An overview of the 3D Analyst toolbox

Use the ArcGIS 3D Analyst Geoprocessing tools to create, modify, and analyze TIN, raster, and terrain surfaces then extract information and features from them. The 3D Analyst toolsets let you convert TINs to features and rasters; create 3D features from functional surfaces by extracting height information; interpolate information from rasters; mathematically manipulate rasters; reclassify rasters; and derive height, slope, aspect, and volumetric information from TINs and rasters.

Creating surfaces and 3D data can help you harness information from your GIS data that was not readily apparent in its 2D form.

Learn more about surfaces and surface models

Learn more about feature data and 3D

Once you have created your data structures and derived result sets, you can use ArcScene or ArcGlobe to visualize your data in 3D.

3D Analyst has a comprehensive array of toolsets that contain a rich set of tools to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. Some of the tools work with TINs, some with rasters, and some work with either type of surface. Tools are available to help you create TINs and rasters, convert between formats and surface components, conduct surface analysis, and interpolate and perform functions on rasters.

The following table lists the available toolsets in 3D Analyst and a brief description of each:

Toolset Description
Conversion Conversion functions let you convert between TIN and raster formats and convert TINs to features.
Functional surface Functional surface tools let you extract elevation information from surfaces into output feature classes.
Raster interpolation Raster interpolation functions create continuous raster surfaces from a given set of sample points.
Raster math Raster math functions apply a specified mathematical operation, mathematical function, trigonometric function, bitwise operator, or a variety of logical operations on each cell of an input raster or series of rasters.
Raster reclass Raster reclass functions enable the changing of input cell values with new output cell values.
Raster surface Raster surface functions enable you to analyze input raster surfaces.
Terrain Terrain tools are used to automate the creation of terrains and to edit and refine schema associated with existing terrains.
TIN creation TIN creation functions enable you to create and edit TINs.
TIN surface TIN surface functions enable you to analyze input TIN surfaces.

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