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Launching Survey123 from Collector Using a Related Table

Question asked by jwaters911 on Nov 1, 2018
Latest reply on Jan 17, 2019 by jwaters911

ArcGIS Server 10.6.1

Collector Version: 18.0.2

Survey123 Version: 3.0.149

iOS mobile: 12.0.1


After giving a demo of launching a Survey123 form based on a related table on a Collector map, users were concerned about the number of clicks required to launch the Survey123 application, complete the form and get back to the map. Field users like the idea of using a map to determine where to go to complete inspections, and they like the data validations of Survey123; the downside is the number of clicks it takes to go through the entire workflow. I am wondering if anyone has recommendations for reducing clicks, while maintaining the following requirements. Thanks!


Here is a breakdown of the number of click to get to the Survey123 form




1) Use Collector to show available inspection assets (a generally static data set, but displayed dynamically based on a definition query to only show features with a related inspection)


2) Pass Survey123 some attributes from the related inspection table to pre-populate the survey form (this blog was extremely useful:


3) Update Collector feature status to change symbology to signify completion


I am wondering if there is a way to reduce the number of clicks it takes to launch S123, but also allow for marking a Collector feature attribute “Complete”.


Here is what I have tried so far:


1) Putting the custom URL for launching S123 on the feature’s popup, instead of at the related table level. S123 does not seem to receive the attributes. It appears as though it is not possible to view related attributes from a feature's pop-up, unless you navigate to the related table, despite being able to turn related feature attributes on. I would assume that's why attributes are not being passed in the custom URL:Related table attributes can be turned on at the asset pop-up level, but the value of that attribute cannot be viewed.


2) Adding “Pop-up Media”: I added an image to the feature’s pop-up and put my custom URL in the Link field, but it appears as though Collector does not process the URL, and Collector displays a blank screen with “Open in Safari” in the top right.


3) Storing the URL as an attribute of the GIS feature: I put the entire URL in a column on the feature. S123 launches, but does not open a survey.


I have thought about creating GIS features out of the individual inspections, but field users would still need a way to update an inspection status attribute on the feature, and as far as I know, you can’t have a custom popup AND edit attributes from the same popup.


As a side note, our Collector-only users love the app. We are hoping to leverage a lot of the things Survey123 excels at, while still providing a great mobile mapping experience.