I am tring to add a function quick export from Data Interoperability Tools to a Model Builder in ArcGIS10.0 but I have an error called Error 000816: the tool is not valid.

That is because I need a license or what is the problem and how can I solve it?


Yes. You need to purchase a separate Data Interoperability extension. ($2,500 USD, about $4,000 CAD)

Free 60-day trial is available.


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    1.00 USD : 0.999670 CAD That's harsh – tomfumb Mar 22 '12 at 20:04
  • It's the same with just about everything. Unfortunately, there is no other route for software purchases. We just ave to get ripped off and suck it up. At least with hardware we have a "workaround"; I purchase photo equipment and it is cheaper to buy it online in the US, pay huge amount for international shipping, handling and duty. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Mar 23 '12 at 2:02
  • as a Vancouverite I feel your pain – tomfumb Mar 23 '12 at 15:53
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    FME is a cheaper (for the ESRI edition) solution and 'Made in Canada' Though if connecting to Databases the Oracle Edition is worth upgrading too. – Mapperz Mar 23 '12 at 17:02

Yes, you need a license from Esri for Data Interoperability extension.


To augment the understanding already answered here. The engine in the interoperapility extension is built by Safe Software.
That same engine is available as an add-in the Autodesk map/civil tools (autodesk infrastructure).
Which can be purchased for just a few dollars more and adds hundreds of other formats to the capability of both. USD less than 4000


Also, you have to make sure you install the extension as it doesn't do it automatically when your are initially installing ArcGIS. The extension comes with the ArcGIS installer and can be found in the first window when you run setup executable.

  • If a Full install is done - it is available just not licensed – Mapperz Mar 23 '12 at 17:00
  • Whoops, I missed the part where he states the error that is given when trying to run the tool. – dchaboya Mar 26 '12 at 16:40

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