ArcGIS Field Maps: Getting Started with Non-Spatial Tables

Why should you and your organisation start using non-spatial tables in ArcGIS Field Maps. Continue reading to find out how you can add immense value to your organisation by using non-spatial tables with ArcGIS Fields Maps. Your field workers will be thanking you as you are about to make their job (yours as well) a lot easier! Continue reading to learn how!

Why should I use a non-spatial table?

Let’s look at an example of asset management, your department is responsible for maintaining a number electrical assets around the state. You already have access to all of the spatial data for these assets. this includes their location, ID, type, year_installed and owner. Currently, your field workers may inspect the assets every month and fill out an asset inspection via a paper form and then when they return to the office manually input the data into a spreadsheet… Not very productive is it? What if there was a way to navigate to the asset and then complete the asset inspection in ArcGIS Field Maps. Well today is your lucky day! Keep reading and we will take you through the process from start to finish.

Step 1: Create a feature class and table

  • Open a new project in ArcGIS Pro
  • Create a new feature class with the steps here
    • At this time please add all desired fields
    • Additionally, you could use a feature class with existing features
  • Create a new table with the steps above but instead of selecting feature class select Table
    • At this time please add all desired fields
  • Right click on your feature class > Manage > Add Global ID’s
  • Right click on your Table > Manage > Add Global ID’s

Click here to learn why we need Global ID’s when creating a relationship in ArcGIS Pro

Your Geodatabase should now look like this

Step 2: Create a relationship

Now we have to create a relationship between our asset feature class and our Asset_inpsections Table. The reason for this is so that when we complete our asset inspections that will be linked to a specific asset. To create a relationship please follow the below steps

Click here to find out more on why you may want to use a relationship in ArcGIS Pro

  • Open the Geoprocessing tool Create Relationship Class
  • Input the following parameters as seen in the below screenshot;
    • Origin Table: Assets
    • Destination Table: Asset Inspections
    • Output Relationship Class: Asset_inspections_RC
    • Cardinality: One to Many
    • Origin Primary Key: Asset_ID
    • Origin Foreign Key: Asset_ID
  • All other defaults can remain

To learn more about Cardinality and relationship class properties, click here

Step 3: Publish Data to your Portal

Now that we have created a relationship between our Table and feature class we are required to publish them to our Portal as a Web Map. Once published we can view the Web Map in ArcGIS Field Maps!

To publish your Web Map with editable capabilities please follow the below steps

  1. Navigate to the Share tab in the ribbon and select Web Map
  2. Complete the required details as necessary
    • More information on Sharing Web Maps can be found here
  3. For Select a Configuration point to “Copy all data: editable”
  4. Select Configuration in the Share as web Map Pane
  5. Select the Web Feature Layer
  6. Select Properties
    • This will take you back to a very similar Pane (but most importantly different)
  7. Select Configuration
  8. Select the desired type of editing privileges allowed on the web map
    • This can be changed at a later time
  9. Ensure both Enable Sync and Export Data are selected
  10. Select the back button > Map to return to the first Share As Web Map Pane
  11. Select Analyse
    • Resolve any errors as needed
  12. Select Share

To learn more about configuring a web map click here

Step 4: Starting up ArcGIS Field Maps for the first time

Now that we have successfully Published our Web Map to our Portal we can now access the Web Map via ArcGIS Field Maps.

  1. Download ArcGIS Field Maps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  2. Sign into ArcGIS Field Maps with an account that has permissions to access the Web Map and layers contained
  3. Search for your Web Map Name and select to open

Step 5: Creating assets with ArcGIS Field Maps

Once you have the Web Map open we can go ahead and collect the location of the assets, if we already have the assets location we can jump to the next step!

To collect out please follow the below steps;

  1. Select add point to create the features spatial location
  2. Select the blue circle in the bottom right corner and enter the fields as necessary
  3. Once happy with the inputs select submit
  4. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to collect your assets

Step 6: Undertake asset inspections

Once we have added assets to ArcGIS Field Maps whether that is via manually collecting them in ArcGIS Field Maps or adding an existing layer, we can undertake asset inspections.

To undertake asset inspections please follow the below steps;

  1. Open your asset inspections Web Map
  2. Select the desired feature that you want to collect an asset inspection on
  3. Navigate and select the related table
  4. Select Add to create a new record
  5. Once completed select submit in the top right corner

*Please note that you can collect as many records/assets inspections for a single feature as needed

The above blog is only a demonstration of how ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Field Maps may be used to undertake inspections of assets and the above settings may not be optimal for your use case.

For those who want to learn and get started with ArcGIS Field Maps please see the below resources;

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