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The Observation Post template is for creating an observation post (OP) layout plan. Constructing and operating observation posts is a high-frequency task for company-level maneuver units and subordinate elements to establish area security or an allied presence. Each observation post is established for a specified task and purpose; while most are temporary, covert positions, some observation posts are overt and deliberately constructed. Each observation post must be integrated into supporting direct and indirect fire plans and into the overall observation plan.

This template illustrates how you can:

  • Explore the example observation post layout plan.
  • Create an observation post layout plan.
  • Share the layout plan with others.


Observation Post requires specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

Observation Post is supported on ArcGIS 10.0 SP2, 10.1, 10.2.2, 10.3, and ArcGIS Pro 1.0.

Requirement Description
  • Editing workflows in ArcGIS Pro
  • Publishing GIS services
Map Authoring
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.0 Standard or Advanced
GIS Service Hosting
  • ArcGIS 10.3 for Server Standard or Advanced with an enterprise or workgroup geodatabase

What you get

When you download the Observation Post ArcGIS Pro Project Template file, the download includes the following:

Folder Item Description
Maps Inset A map used to create the inset map.
OP A map used to create layout plan.
Geodatabases ObservationPost A file geodatabase with feature classes to create the layout plan.
Layouts OP Layout A layout with the example layout plan.
Styles Observation Post Template A style with the symbology for the project.
Tasks Observation Post (OP) Template A set a preconfigured steps that guide you through the workflow.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Observation Post. If you need support, please contact Esri Support Services. If you'd like to get help from other military and intelligence community members, post your question on GeoNet.

Version Description
  • Support for ArcGIS Pro 1.0.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.3.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.2.2.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.1 Service Pack 1.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 2.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.0.

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