How To: Create a Z-aware shapefile or feature class from a table
Instructions provided show how to create a Z-aware shapefile or feature class from a table or spreadsheet.
- Open ArcCatalog and right-click the table in the Catalog tree that has columns containing coordinates. Point to Create Feature Class, and click From XY Table.
- Click the X Field drop-down arrow and click the name of the column that contains the x-coordinates.
- Click the Y Field drop-down arrow and click the name of the column that contains the y-coordinates.
- Click the Z Field drop-down arrow and click the name of the column that contains the z-coordinates.
- Click Spatial Reference of Input Coordinates and define the coordinate system for the input values as necessary.
- Click the Browse button.
- Click the 'Save as' type drop-down arrow, and click the format in which to create the new point features.
- Navigate to the folder or geodatabase in which you want to store the new features.
- Type a name for the new data source and click Save.
- Set any Advanced Geometry Options and ArcSDE configuration keywords as necessary.
- Click OK. A new point data source is created in the appropriate location.
To verify that the z values exist, start an Edit Session in ArcMap and double-click a point. Open the Edit Sketch Properties dialog box to view the z values.
- Adding x,y coordinate data as a layer
- Create contours from XY data using Spatial Analyst
- Create contours from XY data using 3D Analyst