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What are the 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. How do you proceed ...
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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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automating roof orientation detection from satellite imagery

A while ago I did a neighbourhood roof orientation survey for solar panel deployment, by visually checking each roof and marking individually whether they were south or almost south-facing. As this ...
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Polygons from Polylines in either ArcView or FOSS

I have 20,000 polylines in a .gdb that represent about 5,000 building footprints. Some of the building footprints have pretty substantial gaps (image below). I would like to snap the polylines closed ...
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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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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 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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How to create arrows lines automatically on ArcGIS, for a thematic map of directed flux?

I need to create a Map with the Import and Export Flux between countries. I have the needed data in my table. But I wish to know if there is any tool or extension which allow me to create those ...
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Is it possible to automate the detection of clearcut areas in optical satellite imagery?

Given optical satellite or aerial imagery of a resolution similar to the image below, is it possible to accurately detect clearcut areas? Is their research or documentation that supports a specific ...
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Automating removal of all demo layers from Geoserver

Is there an easy way to empty out an install of a standalone Geoserver jar (i.e., delete all the examples) or do I have to do it through either the admin GUI or the RESTful interface? Can I just ...
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Converting GIS features into multiple CAD layers based on attribute values

I am often requested to provide my water or sewer data in in a dwg or dxf format. I can easily move data back and forth between the two platforms using either the native import or export functions ...
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What is the right way to automate ArcMap 10 with ArcObjects for unit testing?

I need to run unit tests against ArcMap extension which closely coupled with specific edit workspace and map state. When I try to initialize ArcMap application with code like this: ...
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How to extract road and building features from raster data?

I work with raster data and my task is to digitize a big image. This consumes much time just for digitizing roads and buildings! I'm looking for tools to simplify working on raster data to digitize ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there a way to auto-update symbology between .mxds for the same shapefile? (Python?)

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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How to detect densely labelled areas?

I'm trying to detect densely labelled areas for a given scale like explained below. so dense labelled area is the area having high rate of overlapping labels. I'd like to detect densely labelled ...
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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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Automate Select by Location

I have 2 shape files (A and B) each with thousands of polygons. I want to select polygons from A which intersect a specific polygon from B, and save the selected polygons from A as a new shapefile. I ...
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How to handle events with ArcMap automation?

We have a bunch of forms written in C# as ArcMap commands, which are running happily in the normal way from command buttons. The forms interact with the map by creating layers and symbologies, and by ...
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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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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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Automate removal of duplicate polygon nodes from shape file in Arcmap

I have a whole lot of polygon shape files, many of which have got duplicate nodes. This makes processing difficult as almost all tools (erase, union, calculate area) do not work. I found that by ...
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How to automatically create a map for each column of attribute table?

I have an atribute table with yearly data for 10 regions, is there a way how to automaticaly create a set of maps (one for each year) with fixed scale? I tried to search the web but perhaps I didnt ...
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Help with intersections in QGIS

I have a shapefile which defines for me the area of each oil field in the North Sea (~300 fields). I also have a shapefile which defines the location of every well that has been drilled (~13000) ...
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Dynamically Change Annotation Font Size According To Parcel Area

I'm looking for a solution to change annotation font size in an automated/dynamic way. The annotation data represents civic addresses and are displayed over a parcel fabric. What we would like to do ...
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Georeferencing multiple rasters to World files

I've got exactly 56 tiffs to georeference. Each raster has its unique TFW world file. I'd like to automate this process. Each raster has it's unique name which is consistent with world file name (eg. ...
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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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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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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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How to apply a specific Rendering to an Image 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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Looking for python/VB script to insert a new uniqe field

Is there any phyton/VB script which will add a field to shapefile which will be corresponding to first three characters from the shapefile name ? I am working in modelbuilder and arcgis 10. Thanks ...
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Fully automating a workspace to create maps with different file names but same information?

I have a lot of maps (over 600) to create. They all contain the same column titles and the layouts will be the same. I don't want to have to go through and repeat the same process everytime, I would ...
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ArcGIS Geoprocessing: Join multiple fields to a table and export new table as join field name

I am bit new to geoprocessing and ModelBuilder. I am using join field tool to join table (info tables/.dbf) to one a shape file. I am trying to use ModelBuilder, as there are around 100 tables (each ...
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Automating the “Add Data” tool to add 400+ geotiffs based on file extensions

I have a spreadsheet that lists the file extensions for 400+ geotiffs that I need to add to ArcMap 10. Is there a way to automate the "Add Data" function? Thanks!
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How to get a list of features from Oracle via FME?

I have a table in Oracle containing only the names of other tables of varying feature types, which I'd like to process (i.e.export to csv). this task is to be scheduled via FME Server. the feature ...
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Automating non-trivial workflow in SAGA-GIS

My problem: I have two DEMs, one rectangular and containing the other. Both are given in grid formats and the outer one has gridsize 50m, the inner one 10m. I want to 'embed' the smaller one in the ...
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Tools/Script to reshape automaticaly topologic edges within a given distance in ArcGis 10?

I have a footprint feature class and a land use cluster feature class. I am looking for a method/tool/script that would allow me: to reshape two edges into one (topologically) to decide at which ...
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Evaluate minimum points required to define polygons based on an error threshold

I need to build a model or write an algorithm to do this, which I would like you to share your ideas with me. here is my cadastral problem: I have plenty of polygons and I need to make a report of ...
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Create CMS system using Cartaro

The main objective for our project is to create a portal website in Drupal. On this website, people must be able to upload their geographical datasets (mostly shape files, but also xml files that ...
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TMS or WMS source(s) for DEM data tiles?

I'm spinning my wheels trying to find an existing, free source for TMS or WMS elevation data that doesn't involve a long-winded clickabout or an emailed url. This question has a similar purpose, but ...
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How to produce multiple map PDF from Excel file with each record being two lat/long pairs?

I need to produce multiple maps from a single excel file consisting of approximately 1,500 records. Each record contain two lat/long pairs (four points) and I need a PDF map of each record zoomed to ...
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How to automate relative filepath when adding a new toolbox to the arcmap catalog?

So I'm creating an arcpy script for a custom toolbox and I want to make it so that a user can essentially utilize the script in that toolbox without having to change the source path (which I made ...
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How does TomTom store trackpoint information on its internal drive?

How does TomTom stores tracks and trackpoints on its internal drive? I maintain an open source computer forensics tool and would like to extract the data from both files and unallocated space. My ...
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Automate map creation for 50k unique routes

I have a table with 50k entries. There is a to field and from field with location in either lat/lng or street address. All these location are in the USA I would now like to automate the creation of ...
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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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How to display a layer's label source column?

I have a CSV layer that displays points on the map. I use one of the columns as the Label. In Print Composer I would like to display the name of the column used to generate layer Labels. Is this ...
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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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Automate data entry into Access from ArcMap

I have an Access 2007-2010 database that I'm currently working on by manually searching for roads in a defined set of areas in ArcMap 10.1 and then filling in the area's ID in an empty column in the ...
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Can Geomedia be automated using VBA

Can I automate Geomedia using VBA? The Geomedia training manual "Fundamentals of Geomedia Development Part 1" talks about automating using visual basic but I do not have Visual Basic.