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I am using the CostPathAsPolyline method which returns the Polyline as an IGeometryCollection. I now need to get this converted back into a polyline. But it seems to be more complex than just a cast.

Can someone please help me? I cannot find anything online.

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Is this an ArcGIS related question? Which language are you trying to use? – BradHards Oct 22 '13 at 20:00
This is an ArcObjects question and it is C#. – SASS_Shooter Oct 25 '13 at 20:51
Did you want to put that in the question or the tags? – BradHards Oct 25 '13 at 23:37

Wouldn't you just do something like this?

IGeometryCollection collection = x.CostPathAsPolyline(y, z, zz);
IPolyline polyline = (IPolyline)collection;
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When I do this it runs. But the object has no length. When I set it to be returned in a response set, it says there is not enough spatial information to create a geometry (or something like that) See this:… – SASS_Shooter Oct 24 '13 at 12:25
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This took quite a while to find the correct answer. Believe it or not, when I told ESRI support that it returned only 1 point she asked what was wrong with that! This is the final code to actually get a line out of the code following an undocumented process:

IGeometryCollection result = distanceComputer.CostPathAsPolyline(points, costSets[0], costSets[1]);
geometry = result.get_Geometry(location);
if (geometry == null)
if (geometry is IPolycurve)
((IPolycurve)geometry).Densify(0, -1);
Polyline shape = geometry as Polyline;
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I had the exactly same problem, but it did not help much in my case. I mean the resulting polyline is in fact only a segment of the true cost path. What is more, mine GemetryCollection contsins a single geometry object too. Did you tackle this issue, or was it working in your case? – Konrad Mar 10 at 12:18

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