I have been struggling with a problem in ArcGIS for some time now and wanted to check if someone else have come across a similar issue. I have read posts that come close to what I want, but not exactly. I'll try to explain:
I have extracted XYZ point-data for multiple, superimposed layers in the subsurface along a 2D profile. I wanted to use Arc in order to create graphs/profiles where x-values (length between points) are common for all my layers, while keeping y-values variable for depth. Essentially converting UTM xy to M values and thereby giving my layers a common reference length that can be plotted along the x-axis. Each layer is originally a separate point shapefile with XYZ (UTM).
The point profile tool provides me with exactly what i want (see attached figure), but herein lies the problem:
If I construct a point profile for all my layers, there's (seemingly) no way to separate between the different layers. On the upside, the M-values (or length on the x-axis) is correct for each layer relative to the next in this scenario.
If I on the other hand construct point profiles for each layer separately, I cannot be sure that the M-values are correct relative to the other layers. The results are often close to correct, but for my purposes I need to be sure.
Ideally I would like either a permanent point profile where I simply change the input (i.e. point shapefile), or to be able to distinguish between the different point shapefile that are displayed within the point profile (not just colour them differently, but have them as separate datasets).
Disappointingly, I have not been able to extract the xyz point data information onto a permanent polyline. Probably due to the XYZ data being stored as points rather than a surface. Since they are from a 2D profile, it is not ideal (I think) to rasterize.
My brute alternative would be to create arbitrary points at either end of the profile and use these as targets or anchor points between which to project my point profile, but I'm sure there's a more sophisticated way of doing this.
In the figure, depth values are positive.