Monthly Archives: May 2012

Accessing GIS attribute values in CityEngine

CityEngine, through the use of CGA rules, allows for mass modeling of cities. In the current software, GIS support is available in the advanced version of CityEngine. You can access values such as land use, building heights, roof type, tree heights, etc. from a GIS feature’s attribute table and then use that value to drive mass modeling rules. Below is a screen shot from the CityEngine Inspector window that shows GIS attributes for a shape that has been initialized for use through a rule file. Continue reading

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Welcome to ArcGIS 10.1 – A Few Tips for ArcGIS for Server Migration

Are you working to put together a migration plan for the transition to ArcGIS 10.1 for Server? Because there are significant changes in the software architecture at ArcGIS 10.1 for Server, a number of hints and tips have been put together to help you through the process. Continue reading

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5 Minute Troubleshooting: Unable to Export Event Layer to Shapefile

As we all know there is no “magic” button in ArcGIS for Desktop that will fix all the issues that you are having.  In my time working in support, however, I have found that exporting data comes quite close and often returns magical results when working with corrupted data. Today we will be looking at using this method to resolve issues with an  X,Y Event Layer.

Have you ever had an event layer show up beautifully in your map, but when exporting it to a shapefile you ran into an issue? Some of these issues could be receiving an error (such as “the data you are exporting contains one or more blob field”), getting a blank attribute table, or finding that not all of your fields are coming through to the shapefile. The steps below work, in most instances, to help resolve this issue. These steps walk you through the process of exporting a table to a DBF, displaying that DBF as an event layer, and then exporting that event layer to a shapefile.

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Getting to Know Esri Support: Stephanie W.


An interview with Desktop geoprocessing and Python analyst, Stephanie W. Bringing you another member of our support staff, we interviewed Stephanie who is a support analyst from the Charlotte, NC office. We talked with Stephanie about everything from her hobbies, … Continue reading

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Importing projects into CityEngine

CityEngine Workspace

Have you ever set up a workspace in CityEngine, copied your project into the workspace folder, but found that CityEngine didn’t recognize the new folder? This can be avoided by following the import project workflow described below.

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A quick tip on performing a 1:M join

Have you ever had a 1:M relationship but did not want to perform a relate? You might consider using the Make Query Table tool to accomplish this task. Typically when performing a 1:M join, only the first record will be joined and the subsequent records will not. In instances such as this, I often recommend using a relate or relationship class instead of a join. However, using the Make Query Table tool is another option for performing this task and can also be an effective way of querying out matching records from two separate tables or feature classes. Continue reading

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Scheming about authentication with ArcGIS for Java?


Most of us here are relatively familiar with ArcGIS Server for .Net. However, in support our exposure to the Java product is relatively limited, simply because it seems that fewer customers have implemented ArcGIS Server for Java. In this post, I’ll try … Continue reading

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Updates to ArcGIS Ideas and Workspaces

New features have been added to ArcGIS Ideas that enhance the site and improve access to ArcGIS Workspaces.

Last month we extended ArcGIS Ideas by adding ArcGIS Workspaces. Workspaces provide a way to collaborate on ideas with other members of the GIS community in a secure environment. (Check out Esri Presents ArcGIS Workspaces! to learn more.) This week we added the ability to request new workspaces and to access workspaces directly from the idea in ArcGIS Ideas.

The “Request Workspace” button appears next to ideas that have over 500 points and are not already implemented, under consideration, or deferred.


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