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What's new in ArcGIS Production and Defense Mapping for Pro 3.0

Enhancements to the ArcGIS Production Mapping and ArcGIS Defense Mapping extensions at ArcGIS Pro 3.0 include general new tools, as well as new in the Topographic Production toolbox.

For a quick overview, watch this 5-minute video, or read on for more details on each enhancement including quick demo videos.

Topographic north arrow

You can set a date interval for a topographic north arrow’s declination property. This new feature allows for more specificity in crafting the north arrow onto the map. The date interval options include daily, monthly, yearly, and up to a five-year interval.

Elevation points

You can now create elevation points using a digital elevation model (DEM). This option can be found alongside existing tools used to create features. This tool allows you to add elevation points where you click on a map.

If you have contours on your map, you can create an elevation point from a contour using the new Elevation Point From Contour tool.

This tool can also create and insert multiple elevation values if the tool is used to select multiple contours within the area of interest (AOI). These new features bring more efficient ways to display and interpret topographic elevation data.

Topographic Production toolbox enhancements

The Topographic Production toolbox has three new geoprocessing tools for generating data.


At ArcGIS Pro 3.0, you can use the Generate Excel From Geodatabase tool to store an ArcGIS Pro project’s geodatabase in an Excel spreadsheet format. This gives you a tabular look at the data and opens the door for a collaborative approach with spreadsheet experts, who may or may not be versed with GIS/ArcGIS Pro, to perform further data analytics.

On the other hand, if you have a properly formatted Excel file (included when you install Defense Mapping or Production Mapping product data files) you can bring it into your ArcGIS Pro project as a geodatabase using the new Generate Geodatabase From Excel tool. Again, with a collaborative approach in mind, this tool can be used when handing off tabular data for a geospatial review in ArcGIS Pro.

Feature attributes

Last, and not least, specific metadata across multiple features can now be updated in one click instead of going through each feature’s attributes and changing them individually. The new Apply Feature Level Metadata geoprocessing tool applies values to the attributes of multiple features. The attribute and its respective value should first be configured as a favorite in a “FeatureLevelMetadata” table.

Watch the following video on how the table is created and the new geoprocessing tool in action.

These new tools can be used together to facilitate efficient data creation, organization, and analysis.

Check out the enhancements to these extensions in the ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 blog post.

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About the author

Josue Aguirre

Josue was a journalist in the Marine Corps spending most of his active duty term at the air station in Yuma, Ariz. He now writes and maintains the documentation for ArcGIS Defense Mapping, ArcGIS Production Mapping, and ArcGIS GeoPlanner. He spends his free time with family, glamping every chance they get.

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