Advanced Editing Tools in ArcGIS or ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS supports the user that needs more efficiency in the complexity editing process with the advanced editing tools that have several functions. These tools required standard or Advanced licenses to be activated. In this paper, we will describe the function of these tools one by one that shown in figure 1.

On this occasion, the advanced editing that we will review is focused on processing the polyline/line feature class which will explain how each tool works and when to use it using the dummy data.

Figure 1. Advanced Tools Editing in ArcGIS. Source : Data Processing
  1. Copy Features Tool

This tool works when in the editing stage, the necessary duplication process of one of the features with a destination location that can be adjusted to the needs. The way to do it is quite simple, you only need to select the feature to be duplicated, click this tool and then navigate to the new location you want to go to paste.

2.   Fillet Tool

This tool allows us to get the connection between 2 feature lines that are made with precision curves. In general, this tool needs to be used when we need a depiction of an object that has a precision curve such as a crossroads, junctions, or bends in the road. To execute with this tool, you need to select what the features that need to be fillet, then click the Fillet tool and re-draw with the precision of the curves based on the needed.

3.   Extend Tool

This tool works to connect 1 feature with other features. In principle, this tool usually used when a path requires an addition to another path. The process of this tool is done by selecting the feature you want to connect, then click the extend tool, and then automatically, features that are gaps with the selected features will be added.

4.   Trim Tool

The process of cutting lines that we want to erased will be complicated if we use the split tool. This is mainly because each line that is overlapped does not necessarily have a tangent vertex that can be specified as an intersection point for the split tool. In this cases, the Trim Tool can take on the role of performing this function. The way to do this is quite simple, we just need to select the feature that becomes the reference like show in figure 5 (Feature A) for every other feature (B, C, D, Etc) that needs to be considered feature A. Then select trim tool, and execute.

5.   Line Intersection

This tool serves to separate overlapping lines. The overlapping path sometimes has no dots and this tool can do the splitting process very easily. Just select the line feature that we want to cut as shown in figure 6, then click the line intersect tool and the result will be automatically cut with another line that intersects.

6.   Explode Multiple Feature

in data processing with a large number of features, sometimes we find cases where there are 2 or more features that are incorporated in 1 attribute data entity. If we want to separate it into a single feature in each attribute data, then we need the explode multiple feature method. How to operate this tool is quite easy, just select the features that we want to separate, then select explode multiple features. The result will then look like in Figure 7 (Right) which shows the results of feature separation.

7.   Planarize Line

This tool has a function that is at first glance similar to that of the line intersection tool. However, in this tool we can separate several overlapping paths at the same time as in the case example, each intersection should have a separate path in order to provide different attributes such as road names, road widths, and so on. The operation of this tool is simply done by selecting all the features that you want to separate and then selecting the planarize line as shown in figure 8. This process will produce each separate path at each junction.

8.   Copy Parallel

The last tool that we will try to discuss is Copy Parallel, Copy Parallel has a function to duplicate features with locations that can be determined automatically based on a certain distance. The placement of the side of the destination duplication location can also be determined according to needs. Almost similar to the buffer but this tool is usually used for line features. The operation of this feature is enough by clicking Copy Parallel in the editor option, then set the distance from the main feature, setting the side you want to duplicate, and then clicking ok. An example of the results performed is shown in figure 9 (right) where the selected side is the left of the main feature. Determination of this side refers to the direction of the arrow that is when selecting the feature that we want to duplicate as shown in figure 9 (left)

Written By : Dzimar Akbarur Rokhim Prakoso

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