Refers to writing a program or script, or creating a model to perform repetitive and/or complex tasks.

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Existing solutions to automate generalisation/simplification of geographical data?

I am looking for existing solutions (softwares, libraries, methods, etc.) to automate the generalisation/simplification of geographical data as presented there, and also there. Do you know and use ...
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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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Platforms for repetitive automated mapping?

I could give a lot of examples, but imagine you have to do, for example, a study in 10 different locations and have to generate a lot of maps with the same layout, legend. Maps can contain vector ...
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Python module to delete SHP features (without Desktop GIS installed)

I have a piece of software (not Arc) that runs nightly on a non-production machine which updates shapefile features from an external database. Periodically I would like to delete all of the features ...
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Auto-updating symbology between *.mxds for same shapefile using arcgisscripting?

I have a variety of .mxds for any one project I'm working on, which are all different but all use the same set of base shapefiles for my project. I know I can save a .lyr version of my initial ...
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Are there any Python scripts for creating .mxd files?

I am a newbie to both ArcGIS and Python. My requirement is to automate the below MANUAL process: Creating a layer in ArcGIS for Desktop. To put it in another words, creating an ArcMap document (.mxd)...
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How do I programmatically create non-feature-linked, simple line callout annotation and set the anchor point?

Vitals: ArcGIS-ArcView 10.0, Python 2.6.5, PythonWin, comtypes I'll start with my main questions: How, using ArcObjects, do I go about creating non-feature-linked geodatabase annotation features ...
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How do I generate a large number of maps?

I have to make a large number (hundreds) of distribution maps of species. I have a shapefile that contain the distributions for each species, and for each one, I would like to get a map as an image (...
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How practical is this workflow, tiling from a complex, multi-step GDAL VRT?

This is probably a cw-candidate, but here goes.. I've got 1002 ~100 MB (5000'x5000') .tif files in a state plane (transverse merc) projection comprising a county-wide, 1-ft aerial dataset. After two ...
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Programmatically grouping multiple layers into separate groups using QGIS?

I'm trying to group a large number of layers together based on a common portion of name string. They are a mix of polygons and points. I would like to create individual groups by using part of the ...
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How can values in the attribute table be refreshed automatically when a geometry changes?

I can't find a solution for auto-refreshing attribute table data. For instance, how can the data related to features of a Shapefile (e.g., the area) be updated if the feature geometry is changed.
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Area precipitation using IDW

I'm having the following problem with IDW automation. I have a catchment and several gauging stations measuring daily precipitation amounts. I would like to interpolate the precipitation amounts from ...
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Add georeferenced png layer to map automatically

Using ArcGIS Desktop v10.2 with an Advanced level license we have georeferenced our engineering drawings in PNG format. Next we have created a polygon layer for every single drawing to see the Area of ...
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Automating batch load of multiple GPX files into PostGIS

I've got 50+ GPX files that I would like to "batch load" into a PostGIS database. All of the track_points data would be loaded into a "track_points" table (with typical GPS fields like lat, long, ...
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Building extraction with LiDAR data (Improve Process)

I have the following process for automatically creating building outlines/footprints from Las files and was wondering if anyone can help improve it or has suggestions for other processes to use? ...
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Interactive “For each … Do” loop?

What is the most direct and straightforward, hopefully interactive, method to conduct a For each item Do... loop, where the input list is a selection of polygons? A word about "interactive". I'm not ...
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Pulling CSV file directly from website into QGIS?

I want to be able to automatically update my csv files in a QGIS project. My organization has an online database that can easily export csv files. These csv files are constantly updated with new ...
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How to apply a specific Rendering to a Raster and export to JPEG?

We have a specific process which generate an interpolated single band 32-bit Float Raster in Erdas Imagine (.IMG) format. This process generates an image every hour. We wish to apply a specific ...
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Species atlas (how to automate to create on page for each species with QGIS)

With the use of QGIs, I would like to create an Atlas for a batch of species, with: a background with the country (from a vector layer or from the openlayer plugin). a vector layer (polygon) to show ...
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QGIS 2.0 Automatic generation of a vector layer out of a point layer

I am an environmental engineer and the aim of my QGIS 2.0 project is to visualize the results of a sewage water system inspection. In a first step I included the hoppers from a csv file and added a ...
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Is there a way to run a python script on opening a QGIS project?

I have a .csv file containing financial data which is generated on a regular basis outside QGIS. Then I want to create a PyQGIS script that will add the .csv file as a layer in my project. (The idea ...
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Map automation, create and populate inset maps for densely-labelled areas

I would like to know if it is possible to automate the example in the picture below, unlike the picture below i'm using vector data. I would like for a fixed scale generate map, but when labels are ...
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Polyline ZM: automatic vertex height errors correction

Paolo I've got many rivers (polylines ZM) with a lot of height errors in Polylines 'vertices. Vertices' Z errors are not all equal in height (i.e. they are not all at zero height). I must create a TIN ...
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Legal description polygon mapping/creation with Arcpy

What I have: an excel file with the names of properties within an area that is part of the PLSS in which Township/Range, Section and Lot numbers are used. The file contains a legal description for ...
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Update Cursor for automation of tedious data entry which keeps crashing ArcMap

I coded the Update Cursor for automation of tedious data entry where I am applying a previous Survey Company Identification Data to STRUCTURES_15096.shp from "OFFICIAL_STRUCTURES2015.shp" and it keeps ...
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Map automation to iterate through attribute table using ArcPy?

I have a python code which iterates through all attribute fields and creates a map for each field automatically. However, in the code I have to specify each attribute manually which was fine so far. ...
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Orthogonal correction of building footprints after extracted from a raster

I have ArcGIS 10.1 and am working on a project involving extraction of vegetation and building classes from LIDAR (unclassified) data and aerial imagery (resolution 30x30cm). I have managed to ...
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Automating Isopleths in GME?

Is there an easy way to batch generate isopleths in GME? I have a set of 109 different kernel density estimates that I need to make 50% and 95% isopleths for, but in the interest of saving time and ...