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We are using the metes and bounds in old pipeline alignment sheets, when in an edit session in ArcMap, to plug in the "direction/length" values to generate the line segments. Does anyone have any idea how I could explore further on how would this be done in Python. For example if I used an insert cursor and some how mangled that with some trigonometry...(grasping for straws here). All I have is an alignment sheet giving a string of these... S-34-47-00-E 567'. Any ideas. Other gis systems welcome or ArcObjects Thanks.

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Look at cogo tools. I think there is a toolbar for that in arceditor.
Autocad map3d and civil3d both have that also.
I believe I have even seen something on th Qgis list mentioning a plugin for it.

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