An extension to ArcGIS that allows for the creation, visualization, and analysis of three-dimensional data.

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Looking for free program, similar to 3D Analyst, to visualize tree stands in 3D

Heyho, I want to make a 3D stand visualization of trees in a specific area. I need something similar in functionality to ArcGIS 3D Analyst, but I don't have a license for that plugin anymore. The ...
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Can I create, union and intersect 3D multipatch features using 3D Analyst extension (ArcGIS 10)?

I'm on ArcGIS 10. According to all the documentation I've read, 3D Analyst should be able to do what I am trying to get it to do, but I am running into problem after problem and I'm almost ready to ...
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How to create TINs in ArcGIS from triangular elements

I am working with FEM models with triangular elements, and I'd like to view the results as TIN surfaces in ArcGIS (and in ArcScene). In my external source, I have nodes (with X,Y,Z coords) and ...
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How to calculate stream order for vector data without a DEM?

I have a shapefile which contains the streams that were digitized from a satellite Image. I would like to calculate the stream order for this data. The data does not exactly match the DEM that I have, ...
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How to insert a “basemap” into ArcScene?

I want to model a 3D scene, showing layers floating above a flat map. Currently, I am able to show the floating layers, but I cannot add the bottommost map layer. I just want to add a "basemap", like ...
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Choosing graphics card for ArcGIS 3D Analyst?

in order to make the most of ESRI´s 3D analyst I would like to order an appropriate graphics card. I have been recommended the AMD FirePro V5900 2 GB by someone who doesn´t know much about GIS hence ...
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How to make 3D building models from lidar data?

I have Lidar data, ground points and first returns. I have processed it and have ready tiles from which I am trying to build 3D building models. So far I was able to just extrude the buildings in ...
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What does the ArcGIS 3D Analyst parameter 'IsClosed3D' mean?

I am creating multipatches from existing geometries and finding it hard to work out why IsClosed3D shows some as closed while other apparently closed geometries are shown as not closed. I have worked ...
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How do I cast shadows from 3D Objects in ArcScene?

I would like to cast shadows from my 3D objects in ArcScene onto the surface and other objects. (Much like I can in SketchUp). Is it possible? If so how?
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How to calculate the flood volume using a LiDAR DEM and a HEC-RAS floodplain polygon

I’ve got a vexing GIS analysis problem which is conceptually fairly straightforward, but in reality more challenging to figure out…. Basically, I need to calculate the VOLUME of floodwater within a ...
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Why does the 3D Analyst 2D export renderer create anomalies?

A lot have been improved in the 3D Analyst 10 including the ability to export large scenes as large 2D images. However, some problems still exist one of which is: When I export a scene that contains a ...
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Why does a z factor of 1 get turned into 0.999998 in my output

Just built a model that uses 3D Analyst - Surface Volume. I am trying to use a z factor of 1. Whenever I run the model my output table shows that a Z factor of 0.999998 was used instead of 1. I ...
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Can 2D polygon be used as hard breakline for terrain?

I've been working with TINs for years and have only ever been satisfied when using 3D polylines for breaklines. I am currently transitioning to using terrains and after reading the documentation in ...
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How to build cylinder or cube multipatch objects in ArcGIS?

I'm trying to visualise a series of boreholes, which consist of points on the ground surface, and soil sample values taken at 0.01m depth intervals (in a related table). eg in this screenshot, I've ...
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Calculating the visibility of an observer walking a line transect

I was wondering if anyone can help. I'm want to calculate the visibility for an observer doing a bird survey by walking 1km transects broken up into 200m sections. I want to calculate the visibility ...
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Selecting Features located in extruded surface using ArcScene?

I have a set of total station points that have elevation values for different soil Horizons across a 40x10 meter piece of land. I have created a TIN surface for each Soil Horizon and then used the ...
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How to add tree height values to raster / vector data?

I am new to working with raster data and I am trying to teach myself a few things. I have what I think is a simple problem but I can't seem to figure this one out after a few hours of searching Arc ...
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Interpolating vertically in 3D analyst

Here is my problem: I am working on mapping pollutant concentrations in a pond from point-sampled data. There are 50 sampling locations in the pond (randomly dispersed), and at each location there ...
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How to calculate the volume of several DEMs to obtain elevation and volume changes?

I am trying to calculate the volume of several DEMs in order to obtain elevation and volume changes. I have pixels of 1x1 each one associated to an elevation. I used several methods but non of them ...
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3D modelling a snow patch

In my studies, I work with the internal dynamics of different snowpatches. In this study I wish to generate 3D models of snow patches. I have some problems when it comes to the actual work flow of ...
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Is there a way to visualize a 3D full/solid body (like a full layer) in ArcScene

I am trying to present layer and simulated layer (how it decreased in a year, for example) in ArcScene, but showing two layers one on each other with a slight difference (like max 30 cm.) does not ...
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Can I view ArcScene 3D models in a free viewer such as ArcReader or another 3rd party viewer?

I would like to build a complex 3D model in ArcScene, export it and send it to someone else that does not have ArcGIS with 3D Analyst. The idea is to interactively navigate the model during a ...
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How to create 3D water depth with ArcScene?

I was trying to visualize flood depth in 3D using ArcScene. What I had for this purposes are: high-resolution DTM of the valley orthophoto and Raster with flood depth information. I have draped ...
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How to convert contour lines to LAS points?

i have downloaded free DEM form the NET and i generated a contour line with 10 meter for interval, so i just want to convert the contour lines to LAS point file to create a new Terrain dataset,and is ...
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Where can I get detailed Bathymetry data for Ontario

I need detailed Bathymetric data covering water bodies (including smaller ones) in the Province of Ontario. Our Provincial Government has it, but the use of the data are restricted due to liability ...
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Assign Z-values of river stream segments

I have used Interpolate shape tool in 3D Analyst (ArcGIS 9.2) in order to obtain Z-values of each segment along the stream lines. As input features I use Riverstream.shp file and as raster surface ...
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Convert coordinate system of Lidar or TIN?

