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How to build effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QuantumGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? ...
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When to use ModelBuilder over Python scripting and vice versa?

I am new to Python scripting in ArcGIS but not new to ModelBuilder. I would like to know the benefits of Python vs ModelBuilder. When should we write Python script for GIS automation rather than ...
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Why do you use ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm new to GIS, having only dabbled with ArcGIS for Desktop for about 4 weeks in 2007. The business I am at wants to target writing complete solutions that involve GIS as it would benefit their ...
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What are Esri's new “ArcGIS for Professionals” and “ArcGIS Professional”?

After looking through all the stuff that was released or talked about at the Esri UC I am still genuinely confused by what ArcGIS for Professionals is. I will admit that it looks pretty cool, and has ...
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How to migrate from ArcGIS for Desktop to QGIS?

Our lab has about 10 projects in ArcGIS 9 (a couple are made in ArcGIS 10) that includes the following in each: A georeferenced (WGS1984 geographical projection) raster seafloor image, representing ...
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Whether to use File Geodatabase (*.gdb), Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb) or shapefiles?

I am a bit confused on the topic of geodatabases. Previously, I have used geodatabases as an easy way to keep all files together rather than having dozens of shapefiles all over the place. And it's ...
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How to use PostgreSQL/PostGIS with ArcGIS for Desktop?

Has anyone successfully used PostgreSQL with PostGIS successfully? I am a semi-experienced ArcGIS user and want to build out a database and connect it to ArcCatalog. I've scoured the internet for ...
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How to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?

My company just purchased ArcGIS software. I'll be writing scripts for ArcGIS in Python. Is there a community or open source project where this code can be shared?
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Does ArcGIS for Desktop support SpatiaLite?

SpatiaLite is playing an increasing role in my organization. As it stood in 2012, using SpatiaLite alongside ArcGIS Desktop required an amount of importing and exporting of data that was not always ...
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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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What is difference between map layer and spatial dataset (e.g. feature class, shapefile)?

This may be very trivial question. To me they seems very similar in concept. What is the difference between feature class and feature layer?
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How to Split a Concave Polygon Into Convex Polygons in Arcpy?

I'm looking for a tool or algorithm to detect concave polygons and split them into convex polygons. Like explained in the picture, the blue polygon is split into A and B polygons I'm using Arcpy ...
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How to buffer raster pixels by their values?

The pixels to the left represent tree locations and their associated crown radii (i.e. pixel values ranging from 2 - 5). I would like to buffer these raster pixels by their crown radius value. The ...
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Proper workflow for LAS to DEM conversion

I regularly come across LiDAR (.LAS) files with elevation data. When I do, I always struggle to find a way of converting them to a DEM for hydrological analysis. I have developed several workflows, ...
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Incorporating Length of Route Value into Cost Evaluator Function (ArcGIS Network Analyst)? [closed]

A friend and I (who more frequently than I posts on this board) are creating a walking network and we have run in to a snag. We would like to attribute a cost evaluator to our network dataset using a ...
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How to improve rendering performance of very large shapefile?

I have a polygon shapefile that has a 100MB .dbf and 500MB .shp file component. The reason it is so large is it is a landbase classification for a whole district. Everytime I am viewing the file in ...
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Watermarking photos using their geotag and create a shapefile

I have geotagged photographs and I would like to place a watermark of the photos location on the front for easy reference as well as creating a shapefile from the coordinates. Does anyone know of any ...
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What makes a MXD file size larger and how to decrease its size?

I know that MXD contains information about layers, symbology and configuration of default tools. I have a few that are exceeding 50 MB and are starting to take a while to load up. What are some of ...
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How can I use ArcGIS 10.1 to find a geodesic equidistant point defined by three points?

For example, I have coordinates for three base points on a coastline and I need to find the coordinates of the point off the coast which is equidistant from all three. It’s a simple exercise in ...
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Using “Merge Divided Roads” tool with lesser parallel lines

When using the "Merge Divided Roads" tool, it merges roads that "trend generally parallel to one another". This means that from figure one.. It will merge the beginning, where the roads are close to ...
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Understanding the .asc file

Reading the ESRI help, Supported raster dataset file formats, I read that ASCII Grid file types are addressed with the singular file extension .asc for both 16 bit signed-integer (for discrete data) ...
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ArcGIS Length and Area Calculation Scenarios

Trying to get a handle on how length and area are calculated in different scenarios in ArcGIS. I don't know why I can't find a answer on the feature class fields, but I can't find a precise answer, ...
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SLD to Esri lyr file?

Does anybody know if there's a sw/extension to convert an SLD to Esri. lyr format, or to import the SLD directly?
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How to setup portable ArcGIS (ArcMap, Catalog) installation on flash drive?

How can I setup a portable ArcGIS installation (ArcMap, Catalog) to run from a flash drive / USB stick? I think there may be an existing solution but I didn't find it yet. Can I make it myself, ...
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Fastest way to count the number of features in a feature class?

With the introduction of the Data Access module in arcpy (30x faster search cursors), I want to know if counting features matching sql criteria is faster than the traditional MakeTableView + GetCount ...
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How to improve performance when using ArcGIS cursors in Python with big tables?

