I have a feature service which is created from a view in a geospatial geodatabase. I want to retrieve all the point/geometries than fall within a specific distance. I am using arcgis 10.2 I know that i could do it using the JS api like in this Example. However I would prefer to have geo-processing task that would retrieve the a point and calculate which point fall within a buffer of a specific radius around this point. The problem is that I cannot find a tool to give me the points within the buffer. Is there any simple way to do that ?

In other words my inputs are

  1. the radius
  2. A feature class which in my case in a view in a geodatabase
  3. a point around which I want to find the nearby points.

And my output should be all the nearby points around the input point

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you can do this with the tool called "select layer by location", which runs after you create a layer with "make feature layer". One of the options for spatial relationship, i.e. WITHIN_A_DISTANCE , will do the job.

  • Thanks. How time consuming and inefficient could the make feature layer tool be, for many large amount of data
    – Smalis
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 9:54
  • Dear @radouxju. I would appreciate your opinion about which of the two ways, referred in my question could be more efficient? I think using the "make feature layer" could be inefficient since it would take time to convert my table view (hosted as service) in a temp feature layer so as to be used in turn for querying from the "Select Layer By location".
    – Smalis
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 15:57
  • a feature layer is not so inefficient : it is a kind of pointer to your data. The other geo-processing task combination that you could use (without layer) is creating a buffer, then spatial join then select. Each step would write new data, so for selection with geoprocessing tasks I recommend using layer. If you want to improve effciency, using arcpy.da.searchcursor could help (but I am not sure).
    – radouxju
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 18:12
  • Thanks @radouxju. However i am not speaking about the feature layer itself.i think that the conversion of a geodatabase table view into a feature layer is inefficient.
    – Smalis
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 21:28
  • I followed your advice with "select layer by location". As I can see, in my result, The correct points are graphically selected. When I right click in arcmap and press open so as to see the the contents of my layer, I can see that it contains all the features of my input feature layer. The row of the selected only features are aqua color (selected). How can I tell my model take as output only the selected rows? @radouxju
    – Smalis
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 16:53

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