Working with 3D GIS Using ArcGIS

At version 10, ArcGIS 3D Analyst supports a complete solution for 3D GIS. This course teaches fundamental concepts of 3D GIS as you learn how to visualize, edit, model, and analyze GIS data within a 3D context.

Who Should Attend
GIS analysts, planning professionals, geospatial intelligence analysts, and other experienced ArcGIS users who want to create, manage, analyze, and share 3D data.

After completion of this course you will be able to:
• Visualize GIS data in 3D globes and local perspectives.
• Create and import 3D data.
• Edit and maintain 3D vector data in a 3D environment.
• Perform 3D analyses including viewshed, visibility, volumetric, and terrain analyses on vector and raster data.
• Use best practices to optimize 3D views for use on the desktop.
• Visualize temporal data in 3D by enabling time and creating 3D animations.

Course Outline

Using 3D GIS
• Considerations for incorporating 3D into GIS workflows
• Working with ArcScene vs. ArcGlobe
• Navigating a scene using ArcScene
• View a scene from multiple perspectives
• Navigating 3D data in ArcGlobe

Working with 3D data
• Understanding z-values and z-aware features
• Rasters, TINs, and terrains
• Creating an elevation raster from a digital elevation model (DEM)
• Interpolating a surface
• Creating 3D features

Visualizing GIS data in 3D
• Using 3D symbols
• Visualizing temporal data in 3D
• Creating animations

Editing features in 3D
• Editing workflow
• Creating textured 3D objects
• Editing features and 3D networks

Analyzing data using 3D tools
• Functional surface types
• Suitability models
• Determining optimal aspect, slope, and elevation
• Performing suitability analysis
• Creating skylines and skyline barriers to perform visibility analysis

Optimizing 3D performance
• Preparing raster data and feature data
• Layer property and application settings
• ArcScene optimization techniques
• ArcGlobe optimization techniques

Solving problems with 3D GIS
• Subsurface workflow
• 3D Virtual City workflow
• Coastal flood inundation

• Completion of ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality or Learning ArcGIS Desktop or equivalent knowledge is required.