Oracle 18c GDB; ArcGIS 10.7.1

With ESRI native spatial types, such as SDE.ST_GEOMETRY, we can store "CAD" arcs in the geometry of polyline and polygon features.

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Does Oracle's SDO_Geometry spatial type support support arcs as well?


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Edit: This answer might be incorrect. See @Vince's comment.

From a quick test, it looks like the answer is yes.

I was able to create a polyline with an arc in an SDO_GEOMETRY FC.

  • In my case, I simply copied a SDE.ST_GEOMETRY FC that had an arc (via ArcCatalog) and pasted it as an SDO_GEOMETRY FC. And the arc was preserved.
  • I had wondered if the arc might have been densified into straight-line segments. But that didn't happen.

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    ArcGIS supports CAD objects in parallel to geometry, as a BLOB data type. The SDE.ST_GEOMETRY stores an approximation of the true curve object. SDO_GEOMETRY can store true curves, but Esri might not use it, since they use the BLOB instead. You need to review this Answer to make sure that the curve segment type is stored in SDO_GEOMETRY, not just that it looks right in an Esri client (leveraging the CAD BLOB).
    – Vince
    Commented Feb 3, 2022 at 15:19
  • @Vince Is the CAD BLOB stored inside the SHAPE column (within the user-defined object type)? Or is the CAD BLOB stored as it's own column in the table?
    – User1974
    Commented Feb 3, 2022 at 19:37
  • Usually in a separate column (can vary by implementation)
    – Vince
    Commented Feb 3, 2022 at 19:55


From the Oracle docs: Valid SDO_GTYPE Values


Geometry contains one line string that can contain straight or circular arc segments, or both. (LINE and CURVE are synonymous in this context.)


Geometry has one or more line strings. (MULTILINE and MULTICURVE are synonymous in this context, and each is a superset of both LINE and CURVE.)

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