Is it possible to convert 3D to 2D besides Multipatch method?

04-10-2023 10:06 PM
New Contributor II

Hi all,

Would appreciate if someone could help.

I've tried the multipatch footprint method to convert 3D shapefiles to 2D shapefiles. (Referring to

I hit a snag when trying to convert but it seems like the 3D feature class to 2D feature class using this 'copy and paste' method seems to only work in ArcMap. I need make it work in ArcGIS Pro. (Referred to

Is there any other methods besides the two methods mentioned above? Thank you.

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Esri Contributor

Hi, I think I need more information about what kind of data you are trying to convert from 3D to 2D but depending on your use case you could try this tool: Multipatch Footprint (3D Analyst)—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

FYI Multipatch is a 3D format so the first method you referer to would not convert your 3D Object feature class to 2D.

Esri Contributor

Having read your post again, if you need to convert 3D shapefiles to 2D shapefiles I think the workflow you have posted should work in ArcGIS Pro as well. First, create an empty 2D shapefile and then use copy and paste from the edit toolbar i Pro to copy your 3D shapefile data into the empty 2D shapefile.

New Contributor

Hi there,

It is possible to convert a shapefile to Multipatch, I have a base of 2D shapes, and I do not want to trace them again, there is a method by which I can convert polygon-type shapefiles to Multipatch

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