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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.

Mobile ArcGIS Online Editing for Transportation

December 30th, 2012 by Matt Sheehan

We were impressed by the work UDOT are doing with ArcGIS Online. It was great to see them presenting at the Esri User Conference in 2012. Their effort forms a part of the AASHTO initiative.

We’ve been working closely with Region 6 of the Idaho Transportation Dept, developing a mobile application which will form part of their IPLAN project. So transportation is an important part of our own work with mobile and ArcGIS Online. One of our key areas of focus has been to build mobile apps which provide the ability to visualize ArcGIS Online web maps and edit layers in both online and offline modes. We thought it might be interesting to test data from UDOT in a mobile editing application. In this example we focused on milepost data.

Below we walk through the simple steps to use this data. We include first a video of the running application:

Mobile ArcGIS Online Editing Using Data from UDOT

Mobile ArcGIS Online Editing App Set Up

Step 1 – Prepare the milepost data. In this case we used QGIS (ArcMap is an excellent alternative) to load and clip a shapefile. We then generated a new shapefile of data for Salt Lake County.

Step 2 – Set up a new hosted feature service. I ArcGIS Online we set up a new service using the salt Lake mileposts shapefile.

Step 3 – Configure hosted feature service. We allowed both editing and feature attachments for this new service.

Step 4 – ArcGIS Online data discovery. We next found public data published by UDOT.

Step 5 – Web map publishing. Adding both the hosted milepost service and UDOT public data we published a single web map.

Step 6 – Configure mobile app. The mobile app reads a configuration file which is stored on the mobile device. We changed the web map id and pushed it to our mobile device.

Lastly we fired up the mobile app and started working with the data. For more information contact us at

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