Overlapping radial line of sight at road intersections

Visibility components are created for the ArcGIS Platform, allowing analysts to better understand the terrain. An analyst can assess:

  • Radial Line Of Sight, also known as Viewshed, calculates the visibility of an area from one or more observer locations. The results show what areas are visible (or not) to one ore more observers.
  • Linear Line Of Sight is a point to point visibility between one or more observers, and one or more targets. Each observer and target pair is a unique line of sight between them.


Visibility components require specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

Visibility components are supported on:

Requirement Description
  • Working with Widgets in Portal for ArcGIS and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
  • Basic ArcGIS Pro, including editing features
  • Basic ArcGIS for Desktop, including editing features in ArcMap
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.4:
    • Radial Line Of Sight requires ArcGIS Spatial Analyst or ArcGIS 3D Analyst
    • Linear Line Of Sight requires ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS 10.3.1-10.5 for Desktop:
    • Radial Line Of Sight requires ArcGIS Spatial Analyst or ArcGIS 3D Analyst
    • Linear Line Of Sight requires ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.2 (Developer Edition):
    • A Visibility Geoprocessing Service published to ArcGIS Server is required to run the widget.

What you get

Visibility includes the following:

Application Folder Items
ArcMap 10.3.1 - 10.5 Visibility in ArcMap
  • Visibility.esriAddin
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.4 Visibility in ArcGIS Pro
  • Visibility.esriAddinX
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.2 (Developer Edition) Visibility in WAB DE
  • Widget Folder
  • Documentation.pdf
  • readme.txt
  • What's new

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

    Date Description
    February 2017
    • Supports ArcGIS Pro 1.4
    • Supports ArcMap 10.3.1 to 10.5
    • Supports Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.2 (Developer Edition)

    Get started with Visibility in ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, or Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

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