Introduction to 3D Basemaps

3D Basemaps can be used to author and maintain a 3D basemap for your organization.

It provides a series of workflows that streamline the creation and maintenance of a 3D basemap that supports diverse information needs. This optimized approach allows organizations to use existing data (for example, lidar, building footprints, and utilities) and generate 3D visualizations that increase understanding and community engagement. 3D Basemaps is typically implemented by planning departments, emergency management agencies, GIS departments, and utilities that want to use 3D basemaps to visualize the built environment.

The 3D Basemaps solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you use existing data, develop a standard set of 3D layers, and visualize your community in an immersive way.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS Solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploy an ArcGIS Solution for more information.


The 3D Basemaps solution requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.9 or later (Advanced)
    • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
    • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension

Information products

3D Basemaps includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

3D Basemaps

An ArcGIS Pro project used by GIS analysts and mapping technicians to create and maintain a 3D basemap for their organization

GIS Professional Advanced

When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS Solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS Solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:



  • A new 3D Basemaps ArcGIS Pro project to support ArcGIS Pro 3.0.
  • Added a workflow to create 3D water features such as lakes, rivers and coastal waters from 2D polygon features.
  • New offset option in the Modify Ground Surface tool.
  • Added the ability to buffer floor plates inwards as well as outwards.
  • 3D Tree symbols can now be set through the symbology pane.


  • Added deep learning for power line classification in lidar.
  • Added the ability to extract power line features from lidar.
  • Any web map with feature layers can now be quickly added to your 3D basemap.


  • Resolved an issue when a meter-based coordinate system is used with the Windows language set to other than English.
  • Resolved an issue with roof form extraction when running multiple times on large datasets.


  • Added an integrated mesh editing and maintenance workflow.
  • Added the ability to color trees in lidar point clouds.
  • Lidar class codes can now be preserved when classifying trees using deep learning.
  • Improved stability of footprint segmentation.
  • Resolved an issue with extracting tree points using cluster analysis.


  • Added deep learning for tree classification in lidar.
  • Added tree extraction using cluster analysis.
  • Significantly improved the performance and quality of building footprint extraction.
  • Added links to 3D analysis solutions that can use 3D basemaps layers.
  • Resolved an issue with building footprint extraction in ArcGIS Pro 2.6.


  • First release of 3D Basemaps.