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Create a project

This tour describes how to create a project that allows you to capture data quickly. You can capture both the location and attributes of assets or incidents as you travel. To do this, you create a feature service and data collection buttons, with each button representing a unique combination of attributes and geometry.

The following steps describe how to use ArcGIS Pro and the QuickCapture web designer to prepare a project for data capture.

Create web feature layers

All QuickCapture data is stored in web feature layers. A single project may refer to layers in multiple web feature layers, but to get started, it's common to create one web feature layer for your project.

A web feature layer can be created in many ways; however, it is recommend that you use ArcGIS Pro because it provides tools to define symbology and rules to help you when preparing the project.

In the following image, the bike trail symbology defined in ArcGIS Pro is shown on the left, and the buttons that were automatically generated from this symbology are shown on the right.

Symbology in
  1. Create feature layers in ArcGIS Pro that represent the data you want to capture.

    Each layer will be presented as a group of buttons in QuickCapture.

  2. Optionally create coded value domains to constrain values that can be collected in fields.

    These coded values can help to define the symbology of your feature layer. The symbology of a feature layer is used when generating your QuickCapture project. Consider adding fields that your project can automatically populate, for example, timestamp, user name, or location accuracy.

  3. Publish your feature layer to your ArcGIS organization. Share the feature layer if others are to add records to it, and enable attachments if you intend to add photo capture to your buttons.

Use existing feature layers

QuickCapture projects can be created from existing ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 or later feature layers when they are registered as items in ArcGIS Online. These layers must be secured using token-based security and the credentials must be stored in the service item. If you intend to capture photos in your project, ensure that attachments are related to your feature layer using globalId fields.

To learn how to add feature layers as items, see Add items in ArcGIS Online and Add items in ArcGIS Enterprise.

Note:

If you have trouble storing credentials in your service item, see this Technical Support article.

Create a QuickCapture project

Projects are created and modified on the web from existing feature layers.

  1. Open the QuickCapture website. Sign in to your ArcGIS organizational account.

    Using ArcGIS Online with QuickCapture

    Go to https://quickcapture.arcgis.com and choose Sign in with ArcGIS Online.

    Using ArcGIS Enterprise with https://quickcapture.arcgis.com

    Go to https://quickcapture.arcgis.com and choose Sign in with ArcGIS Enterprise. Enter your portal URL, for example, https://host.domain.com/webadaptor/ (where host, domain, and webadaptor are replaced by your portal information) to continue.

    Using ArcGIS Enterprise (10.8 and later)

    Choose QuickCapture from the app launcher in your portal.

  2. Click New Project.
  3. Choose a feature layer that you own or is shared with you.
  4. Provide a thumbnail, project name, project tags, and recovery email address and click Create.

A QuickCapture project is generated for your feature layer, with buttons that represent the unique sets of data determined by your feature layer. You can customize an existing button—by adding parameters or copying buttons and modifying their parameters—to create unique capture buttons. You can also add additional layers and buttons to your project.

See Configure a project to learn more.

Share a QuickCapture project

For others to be able to use your project, you must share it with them. Select Share in the web designer and choose who can use the project.

  • Everyone—This option is only available for ArcGIS Hub Premium enable organizations.
  • Organization—This will share your project with everyone in your organization.
  • Groups—Share with specific users via a group.

The feature layers that are configured in the project must also be shared. These are not automatically shared in the web designer, but you will be provided with item links to update sharing. To learn more about how to share your layers with a user or group, see Share items in ArcGIS Online or Share items in ArcGIS Enterprise. Once you've shared to users in your organization, when they sign in to the mobile app, they will see the project available for download.

Note:

If you would like to share your project publicly, it must be hosted in ArcGIS Hub premium. Public projects can be used anonymously or by signed in users.

Once it's shared, you can provide access to the project to users in the following ways:

  • QR code—For scanning by the app's inbuilt bar code scanner or an external scanner on the device
  • Link—A shortened URL that takes the user to a download page for the project
  • Access code (for public projects only)—A unique code that can be typed directly into the mobile app

Note:

The mobile app must be installed on the device that the QR code or link is being accessed on. To try, use any of the following to launch the Road Debris Reporter trial project.

  • QR code—QR code for rad debris reporter trial project
  • Link—https://arcg.is/0eC5im0 (copy and paste this URL into your browser)
  • Access code—0eC5im0

View captured data

To view captured data from your project, go to the My projects page of the QuickCapture website and hover over your project. Select View Results. Map Viewer launches, showing your captured data.