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  • How to digitize contour line in an efficient way

    1. Make sure you have assigned the elevations first then (Vertex Editing > Edit Feature Vertices)
    2. Select the lines
    3. Right-click
    4. Advanced Feature Creation Options > Create Point Features Spaced Along Selected Features

    Alternatively, if you have reasonably clean contours you may be able to convert them to lines by creating area features based on the contour colour values and then converting those to center lines:

    1. Right-click the raster layer
    2. Create Area Features from Equal Values in Selected Layer
    3. Choose Only Create Areas for Selected Colors and enter the RGB value of your contour e.g. 0,0,0 for black
    4. Select the newly created area features
    5. Right-click > Move/Reshape Feature(s) > SIMPLIFY
    6. Right-click > Move/Reshape Feature(s) > SMOOTH
    7. Right-click > Advanced Feature Creation Options > Create Area Skeletons/Center Lines
    8. Join any gaps in the new contour lines:
    9. Right-click > Crop/Combine/Split Functions > COMBINE 
    10. Repeat steps 5 & 6 to reduce the points and smooth

    This is an example I created using the above workflow - took around 10-15 minutes. Using the Image Swipe Tool I have shown the original raster on the right and the results of the process above on the left. The image below that shows the raster below the new contour lines.

  • tools for calculating volume

    Our company would find a dedicated tool for this very useful in our offices across the world. For instance, placing a point and getting global mapper to fill within the 'basin' to a specific elevation. We perform a lot of analysis for Tailings Facilities so having the ability to model a dam and then compute the capacity behind it would be awesome.

    On that subject, having the ability to create a dam from a Line Feature would also be amazing too. We would need to enter the crest width, crest elevation and upstream and downstream slope parameters.