I'm a novice GIS user and looking to create a model in ModelBuilder that can intersect point data which is a survey data made up of 1000's of individual points in dbf format.

This data will change from week to week, whereas the polygons are fixed areas against a single shapefile which contains 15 polygons.

Ideally, I'd like the tool output to produce a file for every polygon that contains the point data.

e.g. if polygon 6 and polygon 9 contained point data, I'd like a dbf file to be produced for each of these areas.

  • Welcome to GIS Stack Exchange! It appears you are on the right track with the use of intersect to arrive at a solution to your need. You will likely get a better response from this site if you can provide details of what you have tried and exactly where you are stuck. A good start may be to try to run tools individually until you get your desired result. Once you know what tools and input/output you need you can compile them with model builder to expedite the process in the future.
    – reevesii
    Aug 29 '18 at 14:51
  • to clarify you want a featureclass of polygons that give the count of the number of points in them, or do you want a featureclass of points with an attribute denoting which polygon the point fell in?
    – ed.hank
    Aug 29 '18 at 15:22
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    – PolyGeo
    Sep 16 '18 at 6:30

From what I understand, you want to create individual shape files of each area. Each shape file contains the points that fall within the geographic borders of that area.

If so, do a ‘spatial join’ first. This will create a separate shapefile of the points with an attribute in which area it is located in. Your points are the target_feature.

Afterwards you use ‘SplitLayersByAttributes’ to create individual shape files (and thus individual .dbf files) to split based on the area name attribute.

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