I'm working in ModelBuilder and I have limited (let's face it, no) Python knowledge, so I'd like to stay here if possible!
I have numerous shapefiles that I want to combine into a single land use layer, but I want the shapefiles to be classified into one of three categories. I'm not interested in keeping the original attributes; I just want the areas which can be combined and don't have to be separate.
My original files look like this:
- A.shp - 90 rows, 10 fields
- B.shp - 2500 rows, 15 fields
- C.shp - 150 rows, 10 fields
- D.shp - 500 rows, 3 fields
- E.shp - 750 rows, 3 fields
- F.shp - 150 rows, 15 fields
- G.shp - 200 rows, 15 fields
and I want the final output to look like:
- FINAL.shp - 3 rows (land use type A, B and C), 1 field (land use type)
The land use type is not specified anywhere in the original tables; I would have to specify this somewhere in the model.
If I were doing this manually in ArcMap, I would do something like:
- Go through the shapefiles one by one, merging the rows.
- Open the attribute tables one by one and delete the columns.
- Create a blank shapefile and copy the land use A areas then merge them, then do the same for B and C.
Is there an easier way?