I created a profile through my point cloud, but I don’t see anything. Why?

Profiles can only be created through grid based map layers such as contour maps, color relief maps, 3D surface maps or wireframes. To create a profile through your point cloud, you will first need to convert the source data into a grid file:

  1. Open your point cloud as a map by clicking Home | New Map | Specialty | Point Cloud. Details on how to create a point cloud map are in this article: How can I view my LiDAR data?
  2. In the Contents window, select the Point Cloud map layer.
  3. Click Point Cloud | Features | Create Grid. The Grid Point Cloud dialog opens.Grid Point Cloud dialog
  4. Specify the Data field to grid, Aggregation method and Output Grid Geometry, or leave the defaults.
  5. Choose the Output Grid file location and type a file name.
  6. Check the Add grid as layer to box and select the point cloud Map frame.
  7. Set the New layer type as Contour.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Map Tools | Add to Map | Profile.
  10. In the Plot window, click to set the vertices of your profile. Press ENTER or double click when finished. The profile is created:

    Example of a point cloud and resulting profile

Updated November 13, 2018

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