I would like to create random points across my study area (which is a DEM raster) using the Feature Class> Create Random Points. However, I need to select/copy/move/delete these points and re-arrange them in a line, with each point 1km away from each other. I was wondering whether there is a specific tool that I can use in ArcGIS 10.1 to achieve this -I mean a tool that can tell me how far each point is from another point or is there way to measure the distance between two points to ensure I am placing these points exactly 1km away.

Any info would be appreciated!

  • Do the points have to be in a uniform grid, or do they simply need to be 1km apart in any direction?
    – Aaron
    Dec 15 '13 at 16:55
  • the points needs to be in a line, 1km apart from each other
    – user19622
    Dec 16 '13 at 4:54

PointMaker will allow you to create points using a variety of point patterns including random, random in circle or ellipse, grid and linear with several variants. It sounds like you want to create them in a grid or linear pattern with or without rotation.

  • Thanks, I do want to create a grid, but how do I access pointmaker?
    – user19622
    Dec 15 '13 at 11:45
  • Download the zip file and unzip it in a folder and add the tool to ArcToolbox, the tools/scripts are contained within the toolset
    – user681
    Dec 15 '13 at 13:09
  • yeap I did that, thanks, but when I ran the tool, it only created one dot point - i am not sure what I did wrong!
    – user19622
    Dec 15 '13 at 13:17
  • you have to specify the number of points etc etc. Do it in a new dataframe in case your spacing and/or coordinate system is off. On point dot suggests that you aren't zoomed in enough and specified a small spacing which is the default
    – user681
    Dec 15 '13 at 13:28
  • You were absolutely right! It worked! Thank you very much!
    – user19622
    Dec 16 '13 at 5:24

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