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Managing and visualizing oriented imagery

It's generally accepted that imagery taken looking straight down at the ground, like traditional satellite imagery, can be visualized on a map and incorporated into your GIS. Other imagery, however, is more difficult to visualize and incorporate into your GIS. Such non-nadir, "oriented imagery" includes oblique, bubble, 360-degree, street-side, and inspection imagery, among others.

Oriented Imagery from Esri solves that problem, providing a solution for managing, visualizing, and exploring imagery that's taken from any angle.

Collections of oriented images can be accessed and explored in two ways: using either the Oriented Imagery add-in for ArcGIS Pro, or a web app that includes the Oriented Imagery widget. In both the ArcGIS Pro add-in and widget, users select an oriented imagery catalog (OIC), click a location of interest on the map, then explore any available oriented images that depict the selected point in the inset viewer. As you pan and zoom in the oriented image, see the camera's field of view dynamically updated on the map. The viewer also includes:

  • Spatial navigation tools designed to work with oriented imagery
  • Querying based on current view and filters (including time)
  • Image enhancement options
  • Linear and height measurement tools (when the imagery supports it)
  • Synchronized display of view extent
  • Option to display extents and images similar to your current selection
  • Option to overlay custom vector layers on oriented imagery and add or edit features

Collections of oriented imagery are managed using oriented imagery catalogs (OICs). An OIC is a data structure that references a point-based feature service that defines the camera location, orientation, and image metadata.

To visualize and explore your own oriented imagery collection, you'll need to create your own OIC. To do this, you'll use a set of Oriented Imagery Management geoprocessing tools available from ArcGIS Online. ( Note that the imagery must be web accessible, either as attachments in ArcGIS Online or as a service from ArcGIS Image Server.) The process for creating an OIC is as follows:

  1. Store imagery in cloud storage.
  2. Use ArcGIS Pro to:
    1. Create an empty OIC.
    2. Add imagery to the OIC.
    3. Create coverage features and a coverage map.
    4. Publish the OIC and coverage map to ArcGIS Online.
  3. From ArcGIS Online, add the OIC to ArcGIS Pro or an Oriented Imagery app.

Finally, for users who want to create a custom Oriented Imagery app to share their imagery, the Oriented Imagery widget (designed to work with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS) is available from GitHub. For more advanced developers, there is also an Oriented Imagery API and a detailed description of the OIC schema to help create and customize applications.

Explore the following resources to learn more about managing and visualizing oriented imagery. (Not sure where to start? Look for the star by Esri's most helpful resources.)

The Oriented Imagery add-in and management tools require ArcGIS Pro 2.2+. To create an OIC, you'll also need web-accessible imagery and an ArcGIS Online account. To create an app with the Oriented Imagery widget, you'll need Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition).

Imagery Workflows resources

Community-supported tools and best practices for working with imagery and automating workflows:

ArcGIS blogs, articles, story maps, and white papers

Supplemental guidance about concepts, software functionality, and workflows:

Developer resources

Resources and support for automating and customizing workflows:

Esri Community

Online places for the Esri community to connect, collaborate, and share experiences:

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