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Conversion of dem file format to shp file format beta

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Convert Digital Elevation Model map to ESRI ArcView shapefile.

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It appears that it is possible to extract the values from  Digital Elevation Model map files (.dem) and place them in a point in shapefile (.shp), but this requires ESRI ArcGIS software. You can even find some walkthroughs on Internet or Youtube how to do it, so dem to shp conversion this way is possible.

Microsoft Windows software Microsoft Windows icon - convert dem to shp on Windows

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A GIS application used to work with geographic data

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The table with program actions contains information about what each program is capable of doing with their files. This may be a good pointer for further searches for certain file conversions and help you find the converter you are looking for if our search result is insufficient for you. However, it is far from perfect and may sometimes show results which are not really usable because of the nature of the software handles the files. So a conversion that appears as possible, just because of matched actions, may in fact not be possible.


Additional links: Open dem file, Open shp file


Files with dem extension can be found as Digital Elevation Model maps used in some mapping, surveying and navigation programs.


Files with shp extension are generally geospatial vector data files used in ESRI GIS software. Later adopted by other vendors. Should not be confused with AutoCAD shape files, different format just sharing same extension.


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