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Share a web scene

With ArcGIS Pro, you can author and share web scenes to your active portal. Web scenes are interactive displays of geographic information, which are useful when you need to expose 3D data on the web for visualization and analysis.

Learn more about authoring web scenes

You can view and interact with web scenes using ArcGIS Pro and Scene Viewer.

To share a web scene, you must have the following:

  • An account that is part of an ArcGIS organization with the privilege to create content.
  • If your scene contains feature layers, raster layers, or multipatch layers, new web layers will be shared when you share your scene as a web scene. In this case, your account must also have privileges to publish web layers.
  • An active 3D scene.

You can continue to work with ArcGIS Pro while your sharing job is processing. You can even close ArcGIS Pro. You can monitor the status of your sharing jobs from the Job Status pane.

Caution:

All layers that can be published as scene layers will be in the projection of your scene's basemap. All preexisting cached layers, including elevation services and your basemap, must already use the same tiling scheme.

When sharing to ArcGIS Online, new web elevation layers must be shared before sharing the web scene. For more information, see Web elevation layer.

The projection of your local scene must be a noncustom projected coordinate system.

Share a web scene

To share a web scene, complete the following steps:

  1. Open a scene.
  2. On the Share tab in the Share As group, click Web Scene 3D Scene View.

    The Share Web Scene pane appears.

  3. Type the name for the web scene.
  4. Complete the Summary and Tags fields.
  5. Use the Folder drop-down to specify where the web scene will be stored in your portal content.

    All new web layers will also use the specified folder unless you configure them to use a different folder. Depending on the layer type, you may also be able to specify a Server and Folder during configuration when sharing to ArcGIS Enterprise. This allows you to select which federated server the service is published to and which folder on the server it will be stored in.

  6. Specify how the web scene will be shared:
    • My Organization—If you are signed in with an organizational account, you see this option. This option allows your content to be shared with all authenticated users in the organization.
    • Everyone—This option makes your content public. Anyone can access and see it.
    • Groups—You can share your content with groups you belong to and their members.

    When sharing with Everyone, verify that all existing content can be accessed by individuals consuming the web scene. ArcGIS Pro will not update the sharing settings of existing content.

  7. Optionally click the Content tab. On the Content tab, you can do the following:
    • Click the New Content tab New Content to view and configure the new content that will be created when the web scene is shared.
    • Click the Existing Content tab Existing Content to view existing web layers contained in the scene.
  8. Click Analyze to check for any errors or issues. You must resolve all errors. If any issues are discovered, they appear on the Messages tab. Right-click each message to get more information, read the help for the error or warning, and access suggested fixes. Learn more about analyzing GIS resources
  9. Once validated, click Share to share your web scene using the default configuration.
  10. Once the web scene has been successfully shared, click the Manage web scene link to administer the web scene.

Configure a web scene

When you share a web scene, line and polygon layers will be shared as web feature layers, and raster layers will be shared as web tile layers. Multipatch and point layers will be shared as web scene layers. You can configure the new web layers referenced in your web scene before sharing your web scene.

  1. Click the Content tab.
  2. Click the New Content tab New Content if necessary.
  3. To change the type of web layer that 2D layers will be shared as, right-click the web layer, or one or more sublayers, and click one of the following:
    • Change to Web Tile Layer
    • Change to Web Feature Layer
  4. To convert a 3D point layer from a web scene layer to only a web feature layer, do one of the following:
    • Right-click the web scene layer and click Remove web scene layer.
    • Right-click one or more sublayers and click Remove from web scene layer.

    Note:
    If you have less than 2,000 features in your 3D point layer and the data will be updated regularly, a web feature layer may be a better option than a web scene layer, which is cached. If you have more than 2,000 features, the layer must be shared as a web scene layer.

  5. To configure a web layer, right-click it and click Configure Web Layer Properties. The Configure web layer subpane appears. It contains the following three additional tabs:

    All web tile and web elevation layers must use the same tiling scheme. Changing the tiling scheme of one cached web layer will update the tiling scheme of all other cached web layers and overwrite any changes made to the Levels of Detail.

  6. Click the Back button Back to return to the Share Web Scene pane.
  7. Click Analyze to check for any errors or issues. You must resolve all errors. If any issues are discovered, they appear on the Messages tab. Right-click each message to get more information, read the help for the error or warning, and access suggested fixes. Learn more about analyzing GIS resources
  8. Click Share.

Considerations when sharing to older portals

Although web scenes can be shared to any portal, not all functionality is supported when sharing to each version of Portal for ArcGIS. Listed below are limitations when sharing to older versions.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.3 and earlier

  • Multipatch and point layers are shared as web feature layers, not web scene layers.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.3.1

  • Point layers are shared as web feature layers, not web scene layers.

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