Friday, August 29, 2014

Speed Up Polygon Grid Generation

There are many tools that generate regular uniform grids with geoprocessing, but I found a novel was of generating grids pretty quickly for large areas.  Rasters are fast and can be created on the fly easily using numpy.  To make the raster a feature class, ArcPy has a Raster to Polygon tool that should be available at all levels of desktop.

import arcpy
import numpy
import math
fc = r"c:\temp\somedata.shp" # assume projection is projected coordinate system not Lat/Long where measurements are in decimal degrees
width = 10000 # meters
height = 10000 # meters
#  Gets the feature classes' extent
desc = arcpy.Describe(fc)
extent = desc.extent
#   Set the Mask
arcpy.env.mask = fc
#   Calculate the number of columns

dist_x = math.sqrt(math.pow((extent.XMax - extent.XMin), 2))
dist_y = math.sqrt(math.pow((extent.YMax - extent.YMin),2))
col_x = int(dist_x / width)
col_y = int(dist_y / height)
if col_x % distanceMeters > 0:
   col_x += 1
if col_y % distanceMeters > 0:
  col_y += 1
#   Construct the structure numpy array with random values
numpyArray = (numpy.random.permutation(col_x * col_y) + 1).reshape(col_y, col_x)
#   Convert array to raster 
myData = arcpy.NumPyArrayToRaster(numpyArray,
                                  arcpy.Point(extent.XMin, extent.YMin),
                                  width, height)
#   Convert the raster to a polygon feature class
grid = r"%s\gridData" % arcpy.env.scratchGDB
grid = arcpy.RasterToPolygon_conversion(in_raster=myData,
The code takes the extent of the data and creates a grid. The mask environmental parameter essentially clips the raster to the shape of the feature class. This way you only gets cells within the given polygon area. If you wanted cells to fall outside the feature classes' shape, then just comment out that line.

So that is that.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Checkout ArcREST!

Need to work with ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Feature Services?
Tired of republishing all your data to AGOL?
Want an easier way to work with REST endpoints of ArcGIS Server using Python?

Look no further, check out ArcREST on github!

Version 1 is pretty solid, and version 2 can be downloaded on the 'dev' branch.

Get it here: