Loading a rule file (Bathymetry Solution)

After you have searched and filtered your bathymetry data in the Explore Bathymetry window, you can use it to create a surface. If you have previously defined a rule file, you can load it into the Compose Surface window.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Bathymetry.
  3. Click the Compose Surface button Compose Surface on the Bathymetry toolbar.

    The Compose Surface window appears.

    Compose Surface window
  4. Click Load Rules.

    The Open dialog box appears.

    Open dialog box

  5. Browse to and select the rule file you want to load into the Compose Surface window.
  6. Click Open.

    The rule file is loaded into the Compose Surface window.

  7. Optionally select one of the items in the Filtered Datasets list.
  8. Optionally click the up or down arrows to adjust the display order for that item.

    The up and down arrows located at the bottom left of the filtered datasets list will move the bathymetry items up or down by one position in the list. The up and down arrows located at the bottom right of the filtered datasets list will move a bathymetry item to the top of the list or to the bottom of the list, respectively.

  9. Optionally click Apply Rules.

    When you adjust the display order of bathymetry in the Filtered Datasets list, rules lose their link to the bathymetry data. Clicking Apply Rules restores the link between the rules and the bathymetry dataset.

  10. Click the Preview button Preview to generate a preview of the ordered surface.

    A mosaic dataset containing all sorting and display rules is added to the table of contents in ArcMap.


    The mosaic dataset generated by the Preview tool has approximate values calculated for the Min, Max, Mean, and Standard Deviation raster statistics fields and should not be used for analysis. In addition, the preview also has a Stretch Type parameter of the Stretch function configured for Minimum-Maximum, which will include all pixel values, even outliers. If you need to generate precise statistics or exclude outlying pixel values, it is highly recommended that you use the Calculate Statistics tool and configure the Stretch function parameters to meet your requirements.