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. Now you’ll use that map 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. It’s 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 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 Map Card

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.

collect point image
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 Bench 2.) Point Collection with Bench Image
2 Images: 1.) Picture of Bench 2.) Point Collection with Bench Image

6. You notice the picnic table has a broken bench. Under Notes, add a note about the broken bench.

Image Collect form filled out with image, type and notes
Image: Collect form filled out with image, type and notes

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

8. 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.

9. 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

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D'Maia is a product writer with a background in Geology. She is passionate about communicating technical information and enjoys taking dance classes and visiting museums outside of work.

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