I'm using ArcGIS 10.3

I have the following 4 layers (all are polygons)

You can find these layers in this link


  1. Sites: 5 subcatchments (Site1 to site5) and site 5 combine all subcatchments upstream

  2. Nloss: nitrogen loss for each polygon

  3. Geology: Rock types

  4. Soils: Soil types

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What I want?

I want to create a polygon shapefile. In this layer, each polygon will have ALL the attributes from all the 4 layers.

I used intersect to do so. I think union could be used as well to do the same.

I named the resulting shapefile intersect_4_layers.shp. The result of this intersection could be found in this link.

Adding slope

I have slope shapefile that has two categories (0 and 1).

  • zero: if slope is less than or equal 10
  • 1: if slope is more than 10

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I wanted to add slope information to the shapefile resulting from intersecting the 4 layers above (Sites/Soils/Nloss/Rocks) named "intersect_4_layers.shp".

I tried the following:

1- to intersect slope.shp with intersect_4_layers.shp

2- to intersect all 5 layers (Sites, Nloss, Geology, Soils and Slope)

Both trials failed and resulted in this warning

WARNING 000117: Warning empty output generated


Why intersection worked the 1st time (intersecting 4 layers) and didn't work while trying to intersect them with the slope?

Any suggestions how to get all the attributes of the 5 layers into one shapefile?

  • Can you confirm that slope is indeed a vector layer? Dec 7, 2016 at 7:29
  • Yes, it is a vector layer. You can find it in this link dropbox.com/sh/3mzmqrwr8pb9b7i/AADP2mnjxqpG8wRfqcm6RMR3a?dl=0
    – shiny
    Dec 7, 2016 at 7:34
  • I get the same issue with ArcGIS 10.4.1. But it works when you export the output to a gdb feature class. You can convert it to shp afterwards.
    – GISGe
    Dec 7, 2016 at 7:43
  • @GISGe Thanks. Could you please let me know how to export as a gdb feature class?
    – shiny
    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:00
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    Just save the output to a file gdb. If you don't have any, create one with the 'New Geodatabase' button on the top right corner of the Output Feature Class window.
    – GISGe
    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:09

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I could reproduce your issue with ArcGIS 10.4.1. As a workaround, you can save the output of the Intersect tool as a feature class in a file geodatabase, then the tool will work fine.

  • Thanks for your time and help. I have tried following your suggestion regarding Add Geometry Attributes. However, I got error 000732:Dataset 5layers does not exist or is not supported, when I inserted the layer name in the input feautures in Add Geometry Attributes window. Any suggestions how to fix this? I will highly appreciate if you could try calculating the area in ha to check these errors. Thanks
    – shiny
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:17
  • Glad it works now. For the area calculation, I don't have your data anymore to test unfortunately. Otherwise you can do it the old way, add a 'double' field and use this expression in the Calculate Field (PYTHON parser): !shape.area@hectares! See here for reference.
    – GISGe
    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:12
  • I will appreciate any help with this question gis.stackexchange.com/questions/223498/…
    – shiny
    Jan 6, 2017 at 2:04

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