I want to simulate the ArcGis tool Generate points along line with linear referencing tools (we don't have the licence for the former).

Our methodology is to

  • create/use a line
  • create an excel table with m-values (or the distance from the origin of the line) (see example below)
  • For our problem, we want equally spaced distances between the points
  • create a route from the line
  • Use the Make Route event layer tool to match the m-values to the route in order to create our "points along the line"

The problem is, that any time there is a bend in the line, the spacing of points is wrong (the gap is too large)

See 2 examples below, the right line is our actual business case, the left one I created myself to do a sanity check (digitized the line myself). On the left example you can clearly see that the problem occurs at every bend.

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Below you can see the excel file we use to specify the point spacing:

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This is the attribute table of the line on the left: enter image description here

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And the parameters used in the Create Route tool enter image description here

  • It seems that at the bends of the line, 2 points are actually generated, see screenshot: imgur.com/aG8z13A
    – MaartenVL
    Jun 28, 2019 at 12:54

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I found the solution: i was working in a geographic coordinate system (degrees on map). When changed to Projected coordinate system (meters on map), the points were nicely spread out evenly...

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