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how does a personal-gdb work from a MS Access perspective?

I am trying to get a better general understanding of how ArcGIS works with MS Access when using a personal geodatabase. If I create a new pgdb and then import a very simple shapefile and finally look ...
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How to convert ESRI grid file to ASCII format, or otherwise import into matlab

I need to import a climate map downloaded from WorldClim into Matlab for manipulation with the mapshow command. I am comfortable reading in ASCII grid data into matlab, but this format is not ...
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Why do simplify polygon results differ between ArcGIS and PostGIS?

I am mainly interested in why and how the Simplify Polygons tool in ArcGIS handles the simplification process, including preventing and resolving topological errors better than the equivalent ...
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How to calculate polygon area considering slopes?

I am looking for an accurate algorithm or a service to calculate surface area on earth where points are calculated on the basis of GPS Coordinates. I am using Google Map Api version 3 and are drawing ...
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Is there a version of the ESRI ArcGIS Symbol Library PDF for ArcGIS 10, or some other cheat sheet for symbols/line weights?

ESRI has an old set of PDFs from 2004 showing all the symbols available in ArcGIS at the time and their names. I don't need it often but if I'm searching for a certain symbol and don't know its name ...
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ArcGIS 10 Rest services regulary stop working

I have a problem with a new installation of ArcGIS Server. The installation is ArcGIS 10 on Windows Server 2008r2 with IIS 7. I have followed this guide to configure the IIS ArcGISServicesAppPool: ...
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georeferencing aerial photos with only known centroid

I have heaps of aerial photos that need to be georeferenced. I have access to ArcMap and ERDAS. All I am given is an excel sheet with the centroid coordinates of each image. Each photo covers an ...
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NoData in ArcGIS Spatial Analysis

When using Spatial Analyst I regularly have issues with NoData values cropping up in the data. Various tools appear to introduce NoData values regularly. These values then cause issues with other ...
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Call FWTools (ogr2ogr) from ArcGIS python script

In ArcGIS, I want to use a Python script (and a standard ArcGIS script tool UI) to call functionality from FWTools. How would I make the call to FWTools? I tried using ...
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How to create duplicate features based on related table - many-to-one conversion

I need to create duplicate features (in this case parcels), using a related table to populate ID fields. In essence, I need to use a related table of parcel owners to create duplicate parcels, each ...
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Advice on using CityGML data and GIS

I'm looking for advice on how best to use the CityGML data-structure and GIS (preferably ArcGIS/QGIS). I've read through their website and wiki and saw a list of software here that can be used to view ...
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How can I export a sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

I have a very large model made in Google Sketchup v 7.1. I would like to export this to a Multipatch featureclass, so that I can view it in ArcScene, with other 3D data. I have tried several things, ...
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Compute Angle of a line in conventional bearing

I am trying to compute angle between two lines (line segment) using ESRI (ArcGIS, JS) in conventional bearing (Eg: N29'E) I am using Add Toolbar to draw a line segment where point A is a fixed point ...
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Which topics are fundamental for ArcGIS?

Similar to Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?, which topics are fundamental to ArcGIS? Basic through advanced topics are welcome. Should be freely accessible to all. This is about ...
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Seeking shapefiles of business locations

Does anyone know where to find shapefiles of businesses such as grocery stores or gas stations? Thanks!!
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How far ESRI Technical Support goes?

Given the number of questions about basic/intermediary usage of ESRI products on this site and in a lot of other mail lists, I became curious to know why people don't ask them to the technical ...
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Has ESRI made any definitive announcements about 10.1 SP2? [closed]

My organization is awaiting SP2 before we can move our primary GIS team from 9.3.1 to 10.1. I have been testing 10.1 and have found a particularly bad bug that we've been told will be addressed in ...
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How does ArcGIS calculate the “inside” point for “Feature to Point”

Let me back up and say that from what I understand there are two common ways to calculate the centroid of a polygon in ArcGIS: Using Calculate Geometry on fields within the attribute table of the ...
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How do you explain what a .lyr file is?

My organization uses .lyr files consistently as a means for our users to view the data and build their mxds. It works great for our purposes, but we have run into an issue where we don't think the ...
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What happens to a feature class when importing to a feature dataset?

I am creating a model that needs to ensure that all input datasets end up in the same coordinate system (among other things). I was originally going to batch project all of the datasets whether they ...
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Is there a way to Query what's “NOT THERE”?

If you have land tenure mapping, and you're only interested in the areas for which there are no polygons in a region, is there a way to query these areas out and create a shapefile from them. A ...
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How to create sidebar help information for custom arcgis script tools?

I have been creating custom gis tools with python via the arcpy module. I can set up the tool successfully with parameters and all, but I cannot figure out how to create help text that shows up on ...
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Symbolising One-to-many relationships

I have a polygon feature class which has various extent areas with a name which is unique I also have a table (in an FGDB) that has the extent names with a score value. But there can be many score ...
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Extract boundary from detailed layer in ArcGIS or QGIS

Is it possible to return the boundary (outside) permiter of a polygon layer? Let's say you have the map of the USA, for simplicity, broken down to the county level, is it possible to return the ...
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Managing ArcGIS floating licenses

How do you manage your ArcGIS floating license pool? I have to field several calls a week, or sometimes a day, from staff wanting to be able to check out Spatial Analyst or ArcInfo but they can't ...
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Data-type detection in ArcGIS table loading

When adding tables layers from Excel files, ArcGIS attempts to guess the data-types: Microsoft Excel does not enforce field types for values during data entry like standard databases do. ...
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Create features from ArcGIS Topology errors

I have imported field users shapefiles into an ESRI geodatabase so that I can create some topology rulesets that identifies the errors as needed. Unfortunately the field users do not have a license ...
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In an arcpy script, how do I convert ArcGIS date value to a string reading in mm/dd/yyyy format?

