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Victoria3

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Hi,

I'm working with arcmap and very new to it. I have a series of points that represent the movement of a bird throughout a landscape. I have this data in a layer. I would like to connect these points somehow to make a route/path of this bird throughout time, but still have the individual points showing.

Can anybody help me with this? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

By the way, I am doing this on a computer where I can not add any extensions.

Thanks
Victoria

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Hi Victoria,

This worked for me. I didn't find an easier way (e.g. using standard ArcMap):

1. Use ArcMap "Add XY Data" to create a point events layer

2. Export point events layer to .shp

3. Use the free "ET GeoWizards" extension from www.ian-ko.com. Choose the "Point to Polyline" option under Conversion.

See .zip for some testdata with, ehm, 2 birds making quite angular movements.

Have fun,

-Cory

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Hi Victoria,

Goto your ArcToolbox and find Samples
Under Data Management open Features
Here you will find a tool called Create Features From Text File

Export your locations table from ArcMap to something like excel and format it like this:

polyline
line_id part_number
pnt_id x y z m
pnt_id x y z m
...
line_id part_number
pnt_id x y z m
pnt_id x y z m
...
END

The example below represents a line feature class with two features. Feature zero contains two parts.
Line
0 0
0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
1 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0
2 3.0 3.0 0.0 0.0
0 1
0 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.0
1 5.0 5.0 0.0 0.0
2 6.0 6.0 0.0 0.0
1 0
0 1.0 6.0 0.0 0.0
1 2.0 5.0 0.0 0.0
2 3.0 4.0 0.0 0.0
END

Add the resulting line features under your existing point features in your TOC in ArcMap

Dave

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Thanks alot for this thread, i got benefited by that ..... so nice of u.....



Hi Victoria,

This worked for me. I didn't find an easier way (e.g. using standard ArcMap):

1. Use ArcMap "Add XY Data" to create a point events layer

2. Export point events layer to .shp

3. Use the free "ET GeoWizards" extension from www.ian-ko.com. Choose the "Point to Polyline" option under Conversion.

See .zip for some testdata with, ehm, 2 birds making quite angular movements.

Have fun,

-Cory

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For anyone not using ARC but faced with this task - take a look at this link for QGIS & Manifold methods:
http://forum.manifol...orum/t100380.12

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I am doing this too.

I am putting a path between two points. It is the supposed course of bird migrating to warmer places during cold winters !!

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