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FAQ: What is the difference between the Adjust 3D Z tool and the Feature to 3D by Attribute tool?

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What is the difference between the Adjust 3D Z tool and the Feature to 3D by Attribute tool?

Answer

When z-values must be updated based on field values, there are two geoprocessing options to achieve this: The Adjust 3D Z tool, or the Feature To 3D By Attribute tool. Both tools allow z-values to be updated in a dataset. However, the methods of each tool are unique.

  • Adjust 3D Z

    The Adjust 3D Z tool adds or subtracts field values from the existing z-values. For example:

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    Image of the Adjust 3D Z tool output
     
  • Feature To 3D By Attribute

    The Feature To 3D By Attribute tool creates a new feature class with the field values as the z-values. This removes existing z-values from the dataset and repopulates them with the field values.

    Image of the Feature to 3D by Attribute tool
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    Note:
    The Feature To 3D By Attribute tool requires a 3D Analyst license.
    

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