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   ModelBuilder
     Advanced
    Techniques
       Scott Murray
How to become proficient at building models?


  •   Know how to use Geoprocessing tools
       -   Complex operations are accomplished by combining
           simple operations
       -   An introduction to the commonly used GIS tools
       -   Geoprocessing Model and Script Tool Gallery


  •   Know ModelBuilder Techniques
       -   Iteration
       -   In-line variables
       -   Model only tools
       -   Control the flow of model with preconditions
  ArcGIS Online Help




  Professional
    Library


Geoprocessing
    Book




 Geoprocessing
with ModelBuilder
Model Iteration
  •   Repeat the same set of operations


  •   For example: process all feature classes in a
      workspace
Model Iterators
Types of iterators
  •   For: a fixed number of times
  •   While: until a condition is reached
  •   Feature Selection: for each feature in a feature class
  •   Row Selection: for each row in a table
  •   Field Value: for each value in a table
  •   Multi-value: enter values to iterate
  •   Dataset: for each dataset in a workspace
  •   Feature Class: for each feature class in a workspace
  •   Files: for each file in a folder
  •   Rasters: for each raster in a workspace
  •   Tables: for each table in a workspace
  •   Workspaces: for each workspace in a folder
Model Iteration Round 1
Model Iteration Key Points
  •   The entire model runs for each iteration
       -   Only include the things you want run every time in the
           model
       -   Use models and sub-models to separate what runs
           once and what runs for each iteration


  •   A model may only have one iterator
       -   Use sub-models to combine iterators


  •   Use Collect Values to pass a list of values back to
      calling model.
Model Iteration Key Points


  •   Use the name and value variables as in-line variables
      in pathnames and equations.


  •   Dataset iterators can be recursive
       -   Be careful


  •   Feature, Row, and Value iterators can be each row or
      grouped by rows with the same field value.


  •   Use Iterate Multi-value to iterate over values selected
      by browsing for datasets or typing is a set of values.
       -   Iterate Multi-value replaces Series and Lists (9.3)
In-line variable substitution
  •   Use to make parameter values more flexible
In-line variable substitution
  •   Any string or path parameter can include in-
      line variables

  •   Use %<keyword>% to indicate in-line
      variable

  •   Keywords:
       - Variable  Names
       - Environment setting names
       - Built in keywords
         - %n%   is the current iteration number
In-line variable substitution examples
  •   Select expression
       - [airport_id]   = ‘%airport_id%’
       - Makesure to include quotes in the
        expression if needed!!!!!

  •   Calculate Field expression
       - !shape.Area!    * %conversion_factor%


  •   Path to dataset
       - %scratchworkspace%\out.shp
       - Directory\out%n%
Model Only Tools
  Useful utility functions in ModelBuilder
Model Only Tools: Calculate Value
  •   Any Python expression
  •   Can supply a code block for complex logic
  •   Can set any output data type
       - Useful   for transforming strings into any data type
Model Only Tools: Select Data
  •   Use to expose sub-datasets from the results
      of tools like Solve, Import from CAD
Model Only Tools
  •   Collect Values
       - Use to collect values in an iterative model
       - Use to combine 2 multi-values into one
       - Use to convert a list to a multi-value


  •   Get Field Value
       - Use   to get a single value from a table

  •   Merge Branch
       - Useto bring multiple processing branches
        back together
Model Only Tools
  •   Parse path
           to parse the path and file from full path
       - Use
        names

  •   Stop
       - Use to stop an iterative model.
       - Similar to While
       - Can be combined with an iterator
       - Example: Run 10 times or until some
         condition is true.
Model Iteration Round 2
Managing model tool parameters
  •   Variable Name = Parameter Label/Name
  •   Variable Data Type = Parameter Data Type
  •   You can change “Optional” to “Required”
  •   You can specify a filter
  •   You can specify output symbology
Parameter Filter
  •   Various filters based on data type
       - String: specify a choice list
       - Feature class: specify the geometry type:
         Point, Line, Polygon, …
Parameter Symbology
  •   Set the symbology property on the output variable
Parameter Symbology
  •   The layer file defines the symbology that will be used
      when a layer is created for the output geodataset


  •   Classified legends will update if the classification
      type is not “manual”


  •   Unique value legends will update if “all other values”
      is false
Turning a model into a tool
Making the model input interactive

•   Use the Feature set data type to create a model where
    the user draws the input on the map
      - Feature class defines the feature type and attribute
      - Layer file defines the symbology
Precondition can be used to control the order of
processing
Precondition can be used for if/then branches in a
model
Pre-condition used to determine which branch
execute
Calculate Value is used to determine true/false
conditions
Merge Branch is used to bring the branches back
together
If/Then Example

Import Metadata
      and
Update Metadata
Unlisted Session


  •   Python Scripting for Map Automation in ArcGIS 10
       -   Tuesday at 1:30 - 2:45, Room 8
       -   Friday at 9:00 - 10:15, Room 11B.

				
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