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Photo Survey is a configuration of ArcGIS combined with a JavaScript application that can be used by emergency response organizations to publish aerial and street-level photo collections and conduct surveys that identify damaged areas and structures within the images.

Photo Survey expedites damage assessments by leveraging photos produced by many commercially available cameras. It combines these photos with a series of questions in the form of an online survey and associates the answers to points or administrative units on the ground.

The simple to use application will enable emergency operations staff, and optionally the general public, to review time sensitive images after a disaster, thus allowing emergency response organizations to quickly estimate damage costs and determine potential financial impacts of an event.


Photo Survey requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Map authoring
  • ArcMap 10.3 - 10.5 (Advanced), or
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.3 - 2.0 (Advanced)
  • ArcGIS Online
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online, or
  • ArcGIS for Server 10.3 - 10.4 (Standard or Advanced)
    • ArcGIS Data Store, or
    • Enterprise or workgroup geodatabase
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 (Standard or Advanced)
Application hosting
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or higher
Browser compatibility

The application is optimized for display on desktop computer, tablet, and smartphone devices using the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

What you get

When you download Photo Survey, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
Application PhotoSurvey A folder containing the Photo Survey application files.
SurveyConfigurations A folder containing sample property survey questions.
PhotoSurvey.tbx A toolbox with a tool used to import photo collections and publish property surveys.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Photo Survey.

Date Description
June 2019
  • This solution has been retired and replaced with a new Photo Survey application.
December 2017
  • This solution has been moved to mature support and replaced with a new Photo Survey application.
December 2016
June 2016
  • An update to the Photo Survey application to support additional response types: drop-down menus, number inputs and text inputs.
  • An enhancement to the Photo Survey application to allow for displaying images associated with questions on the survey panel.
  • An update to the Photo Survey application to optionally display an overview map.
  • A series of photo processing fixes and enhancements, as well as a new point-based processing method have been added to the Photo Survey toolbox.
  • A Wildlife Survey question file is now provided with the Photo Survey toolbox.
October 2015
  • First release of Photo Survey

Get started with Photo Survey

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