ArcGIS Indoors

ArcGIS Indoors Floor Plan Editor - BETA is live

Ensuring the quality of your indoor map

The foundation of an indoor GIS is creating a visual representation of the indoor environment and spatial data through indoor maps. To create an indoor map powered by ArcGIS Indoors, you can use several data sources including CAD (Computer-aided design) files, BIM (Building Information Modeling) files, PDF files, and even site scans that capture LiDAR or 3D meshes of building interiors.

As with any project, data quality is key when implementing an indoor GIS, so keeping your floor plan data accurate, complete, and up to date is paramount.

One way to ensure that is to make the source data, like CAD or BIM files, the authoritative source for floor plan line work and perform update loads of this source data into the geodatabase whenever there are changes.

However, what if the turn-around time to get updates from CAD and BIM and then load them into the geodatabase cannot meet the timeline of the business needs for the data?

 

Simplified and faster floor plan editing

To help address this, ArcGIS Indoors will offer a new web-based, map-centric application to create and modify floor plan data. Its key benefit lies in its user-friendly experience, enabling operations staff to take direct control of managing and maintaining their floor plan data outside of ArcGIS Pro.

This new application is called Floor Plan Editor and releases to BETA this July.

ArcGIS Indoors Floor Plan Editor helps merge units on the map
Merging units in the web-based Floor Plan Editor

Operations and facilities staff need to be able to modify floor plan layout data in a user experience that is intuitive to them. They need to be able to:

 

Floor Plan Editor is designed with these needs in mind. Its capabilities include:

and more.

 

* These capabilities will be included in the next release of the Beta.

 

ArcGIS Indoors Floor Plan Editor adds a new entryway to a room on an indoor map
Selecting and placing a new entryway in a unit

In addition, GIS Managers can enable their stakeholders to edit floor plan data while still maintaining the ability to load floor plan data updates from CAD and BIM files. The ETL (Extract-Translate-Load) tools provided with the Indoors extension to ArcGIS Pro (ArcGIS Indoors Pro) are being enhanced to create more flexibility around what data to update load from CAD and BIM file changes. ArcGIS Pro users will be able to selectively load portions of a floor plan so they can honor floor plan updates made with Floor Plan Editor by their business stakeholders.

 

Don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself. Sign up to our Early Adopter Program now to get early access and provide feedback to help steer the development of Floor Plan Editor.

Sign up for the Early Adopter Program

 

About the authors

Gaurav Jobanputra

Gaurav Jobanputra is the lead Product Engineer for ArcGIS Indoors and Product Owner of Indoors web and mobile apps. He also works on integration of indoor positioning systems (IPS), workspace reservation systems, workorder management systems and other Esri mobile apps like FieldMaps and Survey123 with Indoors apps.

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Silvia is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Indoors, ArcGIS IPS and ArcGIS Data Reviewer at Esri. As such, her mission is to raise awareness for the ever growing opportunities of bringing GIS to the indoor space and the importance of data quality.

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