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Lets start by breaking down the number of steps we have to go through before we can export 3D data from this package. Keep in mind that there are numerous steps in between each of these , such as activating plugins. Open ArcMap and begin a new blank project. Next, you need to point to a.
SHP file. Now you should have something similar to the image below showing the island of Manhattan or what ever other city you are looking at.
You will notice a new layer has been created for you on the left hand side that contains this data. Now we need to move into ArcScene. ArcMap is only 2D and so we cannot create our 3D model in this environment. Why not just open the. SHP file in ArcScene? If we only want to deal with a small portion of Manhattan in 3D we need to create shapefile that only contains what we want to extrude.
A window will pop up asking you where you would like to save the data. Click the folder icon to specify the file path and name. This is the exact same process we went through in ArcMap to import Data. You should see the piece you export in perspective now, everything will look flat. We can multiply the [Num Floors] by ten feet….. In order to export the model we need to activate some ArcGIS extension, which , for what ever reason are never activated by default.
Before we can export the model we need to tell ArcScene that this is in fact a mesh model that can be converted to 3Ds or OBJ. To do this we need to use the ArcToolBox extensions. Open the extension panel by click the little red toolbox icon as shown below. A new window will pop up asking which layer you want to export and where you would like to save the new file. This will create a new layer for you. A small timer will appear in the bottom right corner of ArcScene while it is exporting your file.
You are done and can now import your model into any program you wish in order to render. Synthetic Spaces is the design portfolio and writings of Carson and Anja Smuts. Open ArcMap Import a shape file containing the building footprints and building height metaData. Save the area that we want to extrude in 3D as a new shapefile. Step 2 Next, you need to point to a. Step 3 Now we need to move into ArcScene. Use the select marquee tool to select only the elements you want to extrude in ArcScene.
Another window will pop up , here you must select the folder and filename you wish to use. Step 5 You should see the piece you export in perspective now, everything will look flat.
Once you click ok , your buildings should have been extruded as shown below. Step 6 In order to export the model we need to activate some ArcGIS extension, which , for what ever reason are never activated by default. Step 8 Now we can finally export our model to another program. From the Input Layer drop down menu select the new feature class layer that was created. Finally You are done and can now import your model into any program you wish in order to render.
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