calculate z-values from attribute

Discussion created by mike_geo on May 4, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 26, 2013 by dianys

Is there a way to calculate the z-values for a z-enabled point shp file from a field attribute that contains elevation values in ArcGIS 9.3 other than editing the shp file and entering the values manually?

Once this is accomplished, is it possible to convert the points (with the z-values) to a line (using each point as a vertex) that retains the z-values?

These seem like such a common tasks, but I couldn't find any good tools that do that. Any ideas, please let me know.