ArcGIS 3D Analyst Tutorial

ArcGIS 3D Analyst provides advanced visualization, analysis, and surface generation tools. Using ArcGIS 3D Analyst, you can view large sets of data in three dimensions from multiple viewpoints, query a surface, and create a realistic perspective image that drapes raster and vector data over a surface.

With ArcGIS 3D Analyst, you can:

  • Analyze terrain data to determine what can be seen from different observation points.
  • Model subsurface features such as wells, mines, groundwater, and underground networks and facilities.
  • View and analyze impact zones from blasts and military threats.
  • Determine optimum facility placement or resource location.
  • Share 3D views, animations, and analyses with stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Create a 3D virtual city to support planning and maintenance.


A 3D perspective creates a realistic simulation of a project, environment, or critical situation to help a variety of clients plan and prepare for and proactively mitigate potential issues.

Who Benefits from 3D GIS

  • City planners and developers can visualize the impact of proposed projects and share insights with community stakeholders.
  • Mining and geoscientists can examine subsurface structures and calculate volumes.
  • Facility managers can create and maintain building, infrastructure, and utility networks.
  • Civil engineers can perform line-of-sight and shadow analyses for buildings, cell towers, and utility infrastructure.
  • Police and security personnel gain more complete situational awareness.
  • Military personnel can perform realistic mission and flight path analyses of potential threats.
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