I have a shapefile whose Geometry is of POINTZM type.

The XY coordinate System is NAD_1983_CORS96_StatePlane_North_Carolina_FIPS_3200_Ft_US and the Z coordinate system is North_American_Vertical_Datum_1988

I want to transform the data, so that the data is projected in a Geographic (Lat/Long) projection, with the WGS84 horizontal datum and the EGM96 vertical datum.

I can't figure out how I can do this using the Project tool in ArcToolbox, of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3.

How do I do this?

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Project tool has Vertical parameter since 10.4. The link also mentions that you need to install additional package with coordinate system data.


This is apparently not possible with ArcGIS for Desktop, see Esri's article FAQ: Are vertical datum transformations supported in ArcGIS?

If you go to the ArcGIS idea page referenced in the article's comments, there is a mention of this being possible in Pro and Runtime, programmatically. To be verified with Esri, I couldn't find any confirmation of this.

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