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What’s New in Scene Viewer (Feb 2024)

We are delighted to introduce our first release for 2024, brimming with enhancements crafted to enrich your 3D web experience. This milestone update brings a host of significant features, including support for 3D tiles, the capability to edit integrated mesh, adjustable refresh intervals, and expanded editing functionalities, alongside several other refinements.

Powerful support of mesh layers

Support 3D Tiles

You can now integrate 3D Tiles integrated mesh layers into your scenes. Like the existing Integrated mesh scene layer, a 3D Tiles integrated mesh layer can represent built and natural environments through realistic textures and elevation information and be used in combination with other geospatial content.

3D Tiles are an OGC standard used to visualize large amounts of 3D content, similar to Indexed Scene Layer (I3S) specification scene layers. 3D Tiles can be of type integrated mesh or 3D object data. This release of Scene Viewer focuses on integrated mesh support, with more data types slated for future updates. You can publish a 3D tiles layer from a 3D tiles package (.3tz) that you add to ArcGIS Online. After you published it, you can add the layer in Scene Viewer and combine it with all other supported layer types. Explore further insights into i3s and 3D Tiles through this blog post.

Modify Integrated Mesh Scene Layers

The already existing Integrated mesh scene layers can now be modified directly within Scene Viewer. This allows you to tailor your data with precision. Cut holes, flatten or clip areas in your data to better mix and match it with other layers. We plan to also support modifications of 3D Tiles integrated mesh layers in the near future.

Mesh modification in Scene Viewer
Mesh modification in Scene Viewer

Uncover insights over time 

Adjust refresh intervals

Set refresh intervals on supported layers to ensure you’re always viewing the latest data. This marks the inception of the fourth dimension within Scene Viewer.

You can enable a refresh interval on the following types of layers:  ArcGIS web service layers, CSV layers with latitude and longitude  fields, feature layers, GeoJSON layers, OGC feature layers, OGC WFS, OGC WMS, and tile layers. The valid range is 0.5 minutes to 24 hours. Further enhancements will be introduced in the future.

Refresh Interval in Scene Viewer
Refresh Interval in Scene Viewer

And more

Editing capabilities in 3D

Make editing more precise and concise by using editing constraints. While creating features, you can control the lengths of segments and the angles between them, and elevations of points and vertices. To set the editing constraints, turn tooltips on and press Tab to enter the values.

Editing constraints in Scene Viewer
Editing constraints in Scene Viewer

3D Basemap out of beta

3D Basemap was introduced as a beta feature in previous release, you can select 3D Basemap in Basemap Gallery and now it’s formally out of beta.

Ease of Use

We’ve also made significant improvements to usability including below enhancements.

  • – Apply a visibility range to voxel scene layers.
  • – You can now add custom request parameters to all scene layers.
  • – We increased the contrast of the user interface following WCAG criteria to improve the accessibility of Scene Viewer.

Meet us at Esri Dev Summit 2024

If you will be at Esri Developer Summit 2024, come and join the Scene Viewer sessions or meet the team at Scene Viewer booth.

Wednesday, Mar 13th | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT 

3D on the Web: Working with Web Scenes

Wednesday, Mar 13 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript: Building 3D Web Apps

Thursday, Mar 14 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT

ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript: 3D Visualization


We hope you enjoy exploring these new features as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing them to life. Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the pipeline!


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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