I have two polylines and would like to find the intersection(s) using ArcObjects / VB.NET.

I'm using the following code:

Dim topoOp As ITopologicalOperator = TryCast(pTestPoly2, ITopologicalOperator)
topoOp.Intersect(TryCast(pTestPoly1, IGeometry), ESRI.ArcGIS.Geometry.esriGeometryDimension.esriGeometry0Dimension)
Dim pOutPointCol As IPointCollection = TryCast(topoOp, IPointCollection)

In the resulting IPointCollection I get all the vertices of the input pTestPoly2, although there should be one intersection of the two polylines.

What's wrong with this approach?

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Use the return value of the Intersect method instead of the TopologicalOperator. Try the following instead (I use C#, not VB.NET, so hopefully this works. The casting business is really confusing):

Dim topoOp As ITopologicalOperator = TryCast(pTestPoly2, ITopologicalOperator)
Dim pOutPointCol As IPointCollection = TryCast(topoOp.Intersect(TryCast(pTestPoly1, IGeometry), ESRI.ArcGIS.Geometry.esriGeometryDimension.esriGeometry0Dimension), IPointCollection)
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    +1 Also it is common practice to make sure both geometries have spatial reference and have been simplified (via ITopologicalOperator.Simplify). Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 3:52
  • Thanks, it works great! It is a bit confusing, though. Thanks Kirk for extra hints.
    – jan_b
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 6:53

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