I have a line shapefile of links that build a network. Now I'd like to assign each node (or every end of a line segment) a z-value depending on a certain attribute.

Is it possible to then display this where the nodes (ends of lines) are elevated from the ground level based on the z-value and then make a image from an angle that is not from straight above, but kind of like Google Earth from a self defined angle (e.g. 45°)?

The result should be primarily aesthetically pleasing, and less a scientific communication of the results.

snipet of my shapefile

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    If you wish to ask about alternative software please do that in a separate question but for software recommendations there is the Software Recommendations Stack Exchange.
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 11 at 20:16
  • Are you using ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap to try and do this?
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 11 at 20:17

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Here is a link explaining an ESRI polyline Z features. Take a free training class on displaying 3D features. If you are using ArcGIS Desktop 10.c then ArcScene should be installed on your computer that is running ArcMap. If you are on ArcGIS Pro then the 3D display features are built into it.

  • thank you! I'm using ArcGIS Pro. I belive this is what I was looking for:) Also, I wasnt aware of "Software Recommendations"
    – Yves
    Aug 12 at 8:53

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