I have a feature class in a geodatabase that I want to review.

It has many relationship classes - possibly a hundred or more. If I load the feature class into ArcMap and identify one of the features, it takes several minutes to expand the relations.

What is a good way to visualize this feature class so that I can understand it? Specifically, I want to know if having a relation to a relation will obstruct editing the feature class.

  • So is the performance of the "Identify" and Edit tools the main issue here? Sep 16, 2010 at 18:57
  • Not really, the issue was that I couldn't figure out what I was dealing with. The performance of Identify is acceptable, the errors when editing are not. I have contacted ESRI support.
    – mwalker
    Sep 16, 2010 at 20:50

2 Answers 2


Have you tried using the ArcGIS Diagrammer?

  • I have not, but I will. Thanks!
    – mwalker
    Sep 16, 2010 at 16:30
  • ArcGIS Diagrammer is the tool I was imagining - unfortunately, it didn't solve my problem (but it did help understand the dataset).
    – mwalker
    Sep 16, 2010 at 18:19

You've probably put this one to bed, but I'll chip in anyway for future searchers.

ESRI has another tool similar to the ArcGIS diagrammer called the "Geodatabase diagrammer". This is the tool that they use internally to generate those pretty object diagrams in the ESRI press books.

The tool is available via ArcScripts. Note that you need Visio in order to view the tools output.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.