enter image description hereI am trying to measure the length of a polyline from its origin to its intersection with another polyline. The application is to find out the distance from a meteorological station to the coastline. I created polylines with origin in the met station outwards every 30 degrees. When I use clip/intersect I get 'Warning 000117: Warning empty output generated'. I have tried the online help for related topics and still have not solved it (exporting to a shp, to a new gdb, re-starting ArcMap, creating a new project, resetting extents, checking al layers have same coordinates).

Files I am trying to use: ArcMapFolder


I have tried also the solutions suggested in Intersect (analysis) of polygons generating empty output

  • Could you add a screenshot of your data? Is it all in the same coordinate system? – BERA Nov 13 '17 at 6:06
  • Hi BERA here is the link: drive.google.com/file/d/… I have checked that all is in the same coordinate system. – LonPo Nov 13 '17 at 6:39
  • Unless you actually want the "30 degrees distance" you could just create Points at the location of the weather stations and then use Near tool or Genereate near table to get distance from the stations to the coast line and also the direction. – BERA Nov 13 '17 at 7:28
  • Yes, the 30 degree distance to the coast for each station is the reason for this project. – LonPo Nov 13 '17 at 7:35
  • I would try by iterating over each line and calculate distance. Either with modelbuilder and Iterate Feature Selection or with a python script. – BERA Nov 13 '17 at 8:12

Often when empty output is generated during a clip or intersect operation, there is a selection on features outside of the area of interest.

Deselect all features then run the command again.

  • Hi Fezter, I did deselect all features an tried clip/intersect again, but it did not work. I also tried to reduce the size of the polylines and only use one meteorological station, to see if the large extents or amount of data was causing trouble and still did not get a successful run. – LonPo Nov 13 '17 at 7:01

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