Floor-aware maps and scenes

Available for an ArcGIS organization licensed with the Indoors extension.

The term floor aware applies to maps and scenes that contain indoor GIS data representing floor plan features that are organized hierarchically such that features are associated to a level, levels are associated to a facility, and facilities are associated to a site. ArcGIS Pro and other apps and APIs that support floor-aware maps and scenes can use these associations to enable intuitive visualization and analysis of indoor data. For example, you can use floor-aware maps to do the following:

  • Visualize space use in a large office building to determine where changes to office assignments would improve team proximity, maintain social distancing requirements, and conserve resources.
  • Track wheelchairs, mobile defibrillators, and other critical assets in a medical facility and help staff identify the nearest available resources and the quickest route to reach them.

A floor-aware map or scene must include, at a minimum, a layer representing facilities and a layer representing levels. These layers must include specific fields that identify the features and define their hierarchical relationships, such as which levels are associated with a given facility. A map or scene becomes floor aware when these layers are specified on the Indoor Layers tab of the Map Properties dialog box.

You can optionally set the map's indoor layers properties to use a polygon layer representing sites, such as college campuses, to define collections of facilities. Units (such as rooms or hallways), architectural details (such as doors, walls, restroom stalls, or windows), assets (such as HVAC, wheelchairs, or hand sanitizer stations), work orders, and other point, line, and polygon feature data can become floor aware provided the features have an associated level. You can define these additional layers as floor aware by setting the layer's Floor Field property.

You can share a floor-aware web map that contains feature service layers or map image layers. The following sharing configurations are supported:

  • Reference registered data—Editable
  • Reference registered data—Exploratory
  • Copy all data—Exploratory
  • Copy all data—Editable

If you open a web map shared with the Reference registered data—Exploratory configuration method in ArcGIS Pro, you can view the web map's Indoor Layers properties, but you cannot edit them.

You can share a floor-aware web scene that contains feature service layers or scene service layers. The following data and layer types are supported:

  • Reference registered data—Scene
  • Copy all data—Scene

Schema requirements

An indoor dataset created using tools available with the ArcGIS Indoors license provides a well-defined schema for loading and maintaining floor plan data in an indoor GIS. The schema includes feature classes that you can use to configure a floor-aware map or scene.

You can define additional feature layers as floor aware as long as they contain an attribute field that defines the level on which each feature is located. This allows you to relate data from other business systems, which may have a schema that differs from the Indoors model, to floor plan data.

Floor filter

Once you define a map or scene as floor aware in the map's properties, you can use an interactive floor filter to explore floor-aware data based on the configured sites, facilities, and floors layers.

The floor filter allows you to filter the floor plan data displayed in a map or scene to a site, a facility in the site, and a level in the facility. It can filter additional data such as architectural details, assets, or work orders that include level information and are configured as floor-aware layers. For example, you can filter a map with multiple campuses to visualize a single campus, a facility on that campus, and all the floor-aware features on a specific floor of that facility.

Use the floor filter to filter by floor in a scene

The floor filter works in conjunction with other filters to further control visualization, such as definition queries, selection, range, and time. For example, you can visualize which conference rooms on a level have events scheduled for a given time span. You can interactively select features filtered by the floor filter to use in subsequent exploration, analysis, and editing of the data. You can also use the floor filter to create layouts for the data and export the layout to print or share your work.

Supported layer and geometry types

You can define layers as floor aware from file and enterprise geodatabases, from feature services, or from an external system for features such as assets, work orders, occupants, or events.

You can configure sites, facilities, and floors in a map's indoor layers properties for layers with a polygon geometry type. You can configure the indoor layers properties for scenes using feature layers with either a polygon or multipatch geometry type.

Additional layers can be configured as floor aware by setting the Floor Field property on the Floors tab of the Layer Properties dialog box. The following geometry types are supported for floor-aware layers:

  • Point (maps and scenes)
  • Line (maps and scenes)
  • Polygon (maps and scenes)
  • Multipatch (scenes only)

You can set floor-aware properties in ArcGIS Pro for maps or scenes and publish them to your ArcGIS organization. You can also set or modify floor-aware properties for published feature layer-based web maps and web scenes, for existing layers, or for newly added layers.

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