Editing the Event Geodatabase

The Event Geodatabase is intended to be edited with off the shelf tools available in ArcGIS. Custom tools can be used, but none are required.

The GISS Workflow assumes the user is comfortable with ArcGIS Pro and has a solid understanding of basic GIS concepts and components.  Additional training is available directly from Esri with a NIFC Org Account.

Incident and Event Schema specific editing operations and requirements will be presented here, but this is not intended as a GIS training.

Esri has extensive documentation on editing tools and options in ArcGIS Pro.

Public Data Sharing

NIFC Open Data Public Perimeter Service

The Public Wildfire Perimeter Service shared on the NIFC Open Data site is a hosted view of the National Incident Feature Service (NIFS) and is used by individuals and popular applications such as InciWeb. Proper data attribution is essential to ensuring the data is visible where it is needed.

Perimeters will only display in the Public Service with the attributes FeatureStatus = Approved, FeatureAccess = Public, and IsVisible = Yes. These are the default values for Event Polygon as of 2021. The FeatureStatus value can be changed to remove any perimeter from public view should it be necessary.

View Only Web Maps and EGP Viewers (Situation Analyst)

While only Event Polygon is used in the Public Service, the other Event Features are available in applications such as Situation Analyst in EGP and web maps based off the View Only Incident Web Map Template. These will only display Approved features, so their proper attribution is required as well.

Utilizing the Event Attributes

Key to successful use of the Event GDB is efficiently utilizing the Event attributes. The Event Schema was designed with several implementation methods in mind but is not limited to those presented. Complete and correct attributes allow for creative querying and display of data for reports and maps.

Event Geodatabase - Utilizing the Event Attributes Video


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Note: While shown in ArcMap, these settings and options still apply. The default values for Event Polygon are now FeatureStatus = Approved, FeatureAccess = Public, and IsVisible = Yes. This makes wildfire daily perimeters visible in the Public service display be default, they can be changed to remove any non-public perimeter.

The simplest example of the flexibility provided when all features are properly attributed is how it is easy to change the Display Field setting under layer properties to leverage the Attributes window for efficient features updates.

Setting it to a field that best differentiates data for the task at hand (for example Feature Category or Label) allows features to be quickly selected and updated.

Attributes window with Event Line (2) highlighted.

The Event Schema was carefully designed to accommodate all aspects of incident data collection and mapping to eliminate the needs for multiple data sources.

Specific Fields and Examples of Their Use

DeleteThis (Delete This Field?)

Domain Values:

  • No (default)
  • Yes – No Longer Needed
  • Yes – Editing Mistake

The Mobile Edit service does not allow the deletion of data. Anyone using Collector/Field Maps for data collection in the National Incident Feature Service should be instructed to use this attribute as a flag to notify the GISS to remove a feature.

Example: A FOBS walks a proposed dozer line and submits the track with Collector. Immediately after, the proposed line is changed to another trail. The FOBS flags the first track with a Yes in the DeleteThis field and proceeds to collect the new track.

At the ICP, the GISS deletes the flagged feature.

FeatureAccess (Feature Access)

Domain Values:

  • Public (available for public maps or web sites)
  • Cooperators (shared only with wildland fire agencies)  (default)
  • Incident (only for use for incident staff)
  • Restricted (sharing or viewing by a specific group)
  • Unknown

This field should be used to designate levels of access to data both in exports and in map creation.

Each feature should be categorized by its highest level of accessibility. A definition query can be used in each APRX to limit the data based on the intended audience.

TIP: The FeatureAccess and FeatureStatus fields are used together to provide a means of finely tuning feature visibility across maps and the web.

Example: FeatureAccess attributes of features shown in screenshots below.

Fire Polygon: Public
Fire Line Features: Cooperators
Proposed Burnout: Incident Only
Fire Origin (under investigation): Restricted

Typical Use in Incident Maps:

PIO Map: Use a definition query to only display Public features.

Definition Query: "FeatureAccess" = 'Public'

Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter polygon on topographic basement.

IAP, Briefing, Air Ops Maps: Use a definition query to display Public and Cooperators features.

Definition Query: "FeatureAccess" IN ('Public', 'Cooperators')

Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter polygon with Contained Line and Fire Edge. Topographic base map.

Situation, Operations, Firing Plan Maps: Use a definition query to display all features except Restricted.

Definition Query: "FeatureAccess" <> 'Restricted'

Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter polygon with Contained Line and Fire Edge. Topographic base map.

