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What's New in Scene Viewer (February 2023)

ArcGIS Scene Viewer continuously improves the ease of use and capabilities to analyze the built and natural environment. With the latest February release, we are introducing new capabilities to help you interactively analyze your 3D content through new perspectives, improved accuracy and better visualization.

New perspectives – Use Slice tool to analyze your voxel layer

Voxel layer was brought to Scene Viewer last year. Read the blog to learn more. This is a crucial feature to help reveal complex multi-dimensional data in a browser. Starting from this release, you can use the slice tool to explore and analyze your voxel data further. Reveal hidden patterns using vertical and horizontal slices for the entire extent of the volume. The newly added pop-ups provide even more information on individual voxels in the data set.

 

The voxel scene layer coming from the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, which shows a subsurface model of soil lithology.
The voxel scene layer coming from the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, which shows a subsurface model of soil lithology.

Improved accuracy – Snap to features while measuring in Scene Viewer

We have been continuously improving the user experience of editing and analyzing. This now includes snapping to feature while measuring in Scene Viewer for the Direct Line Measurement and Area Measurement 3D tools. Along with Dimension tool, Scene Viewer provides an experience to accurately and explicitly measure the length of a bridge or identify the area of a rooftop garden.

 

Snap to features while measuring direct line and area
Snap to features while measuring direct line and area

Tip: Hold the Ctrl key, if you want to temporarily disable snapping.

Other enhancements

Over the past few years, visual quality has been one of our top priorities. In this release, terrain is improved with enhanced shading and higher elevation resolution, which will allow a better visual representation of hills, mountains, and even ski resorts.

Terrain improvements in the releases of June 2022, Nov 2022 and Feb 2023
Terrain improvements in the releases of June 2022, Nov 2022 and Feb 2023

In this release, Scene Viewer also allows you to append custom request parameters for supported layers. You can add them when adding a layer via URL or edit your parameters in the layer properties panel.

Do give it a try and let us know what you think. If you will be at 2023 Dev Summit, come and join the Scene Viewer session at March.7th, 2:30PM.

Join the Scene Viewer session and meet the team
Join the Scene Viewer session and meet the team

We look forward to meeting you soon!

About the author

Jasmine Du is the Product Manager of Scene Viewer and Web 3D experience. She also talks about 3D and Digital Twins. Trained as a GIS professional, Jasmine has more than 12 years of experience in the geospatial industry. She is driving to empower numerous industries with the latest Esri's 3D technology. In 2015, she joined Esri as the lead product engineer for ArcGIS Earth and transferred to PM in 2021. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst in Abt Associates New York office.

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