In a blog last year we posted an ArcGIS Explorer 1200 add-in that allowed you to create 3D KML representations of feature layers.
We have now updated the add-in for ArcGIS Explorer 1500 and posted it for download @ Esri’s ArcGIS.com site.
For further information see the following resources:
- 3D Extruder add-in User Guide for ArcGIS Explorer 1500
- Ross Smail’s original blog post on the 3D Extruder for ArcGIS Explorer 1200
The utility allows you to select numeric attribute fields which will control the height and colour of the output objects. For point and line datasets, you can also control the width of the output objects using another numeric attribute field. For COLLADA models you can control the insertion height and the scale of the model (all dimensions are currently equally scaled).
The fields selected can all be the same, or can be different. This, combined with the ability to control the colour of the output objects using another numeric attribute field, enables you to symbolise your data on the basis of up to 3 different attributes.
As an example, an oil well could be represented by a column in which daily production controls the column height, total lifetime production controls the column width and the depth of the well controls the colour, ramping from blue to red, from shallow to deep.
Posted by Chris Jepps, Exprodat.