Planning, Custom Maps: No definition query used, all features will be displayed, including Restricted.

Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter polygon with Contained Line, Fire Edge and Point of Origin. Topographic base map.

NOTE: The above are just common examples. Desired feature visibility will vary by IMT, always check with the SITL to confirm the appropriate features are displayed in each map.

FeatureStatus (Feature Status)

Domain Values:

  • Approved (Feature has been reviewed and approved for display.)
  • In Review (Feature is not yet approved for display but is in review.)
  • Proposed (Feature is not yet approved for display and has not been reviewed.) (default)
  • Archive (Feature is no longer relevant to the incident and should not be displayed.)

Example: This field is essential to the Approval Workflow (covered in the Advanced Workflows Section).

Most important to understand about this attribute is that the default value for everything except Event Polygon is Proposed. New features collected in the field can easily be identified by this attribute for review by the SITL. The SITL or GISS can also flag features as In Review if waiting for approval from other staff such as Safety or Air Ops.

If not using the Approval Workflow, all features should be set to Approved to avoid confusion.

IsVisible (Is Visible)

Domain Values:

  • Yes (default)
  • No
  • Unknown

Use this field to easily flag features that do not need to be displayed in maps.

A value of Yes is required for a Wildfire Daily Perimeter to display in the NIFC Open Data Public Service.

Example: In the case of an ongoing Complex, small fires that are named but subsequently put out or consumed by larger fires may need their locations preserved, but will not be necessary on maps moving forward.

Incident Complex Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons and ICS points display in the NIFC Open Data Public Service. Arrows pointing to small fire symbols.

Set a definition query to remove all No attributed features from your maps (IsVisible <> ‘No’).

Incident Complex Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons and ICS points display in the NIFC Open Data Public Service with the small fires hidden.

RepairStatus (Repair Status)

Domain Values:

  • No Repair Needed
  • Repair Needed
  • Completed – Inspected
  • Other - See Comments
  • Unknown (default)
  • Completed - Ready for Inspection
  • In Use – Fire Management

Example: Track the repair status of a feature through this attribute to avoid the data management headache and potential conflicts in a second rehab database.

Add a second copy of Event Point and Event Line to your map and apply the Repair Status layer files to it. Set the transparency to at least 50% and place it at the top of the drawing order. This is a simple an efficient means to track repairs and create Rehab Maps without duplicating data.

Incident Complex Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons and ICS points display in the NIFC Open Data Public Service with transparency set to 50% and Repair Status at the top of the drawing order.

PropertyStatus (Property Status)

Domain Values:

  • In Field
  • Incident Supply
  • Returned to Cache
  • Unknown (default)

Example: Track the status of Pumps, Water Tanks, and other accountable property.

As opposed to creating a separate database for pump locations, add them to the Accountable Property feature class using the PropertyInfo and PointName fields to record serial numbers and identifying information. The IsVisible field can be set to No for pumps if they are crowding the operations features or no longer In Field.

Best Practices for Editing

Be Mindful of the Coordinate Reference System

When working with the Event Geodatabase in ArcGIS Pro it is recommended that the data's coordinate reference system (CRS) be a local projected coordinate system. This is a reversal of previous guidance for ArcMap because of the differing operation and availability of calculation tools between the two software. The Event Geodatabase can be successfully maintained and edited in any CRS; however, the use of a local projection has been determined to be best practice as it provides the most consistency in the workflow.

Working with the NIFS, this means setting the data frame CRS in the Edit Project, before creating the offline copy.

Save Often!

Unlike in ArcMap, there are no edit sessions in ArcGIS Pro.

However, all edits must still be saved. Once edits are made in a map, the Save and Discard buttons will become available on the Edit ribbon tab.

The Save and Discard buttons highlighted on the ArcGIS Pro ribbon.

Because editing is enabled on all available workspaces, when creating features it is vitally important to pay close attention to the Feature Template being used.

Renaming layers in the Table of Contents can help avoid confusion without affecting the underlying data.

Use the Attributes Window

The Attributes window is the preferred method for both single and bulk attribute updates because domains are set for many of the fields. Field Calculate, custom tools, and scripts will overwrite a domain, introducing typos and breaking queries. To bulk update with the Attributes window, click the layer heading in the top section after selecting the desired features and edit the table below as normal.

When all features are properly attributed, it is easy to change the Display Field setting under layer properties to leverage the Attributes window for efficient features updates.

