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 leverage existing data (for example, lidar, building footprints, 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 leverage existing data (for example, lidar, building footprints, utilities), develop a standard set of 3D layers and visualize your community in an immersive way.

Learn more about the 3D Basemaps solution.

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This ArcGIS Solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS Online organization.

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It can also be deployed in your ArcGIS Enterprise organization.

See Deploy an ArcGIS Solution for more information.


The 3D Basemaps solution requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 or later.
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.5 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:



  • 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 leverage 3D basemaps layers
  • Fixed an issue with building footprint extraction in ArcGIS Pro 2.6


  • First release of 3D Basemaps