ArcGIS Field Maps

What's new in ArcGIS Field Maps (June 2022)

ArcGIS Field Maps is a powerful mobile app solution that streamlines field workflows for exploring maps, collecting and updating data, and sharing where mobile workers are and where they have gone, all within a single location-aware mobile app. 

The June release is a MAJOR update to ArcGIS Field Maps and includes lots of exciting new capabilities including:

In addition to these updates, we’ve included strategic quality improvements to authentication, calculated expressions, and more. For a complete list, please reference our what’s new documentation topic.

Geofencing

Field Maps now supports adding geofences to your maps so that mobile users can be warned when entering dangerous or restricted areas, provided critical information when approaching a building, tracked only when on company property, and more.

Geofencing is powered by the new ArcGIS Geotriggers capability. Geotriggers monitor user-defined conditions on a mobile device in real-time that result in actions on a mobile application. The actions are local to the mobile device.

Geofences can be added to any web map using the Field Maps web app. While the map is open in the Field Maps mobile app, actions will be triggered as the device enters or exits geofences. Geofences work in the foreground or background of the device and online or offline.

Field Maps supports two types of actions:

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

Utility Networks

Utility networks provide a comprehensive framework of functionality for the modeling of utility systems such as electric, gas, water, storm water, and wastewater. It is designed to model all of the components that make up your system—such as wires, pipes, valves, zones, devices, and circuits—and allows you to build real-world behavior into the network features you model.

After you prepare, publish and share a utility network using ArcGIS Pro, you can open and use it in the Field Maps mobile app.

Capabilities of the utility network include:

Caution: Editing utility network features is not recommended or supported at this time.

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

Indoor Positioning

ArcGIS Field Maps works great indoors as well as outdoors. Last year we added support for floor-aware maps created and published using ArcGIS Pro or configure in ArcGIS Online.

Now we’ve integrated ArcGIS IPS within Field Maps to provide accurate geolocation so mobile users can locate themselves indoors. If you open a map in the Field Maps mobile app that’s configured for IPS, Field Maps will automatically detect IPS beacons within a building and use them to generate your location in the app. You’ll know when you have an IPS location fix as the banner above the map will display IPS accuracy instead of GPS accuracy. Tapping on the banner will provide additional IPS details like the position quality, number of transmitters, source type and floor.

Field Maps automatically determines the best location source to use—IPS or the device’s integrated GPS. If you move to a different floor in the building, the map automatically updates to display the floor you’re on.

Powered by ArcGIS IPS, Field Maps can locate you when inside or outside.
Powered by ArcGIS IPS, Field Maps can locate you when inside or outside.

Capture GPS metadata for lines and polygons

In addition to geographic coordinates, you can also save other GPS metadata associated with a feature, such as its accuracy and fix type. Storing this metadata can be valuable to assess data quality and ensure data collection standards have been met. If you include GPS metadata fields in your feature layer, Field Maps can write GPS metadata to the respective fields when editing features.

The following GPS metadata values are recorded by Field Maps when using a line or polygon layer:

ArcGIS Pro does not currently support adding line and polygon metadata fields. However, you can use the Add GPS Metadata fields notebook to update an existing line or polygon feature layer to support GPS metadata in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 or later. Please note that you need to enable attachments on the feature layer as well.

Contingent Values

The May 2022 release of Field Maps introduces support for contingent values. Contingent values are commonly used to model natural classifications (trees, plants, wildlife) or material classifications for assets (poles, pipes) and can dramatically improve the efficiency and accuracy of form data capture in ArcGIS Field Maps.

With the June update, contingent values are supported offline. Also, we’ve dramatically improved the form authoring experience to better support field groups.

If contingent field groups were configured in ArcGIS Pro, they will appear in the Field groups list next to the form canvas. If field groups share common fields, they are listed together.

When a field group is added to the form, its contingent fields are contained in a group element. Contingent fields should stay grouped together so mobile workers can fill them out sequentially in the Field Maps mobile app. If a field is removed from its field group, a warning appears.

If field groups are required, they appear in the REQUIRED section of the list and must be added to the form. Field groups are required if they were configured as restrictive in ArcGIS Pro. If contingent field groups are not added to the form canvas, mobile workers may not be able to submit the form in the Field Maps mobile app.

Use the form designer to organize and manage field groups on your forms.
Use the form designer to organize and manage field groups on your forms.

Field Apps licensing changes

With the June release of ArcGIS Online and the July release of ArcGIS Enterprise, we will introduce Field Apps licensing changes that impact ArcGIS Field Maps:

What’s Next?

We’ve already started development on new features for our next release and will start early access programs later this summer.

Updates include:

These are just a handful of enhancements we are working on for the rest of this year. As development progresses we will start to provide early access opportunities so that you can keep pace with our development as it happens.

Soon we will be gathered in San Diego California for the 2o22 Esri Users Conference. Our team will be there and we want to meet everyone coming. Here is where you can find us! Please come say hi!

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Product Lead with the software dev team at Esri. Delivering GIS tools and apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively has translated into 23 years of inspired work with the talented dev team at Esri and dedicated ArcGIS users around the world.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys few things more than a good round of golf or hockey followed by a stop at his favorite craft brewery.

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