ArcGIS Field Maps

ArcGIS Field Maps 2022 Release Round Up and Road Ahead

As we’re getting ready for our first release of 2023, I thought this might be a great time to highlight the latest and greatest features that were introduced in Field Maps in 2022 and give you a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2023.

What we build comes from the valuable insights and suggestions throughout the year from you, our users, from our Esri Field Maps Community forums, discussions at conferences, and one-on-one meetings. Your feedback shapes how we plan and prioritize development efforts.

Interested how you can shape the future of Field Maps? We’ll show you how you can share your thoughts in this blog.

Layer Filtering

This #1 Field Maps idea voted on by customers in the Esri Community, was built and released in our 2022 November release! Now mobile users can filter layers in the mobile app to control which features they see on the map. Map authors set up which layers and fields can be filtered in the web component, Field Maps Designer.

Layer Filters are accessible through the layers tool in Field Maps
Layer filters apply an AND query when multiple fields are chosen.

Form

In 2022, we introduced lots of new capabilities to make the form experience more robust and efficient.

Calculated Expressions

One of the most impactful new form features, introduced in our 2022 March release, is calculated expressions. This means that form authors can now leverage Arcade to automatically calculate values.

Examples include:

Calculating a value based on other values

$feature["foundation_condition"] + $feature["roof_condition"] + $feature["habitability"]

 

Finding a value from another layer that intersects with a feature



// Create a feature set using the 'Regions' layer in the map
var regions = FeatureSetByName($map, 'Regions', ['name'])

// Intersect the current location with the regions and 
// get the first region
var region = First(Intersects($feature, regions))

// If the current location does intersect a feature, 
// return the name of the region. Otherwise, return null
if (!IsEmpty(region)) {
    return region['name']
} else {
    return null
}

 

Pre-filling the mobile users’ information such as their user name

GetUser($layer).fullName]

 

See the most common calculated expressions used in Field Maps

Choice Form Elements

The new Switch, Combo and Radio buttons help make forms more intuitive to complete.

Form Elements
Map authors save time by creating new fields when adding basic and choice form elements to forms.

Contingent Attribute Values

We also introduced support for contingent attribute values authored in ArcGIS Pro. Contingent attribute values can dramatically improve the efficiency and accuracy of form data capture in ArcGIS Field Maps. They are typically used when modelling natural classifications (trees, plants, wildlife) or material classifications for assets (poles, pipes).

Automatically populated contingent value
Recommended values and automated values in Field Maps

Geofences

Want to provide alerts to users when they enter an area? Do you need audit trail records within survey areas? Geofences allow you to define messages sent to users when they enter or exit a geofenced location. This could be to warn your mobile workers of certain conditions or provide critical information before entering a site. Geofences can also be used to define where your associates need to share their location and where it’s not required.

Control location sharing and receive location alerts by adding geofences to your map.
Control location sharing and receive location alerts by adding geofences to your map.

Pop Up Elements

We updated support for pop up elements in the new Map Viewer. You can build pop ups that ensure mobile workers have access to key information quickly and clearly in Field Maps. These pop ups provide a rich, user-friendly way to display information with many options to display fields, charts, dynamic text, and attachments.

Build compelling pop-ups for your mobile workforce
Create stunning, purposeful pop-ups for your mobile workforce

Creating Maps

In 2022, we also introduced the ability to create maps directly in Field Maps Designer, which makes getting maps ready for the field quicker and simpler.

Field Maps Designer guides you through the map creation process step by step. The map that’s created in this process is already enabled for offline data collection. Right within the same app, you can configure the experience for your mobile teams such as configuring the form and its behaviors.

Ability to create layers and map in Field Maps Designer
Create your map for the Field in Field Maps Designer

Offline – One Map

Gone are the days of needing to create both an online and an offline version of the same map! You’ve been asking for this and we listened. Now your mobile workers can access a single map in its full state with connectivity and its offline areas when they don’t have connectivity. One map for offline and connected workflows!

New Patterns

Indoor GIS

Field Maps now works just as well indoors as it does outside with support for Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) and Indoor models. Mobile users can filter the map based on the floor and capture the floor details when adding or editing features.

Indoor editing in ArcGIS Field Maps
Indoor editing in ArcGIS Field Maps

Utility Network

The Utility Network allows organizations to model real life assets and connectivity. We’ve brought this powerful data model to the field. From our 2022 June release, you can now view and trace your Utility Network in Field Maps.

Utility Networks
View associations, containment, and trace network features with added support for Utility Networks.

Linear Referencing

Used by transportation authorities, utilities, pipelines, and railroads, linear referencing helps to manage linear assets along a corridor. This data model is used by inspectors, engineers, and contractors to validate their location relative to a linear measurement and locate measurements along a linear feature.

With our 2022 March release, mobile workers can now tap on the Find Measure action to see the closest M value to their location. They can drop a pin at that value or type in an alternate measurement. The pin’s location can be used as a navigational aid or to collect a new feature. New features captured from the pinned location will store the measurement value if they are m-aware.

 

Licensing and Deployment

Last year we had a few changes to licensing:

Find out more

In terms of deployment, we removed our retired apps from Google Play and Apple App Store: ArcGIS Collector, Collector Classic, ArcGIS Tracker, and ArcGIS Explorer.

Find out more

 

Coming soon

Windows 11

Windows support for Field Maps has been one of our most requested capabilities on Esri Community. With the new Windows Subsystem for Android (or WSA), it’s now possible to run Field Maps (Android version) on Windows 11! Field Maps on Windows 11 is currently available for customers to test in our Early Adopter Program.

Find out more

Field Maps Designer

This article has referenced the term Field Maps Designer several times. If you thought, “I’ve not heard this term before”, you’re right, it’s new! In our next release, we are naming the web component of Field Maps to Field Maps Designer to more easily reference its capabilities. Field Maps Designer streamlines the preparation and configuration for maps deployed to the Field Maps mobile app. There you can create new maps, create and edit forms, configure offline use, manage geofences, and much more!

CAC iOS 16

iOS 16 introduced support for CCID-compliant smart card readers and PIV smart cards. In our first release of 2023, Field Maps will support CAC cards when using Apple Devices at iOS version 16 and above.

 

Share your ideas

The best place to provide feedback and ideas is through our Esri Field Maps Community forums. Our team continually monitors the ideas submitted, discussed, and voted on by the user community. We have implemented many of the ideas that have come in through the forms.

Another great way to provide feedback is while we are actively developing new capabilities, through our Early Adopter Community. Watch the Esri Field Maps Community blog where we announce when there are opportunities to beta test new functionality.

We also speak to our customers on a regular basis to understand workflows, learn how Field Maps is being used, and to gather feedback on the experience. If you would like to participate in a user research interview please get in touch with your Esri contact or email us at ArcGISFieldMaps@esri.com.

Where to find out more

This article has been the highlight reel of the new functionality we released in Field Maps last year but is by no means everything. If you’d like to learn more, the following resources provide a thorough list of what was in each release. You can also check out the archived What’s New list in our Field Maps FAQ for a historical view of all the new functionality we’ve release in the past.

2022 Field Maps Releases Resources
March

 

Overview Video

What’s New Blog

May

 

What’s New Blog
June

 

What’s New Video

What’s New Blog

Nov

 

What’s New Video

What’s New FAQ

What’s New Blog

 

 

About the author

Sarah Saint-Ruth

Sarah is the Senior Product Manager on the Field Apps team which includes ArcGIS Field Maps, ArcGIS Workforce and ArcGIS Navigator. She works as part of the wider Field Operations team to discover and deliver solutions for field staff in every industry. Based in the UK.

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