Visualize a voxel scene layer

A voxel scene layer allows you to share a voxel layer across the ArcGIS Platform. By sharing a voxel layer or uploading a voxel scene layer package (.slpk), you can publish multidimensional 3D data to make it accessible to your audience as a web scene layer.

Voxel scene layer example
A geological model and sewage system underneath the state museum of Hesse in Darmstadt are shown. Copyright 2021: Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology and TU Darmstadt.

A voxel scene layer provides the same capabilities as a voxel layer. For example, you can explore the layer by creating or modifying slices, sections, or isosurfaces. You can change the appearance of a voxel scene layer, switch between volume and surfaces, or change the symbology.

Your changes are saved in the scene, or you can share the scene as a new web scene. If you opened a web scene with a voxel scene layer, you can save your changes in the web scene.

Voxel scene layer example showing slices

Sliced volume and isosurface of predicted oxygen level are shown.

Voxel scene layer and geoprocessing tools

A voxel scene layer is not supported as input for any geoprocessing tool.

Share a voxel layer

You can create a voxel scene layer using the Create Voxel Scene Layer Content tool. You can upload the scene layer package to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3 using the Share Package tool. See Share a scene layer package for detailed steps.

Sharing methodSupported portal
Share Package

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3

Share as a web scene or share as a web layer

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3

Voxel web scene layers can be visualized in ArcGIS Pro or in the Scene Viewer in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3.

Update items in a voxel web scene layer

You can update a voxel scene layer that is shared with a web scene. You can add or remove slices, sections, and isosurfaces, as well as update symbology and save the web scene to see the updates to the voxel scene layer.

  1. In the Catalog pane, browse to the web scene with the voxel scene layer.
  2. Right-click the web scene and click Add And Open Add And Open.
  3. In the Contents pane, right-click the voxel layer, click Slice and Section Explore, and add a slice or section.


    Active tools on the Slice and Section toolbar depend on whether Volume or Surfaces is enabled in the Contents pane.

  4. On the ribbon, on the Share tab, in the Manage group, click Save Web Scene Save Web Scene.

    The Save Web Scene button Save Web Scene is unavailable if the active scene is not linked to a web scene.

    If ArcGIS Pro was not the application used to last modify the web scene, the Save web scene dialog box appears. Do one of the following:
    • Click Save web scene to update the existing web scene.
    • Click Share as new web scene to open the Share As Web Scene pane. You can share a new web scene to examine the features that may be altered or lost before committing the save to the original web scene. See Share a web scene for more information.

    The Save Web Scene pane appears.

  5. Optionally, edit the Summary and Tags fields.

    A summary and tags are required when sharing to an ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 or earlier portal.

    You can enter a maximum of 128 tags.

  6. Optionally, under Share with, change the settings:
    • Everyone—Share your content with the public. Anyone can access and see it.
    • My Organization—Share your content with all authenticated users in the organization. This option is available when you are signed in with an organizational account.
    • Groups—Share your content with groups to which you belong and their members.

    Leave all options unchecked to set the sharing level to the owner of the item.


    You must be an administrator or the owner of the web scene to change the sharing settings.

  7. Optionally, click the Configuration tab at the top of the pane to see the web layers that will be created when you save the scene or to change the web layers' properties.

    See Configure a web scene for more information.

  8. Under Finish Saving, click Analyze Analyze to review potential problems.

    Errors and warnings are listed on the Messages tab. Right-click a message to open its help topic or take corrective action in the software. You must resolve errors Error before you can save the web scene. Resolving warnings Warning is recommended but not required.

    Learn more about analyzing GIS resources

  9. After you have resolved errors, and optionally resolved warnings, click Save to update the web scene in the portal.

    If the sharing settings have changed, the Update Sharing dialog box may appear, where you can confirm that the layers are visible to your intended viewers.

    1. On the Update Sharing dialog box, click Update to adjust the layer sharing settings to make the layers visible in the web scene.

      A message appears if one or more editable web feature layers cannot be shared with everyone. You must approve public data collection from the layer's item page on the portal. For more information, see Allow or prevent editing on public layers.

  10. Once the save operation has updated the existing web scene, click the Manage web scene link at the bottom of the pane to manage the web scene in the portal.