I'm trying to avoid manually inputting Begin and End engineering station values already inputted into a seperate field.

I'm dealing with(4) fields:

  • Begin_Sta
  • End_Sta
  • Beg_End and
  • Station.

The Begin_Sta and End_Sta fields have engineering stations. The Beg_End field has either "BEGIN" or "END" inputted. The Station field is the one I want to populate using python in the field calculator.

If Beg_End has "BEGIN" then the engineering station value in the Begin_Sta field is returned into the Station field, else the End_Sta value is used to populate the Station field.

Is this possible using python in the Field Calculator?

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    With one of your qualifying fields only having two possible values, you can use a definition query to select half of the records and calculate fields as needed. Then, rinse and repeat with another definition query. Or are you wanting to do something else?
    – Baltok
    Feb 26, 2013 at 15:46
  • As far as getting the job done the query is an excellent idea, and I will use it! However, it would be interesting to learn the language to do this in python. Thanks.
    – geo_mat
    Feb 26, 2013 at 21:22
  • What format is your data in? What type of GIS software and version is involved? You mention Field Calculator so I am guessing you are using ArcGIS (but what version?).
    – PolyGeo
    Feb 27, 2013 at 9:14

1 Answer 1


Yes it is possible, right click your 'Station' field and select Field Calculator. Select python as the parser and check the Show Codeblock box, see screen capture below for code snippet:

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  • An easier way to write this (in Python without the code block) is simply: !Begin_Sta! if !Beg_End! == 'BEGIN' else !End_Sta! Aug 12, 2014 at 2:38

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