Questions tagged [geoprocessing]

Geoprocessing is a GIS operation used to manipulate GIS data. If you are performing geoprocessing using ArcGIS then the tag Geoprocessing-framework is specific to that software and should be used instead.

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Does dissolving features improve geoprocessing efficiency?

I have a large set of line data (>140,000 features). Is there a processing advantage, in either time required or (more importantly) memory used: to running Dissolve on the data before running Buffer? ...
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Device for Logging GPS and Accelerometer Data? [closed]

I am looking for a device that can track my location (lat,long) and speed all day long. Perhaps, I need GPS and accelerometer data bundled together. What I want to do is to log my daily activities. I ...
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Open Source Address Correction / Parser with Fuzzy Matching

Here is a a little bit of a detailed question related to address parsing/geocoding which I feel should be interesting to many users. So, essentially I am curious to know if anyone has had any ...
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Making county-level shapefile from set of points at 30 x30 km spacing using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a data set in csv form, like: latitude, longitude, value -45, 45, 10 .... I would like to calculate county level means from these data, using either ArcGIS or R+grass. I have the ArcGIS USA ...
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How to determine on which side of a line a polygon feature falls?

I have parcel data intersecting line data. In the parcel data there are some parcels that don't intersect the line. How could I programmatically figure out if the non-intersecting parcel is on the ...
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How to increase maximum memory usage cap for running Arc 10.1?

Not sure if this is strictly GIS related or perhaps belongs on StackOverflow...it is regarding ESRI ArcGIS 10.1, so I'm sticking it here. I'm looking for options to increase processing capacity, and ...
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Unusual results for geoprocessing speed tests

I have been observing unusual performance with a Python geoprocessing script. The (attached) script performs the following actions: Use a search cursor to look up UTM zone corresponding to polygon ...
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ArcGIS Python Tool - Importing Custom Script Into ToolValidator Class

I had posted a question last week about customizing a ToolValidator class and got some very good answers. In working with the proposed solutions, I have created a custom module that performs queries ...
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What is the best way to extract the geometry of a road from OSM data?

What is the best way to extract the geometry of a road from OSM data? The goal is to display segments of highway that are closed due to weather. The weather data consists of positions (in KM measured ...
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Preferred programming language and software for entire remote sensing workflow?

I have been involved in remote sensing for some years now during studies. I am wondering which combination of software and image processing modules would be most suitable for an entire process chain ...
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Can I collect Seismic data with an array of cell phones?

Suppose I have an array of cell phones, each having: an accelerometer a clock a GPS receiver Windows Phone 7 (WP7) How hard would it be to write a program so that synchronizes the phones to a ...
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Splitting feature class by unique values for an attribute/field in ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

I would like to split a single shapefile into multiple shapefiles by using unique values for one attribute/field to select features for each value out into a new feature class. I found ET Geowizard ...
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How to create spider diagrams (hub lines) in PostGIS?

I'm rather new to PostGIS but I have done a lot of reading. One thing that I have been searching for is a function that allows users to create a "spider diagram" (also called "desire lines" or "hub ...
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How to process large shapefiles faster in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have huge line and polygon shapefiles that I want to edit with some geoprocessing tasks (clip, buffer, erase,...). Altough my computer is not that slow, I am annoyed of waiting up to 15 hours for ...
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Calculating elevation profile of a trail?

What would be the best way to calculate an elevation profile of a trail remotely (without using altimeter/gps tracking your steps)? For example, to do it in the most rudimentary way you might take a ...
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How to integrate SAGA Python Modules into ArcGIS Desktop?

I have been having a look at SAGA (http://www.saga-gis.org/en/index.html) and it seems to have some nice tools for geoprocessing. I was wondering if anyone out there has had any luck bringing SAGA ...
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Using ESRI geoprocessing services from a non-ESRI client (Python)?

I'm thinking it should be possible to consume an ESRI Geoprocessing service from a python script without invoking ArcPy or needing an ESRI installation on the client machine. For example I create a ...
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Sort a feature table by geographic location

Here's in interesting challenge: I need to embed a table in a map layout so that the records in the table are sorted according to their geographic position on the ground. For example, in a north-to-...
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Improving ArcGIS Results saving and manipulating

The ArcGIS Results Window is an incredibly useful way to keep track of what has been done in a particular map. I use it constantly as a means of documenting the essential parts of a project's workflow,...
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Reduce processing time in Erase function using Arcpy in IDLE

I am processing 18,000 feature classes (saved in a file GDB), each with ~500 records (polygon features) in ocean areas, and I am running a script to remove area overlapping with the coast, using the ...
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ArcGIS 10: Create an event linear layer from a point layer based on directionality

I have a point layer that reflects the speed limits and a line layer of the roads. The location of the speed sign indicates in which direction the speed limit applies. How can I make linear event ...
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How to intersect lines and polygons in R?

Following on from an answer about intersecting polygons with lines to chop up a polygon into smaller polygon units (in QGIS), I wanted to try the same thing in R. However, I cannot seem to find a ...
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Splitting overlap between polygons and assign to nearest polygon using PostGIS?

My question is quite related to the unanswered Split overlap between polygons into disjoint sets except I'm not using shapely, I'm using PostGIS 2.4 on PostgreSQL 10. I have a table containing ...
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PostGIS ST_Union Performance

I'm trying to execute a 'dissolve' operation in PostGIS using the ST_Union command. The input layer is admittedly quite large and complex. By 'large' I mean 57,771 features, with number of vertices ...
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Where is this raster offset being introduced in the QGIS processing toolbox?

