ArcGIS CityEngine

What’s New in ArcGIS CityEngine (July 2024)

Alright people, it’s here! The one thing you’ve been waiting for all year (so far)! More exciting than Christmas in July, more exciting than that raise you got at work, dare I even say, more exciting than… your wedding day?

ArcGIS CityEngine 2024.0 is finally here! I know I say this every time, but I am legitimately so excited for this release!

From Visual CGA (VCGA) moving out of Beta to quick web scene creation, this release is jam-packed and we hope it knocks your little socks right off!

Are you coming to the Esri UC? If so, let’s talk! We would love to connect with many of you in San Diego. You can schedule a meeting here. See you soon!

– Taisha

CityEngine at the 2024 Esri User Conference 

The Esri User Conference is coming up next week from July 15-19! The CityEngine team is excited to meet our users, hear about their work, share exciting updates, and lead sessions!

See this detailed agenda of all sessions related to CityEngine and don’t forget to register – seats are limited. We’ll also have a booth in the Showcase, so look for us in the Community Development area.

We also put together this handy StoryMap as a guide to your CityEngine experience at UC this year. Find sessions, a map of the Showcase floor, a quick way to schedule meetings with the team, and more.

Want to explore more 3D content at UC? Check out this blog post for all things 3D: Your Guide to 3D GIS at UC 2024. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

What’s New in the 2024.0 Release? 

The new Visual CGA Editor

Visual CGA 

The Visual CGA Editor has left Beta and is now available to all! This tool simplifies workflows and will be a game-changer for users who don’t have programming backgrounds – architects, urban planners and designers will be able to dig into models with more ease than ever before.  The built-in content library also introduces a set of sophisticated components for site partitioning and massing in this release.

See it in action, check out this playlist of tutorials.

Terrain editing with CityEngine and Urban

ArcGIS Urban integration 

This release together with the current release of ArcGIS Urban now allow CityEngine users to edit the elevation or terrain of a plan in ArcGIS Urban. When importing an ArcGIS Urban Plan in CityEngine, these layers are automatically imported as separate terrain layers—one per scenario. You can then modify the terrain using the intuitive terrain editing tools in CityEngine so it matches your scenario perfectly. After editing the terrain, you can conveniently upload it back to your ArcGIS Urban Scenario.

Share scenes to ArcGIS Online

Share as Web Scenes 

A simple solution to directly share from CityEngine to ArcGIS Online is now available, enabling you to quickly export and view your 3D scene in Scene Viewer. The “Share as Web Scenes feature makes it easier than ever to share, explore and organize multiple scenarios in ArcGIS Online.

Browse and expanded library of new, high-quality materials

Materials Collection & Browser 

Users now have access to a new, extensive collection of high-quality materials that can be used to add texture to buildings, open spaces such as gardens, and more. Access it though a dedicated browser and browse away!

For a full rundown of the updates, check out the release notes. 

New! CityEngine Now Included in ArcGIS User Types

We’re excited to share that CityEngine is now included in the new Professional Plus User Type, and available to add-on to the Creator and Professional User Types.  

New to ArcGIS User Types? Learn more here to see what’s included in each option. 

Not using CityEngine yet but interested in taking it for a spin? Try our 21-day Free Trial and get started with help from our Tutorials today. 

About the authors

Avonlea Fotheringham is a Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS CityEngine and Esri's Extended Reality capability, using her passion for language and design to evangelize GIS to the world. She is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where she uses her free time to organize an annual international poetry festival.


Taisha holds degrees in Geomatic Engineering and Arts from the University of Melbourne, as well as an MBA from RWTH Aachen/University of St. Gallen focusing on technology and innovation. Taisha is a Technology Leader in the ESRI R&D Center in Zürich and is interested in all things related to technology, sustainability, art and the entertainment industry.

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