I am using ArcGIS 10.1.

I have a DEM of a pit.

I have a known volume of material that I want to put in the pit.

I want to know what the elevation of the flat surface of this material will be once it is all in the pit.

There are a lot of tools for volume calculation that ArcGIS offers, but none seem to relate to this.

What springs to mind is to iterate through a set of constant raster values and see which most closely matches my known volume when I use each constant raster with the DEM in the "cut/fill" tool.

Any other ideas appreciated.


  • I had this problem a while back, and ended up doing as you describe. It wasn't too much work, but ofc an automatic method would be easier.
    – Martin
    Nov 21 '13 at 7:35
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    Better algorithms are described at gis.stackexchange.com/q/6486.
    – whuber
    Nov 21 '13 at 7:51

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