Visibility Assessment is a configuration of ArcGIS Pro that can be used by local governments to answer various visibility questions within the community.

For example, planners, architects, and real estate appraisers can use Visibility Assessment to determine visibility of/from a proposed development from/of surrounding locations. Event planners can use Visibility Assessment to calculate event visibility from specific locations or surrounding buildings.


Visualize Proposed Developments requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Scene authoring
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.0 - 2.1 (Standard)
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
  • ArcGIS Online subscription, or
  • ArcGIS 10.4 for Server (Standard or Advanced), or
    • Portal for ArcGIS
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 - 10.6 (Standard or Advanced)
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online subscription, or
  • ArcGIS 10.4 for Server (Standard or Advanced), or
    • Portal for ArcGIS
    • ArcGIS Data Store
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 - 10.6 (Standard or Advanced)

What you get

When you download Visibility Assessment, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
MapsandGeodatabase AssessVisibility.aprx An ArcGIS Pro project used to assess visibility within the community.
AssessVisibility.tbx A toolbox with tools used to calculate visibility.
LayerFiles A folder containing layer files to symbolize your visibility results.
RulePackages A folder containing rule packages to sample the features.
Scripts A folder containing the Python scripts that are used by the toolboxes.
AssessVisibility.gdb A geodatabase with content used to calculate visibility.
ProposedDevelopment.gdb A geodatabase with proposed development content.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Visibility Assessment.

Date Description
January 2018
  • Added a new task to quickly explore visibility, leveraging the real-time exploratory analysis tools (ArcGIS Pro 2.1 only).
  • Improved the accuracy of the analytic output by calculating distance-dependent projected visibility area.
  • Added the option to calculate yes/no visibility only.
  • Added the ability to output a visibility volume representing the volume for which visibility is calculated for.
  • Added a check on size of observer and target features.
  • Additional documentation describing the Visibility Assessment process.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.6 and ArcGIS Pro 2.1.
September 2017
  • Added the ability to use points features to identify the observer features and calculate visibility on the target features.
  • Resolved an issue in the visibility panel elevation that occurred when the units were specified in meters.
June 2017
  • Support for ArcGIS Pro 2.0.
  • A series of performance improvements to the Visibility Analysis tool.
March 2017
  • Ability to select a 2D feature as observer or target
January 2017
  • First release of Visibility Assessment

Get started with Visibility Assessment

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