I have been tasked with creating several hundred maps of properties that intersect a long pipeline. The maps will zoom to the part of the property which shows the intersection. The lengths of pipeline that intersect the properties is highly variable -from two metres to over 16,000 metres. Therefore, each map will be at very different scales.
I am trying to work out a way to automate the updating of a SCALE field for use in data driven pages. I have found that in general, for my maps, there is between a 1:4 to 1:5 ratio between the length of pipe segment to the scale. That is, if the pipe segment is 1100 metres, then a useful scale would be about 1:5000. I would prefer to round the scale up rather than down so that I can see the full feature on the map.
I want to avoid using scales that are not commonly used such as 1:7000 or 1:19,000, for example. I have come up with the following solution for use in the field calculator:
import bisect def scale(n): scaleMult=n*5 scaleList=[500,1000,1250,1500,2000,2500,4000,5000,7500,10000,12500,15000,20000,25000,30000,40000,50000,75000,100000,150000,200000] roundedScale=scaleList[bisect.bisect(scaleList,scaleMult)] return roundedScale
The above code multiplies the length by some number (I chose 5) then finds out where in my predefined list of scales it should go and returns the next one higher. The code works pretty well for about 90% of the properties. I played around with the scaleMult variable and multiplied n by a few different values between 4 and 5 but nothing really improved the maps.
I was thinking that there might be a better solution. If the pipe is not very straight and doubles back on itself slightly or has a major bend in it, then the feature didn't fit well on the map. It was usually zoomed in too far.
One idea I had was to use the features bounding box. Maybe there is a relationship between the feature's bounding box area and the scale. But, if the bounding box is long and thin, the scale could be different to a bounding box that was a square of the same area.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to implement such a process?
Are there any better solutions that I'm not thinking of?
Looking for solutions in ArcGIS 10.1 and 10.2.