Get Map Data from ArcGIS Online / Portal

ArcGIS Online / Portal for ArcGIS

ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS are platforms to manage and share maps and geographic information with the public and individuals in your organization. You can share all kinds of geographic information: maps, scenes, map layers, features, editing templates (using layer packages), imagery, and analytic results.

Get Map Data

Get map data from ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS to quickly and easily add context to an existing CityEngine scene. You can also type in a location and create a new CityEngine scene from scratch without needing any data.

  1. Start CityEngine.
  2. Sign in to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.
  3. Click File → Get map data. The Get map data dialog opens.

  4. Pan with the left mouse button to navigate around the map. You can also search for an area and then zoom in or out to the area you want.
  5. Next, select the type of basemap from the drop-down menu.

  6. Click the Set extent button to specify a rectangle of the area of the map to download into the scene. You can also manually enter the width and height and the coordinates of the area to download.

    You may experience long download times if you select an area that is too large. This happens often when you are zoomed out too far and have a small map scale.

  7. Choose the resolution.
  8. Select Get Terrain if you would like to include elevation data with your map.

    To get elevation data with your map you need to have an Organizational ArcGIS Online account.

  9. Finally, you can add Open Street Map (OSM) data to your scene. OSM data contains a map of the world created by users and free to use under an open license. Select Download networks for street data and Download polygons for polygonal shapes such as building footprints.

  10. Click OK.
  11. If applicable the OSM dialog opens where you can optionally customize your OSM import. Click Finish. The map with terrain, streets, and polygons aligned to the elevation data is added to your CityEngine scene.

Create a 3D City

To add more detail to your scene, quickly create 3D building models and streets with built-in CityEngine rules.

Tip: Select all objects and align terrain to shapes. This aligns the terrain to building footprints and streets and makes the shapes more visible and will give better 3D visualizations.

To create a 3D city model from your imported shapes just select everything and generate.

For more realistic buildings (like in the screenshot below) select an appropriate style for the building footprints in the inspector.


You have created a realistic 3D city from scratch in minutes!

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