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I'm trying to create a 3d DEM/DTM from a flat contour shapefile which has height data attached to each contour, but I'm not sure how to do this?

I've found this post, on creating a dem from contours using the Topo to Raster tool, (using the ANUDEM technology,) which looks great: [see: creating a dem from contours] but I don't have a Spatial Analyst licence, so wondering if there is another way to do this, using a standard ArcView licence (version 9.2)?

I'm currently investigating QGIS as an alternative, [via this process: How to generate a DEM from a contour Shapefile?] though I've only just downloaded QGIS, so while I'm a GIS newbie I am SLIGHTLY more familiar with Arc!

Any alternatives, help, or tips would be much appreciated!

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Most likely out of luck with ArcGIS without (Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst licenses) Licensing for ArcGIS can range from a few extra dollars to many thousands.

For Creating DEM using QGIS use the GRASS tools - more info is available here from the GIS-SE question.

How to generate a DEM from a contour Shapefile?

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