I have a pretty big point feature class in a file geodatabase (~4 000 000 records). This is a regular grid of points with a 100m resolution. I need to perform a kind of generalization on this layer. ...
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How to programmatically check if the number of shapes = number of table records?

I have a handful of approximately 1000 shapefiles that are corrupted (see attached error message). The shapefiles were generated from eCognition Developer 8. There is a script tool that seems to ...
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What Algorithm is used by ArcGIS Watershed tool?

Does anyone know what type of algorithm is used in the ArcGIS Watershed tool (in the Spatial Analyst package)? Very little information given on Esri's website ... but I suspect it may be some kind of ...
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How to get hypsometric curve from elevation data?

I have my elevation data but cannot make an attribute table from it and so I'm not sure how to get any of that data into a table in order to make a hypsometric curve.
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Proximity in space and time

I have some point data which represent daily lat-lon locations of an animal, with an associated timestamp. I would like to identify all points where STATIONARY = TRUE. A point qualifies as being ...
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Are there Desktop GIS alternatives to ArcGIS 10.X for topology and vector conflation?

Is there any options other than ArcGIS for Desktop for topological rules and automatic topology integrity enforcing in a Desktop GIS? I am looking for something that will automatically snap features ...
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Is there a way to connect to PostgreSQL in ArcCatalog without SDE? [duplicate]

Is there a way to connect to PostgreSQL in ArcCatalog without SDE? I came across this post from 2011 that suggested using zigGIS but I can’t find a working link to the program. A little background: ...
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How to find Clusters of N Points Within X Distance?

We have tried two methods of cluster analysis: Cluster and Outlier Hot Spot ... but neither meets our specification which has these 3 parameters: a Set of Point features N points within a ...
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How to change the “W” (English) to “O”(French) on the North Arrow direction using ArcMAP 10.0?

How to change the "W" (English) to "O"(French) on the North Arrow direction using ArcMAP 10.0? I tried to convert the North Arrow sign to graphic but it didn't work.
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How to determine if point is surrounded using raster processing?

I am attempting to improve a currently extremely cumbersome vector/python process for a natural hazard model. At the moment we have a lengthy script which generates distance/bearing lines from a given ...
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Is there a method to have the colour of a label automatically match the colour of the polygon indicated in the symbology tab?

My job requires that I produce several print maps every day, for a variety of different users. It is usually pretty straight-forward, but sometimes I have to make a map that uses rather ...
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Can ArcGIS ModelBuilder open Excel file for manual editing, then feed those edits back into model?

I have been tasked with creating a model using ArcGIS ModelBuilder, that initially runs a couple of geoprocessing tasks, before then joining an Excel table to the result of those geoprocesses. ...
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Floodplain generation given river section polylines, flood level elevation points and a DEM of the land surface

I am looking to generate flood plain polygons to represent 20 and 100 year flood zones, in the most accurate and efficient way possible, given the following datasets: 1) River cross section polylines ...
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How to implement MultiValue Parameter with Multiple Columns?

This might be a simple question, but I haven't been able to find a straightforward answer. I'm working on an ArcGIS (9.3) Python script. One of the inputs is a list of features. For each feature, I ...
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Python Script to Create Table Using Data Driven Pages

I am trying to convert some python script to display a table (based on a dbf) of features located within a specific data driven page. So far, I have the script successfully able to refresh the map to ...
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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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How to get list of selected features in ArcGIS for Desktop using Python code?

I have a question regarding selections in ArcGIS for Desktop. Assumed I have one layer in ArcMap and I have selected two of five features. Is it possible to get a list of all selected features by ...
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How to count points in shapefile within polygons of another shapefile?

I'm creating a map with two shapefiles. One is a polygon of counties. The other is points of cities. I used the function intersect to group the cities in each county. I'm trying to get the number ...
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Is there a compelling case to learn/use Python Toolboxes (new at ArcGIS 10.1) over Python Script Tools?

I've written a few Python Toolboxes (which are new at ArcGIS 10.1), but am yet to decide whether/when I should write them rather than Python Script Tools in a standard toolbox. I thought the Online ...
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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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How to use consistent symbology between multiple stretched rasters in ArcMap?

I have a series of continuous rasters representing the same phenomenon over time, so I need to use the same symbology across them all. So I set the stretched symbology of the first raster, with a ...
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How can I apply the same change to multiple map documents?

I have several map documents (around 30) that reference all the same files and display them all the same way. I created them by setting one map how I wanted it, then using "save as" to create a new ...
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Simple way to detect/select border polygons of a shapefile

I am looking for a simple way to detect/select border polygons of a shapefile. Border polygons are here polygons that are not completely surrounded by other polygons i.e. polygons located at the ...
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Unusual results for geoprocessing speed tests

I have been observing unusual performance with a Python geoprocessing script. The (attached) script performs the following actions: Use a search cursor to look up UTM zone corresponding to polygon ...
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Is Read Only nature of SQLite support in ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2 documented?

I've recently started creating SQLite geodatabases using ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2 with both ST_GEOMETRY and SPATIALITE storage data types and was impressed by how easy this was to do. I then tried to ...