Setting it to a field that best differentiates data for the task at hand (for example Feature Category or Label) allows features to be quickly selected and updated.

Attributes window with Event Line (2) highlighted.

Highlights

  • Leave the Event Features in WGS84.
  • Save Often! Both the Project and Edits.
  • Editing is enabled on all workspaces available. Pay close attention to what layer is being edited. Edits must be saved.
  • Utilize the Attributes window for single and bulk updates.

Editing Event Polygon

Generally, the Event Polygon is the first thing edited when there is updated incident information available. The primary feature category in this layer the Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter, aka the Fire Polygon.

The Fire Polygon is the basis for creating line features for Fire Edge and Contained Line, as well as used to calculate the fire acreage.

Remember to always export the Fire Polygon to the Progression GDB after every update.

Digitize a New Fire Polygon

  1. From the Edit ribbon tab, click the Create button to open the Create Features pane.
    Edit ribbon with Create button highlighted.
  2. From the Event Polygon feature template, select Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter. Fields that have the Prompt for Attribute Value box checked in the feature template will be displayed.
    Create Features pane. Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter template open.
  3. Enter how the perimeter was collected, when, and any other pertinent fields and begin clicking on the map to digitize the fire polygon.
    Double-click to finish the sketch.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter, vertices on with edit shown.
  4. If the necessary attributes are not enabled for prompt, the blue arrow can be clicked to open the active template and the attributes filled in there.
    Create Features pane. Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter template open. Map Method Hand Sketch highlighted.
  5. The attributes can also be added after the geometry by opening the Attributes pane and filling them in.
    Edit ribbon with Attributes button highlighted.
    Attributes pane. Comments highlighted.
  6. Save the edits.
    ArcGIS Pro ribbon with Save highlighted.

Create a New Fire Polygon from a Different Layer

  1. Add the layer to the map.
    1. The Add Data button is on the Map ribbon tab.
      ArcGIS Pro ribbon with Add Data button highlighted.
    2. Alternatively, new data can be browsed to in the Catalog pane and added by right-clicking and selecting one of the Add To options.
      Catalog pane with Project selected. GPS file selected and Add to Current Map is highlighted.
      Note: Replace Sketch is now available in Pro as Replace Geometry. In addition to Replace Geometry, two common alternatives are Copy/Paste and Trace.
  2. To use Replace Geometry, select the Wildfire Daily Perimeter from the Event Polygon feature template and populate the necessary attributes (by prompt or attribute pane).
    1. Select the Modify features panel select Replace Geometry.
      Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Modify Features pane open. Replace Geometry highlighted.
    2. Select the Trace tool from the drawing options.
      Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Trace tool highlighted. Modify Features pane open. Replace Polygon highlighted.
    3. Trace along the edge of the new polygon. Double-click, press F2, or finish sketch to finish the sketch.
      Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Trace editing shown.
  3. To use Trace, from the Create Feature Pane, select Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter from the Event Polygon feature template and populate the necessary attributes (by prompt or attribute pane).
    1. Select the Trace tool from the drawing options.
      Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Create Features pane open. Trace tool highlighted from drawing options.
    2. Turn on Snapping so that the Trace can be started precisely on perimeter layer. The Snapping on/off button is on both the Edit ribbon tab and at the base of the map.
      Edit ribbon with Snapping highlighted.
    3. Click the perimeter of the shape to be copied and then trace around it with the mouse. Double-click to finish or click once to stop tracing and use the Finish button or F2.
      Trace button highlighted. Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter being edited with snapping turned on.
  4. To use Copy/Paste, select the shape to be copied and click Copy and then Paste Special on the Edit ribbon tab.
    Copy and Paste Special buttons highlighted. Map showing selected polygon and point.
    1. Select the Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter Template to paste into.
      Paste Special window with Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected.
    2. Because Pro allows you to paste into the template, the template defaults are applied to the new feature. Fill in additional attributes as required.
      Attributes pane. Map Method and Polygon Date Time highlighted.
  5. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Reshape the Fire Polygon by Digitizing

