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Because the default 'Profile Graph' tool was not sufficient, I wrote a custom VBA script that creates scaled and exaggerated profile cross-sections in ArcGIS but I need more features:

  • Visualize more than 1 surface
  • Visualize vertical and directional boreholes
  • Ability to symbolize / edit the output
  • Linked with underlying data - changes in terrain (or profile 3D line) reflected in output

A few years ago I tested an extension by A-Prime software called 'CrossView For ArcGIS' but I am not sure if it is compatible with ArcGIS 10 (Contacted A-Prime but they have not yet responded)

Area there any alternatives? Other 3rd party software? A functioning script? that can do this?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Create Geologic Cross Sections in ArcMap (includes boreholes)

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Good tool. So far i only tested with the provided data but it does what it says. (Minor variations between the Quick Start manual and the form options. Also, does not generate the grid and when reference grid is used it is over the features.) Does not dynamically update BUT it's free and definitely a good start. – Jakub Oct 22 '10 at 13:39
Link currently appears deprecated. Found a Facebook page for the name ( but no updates in almost two years. – Chris W Dec 1 '14 at 18:53

arcscript for profile

I use Ianko ET surface, not too expensive for the paid for version, there are some tools which are free, and arc10 is supported. The above link is from earlier. you might read through it is your programming is adept enough it might help.

I can say I am very happy with the ET geo suite which includes all of his tools! just google ianko et tools, lot's of free stuff too

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Thanks Brad. Looks good but does not seem to have the option for visualizing boreholes. I've used a few of the free tools before. I watched a few videos there and tools seem polished and solid. I might consider purchasing the suite in the future for other projects. – Jakub Oct 21 '10 at 17:14

CrossView DOES work at ArcGIS 10. just download the install bundle and select the correct installation file version. CrossView is AWESOME!

Also check out ArcHydro Groundwater Subsurface Analyst.

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CrossView does what it claims but does not work for my purposes. (Inclined deviated holes with multiple assays along the holes, inclined and diagonal sections, slice trough subsurface 3d solids, etc.) – Jakub Sep 9 '11 at 14:56

Xacto section developed by Jennifer Carrell is another tool which works quite well for 2D and 3D profiles.

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