouts, 2D and 3D editing, 64-bit processing, project workflows, better performance, and so much more.

2D and 3D Together

ArcGIS Pro is all about the map, and it is time to re-envision the maps that you make. 2D, printed maps are now only one piece in your total map-making arsenal. With ArcGIS Pro, you can now create 3D maps and globes as interactive scenes to visualize information with a new and more complete perspective. You can also create fully functional web scenes and share them with others through ArcGIS Online.

2D and 3D Editing in ArcGIS Pro

Modern But Familiar

Although ArcGIS Pro is different from ArcMap, it has a familiar look. The new ribbon interface will help you find the right tools and options as you need them, and the same tools you love will still be available. And don’t forget: You can install ArcGIS Pro on the same machine as any version of ArcMap.

ArcGIS Pro features hundreds of geoprocessing tools, lets you create models with ModelBuilder, and allows you to script workflows with Python. ArcGIS Pro is also a powerful raster and imagery application; use it to perform raster analysis on the fly and work with large lidar datasets in 3D.

ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro

You can get started with ArcGIS Pro right away by importing ArcMap documents, scenes, or globes. You’ll still be able to edit your existing data and geodatabases and use many of your ArcMap Python scripts and models. At the initial launch of ArcGIS Pro, you can also work with many popular desktop extensions including Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Workflow Manager, and Data Reviewer.

ArcGIS Pro with the Data Reviewer extension

An Integral Part of the Platform

ArcGIS Pro is closely integrated with ArcGIS Online and the rest of the ArcGIS platform. So, with ArcGIS Pro you can author, publish, and view web layers and maps either using your organization’s Portal or ArcGIS Online instance. And you’ll have the power to create web maps directly within ArcGIS Pro. Why is this a big deal? Any web maps you create with ArcGIS Pro can be immediately accessed and used by all the web and mobile apps in the ArcGIS platform, such as Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS and Collector for ArcGIS.

More to Come

We’re just getting started with ArcGIS Pro. You can expect a more rapid release cycle to provide you with additional features and capabilities to support the work you do. We invite you to give ArcGIS a try and let us know what you think. You can submit your suggestions using the ArcGIS Ideas site.

For information on getting started with ArcGIS Pro, visit pro.arcgis.com.

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3D web scenes take flight

By Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer

The latest release of ArcGIS Online included a major new update that brought 3D scenes to your browser. This extends the capabilities for visualization of ArcGIS Online content by giving you the option of displaying it on a responsive WebGL virtual globe. I’ve been experimenting with different ways of displaying global flight data from openflights.org and this blog describes how I built a 3D version called Airflow Globe. Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro with NVIDIA K1 in XenDesktop


ArcGIS Pro with NVIDIA K1 in XenDesktop This article continues the discussion on using ArcGIS Pro in virtualized environments, focusing on how a shareable GPU enhances the ArcGIS Pro user experience and the configurations used to deliver that user experience. … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro in virtualized environments


ArcGIS Pro provides an integrated platform for 2D and 3D visualization and analysis. Pro has undergone extensive performance and scalability testing, especially in virtualized environments. Especially using the NVIDIA K1 and K2 graphics cards designed for virtualized environments.  To share … Continue reading

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Because our World is 3D


Originally posted by Gert van Maren and the 3D Team Esri recently released the 3D GIS landing page on esri.com. The aim is to be able to find in one location: an overview of the importance of 3D for GIS … Continue reading

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Because our World is 3D


We are pleased to announce the release of the 3D GIS landing page on esri.com. Here you can find in one location: why 3D is important for GIS professionals, an overview of the 3D strengths of the ArcGIS system videos … Continue reading

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Using ArcGIS for sports analytics


By Damien Demaj, Cartographer The statistical component of sport has always provided a fascinating way to analyze performance and success. This might simply be the final score, but for some sports, such as football, baseball, cricket, golf and tennis, meaningful … Continue reading

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New 3D Analyst geoprocessing tools and enhancements at 10.1

A large effort was put into creating several new tools and reorganizing existing ones into more logical groupings within the 3D Analyst toolbox. A full summary of the toolset changes can be found listed inside What’s new in the 3D Analyst toolbox.

New geoprocessing tools for LAS datasets with flexible licensing requirement levels

Although most tools for working with LAS datasets new at 10.1 require the 3D Analyst extension, some are licensed a little differently to allow more flexibility. The tools located inside the 3D Analyst toolbox require 3D Analyst. The tools located in core toolboxes work if you have one of these three options: 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, or ArcGIS Standard.

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A quick tour of what's new in 3D Analyst at 10.1

The 3D Analyst at 10.1 solidifies the 3D GIS story delivered with 10. Continuing to expand a fully functional and easy-to-use solution for visualizing, managing, analyzing, and sharing your GIS information in 3D.

The 10.1 release specifically targets users of:

  • Virtual Cities (Urban Planners, Emergency response, Public safety)
  • Virtual Campuses (Facilities Managers, Defense, Universities, Hospitals)
  • Surfaces (Civil engineers, Defense, Forestry, Government)

by expanding and improving:

  • the online integration of 3D
  • support for authoring and maintaining 3D City and Campus-level data
  • support for point clouds, with focus on airborne lidar (LAS) data

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Visualizing Hopi Villages in 3D using ArcGIS Explorer

We recently came across this interesting article covering the use of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop by Wes Bernardini, associate professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Redlands, to visualize 3D reconstructions of 32 Hopi villages. An ArcGIS Explorer add-in is used to explore tribal villages and nearby visible peaks. The article also includes a YouTube video demonstration of the customized Explorer.

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