1) For a full 3D GIS, the better is GRASS GIS, look at Screenshots of 3D data management or From drone-aerial pictures to DEM and ORTHOPHOTO: the case of Caldonazzo's castle, from example.
Some examples (interactive: you can scale, rotate the representation and many other things) :
DEM with 3D points:
Draped raster on the DEM
Draped geological map with ...
Have you ever created a building model using ArcMap? I'm confused as to why you would choose any of the ArcGIS products for this application, as it was designed for geographic data, not 3D modelling of structures.
Google Sketchup is very easy to learn and there are some very good tutorials on their website and on YouTube - I'd highly recommend it and would ...
There is some VB code on EDN
"This tool contains a toolbar providing functionality to create text labels in the 3D environment of ArcScene. The text and location of the labels of the toolbar can be originated from features in a layer, as well as by user defined positions via mouse clicks. Dialogs are provided to allow the modification of the rotation, ...
I have made the experience that the problem can not always be solved completely. But if you use layer's drawing priority, it gets better. Please try to use the layer's drawing priority:
In ArcScene you can change the drawing priority of each of the layers
being displayed, so the more important layers will render on top of
the less important layers. ...
You've got a projection issue. Chances are you've not specified the projection of the DEM correctly.
There are typically two indicators to this and you have both:
You have spikes.
You have a cell size that looks like: 0.000278 (it should be a whole number).
So make sure you've set the correct projection for the DEM as well as the drape (if memory serves, ...
Unfortunately, ArcScene has not been opened up to ArcPy like ArcMap has.
There is an ArcGIS Idea to have this functionality added to which you might like to add your name.
Alternatively, keep an eye on ArcGIS Pro because its ArcPy has a Camera class designed for 3D:
The Camera object provides access to 2D and 3D viewer properties that
control the ...
Disclaimer: I'm the developer behind ViziCities, though my only intention is to let you know about it and let you decide which tool is best for you.
Take a look into QGIS Plugins for that purpose. qgis2threejs is a experimental python plugin that is getting better and better as we speak. It allows you to transform any internet browser with WebGL into a 3D visualization tool.
You can check the code here:
Also check this usage example done by Anita Graser:
That's ArcScene, not ArcMap, and as such has no real labelling abilities. However there are plugins.
See this plugin for one potential solution: http://edndoc.esri.com/arcobjects/9.0/Samples/3D_Analyst/Visualization/ArcScene/Text_Toolbar/LABEL_3D_TOOLBAR.htm
And also this answer:
How to easily label point values in ...
Turn on the 3D Graphics toolbar, adjust some of the default text graphics properties before you add a label so that it is added large enough to see/find.
Select the 3D Text tool
Use the 3D Text tool to click on the feature you want to label, and type in the label you wish to display. Adjust the label properties for orientation and size.
I've created a ...
When you downloaded the data what format did it come in? By definition, if the data is a raster format, it can be considered 3D data, as it has a x,y,z value. If you are looking to have it extruded in ArcScene then you will want to do a few of the following things.
Assuming your data is in a usable raster format (ie: GeoTiff) then you will want to do the ...
The easiest way I know to do this is to digitize a path around the object in question in ArcScene (make sure your polyline contains z-values), then select this path and use the animations toolbar to create a flyby from path. When you do this, you should have your screen centered on the object you want to focus on. Right click on the object and select "Set ...
Perhaps one of these two methods will work for you:
ArcMAP Select by Location 3D relationships and ArcScene Select by 3D Box
How about Inside 3D (3D Analyst)? Since the output of Extrude Between is a feature class with multipatch 3D features, can you use this tool to identify the 3D Point features which are within the resulting soil horizons?
Can you use ...
A DEM is simply a grid of values representing elevation. To visualize the elevation in "3D" in ArcScene, right-click the DEM layer and go to properties. Under the Base Heights tab, select the "Floating on a custom surface" radio button, and navigate to your DEM if it is not already populated in the browse box. Hit Apply and OK. ArcScene will render the ...
The workflow to get this:
Elevation of original buffer = 100m.
I defined plateau elevation = 150 m, and computed D=50/tan(35).
Next - create negative buffer "outside only" with minus 71.40 m.
Converted inner ring to polyline and populated new field Z=150.
Convert original buffer to polyline and populate new field by 100.
Used 2 polylines and ...
I've found a useful work around right now that works in FME
As a reader select your .shp file from ArcGIS Pro.
First you need to transform the shape to an 3D generated environment (important to select the base_elev of your shape (as surface level))
The second transformer extrudes the polygons by their approx_hei (the z-value in meters in your attribute ...
What you could is to create a Mosaic Dataset. Here the singles tiles are converted into one large tile which shows continous displaying.
Here is the reference for the tool on the ESRI website:
I can't give you any screenshots because ArcGIS is not ...
Add basemap to ArcMap
Export to jpeg or tiff
Add exported jpeg / tiff to ArcMap
Georeference the exported image
Add georeferenced image to ArcScene
Set Base Heigt to constant elevation or float on surface (DEM, TIN)
How did you drape the vectors? I think you need to set the Base Heights. To do so:
Right click the vector data layer and select Properties.
Click the Base Heights tab.
Select the radial button beside Obtain heights for layer from surface. The program automatically selects the DEM open in ArcScene.
Click Apply, then move to the Extrusion tab.
As Craig says, OpenGL is the way to go for 3D.
See Creating an ArcGIS Engine Application With C-Sharp and OpenGL. Earlier versions of ArcGIS Explorer also supported OpenGL calls, but last time I checked Esri no longer supports it.
I don't know why they did this - OpenGL drawing really helped differentiate AGX from Google Earth.
Even if your ...
Since for feature renderers, it is the property page that is registered so that it appears in the UI (renderers themselves are not registered), your best bet is to implement your own property page and relay all (or most) of its calls to an GraduatedColorPropertyPage instance. This class is the property page for class breaks renderers.
Now, for the feature ...
My suggestion would be to create two rasters, one from the first returns to create a Digital Surface Model (DSM). Then create a "bare earth" DEM using the last returns. Next, create a normalized DSM (nDSM) by subtracting the DEM from the DSM which will give relative heights above an assumed baseline of "0". From there, you can extract the values of the ...
The link in Devdatta's comment partially addresses how to simply drape the vectors, but despite this you can still experience the issues the OP mentions. I believe (personal hypothesis) that the mismatch is due to the difference in triangulation between your vectors and the underlying TIN. You notice this especially with large polygons where the ...
I had the same problem using some SRTM DEMs. Besides from using some later and more correct version or another data source, I'd recommend setting all values below some chosen threshold (that will only select the hole pixels) to NoData (=erase them) and then re-interpolating them according to the surrounding pixels so that there will at least be no excesses.
I also encountered this problem (shadows appearing below the ground) and it took me a while to figure out a workaround (I suspect that the problem exists because the tools are not yet used very much - I had to figure this out on my own!) You basically need to select only the above ground shadows and delete the rest.
My (not very eloquent) workaround was ...
GIS wont be a big drain on your graphics card. You might not want to hear this, but even an Intel integrated graphics chip will do fine.
I definitely wouldn't go for a workstation graphics card, they are used for precision, not performance, and are way too expensive.
If I were you, I'd get something nice and light so that you can carry it around for school ...
A quick search uncovered Make your first scene in the ArcGIS Online Help:
A scene is symbolized 3D geospatial content that includes a multiscale
basemap, a collection of 2D and 3D layers, styles, and configurations
that allow you to visualize and analyze geographic information in an
intuitive and interactive 3D environment.You can create scenes with