  1. Open the Modify Feature pane by clicking the Modify button on the Edit ribbon tab.
    Edit ribbon. Create highlighted.
  2. Select the Reshape tool from the Modify Feature pane. (The Reshape tools is also in the Tools Gallery on the Edit ribbon tab by default).
    Modify Features pane. Reshape highlighted.
    Note: Tools can be made available in multiple locations in Pro, such as the quick access toolbar at the top of the window, the tools gallery on the Edit ribbon tab, Favorites in the Modify Feature pane, and more. Right click a tool to see placement options.
  3. The fire polygon can be selected before or after selecting the Reshape tool. If not selected before, the tool will prompt the selection of the feature to be modified.
  4. Click along the line the polygon will be reshaped to. Be sure and cross the polygon boundary at both the beginning and end of the sketch.
    Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter highlighted.  Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter highlighted. New vertices shown.
  5. Modify the attributes as needed.
  6. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Modify the Fire Polygon by Tracing a Line from Another Layer

  1. Add the layer containing the feature to be traced to the map if it is not already.
  2. Select the Reshape tool from the Modify Feature Pane.
    Modify features pane. Reshape highlighted.
  3. Start the sketch along which to reshape the fire polygon and then select Trace from the tool options at the base of the map.
    Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Contained Line shown. Trace button highlighted.
  4. Click on the feature to be traced and move the mouse along it.
    Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Contained Line shown. Trace sketch shown.
  5. Double-click to finish the sketch and reshape. Be sure that the sketch crosses the fire polygon boundary at the beginning and end.
    Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Contained Line shown. Trace sketch completed shown.
  6. Edit the attributes as needed.
  7. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Create an Island

  1. Open the Split tool from the Modify Features pane. The fire polygon can be selected before or after opening the Split tool. If not selected before, the tool will prompt the selection of the feature to be modified.
  2. Click within the fire polygon to draw the area of the island. Be sure that the sketch forms a closed polygon. Double-click to finish the sketch.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Island polygon vertices shown. 
  3. Select only the new polygon that was just created and use the delete key or click Delete on the Edit ribbon tab to remove it.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter shown. Island polygon selected.  Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter shown. Island polygon deleted.
  4. Update the attributes as necessary.
  5. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Remove an Island

  1. Select the fire polygon and click the Vertices tool from the Modify Features pane (The Vertices tools is also in the Tools Gallery on the Edit ribbon tab by default). If the Vertices tool is opened first, it will prompt the selection of the feature to be modified.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Island polygon selected. Modify Features pane open. Edit Vertices highlighted.
    1. Choose the Delete cursor from the tool options at the bottom of the map and draw around the island.
      Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter and Island polygon vertices shown. Delete button highlighted. Curser edits shown. 
    2. Alternatively, right click one of the vertices in the feature Part that is the island and select Part >> Delete Part.
      Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter and Island polygon vertices shown. Vertex right-click window open. Part and Delete Part highlighted.
  2. Complete the edit by clicking the Finish button or pressing F2.
    Finish button selected.
  3. Edit the attributes as necessary.
  4. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Add the Perimeter of a Spot Fire to the Fire Polygon by Digitizing

  1. Open the Continue Feature tool from the Modify Features pane. If the fire polygon is not selected first, the tool will prompt selection of the feature to be continued.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Modify Features window open. Continue Feature highlighted. 
  2. Click to draw the spot fire. Double-click to to finish the sketch.
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter vertices shown. New perimeter polygon and vertices shown.
  3. The drawn feature is added to the existing fire polygon as a part, rather than as its own feature (to separate a multipart feature, use the Explode tool).
    Wildland Fire Daily Fire Perimeter polygons selected. 
  4. Edit the attributes as necessary.
  5. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Calculate the Acres of the Fire Polygon

  1. From the Event Polygon attribute table, right-click Calculate Geometry.
    Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter selected. Event Polygon table with Acres and Calculate Geometry highlighted.
  2. The Calculate Geometry Attributes tool will open in the Geoprocessing pane.
    Calculate Geometry window. Property, Area Unit and Event Polygon highlighted.
  3. Enter Area for the Property, Acres as the area unit, and select the Event Polygon layer as the Coordinate System.
  4. Click Ok.
    OK button highlighted.

Editing Event Line

Generally, the second Event feature class to be edited when new incident information is obtained. The fire perimeter lines must be adjusted to match any updates to the Fire Polygon, followed by any additions or modifications to independent line features.

Create Fireline by Copying the Fire Polygon

  1. Select the Fire Polygon.
  2. On the Edit ribbon tab, click Copy then Paste Special.
    Project showing ribbon, table of contents and map with selected Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter. Paste, Paste Special highlighted.
  3. Paste into the Fire Edge template.
    Paste Special window and map with fire perimeter and fire edge line.   Map Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter and Fire Edge.
  4. Update the Attributes as necessary.
  5. Save the edits.
     Project ribbon. Save highlighted.