I'm using the (awesome!) processing toolbox in QGIS 2.0 to reclassify some NoData values in a raster from -9999 to 0, but at some point in the process there's an offset of about 0.2 degrees being ...
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Is there an effective limit to the geoprocessing task Geocode Addresses?

The issue I face has the following background: We are geocoding an immense directory of records. It is something in excess of 100 million addresses. I have split the addresses up into as small a ...
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PostGIS “Overlay” Style Union, not “Dissolve” Style [duplicate]

I'm trying to use PostGIS to do a 'union' of polygons. When I Googled "PostGIS Union", I found the ST_Union function, which performs what I would call a 'dissolve,' not a Union. What I actually want ...
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Split Lines at Intersection of Other Lines

I have two line layers (roads and contours in this example) and I would like to split the roads layer every time it crosses/intersects a feature on the contour layer. I can't seem to find a tool that ...
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Is there a way to Query what's “NOT THERE”?

If you have land tenure mapping, and you're only interested in the areas for which there are no polygons in a region, is there a way to query these areas out and create a shapefile from them. A ...
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Why it is still not common to publish and use WPS?

I tried to find some online platform-independent GIS services that could be called by any programming language and doing various GIS operations - like intersection, data format conversion, ...
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How to use real GIS tools to make skewed area maps for infographics

I'm a junior GIS tech, trying to make a map as part of an infographic. I wanted to do one where the size of polygons varied with a particular numeric attribute. Something like this one, where each ...
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Topology or out of memory errors with large dataset intersects and spatial joins in ArcGIS

I receive a topology error notification when intersecting a point dataset (with ~5 million points), with a polygon dataset created by buffering those points by a half mile. The goal is to create a ...
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Process a raster with multiple geoprocessing tools in arcgis 10 using python - flow between processes

I'm writing a short python script that includes processing rasters with different geoprocessing tools in ArcGis 10, for example, the three processes below, is this best way to use multiple tools ...
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How to attribute polygon with names of polylines it contains?

I have a set of polyline shapefiles and a polygon shapefile. The task is to split the polylines by the polygon border and write the names of polyline objects located within the polygon to the ...
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Reordering polygon shapefile permanently?

I've written a script which produces a polygon shapefile of the extents of all the thousands of rasters in our library. I want to organise the FID so that the files with the largest extents are on the ...
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How to cluster points of interest by lat lon for my WP7 app?

I have alread asked this question on SO, so I apologize if duplicating this is bad form. I will link to each of the sites if I get the right answer. I have a collection of my own PointOfInterest ...
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Inside buffer with attributes in ArcGIS?

How can I create buffers for polygons that: a) lie only inside the polygon boundary, and b) know who their parent is? An example of where this is useful is First Nation Traditional Territories. ...
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Merging Issues doubling up

I have two shapefiles with some of the parcels (surveying) overlapping each other. How do you get those overlapping parcels and prevent them from doubling up? Is there a way you can have it ...
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How to enable adding both feature classes / tables and layers from TOC to a script tool parameter input?

I have developed a script tool which will allow a user to specify input feature class or table and then will process it. Surprised I haven't noticed this before: I cannot find which data type my ...
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Split polylines at polygon boundaries in QGIS

I have a set of contour lines and a polygon set containing glaciers. Because I want the glaciers to have blue contours, I need to split the contour lines at the glacier boundaries. I can achieve this ...
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Is there anyway to make GPModels with python scripts execute faster?

I do not know if anyone else has this problem but my GPModels that include simple python scripts seem to take way too long to execute. One example is a model I built which is a simple select feature ...
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Remote geoprocessing solutions?

I have a relatively old laptop (i5 8Gb) but it is fine for most of my GIS needs. Infrequently I would like to run processes which requires larger amounts of RAM (16G+) but I cannot justify forking out ...
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Hydrology toolbox versus Arc Hydro toolbox?

I would like to do some watershed delineation research/development (at the County level) with our LIDAR generated DEM, after it is corrected, but am wondering what, if any, differences might result ...
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How does the geoprocessing results window store the tasks?

Yesterday I was working in a single mxd all day, performing dozens of calculations and other analysis using multiple tools. A lot of it was trial and error, so when I found the correct combination I ...
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Is there a way to get the percentage of different landuse types upstream of a given point?

I'm a fairly novice GIS user and know just enough to get in trouble in a lot of cases. I am trying to look at the connection between several measured parameters at a few hundred stations along ...
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How do I generate code from ESRI GPServer wsdl?

I'm trying to use svcutil to generate code from this GPServer wsdl. So I run this command: svcutil GPServer.wsdl Which generates ESRI_Currents_World_GPServer.cs. The code has comments saying the ...
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Is it possible to change spatial reference (and reproject) feature classes in-place, using ArcMap/GeoProcessing?

We have an Esri based system in production; a complicated data model with a large number of feature classes. We need to migrate the data to another spatial reference. The feature classes have class ...
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What are pros and cons of forcing square pixels on reprojection?

I am using Erdas Imagine 2014 to reproject 4-band raster data from GRS 1980 NAD83 Lambert Conformal Conic (ft) to UTM GRS 1980 NAD83 North UTM Zone 11 (m). Unlike ArcGIS, Erdas provides the option to ...
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GIS Server for web service

I am building an app that has some GIS requirements that go a little beyond (I think) what I can retrieve from existing online web services resources so I am attempting to build a server of my own to ...
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For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?

In ArcGIS Desktop, can you calculate as an attribute value the distance to the nearest polygon of type X? Assume we have a point layer of wildlife observations and we want to know how far each of ...

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