Local 3D scenes in ArcGIS Pro are used to create models of cities and smaller scale features. They don’t take Earth’s curvature into account like the globe view does.
- [Narrator] Local 3D scenes in ArcGIS Pro are designed for a much closer look at the Earth's surface than the global scenes. They're great for projects at the scale of a city or smaller. I'd like to explore the city of San Francisco in three-dimensions by adding a new local scene. To do that, I'll come up to the Insert tab, go over to New Map in the Project Group, and then choose New Scene. That'll create a new global scene and we can convert it to a local scene by visiting the View menu. On the left side in the View group, we'll choose the Local button.
This'll remove the effects of the curvature of the Earth which won't apply to a map of the city scale. Then, we can hold down the shift-key in our keyboard and drag a box around the city of San Francisco to zoom in. I'll go ahead and do that one more time, just to get a closer look. Now, I can start adding data layers to the map. But that's actually the hard way of creating a local scene. Let me show you another way. I'm going to go ahead and close this tab. Then, go into the Maps folder in the Project group and find the scene that we just added, right-click on it and choose Delete. Then, I'm going to make sure that the San Francisco imagery map, which is a 2D map, is currently active.
I'll just click on the tab here. If you already have a 2D map of your study area, you can activate it, then go up to the View tab of the ribbon, and just press the Convert button in the View group. That'll convert it to a local 3D scene and add it in to the Maps folder in the Project pane. And I can see it right here. It'll also copy over any of the data layers you currently had in the original 2D map and bring them into the 3D map. At this point, it might not look like a 3D map, but on the keyboard, if you tap the "w" key, it'll start panning your view up. Then, we can use the "+" and "-" keys to zoom into the map and then I'll press the "w" key a few more times to angle our view up.
We can also click and drag on the map to navigate around in 3D space. So, we saw that the keyboard shortcut "w" will tilt our view up. We could also use the "s" key to tilt our view down or the "a" key to look left or the "d" key to look right. By using a combination of these four keys, plus clicking and dragging on your mouse, you can fly through the city and over the landscape. I'll go ahead and press the "s" key to pitch my view down a little bit. Then, I'll click and drag to move my view. Then, I'll press the "+" key on the keyboard to zoom in.
Then, tap the "w" key a few times to pitch my view back up. Notice that we're able to distinguish the height of nearby mountains and then we're not just viewing a flat surface. That's because ArcGIS Pro is pulling elevation data from ArcGIS Online's World Elevation Dataset. We'll see how we can supplement that with our own, more accurate elevation data in an upcoming movie. So, now you can fly over the city and get a feel for the topography in different areas. Translating a 2D map into a local 3D scene can make your maps really come alive.
- Creating a new map project
- Adding data sources to the project
- Managing data layers on the map
- Saving a project template
- Drawing new map features
- Querying and extracting features
- Creating geoprocessing models and packages
- Modifying the look and feel of the map through symbology options
- Adding map labels
- Working with 3D scenes
- Developing a map layout
- Sharing the map and data
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Establish a New Map Project
3. Work with Data
4. Geoprocessing in ArcGIS Pro
5. Symbolize Features on the Map
6. Add Map Labels
7. Working in Three Dimensions
8. Develop a Map Layout
9. Share Your Work
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