I am attempting to split the geometry of a line feature for further manipulation, without modifying the feature itself. I am using an IPointCollection, consisting of points that intersect the line, to split the line, where I can find the midpoint of these line segments. My code:

IFeature m_feature = some polyline feature;
IFeatureClass pointFeatureClass = some point feature class;

// storage for point geometry
IGeometry multipoint = new Multipoint() as IGeometry;
multipoint.SpatialReference = m_feature.Shape.SpatialReference;
IPointCollection intersectingPoints = (IPointCollection)multipoint;

// get intersecting points
sFilter.Geometry = (IGeometry)m_feature.Shape;
sFilter.GeometryField = pointFeatureClass.ShapeFieldName;
sFilter.SpatialRel = esriSpatialRelEnum.esriSpatialRelIntersects;

IFeatureCursor pCursor = pointFeatureClass.Search(sFilter, false);
IFeature thisFeature;
object Missing = Type.Missing;
while ((thisFeature = pCursor.NextFeature()) != null)
    IPoint pnt = thisFeature.Shape as IPoint;
    pnt.SpatialReference = thisFeature.Shape.SpatialReference;
    intersectingPoints.AddPoint(pnt, ref Missing, ref Missing);

MessageBox.Show(intersectingPoints.PointCount.ToString()); // returns correct number (i.e. greater than 1)

// split m_feature polyline at intersecting points into individual polyline objects
IPolycurve2 polyCurve = (IPolycurve2)m_feature.Shape;
IEnumVertex splitPoints = intersectingPoints.EnumVertices;
IEnumSplitPoint enumSplitPoint = polyCurve.SplitAtPoints(splitPoints, true, true, -1);

// check if split occurred
if (enumSplitPoint.SplitHappened)
    MessageBox.Show("Split Happened") // always shows as split

// new geoCol for polycurve
IGeometryCollection geoColl = (IGeometryCollection)polyCurve;
MessageBox.Show(geoColl.GeometryCount.ToString()); // prints 1 as if split didn't occur

Referencing Splitting zAware polyline by points using ArcObjects with C#? and GeoNet.

What am I doing that might be causing the polycurve object to not be split? Or is there a better way to accomplish what I am doing?

  • You're adding the points to intersectingVOPs but splitting using points in intersectingPoints. You shouldn't need to set pnt.SpatialReference = thisFeature.Shape.SpatialReference; but that's neither here nor there.. finding points (assuming sFilter is ISpatialFilter) with a line is bound to be hit and miss, try buffering by a little bit. Is this splitting any lines? Is your m_feature returned from a non-recycling cursor? Are the spatial references the same? i.e. you might need to pnt.Project(m_feature.Shape.SpatialReference) to ensure they're compatible. – Michael Stimson Mar 8 '17 at 21:51
  • @MichaelMiles-Stimson Thanks for taking the blinders off of me. See my comment in the answer below. – Barbarossa Mar 9 '17 at 4:47

Just thinking out aloud. So all the action occurs here:

IEnumSplitPoint enumSplitPoint = polyCurve.SplitAtPoints(splitPoints, true, true, -1)
  • Your cut off distance is -1. Not sure that should be negative? The API help for this method on this interface does not say anything about negative numbers, may be try a positive value?
  • You have set the parameter createParts to TRUE. May be your count which is returning 1 is returning a count of 1 polyline but its actually a multi-part shape, each part being the line segment you wanted?
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    In the examples I linked in my question, I had seen the cutoffdistance = -1. I had assumed that this would not grab any points off of the line. I had tried 0.0, which resulted in the enumSplitPoint.SplitHappened = False, so i had wrongly assumed that the -1 was working. Being in a GCS, i was hesitant to use any large positive cutoffdistance, but as MichaelMiles-Stimson pointed out, since i used a spatial query to build my pointcollection, the intersecting points will be hit or miss. However, a cutOffDistance of 0.1 did the trick. Thanks – Barbarossa Mar 9 '17 at 4:52

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