ArcGIS Field Maps

Try data collection in ArcGIS Field Maps

ArcGIS Field Maps uses data-driven maps to help mobile workers perform data collection and editing, find assets, and report their real-time location. Let’s try collecting data using Field Maps.

In Create a map for data collection you created a Parks Map. In Configure a map for data collection in Field Maps you created a data collection form. Now you’ll use that map and form to collect data about a local park. You can use any park near you, or you can pretend while in your office.

1. Install the ArcGIS Field Maps app on your device if you don’t have it yet. Field Maps is available on Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iPad and iPhone.

2. Open the app and sign in to your ArcGIS account.

3. Tap the Parks Paint Assessment map in the Maps list to open it. The map opens and if you allow Field Maps access to your location, the map centers on where you are.

Parks Map Card
Image: Parks Paint Assessment Map Card

Scanning the QR code made in Configure a map for field data collection in Field Maps will also prompt you to install Field Maps. After Field Maps is installed the Parks Paint Assessment map will open automatically.

4. Walk to a picnic table in the park. Tap Add  and select the picnic table feature to capture its location.

Note: While the images here were taken on an iPhone, these same steps can be followed on an iPad or an Android device.

Image: Collect point

5. Tap Take Photo , take a picture of the picnic table, and tap Use photo (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) to attach it. Tap Update Point to add the point to your map.

Once you submit the picnic table, the picture will be available for anyone reviewing the captured data.

2 images: 1.) Picture of picnic table 2.) Point collection with picnic table image

6. You notice that picnic table is rusted and in need of a paint job. Add a comment in the Notes box about the rusted paint and tap the Does the Amenity need to be painted? toggle button so that it says Yes.

7. Additional form fields will appear. In these fields, note the primary color of the bench in Paint color, the estimated duration of the paint job and any other relevant notes.

Image: Collect form filled out

8. Tap Submit (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) to share the picnic table you collected with everyone who has access to the layer.

Next, you notice an identical picnic table a few feet away and you want to capture that feature as well. Instead of creating an entirely new feature, you can use Copy All to copy the shape and field entries of the existing table at this new location.

9. Tap the original picnic table feature.

10. Scroll up on the pop up, tap Copy All and select the picnic table feature.

Image: Copy All feature

11. Move the screen so that the bullseye hovers over the location of the new picnic table feature and tap update point.

The form will appear, and the form fields will already be populated with the same entries from the original picnic table feature.

12. Tap Submit (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) to share the picnic table you collected with everyone who has access to the layer.

13. Next you’ll collect a path. Walk to the start of the sidewalk near the picnic table and tap Add  (as you did in step 4). This time select a paved path.

14. You want to capture the path as you walk along it, so you’ll stream it by tapping Overflow  and tapping Start Streaming. Walk along the path, and it is drawn as you go.

Animated stream GIF
Gif of path streaming

15. Once you’ve finished walking along the path, tap Stop Streaming. Optionally, add a photo and a note as you did for the picnic table, and submit the path to add it to the layer.

16. On your own, capture more information about your park. You can use the steps in Create a map for data collection to set up the map to capture benches, lights, trash bins, and trees (among other amenities), as well as other types of paths and various areas (such as dog parks, tennis courts, and playgrounds).

You now have a digital version of your park. Perhaps your city wants to use it to inventory what various parks have to offer, or you want to create a map highlighting available sports facilities.

Data captured in Field Maps is available throughout ArcGIS and can be brought into other maps, story maps, and apps.

Ready to do more with Field Maps? Try configuring a map for data collection.

This blog post was originally published on December 9th, 2020, and has been updated.

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D'Maia is a product writer with a background in Geology who is passionate about communicating technical information.

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