Python Script for Surface Volume (3D Analyst)

Discussion created by mikegc10 on Mar 1, 2011
I'm very thankful for the example script provided below from the help menu. Especially the inclusion of a range for the plane input. However, I cannot for the life of me, figure out how to write all of the results to one .txt or .csv. When I include an output = 'c:/data/example.csv' and then specify the output variable in result = arcpy.SurfaceVolume_3d(inSurface, output, "ABOVE", plane, z_factor, pyramid_level), it only writes the first result to the file. In ArcObjects I believe the method is called writestream or writeline. Is there something similar in python?


# Name: Surface Volume Example
# Description: The following stand-alone script demonstrates how to use the
#              Surface Volume tool to determine the area and volume of a
#              TIN dataset using planes of 100, 200, and 300 feet.
# Requirements: 3D Analyst extension
# Author: ESRI

# Import system modules
import arcpy
from arcpy import env

# Obtain a license for the 3D Analyst extension

# Set environment settings
env.workspace = "C:/data"

    # Set Local Variables
    inSurface = "sample.gdb/featuredataset/elevation_terrain"
    z_factor = 3.28
    pyramid_level = 5
    for plane in range(100, 301, 100):
        #Execute SurfaceVolume
        result = arcpy.SurfaceVolume_3d(inSurface, "", "ABOVE", plane,
                                        z_factor, pyramid_level)
    print result.GetMessage(0)
except Exception as e:
    # Returns any other error messages
    print e.message