Create Fireline by Digitizing

  1. Open the Create Feature pane and select the Feature Category of line to create.
    Create Features pane. Completed Dozer Line highlighted.  
  2. Click to draw the line. Press Finish or F2 to complete the sketch.
    Map of Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter, Fire Edge and Completed Dozer Line. 
  3. Update the Attributes as necessary.
  4. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted.

Create Fireline by Tracing Another Feature

  1. Add the layer to be traced to the map.
  2. Select the Event Line feature category from the Create Features pane, fill in the prompted attributes, and select the Tracing drawing option.
    Create Features pane. Contained Line selected and Trace button highlighted.
  3. Turn on Snapping if it is not enabled.
    Edit ribbon. Snapping button highlighted. 
  4. Beginning at one end of the line, click the endpoint and then move the cursor along the feature. Double-click to complete the sketch, or click again at the location to stop tracing and click the Finish button (or hit F2).
    Map of Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter, Fire Edge, Contained Line and Completed Dozer Line.
  5. Update the attributes as necessary if prompts are not configured.
  6. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted. 

Flip the Fireline (if the Fire Edge hash marks are facing out)

Fire Edge symbology should always display the dashes on the line facing into the fire, as if they are trailing behind the fire growth.

Map of completed dozer line and two Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with fire edge. Symbology is reversed on one with dashes facing outward.

  1. Open the Vertices tool in the Modify Feature pane. If the fireline to be flipped is not already selected, the tool will prompt selection of a feature.
  2. Right-click the line and select Reverse Direction.
    Map of completed dozer line and two Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with fire edge. Reversed fire edge is selected. Right click dialog box open with Reverse Direction highlighted.
  3. Click anywhere off the line or the Finish button.
    Map of completed dozer line and two Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with fire edge corrected.
  4. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted.

Separate the Fireline of an Island or Spot Fire from the Fireline of the Main Fire

  1. Open the Explode tool from the Modify Features pane. If the feature to be exploded is not selected first, the tool will prompt for selection.
    Map of completed dozer line and two Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons selected. Modify Features pane open. Explode highlighted. 
  2. Click Explode to separate the selected multipart feature.
    Map of completed dozer line and two Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons selected. Modify Features pane open. Explode button highlighted. 
  3. Update the Attributes as necessary.
  4. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted.

Split a Fireline

  1. Open the Split Line tool from the Modify Features pane (this tools is in the Tool Gallery by default as well). If the line to be split is not selected first, the tool will prompt selection.
    Map of a Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with Fire Edge line selected and highlighted. Modify Features window open with Split highlighted.
  2. Click where the line is to be split.
     Map of a Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with Fire Edge line selected and highlighted. Event Line Edge click location highlighted.
  3. Update the Attributes as necessary.
    Map of a Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with split section of Fire Edge line selected. Attributes pane open with FC Line Type highlighted.
    Map of a Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygon, Fire Edge and Completed Line shown. 
  4. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted. 

Join (Merge) Firelines

To combine two separate features into one. Non-adjacent features will create a multipart.

Map of a Wildland Fire Daily Perimeter polygons with a section of Fire Edge line selected. Selected edge labeled with a number 1 and non-selected labeled with a number 2.

  1. Open the Merge tool from the Modify Features pane. If the features to be merged are not selected first, the tool will prompt selection.
    Modify Features pane. Merge highlighted.
  2. Choose the feature that is to be preserved (this features attributes will be used for the new, combined geometry). Clicking the features will highlight them in the map and display the attributes.
    Modify Features pane open. Features to merge highlighted.
  3. Click Merge.
  4. Save the edits.
    Project ribbon. Save highlighted.

Calculate Line Lengths

  1. From the Event Polygon attribute table, right-click Calculate Geometry.
    Event Line table open. Length attribute selected and Calculate Geometry highlighted.
  2. The Calculate Geometry Attributes tool will open in the Geoprocessing pane.
  3. Enter Length as the Property, Feet as the Length Unit, and Event Line as the Coordinate System.
    Calculate Geometry window. Length, Feet and Event Line are highlighted. 
  4. Click Okay.
    936-1-edit-gdb-ok.png 

 

Editing Event Point

Generally, updates to the Event Point feature class are performed last as they are largely independent of the line and polygon features. Often it is also helpful to have the other features up to date first as this can aid in referencing the location of new point features.