I am writing an arcpy tool script in ArcGIS 10.0. In a fGDB feature class, I have a Date type field. I gather that the values in the Date field are stored as long integer dates, but they display in ...
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View vertices in ArcGIS

In ArcGIS (I use version 9.3), is it possible to change the polyline symbology to show vertices? Or do I need to extract the points via Feature Vertices To Points? This becomes a pain if I want to ...
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Valid feature class, table names in ArcGIS

hi What are valid rules for name of feature class or table in ArcGIS. Is there any supporting document some body know which can explain all the limitation in ESRI platform. In ESRI support site i am ...
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ArcGIS median value from a layer

I've been hunting around ArcGIS 9.3 and having no success at finding a tool/function that can give me the median (not the mean/avg) tabular value of a spatial database. For example, if I have a data ...
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Which coordinate system and projection shall I use for georeferencing google map image in ArcGIS?

I have saved Google Maps image (not Google Earth) of area at latlon(17.692437,83.218689) by some method in jpeg format. It is an exact snapshot of the Google Maps. Now I need to geo-reference it to ...
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Working around the raster calculator in ModelBuilder - ArcGIS

I am experiencing a problem with the raster calculator in the Model Builder under ArcMap 10. I need to combine two layers: a drainage map (issued from a series of previous operations on a DEM) and a ...
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Can Quantum GIS replace Proprietary GIS? [closed]

I’m an MSc GIS student in the final year of my studies. I’m researching for my dissertation project which is entitled ‘Can Quantum GIS replace Proprietary GIS in large organisations?’ I’m primarily ...
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How to calculate new point coordinates from distance and angle?

I want to calculate the coordinates of a new point. What I have: The source point coordinates, the distance (meters) and the angle For example: I want to create a point within 100 meters and 45 ...
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How to break a single polygon into multiple polys?

I created voronoi polygons after which I dissolved them on the basis of one attribute. Now there are cases where in for one single attribute "abc" I have3 polygons at different places with same object ...
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Labels aren't showing up when I convert from .mxd to .kml

I've been trying to convert a map from .mxd to .kml for google earth. The map has municipalities labeled as well as train stations. When I save it and open it in Google Earth, only the train station ...
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ESRI 3D Analyst: Which Graphics card?

in order to make the most of ESRI´s 3D analyst I would like to order an appropriate graphics card. I have been recommended the AMD FirePro V5900 2 GB by someone who doesn´t know much about GIS hence ...
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Correct way to create a DEM from point data in csv files

I know this might seem a somewhat general question, but I have to start somewhere. I have a lot of csv files which contain point data containing height, aspect and slope measurements at a resolution ...
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When merging two DEMs, do they have to be in the same pixel bits?

I have a simple question. I have 2 different Digital Elevation Modeling (DEM). One is the state DEM and has 30m and has 16 pixel bit. I have a couple of smaller DEM that has 30m but they have 32 pixel ...
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Identify features

I am new to arcgis.I am building a custom desktop GIS application using arcgis engine 9.3.1 .I want to make a custom identify tool and add it to toolbar control.Any example or code will be helpfull. ...
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Backwards compatible python scripts in ArcGIS

As I move through my small collection of python scripts written for arcgis 9.3 I'm discovering that many things work with little or no changes in arcgis 10. For example this pattern "just works": ...
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DEM local adjustments - terraforming

I'm looking for software that can perform local adjustments in DEMs with tools similar to paintbrushes used in graphics editing programs but streamlined to respect geomorphology. To give you an idea ...
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How to use ITrackCancel to escape IRubberBand track?

I have a BaseTool for AX_MapControl and AX_PageLayoutControl that allows to draw a polyline via IRubberBand. But once the rubberband is started, you can't cancel it e.g. by hitting escape. I found ...
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How to integrate OpenLayers and ArcGIS Server?

I am using the OpenLayers JavaScript API within a web application. I am displaying non-base layers hosted on an ArcGIS server. When I load the ArcGIS layers, I load them using ...
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Issues with osgeo - qgis.core and arcpy modules

Is it possible to have the python shell from either qgis or argis to load (import) both qgis.core and arcpy? I am developing a metadata creation tool and have completed the core functionality using ...
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How do you open/display and extract NetCDF files info?

I am working with NetCDF files using R & Matlab and I would like to know if the GIS community is using them. I know that ArcGIS can open & display, however most of the times the results are ...
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ArcGIS javascript API - How To Use Tiled Map Services with Different Spatial References?

I have the following code fragment in an esri page to try and change basemaps, the following code works, unless the next basemap layer uses a different spatialreference. if (baseMap) ...
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dwg from ArcGIS to Autocad 2012

I haven't used CAD in years and am quite rusty about its features. But a client who uses CAD has been experiencing difficulty lining up *dwg files exported from ArcGIS in their CAD workspace. How can ...
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Update ArcMap links to ArcSDE Geodatabase features

I've seen questions about attemting to repair a .mxd file with broken links. What I would like to do is get ahead of this issue and "fix" it before it becomes a problem. I have my data in an ArcSDE ...