Cool Tool: Trace by Distance

Version 11

    The Trace by Distance Esri add-in includes the Trace by Distance and Distance to Source tools. This cool tool is a result of the Electric Trace by distance tool idea.

     

    Installation

     

    1. Download the TraceByDistance.esriAddIn file attached to the bottom of this document.
    2. Double-click the file to launch the Esri Add-In Installation Utility.
    3. Click the Install Add-In button.
    4. After you install the add-in, open ArcMap.
    5. You can now add Distance from Source and TraceByDistance tools to a toolbar from the Add-In Controls category. Refer to Esri's documentation if you are unsure how to customize your toolbars.

     

    Trace by Distance

     

    Use the Trace by Distance  tbdicon.png tool to perform a trace based on the distance you set.

    1. Click the Trace by Distance icon to make the tool active.
    2. Click a feature in ArcMap from which to begin a trace. The Trace By Distance dialog appears.
    3. Click the appropriate icon to determine how you want the trace to treat each feature.
      a.pngTrace using the GIS feature distance.
      b.pngTrace calculating the catenary curve distance
      c.pngTrace using the GIS distance plus a percentage of distance you set.
      d.pngDo not trace features of this type.
    4. On the Options tab, type the Trace Distance and select the unit of measure from the drop down.
    5. Click the Begin Trace button to perform the trace. The Results tab will display the trace results:

     

    Distance to Source

     

    Use the Distance to Source dts.pngtool to find the distance from a feature to its source.

    1. Click the Distance to Source icon to make the tool active.
    2. Click a feature in ArcMap from which to begin a trace. The Distance to Source dialog opens.
    3. Use the Options tab to set how the trace will calculate the distance to source.
      a.pngTrace using the GIS feature distance.
      b.pngTrace calculating the catenary curve distance
      c.pngTrace using the GIS distance plus a percentage of distance you set.
    4. Click the Begin Trace button. You will get a result similar to the following image:
      result2.png