I am trying to convert a 32bit floating point raster in tiff format to a vector .shp file in ArcMap. In particular, I have been attempting to convert my continuous data set found in the TIFF extension into a shapefile. The data contains bluespot depths.

I tried Raster to Polygon but the output gave a polygon with no difference in values. How can I get the values into the shapefile?

  • the tiff has 32 bit depth and the datatype is floating point. i want to add some of these bluespots as barriers in my network analysis thats why i want to have them as a shapefile. Any other suggestion to do this is more than welcome.
    – Mark
    Nov 30, 2018 at 21:53

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This Esri Technical Support article, "How To: Convert a floating type raster to a polygon feature class and retain the decimal values", outlines converting floating type rasters to polygons.


The solution provided requires a Spatial Analyst license, and basically involves multiplying the raster values to remove decimal places.

The general instructions on that page are:

  1. Using the Raster Calculator tool, multiply the raster with a multiple of 10 required to remove the decimal values. For example, multiply a raster by 1000 if the raster values contain three decimal places, and by 100 if the values contain two decimal places.

  2. Using the Int tool, convert the floating type raster to an integer type raster.

  3. Convert the integer type raster to a polygon feature class using the Raster to Polygon tool.

  4. Divide the polygon feature class by the multiple of 10 used in Step 1 to get the original decimal values.

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