Introduction to 3D Data: Modeling with ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth / Edition 1

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Written as a self-study workbook, Introduction to 3D Data demystifies the sometimes confusing controls and procedures required for 3D modeling using software packages such as ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth.

Going beyond the manual that comes with the software, this profusely illustrated guide explains how to use ESRI's ArcGIS 3D Analyst to model and analyze three-dimensional geographical surfaces, create 3D data, and produce displays ranging from topographically realistic maps to 3D scenes and spherical earth-like views. The engagingly user-friendly instruction:

Walks you through basic concepts of 3D data, progressing to more advanced techniques such as calculating surface area and volume

Introduces you to two major software packages: ArcGIS 3D Analyst (including ArcScene and ArcGlobe) and Google Earth

Reinforces your understanding through in-depth discussions with over thirty hands-on exercises and tutorial datasets provided at

Helps you apply the theory with real-world applications

Whether you're a student or professional in geology, landscape architecture, transportation system planning, hydrology, or a related field, Introduction to 3D Data will quickly turn you into a power user of 3D GIS.

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“With Introduction to 3D Data: Modeling with ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth the reader will master the craft of 3D visualization, especially if the book is complemented by a theoretical GIS compendium.” (Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 1 May 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470381243
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 979,770
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction to 3D Data: Modeling with ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth 1

Exercise 1-1 Preview Data in ArcCatalog 15

Exercise 1-2 Create a Layer File in ArcCatalog 21

Chapter 2 3D Display in ArcScene 27

Exercise 2-1 Set Background Color and Illumination in ArcScene 33

Exercise 2-2 Set Vertical Exaggeration in ArcScene 37

Exercise 2-3 Apply a Coordinate System to a Scene 42

Exercise 2-4 Set 3D Layer Properties for an Elevation Raster 52

Exercise 2-5 Set 3D Layer Properties for a Raster Image 58

Exercise 2-6 Set Base Heights for a 2D Vector Layer 62

Exercise 2-7 Extrude 2D Vector Features 69

Challenge Exercise: View Regional Park Study Data in ArcScene 78

Chapter 3 3D Navigation and Animation 83

Exercise 3-1 Set Targets and Observers 86

Exercise 3-2 Animated Rotation and the Viewer Manager 94

Exercise 3-3 The Fly Tool 103

Exercise 3-4 Create 3D Animated Films 106

Chapter 4 ArcGlobe 123

Exercise 4-1 Understanding ArcGlobe 125

Exercise 4-2 Explore ArcGlobe's Options, Add Data, and Redefine Layer Types 133

Chapter 5 Google Earth 143

Exercise 5-1 Navigating Google Earth's Interface, and the Planet 145

Exercise 5-2 Create a Polygon and Edit Its Properties Through Google Earth's Form Menus 152

Exercise 5-3 Edit the Gardens Polygon Using KML 162

Chapter 6 Raster Surface Models 169

Exercise 6-1 Interpolate a Terrain Surface with Spline 180

Exercise 6-2 Interpolate Terrain with Inverse Distance Weighted and Natural Neighbors 188

Exercise 6-3 Calculate Hillshade and Aspect 193

Exercise 6-4 Calculate Slope 198

Exercise 6-5 Calculate Viewshed 206

Challenge Exercise: Calculate Viewshedand Slope Levels for Elk Park 214

Chapter 7 TIN Surface Models 219

Exercise 7-1 Create a TIN from Vector Features 227

Exercise 7-2 Add Polygon Attribute Values to a TIN 234

Exercise 7-3 Change TIN Symbology and Classification 242

Challenge Exercise: Create a TIN of Elk Park 249

Chapter 8 Terrain Surface Models 255

Exercise 8-1 Create a Terrain Dataset 257

Exercise 8-2 Rasterize a Terrain Dataset and View it in ArcGlobe 266

Chapter 9 3D Features and More Surface Analysis Techniques 275

Exercise 9-1 Convert 2D Features to 3D, and Digitize 3D Features in ArcMap 279

Exercise 9-2 Draw a Line of Sight and a Cross-section Profile Graph 289

Exercise 9-3 Calculate Surface Area and Volume on a TIN 296

Challenge Exercise: Create Multipatch 3D Features 301

Chapter 10 SKP to Multipatch to KML: Finalize the Elk Park Project 305

Exercise 10-1 Convert a SketchUp File to a Multipatch Feature Class 306

Exercise 10-2 View the Multipatch Feature Class in ArcGlobe 312

Exercise 10-3 Export Layers from ArcMap to KML, and View Them in Google Earth 314

Challenge Exercise: Export a SketchUp Model to Google Earth 322

About the Tutorial Data 327

Index 329

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