What are the quickest and easiest ways of digitizing in ArcMap? I want to digitize pipelines on a pipe network map.

  • Have you tried using arcscan? – whatahitson Jul 27 '16 at 15:37
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Typical general workflow for manual digitizing:

  • scan the map(s)
  • georeference the scanned maps
  • create empty vector featureclass(es)
  • start editing, drawing over the scanned maps
  • In addition to this when digitizing a pipe network there are lots of other things to consider. Is this pipe gravity or pressurized. Which way does it flow. Do you need a Z value for gravity modeling, etc... Also you really need to set up topology rules first for the network then digitize so you can ensure everything is connected properly so you wont have any problems creating a geometric network. – ed.hank Jul 27 '16 at 18:11

ArcScan -- An ArcMap extension (if you have the extension available). By adjusting the parameters as needed, this will allow you to bypass much manual digitizing.

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