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How does the contour tool (3D Anaylst) work in detail?

Question asked by thorstendey on Dec 8, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 8, 2017 by slynch-esristaff



can anybody give me additional information on how contouring (3D Analyst) in ArcGIS works?


Looking at the explanations within the help files I got no satisfying answer. I derived a contour from a raster with a resolution of 1 m and a base contour located at 0.05 m above mean sea level.


Is it a TIN-interpolation based on the cell center points? I wonder why the distances between the vertices (contour) are so irregular...


Any information on how the contour-tool works in detail would be great!


Best regards

Thorsten Dey


this is how it looks like...

contour line based on 1 m raster