Campus Light Illumination

Discussion created by lipsc1sw on Nov 29, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 30, 2012 by lipsc1sw
Please forgive me if this is the wrong forum, but...

I am looking to calculate the illumination of lights on a campus. However, I have no idea where to start. I have not really had much practice dealing with the 3D/Spatial tools; I mostly dealt with the Network Analyst tools in the past.

I have found other instances of people doing something similar, but they don't really mention what tools they used or the steps they used to get there.  I am imagining the output to be a raster with cell values higher near the lights and lower away depending on the type, height, etc of the bulb.  I have found some equations that will help me calculate this, I just don't know where to begin in ArcMap.  So, does anyone have any advice or resources that I could use/follow to get started?  I'm looking forward to learning, I just need some help getting started.