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Create a building scene layer

Building scene layers allow you to share 3D building content sourced from specific data types across the ArcGIS platform. 3D building information is derived from BIM (building information modeling) representing buildings.

A building scene layer is created using the Create Building Scene Layer geoprocessing tool, which generates a scene layer package (.slpk). This resulting scene layer package can then be viewed in ArcGIS Pro. It can be uploaded to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 and later or ArcGIS Online using the Share Package geoprocessing tool, published as a web scene layer, or you can share as a web scene layer or within a web scene.

Only category layers with content are added to the building scene layer; all others are removed. In case a discipline layer does not include category layers, the discipline layer is not added to the building scene layer. An overview layer is a layer that shows a representation of the building from the outside. An overview layer is optional. Building layers contain an exterior shell layer that can be used as an overview layer. You need to have elements of the building defined as exterior in Revit. This overview is the default layer you see when adding a building scene layer to ArcGIS Pro. Any filters that are defined for the building layer are included when you create the building scene layer.

Create a building scene layer

  1. Open the Create Building Scene Layer geoprocessing tool.
  2. Choose a building layer as the Input Dataset.
  3. Specify the name of the Output Scene Layer Package.
  4. Choose the Coordinate System to use.

    The spatial reference of the output scene layer package can be any projected coordinate system or GCS_WGS_1984. If a z-datum is defined, the linear unit must match that of the horizontal coordinate system. If the horizontal coordinate system is expressed in geographic coordinates, the vertical coordinate system must use meters.

  5. Optionally set a Geographic Transformation.

    The datum transformation method is used when the input layer's spatial reference uses a datum that differs from the output coordinate system. All transformations are bidirectional, irrespective of the direction implied by its name. For example, NAD_1927_to_WGS_1984_3 works correctly even if the datum conversion is going from WGS84 to NAD 1927.

  6. Click Run to execute the tool.

Share a building scene layer

You can share a building scene layer as a web scene layer or within a web scene. Only category layers with content are shared. You can decide which overview layer is used. Any filters defined for the building layer are not included when sharing the building scene layer within a new web scene. You can only use a filter in ArcGIS Pro.