ArcGIS Field Maps

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

ArcGIS Field Maps is a powerful all-in-one mobile app solution used to complete field work faster, more efficiently, and more accurately.

Field Maps is used to explore maps, collect and update authoritative data, and record and share where mobile workers have gone in a single, location-aware mobile app. Using the Field Maps web app included with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise, GIS analysts configure maps, forms, and app settings to provide a focused experience for their mobile workforce.

The March release of ArcGIS Field Maps is focused on improving efficiency for mobile workers and map authors, empowering new field workflows with support for linear systems, introducing new partner integrations for sensor-driven search of assets, and improving existing partner integrations for location capture.

Efficiency improvements

With the March release, we’re introducing new capabilities that dramatically improve the efficiency of field data capture workflows:

Calculated Expressions

Our form development began with foundational concepts of form elements (basic and choice elements) that have properties like display name and description along with behavioral properties such as required or read-only. We introduced conditional visibility based on how and when information is captured, and included the ability to order and group form elements the way data should be captured.

Now we are introducing calculated expressions.

A calculated expression automatically calculates and populates data in the form that will not only save time but minimize data entry error. Map authors configuring forms, have the power of a new Form Calculation profile added to ArcGIS Arcade! Calculated expressions can use feature attributes, geometry, values from other layers and tables in the map, as well as account information for the signed-in user to dynamically populate values.

Some examples to consider:

Calculated expressions can be added to form elements using the Field Maps web application and stored inside of maps. They work with a cellular connection and offline as well.

Calculated Expressions
Save time and minimize data entry errors using calculated expressions.

Form Element Design

Map authors use the form builder experience in the Field Maps web application to create the form that mobile workers use to capture and inspect data in the Field Maps mobile app.

Designing forms doesn’t happen all at once. Quite often, map authors iterate on the design of form elements and need to add, modify and or delete fields and form elements at the same time, and now they can. From the Form Elements list in the form builder, map authors can place Basic or Choice form elements onto their form.

Basic element types include:

Choice element types include:

When a new form element is created, map authors can set the display name, field name, field type, and length (if the type is a string). They can also provide a minimum and maximum value for strings, a start and end date range for date fields, and decide whether the element is required.

Choice form elements provide a list of values that mobile workers choose from. Providing pre-defined values saves time in the field for mobile workers and ensures data consistency.

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

Location Profiles and Offset Providers

Organizations are using Mobile Device Management systems to administer iOS and Android devices. Field Maps exposes configuration settings to streamline application deployment and reduce the effort involved in getting started with mobile workflows. With this update, we are adding 2 new configuration settings that simplify high accuracy data collection workflows:

Empowering new workflows

ArcGIS Field Maps is constantly adding capabilities that empower new workflows.

With the March release we are adding a new Find Measure feature action that supports the discovery of measurement values within a linear reference system. Linear referencing systems are used by transportation authorities, utilities, pipelines, and railroads to manage linear assets along a corridor. They’re also used by inspectors, engineers, and contractors who need to validate their location relative to a linear measurement and locate measurements along a linear feature..

After selecting a linear feature that has measurement information (m-values), tapping the Find Measure feature action will discover and present the closest m-value perpendicular to the mobile workers’ current location. Choosing or typing an alternate value, then tapping ok will drop a pin at the location of the measurement. The mobile worker can use the pin’s location 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.

Linear Referencing
Discover, validate, and capture measurements from any m-aware linear feature.

New Partner Integrations

Esri Partners can integrate both hardware and software offerings with ArcGIS Field Maps. Current integrations fall into one of several patterns:

With the March release, Field Maps has a new integration type – a Search Provider.

Mobile workers can now search for assets by scanning an RFID tag. With the InfraMarker RFID app installed and a map configured with feature search, tapping Scan RFID tagScan RFID tag will open the InfraMarker app to read an RFID tag using an  RFID reader connected to their iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. Once read, InfraMarker will automatically return the selected asset in Field Maps for verification and inspection.

InfraMarker RFID
Find assets faster using integrated search provider InfraMarker RFID.

The March release includes much anticipated updates to Trimble Mobile Manager 2.9.5 for Android and iOS devices that no longer need to login when using Trimble Mobile Manager with non-Catalyst receivers (R-Series).

For a complete list of updates and quality improvements in the March release of ArcGIS Field Maps, please read the What’s New topic on our documentation website.

What’s Next

We’re considering an off-cycle release to pick up two important capabilities we just didn’t finish in time for our March update:

We are busy at work on key additional capabilities that will be coming soon as well:

We are planning initiatives for the rest of 2022 right now so please share and vote for your needs on the ArcGIS Field Maps Ideas board.

 

 

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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