ArcGIS Reality Creates a Digital World with Geospatial Context

In industries that range from architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) to transportation and government, digital twins are transforming how people make decisions based on data from the physical world. ArcGIS Reality, a suite of photogrammetry software products, enables users to create accurate digital renderings of objects and scenes at multiple scales and extents—from a single project site to whole cities and even countries.

With ArcGIS Reality, users can turn all types of aerial imagery from drones, crewed aircraft, and satellites into highly accurate maps and 3D models. The technology allows them to interact with a digital world that shows places and situations as they truly are, layered with geospatial data that enriches reality with greater context.

ArcGIS Reality includes the following four products:

Read on to find out more about each product as well as how they work together within ArcGIS Reality.

An aerial view of a very realistic-looking 3D rendering of skyscrapers in a city
With ArcGIS Reality, users can create accurate digital renderings of whole cities, such as Frankfurt, Germany. (Imagery data courtesy of Bluesky International.)

ArcGIS Reality Studio

The need to build realistic representations of an area is not limited to individual sites and small regions of interest. It took years of research to design and build Reality Studio—software that’s optimized to use aerial imagery to map very large areas with precision, speed, and simplicity.

Reality Studio lets users apply reality mapping to regions of any size so that they can create the foundation for a 3D digital twin. The software provides automated processing workflows to help users quickly align large collections of images and efficiently create photo-realistic, survey-grade data products. Users can then bring this data into their GIS and mapping systems to perform advanced analysis and visualization.

The key capabilities and benefits of Reality Studio include the following:

ArcGIS Reality for ArcGIS Pro

GIS is rapidly expanding its uses far beyond traditional mapping, and the ability to integrate photo-realistic 3D representations directly in the mapping environment puts ArcGIS ahead of the curve.

Reality for ArcGIS Pro provides reality mapping tools that allow GIS professionals to create the foundation for digital twins and provide data for spatial analysis in ArcGIS. The extension allows users to use ArcGIS Pro to generate photo-realistic true orthos, point clouds, and 3D meshes from drone and aerial imagery. Processing and outputs are seamlessly integrated with ArcGIS, so they are quickly ready to use for analysis and visualization.

With Reality for ArcGIS Pro, users can do the following:

Site Scan for ArcGIS

As the use of drones for decision-making continues to expand, organizations need a solution that allows them to leverage drone-collected data whether their IT infrastructure is built on-premises or in the cloud. Site Scan for ArcGIS is Esri’s cloud-based reality mapping app for drones that enables geographically dispersed users to collect, process, and store large datasets regardless of local storage or compute capacity.

Now part of the ArcGIS Reality family, Site Scan helps users maintain their drone inventory and flight history, stay up-to-date with and securely process accurate imagery, and perform advanced analysis. The app leverages the same processing technology as the rest of the products in ArcGIS Reality, giving users a consistent way to create photo-realistic true orthos, point clouds, and 3D meshes.

ArcGIS Drone2Map

For organizations that use high-resolution drone imagery to make decisions quickly, especially in the field, this desktop reality mapping app enables users to process and analyze drone imagery without being connected to the internet. The accurate 2D and 3D representations of the real world that Drone2Map generates can be easily shared as well. Just like Site Scan, Drone2Map is now part of the ArcGIS Reality family and employs the same processing technology to allow users to consistently create photo-realistic true orthos, point clouds, and 3D meshes.