About Scenario 3D


Welcome to Scenario 3D™, the ArcGIS® extension for 3D visualization.  This Help system will provide you with information you need to use Scenario 3D.  You can read it in sequence like a book, or skip straight to the section you need using the Index, Search, or context-sensitive links embedded in the Scenario 3D interface.  A “Quick Start” section at the beginning gives a condensed introduction to the entire Scenario 3D application and provides several examples to work through.


Scenario 3D Description

Scenario 3D is an ArcGIS Desktop extension that lets you create realistic, interactive, three-dimensional models of the places represented by your ArcGIS maps.  There are two primary components:


Scenario 3D Exporter works directly within ArcMap and gives you all the tools you need to create, edit, and refresh scenes.


Scenario 3D Viewer lets you view, navigate through, and interact with the scenes.  It can operate in a stand-alone disconnected mode, which does not require ArcGIS, or in connected mode, which enables real-time interactions with your ArcGIS data.


Introduction to interactive geospatial 3D

Scenario 3D is an interactive geospatial 3D system.  In the Scenario 3D sense, “interactive” means that you can do the following:

- move freely through the scene by flying, walking, zooming, etc.

- “look” in any direction

- turn objects (layers) on and off as desired

- change scenarios, which are different scenes located in the same place

- query (find information about) objects by using your mouse cursor

- change “environmentals” like fog

- create stored flight paths and single-location “bookmarks”

- create movies and screen shots

- and much more


Also in the Scenario 3D sense, “geospatial” means that the objects in the scene are part of a geographic information system (GIS).  They are associated with a database that includes rich information about their location and many other attributes.  Scenario 3D scenes are not just games.  Objects in the scene:

- are accurately located in space

- in the same geographic location as the map features they represent

- have the same attributes as the map features they represent