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Prepare maps

In ArcGIS Pro, you can customize the Esri-provided navigation maps or create your own map with your organization's basemaps, road networks, assets, asset locators, and travel modes, and share this with your mobile workers to use when getting directions in Navigator. Choose one of the following exercises to learn how to create custom navigation maps:

Decide which exercise to follow

If you are unsure of the kind of navigation map to make, and thus which exercise to follow, first decide whether you want to create a map with entirely your own data or modify an Esri-provided navigation map.

Organizations that already have a complete, quality, up-to-date street dataset should follow Make a map with all your own data. An example of this type of user is a local government. Local governments usually own and update their own street dataset daily in order to provide common services.

If you don't have your own street dataset, or if your street dataset would need to be significantly enhanced to make it a network dataset that supports routing, you should follow one of the three exercises to modify an Esri-provided navigation map. You'll either need a license to use the StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Pro dataset, or a license to use the StreetMap Premium Custom Roads dataset. Both are high-quality street datasets that you can combine with your organization's assets or roads. To further determine which exercise to follow, consider whether your organization needs to include custom roads. If your organization does not typically use private roads to conduct its operations, you probably don't need to add roads to the Esri navigation map and should follow Add assets. An example of this type of organization is a fire department that mainly uses local roads that are already in the StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Pro dataset and wants to add only assets such as fire hydrants to an Esri navigation map. This requires a license to use the StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Pro dataset.

If your organization needs to include custom roads and does not have an existing road dataset, follow the Add assets and digitize roads exercise. For example, a real estate development company that recently built roads in a new subdivision and doesn't yet have a digital road dataset should follow this exercise. This requires a license to use the StreetMap Premium Custom Roads dataset.

If your organization needs to include custom roads and does have a quality road dataset, follow the Add assets and load roads exercise. For example, a utility company that has a private road dataset and asset data such as power line supports that they want to add to the map would be best served by this exercise. This also requires a license to use the StreetMap Premium Custom Roads dataset. Be aware that if your private road dataset has several problems, it may be more efficient to follow the Add assets and digitize roads exercise.

What is a navigation map?

By following one of the exercises, you create a navigation map. A navigation map is a mobile map package, or MMPK, consisting of a transportation network that supports routing and a geocoding locator. It can also include operational layers, basemaps, and custom travel modes. The transportation network is a road network used to generate directions. The geocoding locator allows mobile workers to search for locations or particular assets. Your organization's assets are contained in operational layers. For example, if you work for a utility company, your organization's assets could include power line supports. The basemap is the background data on top of which your route and operational layers display. The basemaps in navigation maps can be compressed to ensure that they perform well on mobile devices. A custom travel mode enables your workers to calculate a route based on how they travel to a destination. For instance, you can create a travel mode for a truck that accounts for height or left-hand turn restrictions.

Once you have all the components you need for your navigation map, consolidate them in a mobile map package in ArcGIS Pro. This file can be shared with your ArcGIS organizational account, so mobile workers can download and use it in Navigator. For more information, see the Mobile map package introduction in the ArcGIS Pro help.