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Spatial Info Tool

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Last modified: May 11, 2020

Use the Spatial Info tool to extract tabular information about the spatial object. Attributes like area, spatial object, number of parts, number of points, and centroid Latitude /Longitude coordinates can be revealed.

Configure the Tool

  1. Spatial Object Field: Select the column containing a spatial object from the dropdown list to append spatial information to.
  2. Items To Output: Check the appropriate box to select the information to append to the table.
    • Area (Square Kilometers): Appends the calculated area in square kilometers of the spatial objects in the table.
    • Area (Square Miles): Appends the calculated area in square miles of the spatial objects in the table.
    • Bounding Rectangle as Points: Appends the spatial objects (2 points) of the record to its bounding rectangle, based on the geographic extent of the incoming spatial object.
    • Bounding Rectangle as Polygon: Appends a spatial object (1 polygon) of the record to its bounding rectangle, based on the geographic extent of the incoming spatial object.
    • Bounding Rectangle as X and Y Fields: Appends 4 fields (BR_Left, BR_Top, BR_Right, BR_Bottom), directly related to the bounding rectangle extents' geographic coordinates.
    • Centroid as Spatial Object: Appends the spatial object of the record to the centroid.
    • Centroid as X and Y Fields: Appends 2 fields (X, Y) depicting the geographic coordinates of the center of its object.
    • End Points as Spatial Object: Appends the end point (extent or where the object sequence ends) of the records' spatial object.
    • End Points as X and Y Fields: Appends 2 fields (X, Y) depicting the geographic coordinates of the end point of a record's object.
    • Length (Kilometers): Appends the line length, in kilometers, of the record's object. If the object is a line, this field reflects the total line length. If the object is a polygon, this field reflects the perimeter of the polygon object.
    • Length (Miles): Appends the line length, in miles, of the record's object. If the object is a line, this field reflects the total line length. If the object is a polygon, this field reflects the perimeter of the polygon object.
    • Number of Parts: Appends the number of parts that make up the object (polylines and polygons only).
    • Number of Points: Appends the number of points that make up the object (polylines and polygons only).
    • Peano Key: Used to merge the x-coordinate and y-coordinate of a point so the value can be stored in a one-dimensional array. To produce a Peano key the binary bits of the latitude and longitude value for each point are merged by alternating the bits to produce a new binary number.
    • Spatial Object Type: Appends the type of spatial object that is associated with the file (Point, Line, Polyline, Polygon). The difference between a polyline and a polygon is that a polyline contains multiple line segments, where a line has one start and one end point, but can have any number of points in between. A polyline can be quite complex as in the case of road systems, or rivers.
  3. Projection for XY Output: (Optional) By default, Designer reports spatial information in WGS 84 projection. Users can select a different known projection and return spatial information in that projection. Select​​​​​​ "..." to display the Edit Projection window. See Projection Support.
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