I have a model that outputs a shapefile which shows the extent of flooding. I also have a layer of buildings. I want to see which buildings are affected by different flood scenarios.

When I use Select by Location, my results look like this, which is what I want:

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However, Select by Location isn't something that can be added to a model, so I'm looking for a workaround. Unfortunately, using the Clip and/or Intersection tools, I get many small artifact polygons. I was wondering how to add Select by Location to a model, or if there was some way to perform an overlap/within type of intersect rather than the default.

  • Are your datasets in the same coordinate system?
    – Hornbydd
    Jun 26, 2019 at 13:39
  • @BERA To clarify, Selection by Location DOES work, but it is not something that can be added to a model, and I'm looking for a workaround.
    – Jared
    Jun 26, 2019 at 13:45
  • @Hornbydd Yes, they are in the same CRS
    – Jared
    Jun 26, 2019 at 13:45
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    @BERA You are a lifesaver, much appreciated!
    – Jared
    Jun 26, 2019 at 13:54

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You can use Select By Location in Modelbuilder but not the one in Selection menu. Instead go to ArcToolBox - Data Management Tools - Layers and Table Views - Select Layer By Location. Or menu Geoproccessing - Search for Tools and type Select Layer by Location

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