Create Points from Digitizing or from XY Coordinates

  1. Open the Create Feature pane.
    Edit ribbon. Create button highlighted.
  2. Select the Point feature category to be created and fill in the prompted attributes (if attributes are not set to prompt, fill them in through the Attributes pane after creation).
  3. Click on the map at the location to create the point.
    Map of Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter, Fire Edge, Contained Line, Completed Dozer Line, and two Helispots with one Helispot highlighted. Create Features pane open. Helispot selected.
  4. To place the point from XY coordinates, right click in the map and select Absolute X, Y, Z.
    Map of Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter, Fire Edge, Contained Line, Completed Dozer Line, and two Helispots. Right click tools open. Absolute X,Y,Z... highlighted.
  5. Enter the coordinates and press the Enter key.
    Absolute X,Y window open with Longitude and Latitude showing. 
  6. Update the attributes, if necessary.
    Map of Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter, Fire Edge, Contained Line, Completed Dozer Line, Helispot and new selected point. Attributes pane open. FC Point Type Fire Origin selected.
  7. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Copy Points from Another Layer and Edit the Attributes of Multiple Points at Once

  1. Add the layer containing the points to be copied to the map.
  2. Select the points to be copied.
  3. Click Copy, then Paste Special.
    Project ribbon. Copy and Paste Special highlighted.
  4. Select the Event Point feature category to paste the points into.
    Paste Special dialog box with Dip Site template selected. 
  5. In the Attributes pane, select the Event Point layer rather than an individual point and enter the values that apply to all the selected features.
    Attributes pane open. Event Group - All Layers: Event Point (2) highlighted. FC Point Type Dip Site selected. 
  6. Update the individual feature attributes by clicking on each point below the Event Point layer as necessary.
    Map of Wildfire Daily Fire Perimeter, Fire Edge, Contained Line, and two Dip sites with one Dip site highlighted. Attribute pane open. Event Group - All Layers : Event Point (2) open, Demo selected and highlighted. Label Crock Dip highlighted.
  7. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Move an Existing Point Manually

  1. From the Edit ribbon tab, open the Move tool in the Tools Gallery (Move is also available in the Modify Features pane). If the point to be moved was not already selected, the tool will prompt selection.
    Edit ribbon. Move button highlighted. 
  2. Hovering over the selected point will change the cursor to the Move symbol.
    Map showing mouse hover over and selected Event Point. Move button highlighted.
  3. Click and hold to drag the point to the desired location.
    Map showing mouse hover over and selected Event Point old location and moved location. Move button highlighted.  
  4. Click the Finish button or hit F2 to complete the move.
    Finish button highlighted.
  5. Edit the attributes if necessary.
  6. Save the edits.
     Edit ribbon. Save highlighted.

Move an Existing Point to Known Coordinates

  1. From the Modify Features pane, open the Move To tool. If the point to be moved was not already selected, the tool will prompt selection.
    Modify Features pane. Move To highlighted. 
  2. Select Absolute as the Method and choose the coordinate format from the XY dropdowns.
    Modify Features pane. Method Absolute highlighted. and dms highlited.
  3. Enter the X and Y coordinates and click Move To.
    Modify Features pane open. Longitude and Latitude coordinates highlighted. Move To highlighted.
  4. Edit the attributes if necessary.
  5. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted. 

Rotate Point Symbols (Division/Branch Breaks, Spot Fires)

  1. In the Create Features pane, editing the Angle field in the prompted attributes will rotate the symbol before the point is even created, allowing visual confirmation.
    Map showing fire, dip sites and selected branch break. Create Feature pane open. Division Break template open and Angle (for Assignment Breaks) is highlighted.
  2. The Angle field can also be edited after point creation from the Attributes pane.
    Map showing fire, dip sites and selected branch break. Attributes pane open. Division Break template open and Angle (for Assignment Breaks) is highlighted. 
  3. Points can also be rotated using the Rotate tool found in the Modify Features pane (Rotate can also be accessed within the Move tool).
    Map showing fire, dip sites and selected branch break. Modify Features pane open. Rotate highlighted. 
  4. Changes made with the Rotate tool will be reflected in the Angle field.
  5. Save the edits.
    Edit ribbon. Save highlighted. 

Calculate Latitude and Longitude for Point Features

As of the ArcGIS Pro 2.2 release, Calculate Geometry does not support DDM as an output coordinate format. Please see the Calculate Geometry using Python section.

 

 

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