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Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap but do not?

I put 4 different layers into my ArcMap document, but only one of them will show up on the map! I should be seeing the other 3 layers as well. When I do a Zoom to layer, I can see one layer, but I ...
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What are some resources for learning ArcPy?

I would like to learn ArcPy, but I do not know quite where to begin. Does anyone have any good advice on where I should start to learn ArcPy?
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How to include variable in where clause of arcpy.Select_analysis?

I am trying to loop through a shapefile, selecting each feature in turn and copying it to a temporary shapefile to by included in a union analysis. I'm using a cursor to find the ID name for each ...
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Converting ArcGIS layer style to Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) file?

I am putting together a GIS server using GeoServer and need some help with importing my layer styles from ArcGIS 10 to SLD format. I have one layer in ArcMap properly symbolized and labeled, how ...
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How to use SRTM Global DEM for Slope calculation?

I have downloaded SRTM GDEM (~90 km resolution). I am using ArcGIS 10. I have tried to use spatial analyst to compute for slope. However, I can not compute for the slope. The output values has only ...
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Splitting feature class by unique values for an attribute/field in ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

I would like to split a single shapefile into multiple shapefiles by using unique values for one attribute/field to select features for each value out into a new feature class. I found ET Geowizard ...
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Porting Avenue code for Producing Building Shadows to ArcPy/Python for ArcGIS Desktop?

Whuber provided an answer at Producing building shadows? which required using Avenue code. Any idea how to make it work in ArcGIS Desktop 10?
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How to change feature class and field aliases in bulk?

I have over a hundred FCs, each with 10 or 20 attributes to add or change the aliases for, two or more times a year. Needless to say, this is not something I'm going to grunt my way through. How can I ...
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts?

I have written many Python scripts using arcpy in ArcGIS 10, and so far my only means of debugging is restricted to printing messages to the geoprocessing results window using arcpy.AddMessage(). Are ...
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Connecting line features and determining the length of the longest line

I have a line feature (see image) representing a river that I created using the Stream_to_Feature tool. The attribute table contains several records representing different lines - the problem is the ...
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Packing Polygons within polygon

I have a Boolean raster. In the grey areas of the raster I would like to fit a given size polygon within a contiguous extent. Basically, I have an irregular polygon, and i would like to "fit" a ...
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How to count and rasterize polygon overlaps in ArcGIS Desktop?

How do you take a vector layer with overlapping polygons and turn it into a raster where each cell counts the number of polygons containing that cell? We are looking at polygons of fire burn areas ...
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How to force ArcGIS to recognize a text field in a CSV file?

Related to Data-type detection in ArcGIS table loading I have a CSV file which contains a mixture of numeric and text fields: ID,Txt,Int,Dbl 12345,abc,45,56.78 12346,9,65,23.12 12347,10,66,23.13 ...
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Ways to Speed Up Python Scripts Running As ArcGIS Tools

This is a pretty general question. I just wondering what tips and tricks GIS programmers have used to speed up arcpy scripts that you import into the toolbox and run. I work most everyday writing ...
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How to convert Distance, Azimuth, Dip to XYZ?

I have an excel spreadsheet with header and survey drill data. Header data contains hole ID, and location coordinates, and the survey data contains related downhole survey with Distance, Azimuth and ...
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Is it possible to have a dynamic table in a data driven page environment?

I am creating a map series that has many polygons per sheet. There is annotation for the polygons however some polygons are very small with no annotation for them (annotation would completely hide a ...
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Remove spatially duplicate features using ModelBuilder

I am creating a model to remove features which are duplicated within a polygon feature class. Most of the features are duplicated once, but about a quarter have up to three or four exact copies. I do ...
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How to Extract by Attribute Using ModelBuilder with User Input?

Using ModelBuilder, I want to create a tool that will let a user choose the value or values that will be used to extract a shapefile. I have a parcel layer with a "Parcel_Type" field. I want the user ...
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Specifications for GIS desktop hardware

I'm in the market for a new pc/laptop. Judging from what I've seen around here, a lot of people are discussing having a laptop for their personal GIS use. Portability is not an issue for me, so I'm ...
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Obtaining extent of each polygon in shapefile?

In arcgis 10 and python I want to get the extent (xmax, ymax, xmin, ymin) info of each of the polygons in a shape file. I can get the extent of the whole shape file using ...
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How to find the locations of the highest values in a raster?

Using ArcGIS 10, I have a raster where I would like to find the pixel with the maximum value in the raster and return its location (center of pixel) in decimal degrees. I would like to iterate through ...
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Adding new group layer with ArcPy?

Does anyone now how to add a group layer with Python in ArcGIS Desktop 10? I can use arcpy.mapping.AddLayer but surely this is only for an actual layer as opposed to a group layer. so far I have ...
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Permanently replace/update server/service in each ArcSDE Layer in MXD?

Using the mxd.findAndReplaceWorkspacePaths method, if and MXD is updated and the path the the .sde connection file moves again all of the data sources will break again. Is there a method to ...
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Inserting newlines in Rectangle Text elements via ArcPy causes overlap?

