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3D object scene layer

A 3D object scene layer represents objects such as buildings that are explicitly modeled in three dimensions. 3D object scene layers can be visualized with textures embedded into the 3D features. A 3D object scene layer is created from a multipatch feature class in ArcGIS Pro. 3D object scene layers are automatically thinned to improve performance and visibility at different scale ranges.

A 3D object scene layer is only supported in the 3D category of a scene. You can view attribute information about a particular feature using the Explore tool Explore Tool. The pop-up window displays a formatted list of attributes when a 3D object feature is selected in a scene view. You can snap to a feature when snapping is enabled.

Visualization and display controls for a 3D object scene layer are on the Appearance tab. Set the minimum and maximum visibility range to use for the layer. Use transparency or swipe functionality to visualize a scene. Set a transparency percentage to see through the chosen layer and reveal information below it. Drag the swipe tool to reveal layers beneath the chosen layer. Face culling and lighting options are a 3D effects property, and available for a 3D object scene layer. Modifying the layer face culling property allows you to see through the front or back, depending on which side of the integrated mesh you are viewing. Also, access the Symbology pane to modify the symbology layers.

General information and display control for a 3D object scene layer can be found on the point scene layer Layer Properties dialog box. To access the properties, right-click the 3D object scene layer in the Contents pane and click Properties.

3D object example

An example of a 3D object scene layer

Work with geoprocessing tools

A 3D Object scene layer without associated feature layer is not supported as input to any geoprocessing tools except Validate Scene Layer Package.

A scene layer with associated feature layer can be uses as input to geoprocessing tools that support the same geometry type as the associated feature layer. The analysis operation is executed on the associated feature layer and the result is displayed for the scene layer.


The 3D object scene layer can be published as a web scene layer and uploaded to ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online using the Share Package geoprocessing tool.

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