Raw Point Cloud To Feature Class

The Raw Point Cloud to Feature Class tool takes a raw point cloud file of x,y,z values and converts it to a shapefile.
The raw survey file to shapefile is located under the Data Preparation menu under the Survey Preparation menu:

When the Raw Point Cloud to Feature Class button is clicked the tool menu is shown:


The inputs for the Raw Point Cloud to Feature Class are:
  • raw point cloud
    • An ascii text file formatted into columns of x, y, z. Other columns can be present but will not be included in the output shapefile. (headers can be commented out with a #)
  • spatial reference (optional)
    • can be in the form of a .prj file or you can load an existing shapefile that contains a spatial reference and that spatial reference will be imported.


The outputs for the tool are:
  • Shapefile or Feature Class
    • contains x, y, z fields from the original surveyed points.