ArcGIS Field Maps

Collect data in Field Maps

With ArcGIS Field Maps, you can collect and update your authoritative data wherever your work takes you—be that inside, outside, online, or offline. In this step-by-step blog post, you’ll learn the basics of data collection using a map and form in the Field Maps mobile app.

The map and form referenced in this blog post were created using the Field Maps Designer web app. To follow along, first complete the following tutorials: Create a map with Field Maps Designer and Build a form with Field Maps Designer.

Step 1 Download ArcGIS Field Maps on your mobile device. Field Maps is available on Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iOS devices.

Note: Field Maps is also supported on Windows with Windows Subsystem for Android. For more information, see FAQ: Is Field Maps support on Windows.

Step 2 — Open the Field Maps app and sign in to your ArcGIS account.

Step 3 — Tap the Park Asset Inventory map in the Maps list to open it. When prompted, allow Field Maps access to your location.

Park Asset Inventory map
Park Asset Inventory map

Before you start collecting data, you’ll change the basemap so it displays satellite imagery. This can be a helpful reference when adding new data to a map.

Step 4 Tap the Overflow button and tap Basemap.

Basemap tool
Basemap tool

Step 5 From the list of basemaps, select Imagery Hybrid.

The basemap changes, displaying satellite imagery of the park.

Change the basemap
Change the basemap

Step 6 — Walk to a park amenity, such as a picnic bench, and tap the Add button in Field Maps to start a new data collection.

Step 7 — Under Amenities, tap New Feature to open the form configured for the Amenities layer.

Open the Amenities form
Open the Amenities form

Step 8 — Tap Take Photo   to take a picture of the park amenity, then tap Use photo to attach it to the feature.

Adding photos, videos, and documents to a feature can provide important context when reviewing data after it’s been collected.

Attach a photo to the layer
Attach a photo to the layer

Step 9 — Fill out the form with the following example data (or make up your own):

Fill out the form
Fill out the form

Step 10 — Once you’ve fill out the form, tap Submit.

The new feature and its attribute information (that you provided in the form) are added to the layer and appear on the map.

Pretend you see another damaged bench in the park. Rather than fill out the form for a new feature, you can copy the feature you just added along with its attributes.

Step 11 — Tap on the feature you just added to open it’s pop-up.

Step 12 — Tap Copy Attributes.

Copy attributes to a new feature
Copy attributes to a new feature

The location target and form appear. The form includes all of the attribute information copied over from the initial park bench feature.

Step 13 — Center the location target on the location of the new park bench and tap Add Point, and then tap Submit.

Next, you’ll collect a path in the park.

Step 14 — Walk to the start of a sidewalk in the park and tap Add .

Step 15 — Under Paths, tap New Feature.

To collect the path, you’ll use a feature called streaming. When you start streaming, you can walk along the path while Field Maps automatically drops vertices that form the line feature you’re collecting.

Step 16 Tap the Overflow button and tap Start Streaming.

Start Streaming button
Collect a line feature by streaming

Step 17 — Walk along the path, and it’s drawn on the map as you go.

Collect a line feature by streaming
Collect a line feature by streaming

Step 18 Once you’ve finished walking along the path, tap Stop Streaming.

Step 19 — Tap Submit.

On your own, capture more information about your park to add features to your map. Once you’re done, the park inventory is complete and the data can be viewed throughout maps and apps in ArcGIS.

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

About the authors

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

Josh is a Product Engineering Writer with a background in geography and comparative literature. When he isn't writing for the field apps team, he enjoys reading short stories, trying new recipes, and playing his bass clarinet.

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