Is there really no 3D Surface Area Calculation tool?

Discussion created by tcmartin on Nov 19, 2010
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2012 by minucher
I need to caculate the area of a property based on the topography, is there really no tool inherent to Desktop 10 or 3d Analyst to do this?  It hasn't been an issue until we acquired a 10,000 acre tract with an extremely steep ridge and valley topography.

The simplest way I can think of doing this would be to create a grid within my property boundary and calculate individual areas for each polygon.  Then caculate slope and create an integer grid of the same size and apply a slope calculation to each polygon's area....there's gotta be an easy way to do this.  If it can calculate a 3d perimter and volumes etc, why not a 3d surface area??

Please tell me I'm missing something!