I have Lidar data and I want to create a TIN from it, and then run the TIN Triangle tool to create a polygon shapefile of the triangles. The only thing is that the Lidar data is in a UTM CS with ...
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How to use variables in arcpy tools which quote the variable name

I'm having a frustrating time trying to use the Create TIN tool within Python, when the input featureclass name is a variable. The help file entry for Create TIN shows a hard-coded path to the ...
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Add Z and M values to stream network produced from DEM

I created a stream network from an existing DEM. My ultimate project goal is to be able to select a river from my stream network and use the 3D analyst to generate stream profile (Elevation by ...
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GIS beginner - interpolating contour lines from TIN-model vs. Grid in ArcGIS

I am a complete beginner in GIS and taking a class right now, and we are doing some assignments in ArcGIS - ArcMap. In one of them we were given a shapefile with heightpoints. These had been manually ...
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Elevation off Road in ArcGIS/Python

i'm using the Modelbuilder in ArcGIS 10.1 to calculate pixels depending on their slope and distance from the road. The third necessary task is to find out, if the pixel is upwards the road or ...
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Add Surface Information in 3d-analyst

One of our guys is using the "Functional Surface->Add Surface Information" feature in 3D-analyst tool in ArcMap 10.1 to add elevation data to an XY list. It's the only feature we're using from the ...
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Extrude between wrong on the edge, ArcScene

I'm trying to extrude between two Tins which are equally shaped. However if Extrude Between those tins using input feature created by minimal_bounding from one of them I get a strange error that two ...
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Extracting points bordering shape extent

I'm using ArcGis 9.31. I have a set of points as elevation and in order to get a soft clip area for the TIN, I would like to extract only all the points bording the extent of this shape, or to get a ...
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DEM: How to convert a mosaic dataset to TIN?

I merged several DEMs together in on single DEM with mosaic dataset. Now I wanted to convert this mosaic dataset in Vector with TIN. But when I use the tool (3D Analyst Tool) Raster to TIN comes an ...
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ArcGIS Viewshed keeps crashing

I've been trying to run a viewshed analysis in ArcGIS 10.1 and everytime I've tried running it, it crashes the whole program, with no error. See the image below. I've made sure it has OFFSETA field ...
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Elevation interpolation along a (sewer) line

Here's what I want to do. I have a vector sewer line feature class that contaings a field for the high invert elevation and one for the low invert elevation. I can turn them into a raster no problem ...
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Split single line based on the 3D length

so I have a transect line which I already add the z value using the Interpolate Shape. I need to split this line into 100m in 3D length, which due to elevation must be different than 2D. However the ...
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How to solve the problem when buildings are extruded without roof?

I tried to extrude buildings in ArcScene with Extrusion function in Layer Properties. But most of the buildings seem like only their walls are extruded. Instead of solid blocks, they appear like no ...
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ArcGlobe not sitting on Globe Surface

I have gone through the process of bringing a SketchUp model into ArcScene utilizing Edit Placement on the 3D Editor window. The model appears to have come in great. However, it is floating slightly ...
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Calculate Slope of Street Segments

Using a DEM, I need to assign slope to individual segments in a street centerline feature class. It will be used to account for increased travel time for steep slopes in a network analysis. I am ...
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Import 3D Analyst Functions With ArcPy

This really seems like I should be able to do this, but I am running into some problems. I want to import 3D Analyst with python, in the same way I import Spatial Analyst, but it returns an error. ...
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How to improve Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) display speed?

I am preparing Triangulated Irregular Network for large area (5000 Sq Km) in ArcGIS, The TIN models takes too much time to open in ArcMap, and if I move or change anything again its starts to ...
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How to make a 3d visualisation of different peat layer to show the height of each layer?

I have bore hole point data that has about 5 to 7 types of peat layer and also has several depths. I also have digital elevation data of the area. I need to interpolate these layers separately, then ...
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How to find area of Digital Elevation Model above/below a reference plane?

I am using ArcGIS10. I need to find the out the area which is below 5000 and above 5000 from the Digital Elevation Model which is available to me. How can I find out this ? My DEM ranges from 8848 to ...
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MultiPatch to Point Shapefile

I have a File GeoDatabase that has a Feature Dataset with MultiPatches. The MultiPatches are tree models. I would like to convert the MultiPatch into a point layer. Is there a tool, plugin, or ...
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Displaying numerical values as symbols on 3D map in ArcMap or ArcScene?

I have a point shp theme with fields Lat, Long, Altitude (m), and Number. The Number field – is a numerical parameter of each point (Lat, Long) The Altitude field – is the elevation of each point ...
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How to set up a 3D plane in ArcGIS?

I need to model a fault plane below the earth's surface and find distances from different points on the surface of the earth. I know the dimensions of the plane and its orientation but I can do that ...
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Where is Area and Volume statistics tool in ArcMap 10.1?

I want to measure surface volume of an area with different Plane Height above reference plane. There should be a tool for statistic calculation but I cannot find it in 3D analyst toolbox. Is it exist ...
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ArcGis 10 interpolate Z between polyline's vertices (IZ.InterpolateZsBetween ?)

Here's what's happening: I want to create a 3D line using only the height of some GSP points. I need to be able to extrapolate the vertice's height between where it's known to the one where it's ...