Introduction to 3D Buildings

3D Buildings can be used to author and maintain 3D content for an organization.

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

The 3D Buildings 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 Deploying a solution for more information.


The 3D Buildings solution requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro 3.0 or later (Advanced)
    • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
    • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension

Information products

3D Buildings includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type


An ArcGIS Pro project used by GIS analysts and mapping technicians to create and maintain 3D content 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:

1.0 (Jun 2023)
  • First release of 3D Buildings