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I am new to ArcScene so I have no idea what I am doing.

In ArcGIS Desktop I have a buildings layer that I would like to make into 3D.

I created a field in ArcGIS Desktop with the building heights and used that field as the Extrusion value.

When I press apply the building are like really high and obviously not correct. I tried doing /10, /100, and even /1000, but then building either were still too high or were 2D again.

I do not know what to do at this point. I am using GCS_WGS_1984 as my coordinate system.

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That's probably due to GCS_WGS_1984 unit being degree, I guess ArcScene is reading your building heights as degree and not meter.

A solution would be to use a projected coordinate system (could work in data view with on the fly reprojection, if not you have to reproject your data)

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  • Thanks! I have tried to re-project my data using the Define Projection tool, but for some reason when I try to reproject it with a projected coordinate system, my data disappears. – Rachel Grant May 24 '18 at 16:12
  • Oh nevermind! I figured it out. I needed to change the Scene Layer Coordinate System for the whole map. It is working now. – Rachel Grant May 24 '18 at 16:43
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    In that case I suggest to accept the answer. Nevermind is not a good way to say thank you. – FelixIP May 24 '18 at 18:50
  • Define Projection tool do not reproject your data it simply change the coordinate system associated with it. To reproject you need to use the project tool – J.R May 25 '18 at 8:30

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