3D Visualization & Analytics

3D Content in ArcGIS Earth 1.0 beta

The ArcGIS Beta has had a great start with lots of excellent feedback so far.  Many of you seem to like the UI and lightweight experience, while also observing that we have plenty of features to fill in and add to make Earth fully functional.

2.5D Satellite data in ArcGIS Earth from a KML GeoEvent service
2.5D Satellite data in ArcGIS Earth from a KML GeoEvent service

Several beta users have asked to know what kind of 3D content can actually be brought into Earth.  Aside from 2.5 D features, such as KML points positioned above the Earth’s surface, there are three specific variants of 3D object data that can be used in Earth 1.0 beta:

Here’s a quick video review of the ways that you can bring this content into ArcGIS Earth.

The three simple ways to add 3D content are:

We will be expanding the ability to add more content over time, including multipatch feature classes from portable geodatabases, multipatch shapefiles, and other industry standard 3D file formats.

What are some of the ways that you want to add 3D models to ArcGIS Earth?

About the author

Chris Andrews is an experienced product management and technology leader who enjoys solving real world problems, establishing high performance teams, and connecting people and businesses in positive collaborations. Chris started off at Esri as the senior product manager for 3D across the ArcGIS platform, based in Southern California. Chris now leads a team of product managers with responsibility for ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Excalibur, 3D, ArcGIS Urban, AEC/CAD/BIM offerings, ArcGIS Business Analyst and more. Before Esri, Chris was the lead product manager for Autodesk’s Infrastructure Modeler (now InfraWorks) and Digital Cities efforts and was previously in the enterprise integration industry focused on CAD-GIS integration. Chris has focused on strategic innovation, defining and driving to production new products at top tier software companies. He is active on social media and provides mentoring on 3D, product management, and technical career growth.

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