I ran across an issue the other day when I tried to use ArcPython's mapping module to edit rectangle text elements with newlines (\n) in an ArcMap document. Here's what the output looked like: ...
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How to represent several points with same coordinates on map? [duplicate]

I'm working on Arcgis 10. I have a point shapefile representing events with several points having coinciding coordinates (They have the same coordinates). For representing them in a dynamic way, I ...
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Select features by attribute if in Python list

I believe this will amount to largely a sql syntax question. Essentially, I am trying to complete a select by attribute in Python but based on the query of whether an attribute is present in a list. ...
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How to sort a feature class and then calculate a sequential ID field?

I am in ArcMap and I want to sort the records based on a field and then do a Calculate Field with an auto-incrementing value with the sort in-place. Any ideas? It looks like I could get an update ...
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Methodology for creating accurate drainage networks (and catchments) from high resolution LiDAR DEM?

This is not the first time I've stumbled over this issue; it seems that I am unable to generate a correct drainage network model and the resulting catchments from full resolution (1m cells) LiDAR ...
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How can I calculate the average width of a polygon?

I'm interested in examining the average width of a polygon that represents the road surface. I also have the road centerline as a vector (which is sometimes not exactly in the center). In this example ...
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How can I create weighted Thiessen polygons?

I have a point shape file and I create Thiessen (Voronoi) polygons programmatically using this scripting syntax: CreateThiessenPolygons_analysis (in_features, out_feature_class, fields_to_copy) ...
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How to reorder fields (permanently) in a file geodatabase

Using ArcGIS 10.0, is it possible to reorder the fields in a file geodatabase, and have the order persisted to the database? We considered exporting to XML, and writing a parser to change the field ...
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Finding mid-point of line using ArcPy?

How can the mid-point of a polyline be calculated using the geoprocessing framework, e.g. in a Python script? The polyline.centroid property returns The true centroid if it is within or on the ...
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Merging hundreds of Aerial Photos into one big file?

I have tried to merge my 405 Aerial Photos into one. I have FME and ArcInfo 10.0 at my disposal on Windows 7 64bit. I have tried the following: create a mosaic; export all images from a ...
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How to list feature classes in multiple geodatabases in a folder?

I have a folder with numerous geodatabases in it. Within the geodatabases are feature classes. I would like to get a list of the feature classes in these geodatabases using a Python script. I've only ...
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Why Intersect gives ERROR 999999: Error executing function Invalid Topology [Too many lineseg endpoints]?

I am trying to run an Intersect process in arcgis 10 sp 3 with 2 file sets (aspect and slope) from up to a 1m DEM across an area of 65,000sq km. The aspect has 9,930,384 records and the slope has ...
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How to convert LAS to GRID/Raster for ArcGIS input?

I was wondering if there is an option to convert LAS (LIDAR data) to raster or GRID format that ArcGIS could read it. Thanks.
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How do I create a shapefile showing footprints of Rasters?

I have around 1,000 satellite images in tiff format, and I want to create a shapefile which will serve as an index to the rasters. This is something similar to a raster catalog, but I do not want to ...
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How to calculate stream order for vector data without a DEM?

I have a shapefile which contains the streams that were digitized from a satellite Image. I would like to calculate the stream order for this data. The data does not exactly match the DEM that I have, ...
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Basic Field Calculator Python Question

I'm trying to used the Python syntax in ArcGIS 10's field calculator and am thoroughly confused. So far the most basic calculations are failing me, and I don't understand why. I'm trying to create a ...
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Manually edit a raster to improve a classification?

I have a land cover classification derived from Landsat TM imagery - I created this classification using ENVI. I would like to edit individual and groups of cells in some areas of the classification ...
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How to find and delete identical points?

I recently performed Integrate on a merged point feature class in ArcGIS 10.1. I specified "1 meter" XY tolerance for the Integrate command. The resulting point feature appears to be what I want ...
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How to Batch Clip in ArcGIS Desktop 10 using Python/ArcPy?

I've come across a few similar questions for older versions of ArcGIS, but haven't found a suitable answer for ArcGIS 10. I have two polygon shapefiles that cover a large area (e.g. an entire ...
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Trouble importing Feature Classes into Feature Datasets

I'm sure there must be a simple reason for this but I can't seem to be able to import a shp file or a feature class from another file or sde geodatabase into a Feature Dataset without getting an ...
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Are layer files compatible between arcgis 10 and 9.3?

If I save layer files in ArcGIS 10, can they be opened and modified in ArcGIS 9.3? Many thanks for your help.
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Adding “noise” to overlapping X,Y coordinates so no longer in EXACT same place?

I have a series of points representing animal observations. Many of them overlap, having the exact same coordinates, and this is causing me trouble when I want to run some analytical tools which ...
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Using annotation layer inside group layer without getting error adding element?

How do you get an annotation layer working inside a group layer? When I try, I get the error message "error adding element". I have a project that requires several annotation layer to be organised ...
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Extract coordinates of polygon vertices in ArcMap 10?

I've got about a dozen polygons in a feature class loaded in ArcMap 10, all in geographic WGS 1984. How do I easily obtain the coordinates associated with each vertex of each polygon in that feature ...
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Do ArcGIS SpatialReference object factory codes correspond with EPSG numbers?

I've got a project where I'm reading in geometry objects from text files to put them in ArcSDE. These geometry objects have an associated EPSG code, and I'm looking for a way to ensure they're in the ...
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Is it possible to use Arcpy in ArcGIS 10 to zoom to a selected feature?

The answer to this may be a simple yes or no, but I'm hoping that someone is aware of a way to zoom to the extent of a selected feature using the ArcPy modules in ArcGIS 10.