I have a table in azure databricks called prod.locations that I am connecting to in ArcGIS Pro through an OLE DB Connection\Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers. This table has a column called geometry_wkb and another called geometry that look like this in table view in ArcGIS Pro:

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This is how the same columns look when I query them in databricks directly:

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In this particular table there are about 200k records, but there are other tables with more that I would like to do a similar exercise with.

I'd like to be able to turn this table into a line feature class, and hopefully do this on a regular basis to always have fresh spatial data.

I've come across the FromWKB ArcPy function, but I am having a hard time finding examples I can effectively backwards logic for my data given my novice ArcPy knowledge. I also get the feeling that FromWKB is just one part of the process and won't create or insert all the records iteratively.

How/what should I be doing to reach my desired output?

  • 2
    First off, do you want to convert the WKB (binary data) or WKT (ASCII)? (The geometry column shows as WKT.) OLE/ODBC doesn't permit geometry, but a Direct Connect connection might (natively). Converting is as simple as creating a correct SpatialReference (parameter to arcpy.FromWKB or arcpy.FromWKT), then using an arcpy.da.InsertCursor to populate all columns in the target feature class.
    – Vince
    Commented Aug 13, 2022 at 0:32
  • I'll convert whichever one is the "easiest"-- would that be WKT since I can see the geometry column in arc through the current connection? Would you be able to show how to set that up? I have never used arcpy.da.InsertCursor either.
    – fries
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 13:38
  • Just because you see it as WKT doesn't mean it is. If ArcGIS sees it as geometry, you can just use FeatureClassToFeaturecClass to copy the table. Learning to use a DA InsertCursor is way less than an hour's effort (and the documentation has multiple examples). Give it a try before asking for help.
    – Vince
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 13:48

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First you will need a feature class to store the table from Azure's geometry.


You'll also need some cursor to iterate over you table. I don't know if you are using something like pyodbc. I would get the geometry column values in a list.

Then you can use an insertcursor on the newly created feature class.

with arcpy.da.InsertCursor("new feature class",["SHAPE@"]) as ic:
    for wkt in data_table_geometry_list:
        geom = arcpy.FromWKT(wkt,spatial_reference_object)

Relevant links: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/functions/fromwkt.htm https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/2.8/arcpy/data-access/insertcursor-class.htm https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/arcpy/classes/spatialreference.htm

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