Data creation workflow

Available for an ArcGIS organization licensed with the Indoors extension.

The data and floor plans for a building or site must be georeferenced for use with ArcGIS Indoors.

Data creation involves the following high-level process that can be mostly automated using geoprocessing tools available with ArcGIS Indoors:

  1. Create the indoor dataset or Indoors geodatabase.
  2. Georeference source data.
  3. Import or digitize floor plan features.

Create the indoor dataset

Use the Create Indoor Dataset tool to create an indoor dataset inside an existing file or enterprise geodatabase. The Create Indoor Dataset tool adds the required ArcGIS Indoors Information Model feature classes to your specified workspace.


The indoor dataset includes a streamlined schema that conforms to the ArcGIS Indoors Information Model and does not include some of the fields and tables required by Space Planner, Indoor Viewer, and the Indoors mobile apps by default. You can create these fields and tables manually. The Indoors geodatabase (created using the Create Indoors Database tool) contains all of the required fields and tables.

Georeference source data

Floor plan data needs to be georeferenced before it is loaded into an indoor dataset. You can georeference CAD, BIM, or floor plan images in ArcGIS Pro.

Import floor plan features

You can load floor plans from CAD drawings, BIM files, or PDF drawings. Importing floor plans from CAD drawings, for example, .dwg files from AutoCAD or .dgn files from MicroStation, requires a Microsoft Excel configuration spreadsheet to facilitate mapping source CAD layer names to their output GIS layers and attributes. You can import floor plans from BIM files, for example .rvt files from Autodesk Revit, directly into an indoor dataset using the Import BIM To Indoor Dataset tool.


If you don't have .dwg, .dgn, or .rvt files, you can georeference floor plan images and digitize the floor plan manually.

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