Create indoor data

Available with the ArcGIS Indoors Pro or ArcGIS Indoors Maps extension.

Indoor data creation involves a process that can be mostly automated using geoprocessing tools available with ArcGIS Indoors. Data creation involves the following high level steps:

  1. Create the Indoors workspace
  2. Georeference source data
  3. Import or digitize floor plan features
  4. Review data quality

Each step is described in the sections below.

Create the Indoors workspace

There are two ways to create the Indoors model elements:

Georeference source data

Floor plan data must be georeferenced before it is loaded into an Indoors workspace. You can georeference CAD drawings and BIM models in ArcGIS Pro.

Import floor plan features

You can load floor plans from CAD drawings or BIM files using geoprocessing tools in the Indoors toolbox.

To import floor plans from CAD drawings, use the Import CAD To Indoor Dataset tool—You can use this tool to import .dwg files from AutoCAD or .dgn files from MicroStation.


Alternately, you can use the older Import Floorplans To Indoors Database tool to import .dwg files from AutoCAD or .dgn files from MicroStation. This tool requires a Microsoft Excel configuration spreadsheet to facilitate mapping source CAD layer names to their output GIS layers and attributes.

You can use one of the following tools to import floor plans from a BIM model to an Indoors workspace:


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

Review data quality

Once you have loaded floor plans to the Indoors workspace, you can perform data quality review to ensure that data was imported correctly, conforms to the Indoors model, and meets your organizational needs. Indoors provides a collection of validation attribute rules to check your data for common and critical errors. You can add new rules or modify these rules based on your needs.

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