Create Building Scene Layer Package (Data Management)


Creates a scene layer package (.slpk file) from a building layer input.


  • To use Revit data as input, Revit data must be first added to an active global or local scene as a building layer. The building layer, or a layer file (.lyrx) created from the building layer, can then be used as input to the tool. For more information on working with Revit data, see What is Revit data.

  • Building layers referencing feature classes can be used as input. The BIMFile to Geodatabase tool can be used to copy BIM features to a geodatabase.

  • Individual category or discipline layers are not supported as input to this tool. Individual category layers can be used as input to the Create 3D Object Scene Layer Package tool, but they must first be copied to a geodatabase using the Copy Features tool and added as a stand-alone multipatch feature class to the scene.

  • For more information on building scene layers, see Building scene layer.

  • The output coordinate system should match the spatial reference of the web scene in which it will be displayed. If the intended display environment will be a global web scene, the output coordinate system must use GCS WGS84 or China Geodetic Coordinate System 2000. A vertical coordinate system for a global scene must be ellipsoidal, EGM2008 Geoid, or EGM96 Geoid.

  • The following are considerations for how z-coordinates should be defined in the 3D data being processed:

    • If the output scene layer package will have x,y coordinates in GCS WGS84, the z-coordinate system can be defined using any coordinate system with WGS84 as the datum or EGM96 or EGM2008 through the Output Coordinate System parameter. If the z-coordinate system is undefined, vertical units will be in meters.
    • If the output scene layer package will have x,y coordinates in a projected coordinate system, the z-coordinate system can be defined only if the datum matches the x,y coordinates. If no z-coordinate system is specified, the linear units of the undefined z-coordinate system will match the x,y, coordinate system.

  • A scene layer package can be uploaded and published directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS in a browser. Additionally, use the Share Package tool to upload and publish directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.


CreateBuildingSceneLayerPackage(in_dataset, out_slpk, {out_coor_system}, {transform_method})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The input building layer or layer file (.lyrx).

Building Scene Layer; Layer File

The output scene layer package (.slpk).


The coordinate system of the output scene layer package. It can be any projected or custom coordinate system. Supported geographic coordinate systems include WGS 1984 and China Geodetic Coordinate System 2000. WGS 1984 and EGM96 Geoid are the default horizontal and vertical coordinate systems, respectively. The coordinate system can be specified in any of the following ways:

  • Specify the path to a .prj file.
  • Reference a dataset with the desired coordinate system.
  • Use an arcpy.SpatialReference object.

Spatial Reference

The datum transformation method that will be used when the input layer's coordinate system uses a datum that differs from the output coordinate system. All transformations are bidirectional, regardless of the direction implied by their names. For example, NAD_1927_to_WGS_1984_3 will work correctly even if the datum conversion is from WGS 1984 to NAD 1927.


The ArcGIS Coordinate System data is required for vertical datum transformations between ellipsoidal and gravity-related and two gravity-related datums.


Code sample

CreateBuildingSceneLayerPackage example (Python window)

The following script demonstrates how to use the CreateBuildingSceneLayerPackage tool in the Python window.

import arcpy'c:\temp\buildings.lyrx',


This tool does not use any geoprocessing environments.

Licensing information

  • Basic: Yes
  • Standard: Yes
  • Advanced: Yes

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