I have a dataset of road lines obtained from digitized aerial imagery and I want to automate the generalization procedures using arcGIS model builder. I am using the ArcGIS 10.3 desktop suite. I have come across the generalization toolset in ArcGIS. But I'm not sure as I may not have understood the theory in generalizing roads.

What procedures can I use in a workflow?

And especially, since I'm generalizing from my source data at 1 in 2500, to an output of 1 in 20k how can i calculate the parameters to use for a 20k map generalization module?


A quick Google search for "techniques for generalizing roads" threw up this

  • This is brilliant. But more specifically, I'm looking to find parameters to suit a scale of 1 in 20000 and another for 1 in 50000. Any ideas on this too? – Ezanetor Akuffo Apr 19 '16 at 15:39

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