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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) http://www.aprimesoftware.com/

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

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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

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

we do have a tool that we've built to tackle some of the issues you mention - as we had them as well. We're not truly visualising boreholes but you can display any vector data that intersects the line using a depth field. The cross section itself is drawn directly from data, rather than creating a separate static output, but can be exported to svg. More information is available here : Geosection

Currently we supply it as part of data management installations and consulting services but we have been starting to look at making it available more widely so let me know if you're interested.

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Not exactly what your looking for but may interest other readers:


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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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Just to let you know that we've entered a public beta phase for Geosection, now renamed to Section Sketch, and are inviting beta testers. More info is available here http://www.frogtechspatial.com/section-sketch-overview/. Beta testers will receive a full license of Section Sketch when it is released. I hope that isn't too spammy - I think it covers quite a few of the requirements listed in the question.

Update : Section Sketch has now been released. Free 30 day trial. Section Sketch Website

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Phil I'm a bit late to the party but this looks really interesting. Any chance a latecomer can join in on the party? Email in my profile if you get a chance! –  Jacques Tardie Apr 28 '11 at 17:39
Jacques, actually I can't see an email in your profile. If you're still interested drop me a line. We've closed that beta round but I'm pretty happy for people to have an extended trial while we finalise. My email is in my profile –  Phil May 8 '11 at 22:49
i am interested. Is there a beta i can try? –  Jakub Aug 11 '11 at 14:46

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