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Today we will be kicking off the first in many webinars about parcel editing in ArcGIS Pro.

To join (free) use this link:

All webinars are recorded and will be posted on GeoNet.

This is a sample that might be useful for some as reference.

Using 11 lines of Python to create and load polygons from a shape file to a new parcel fabric.

This is something that could not be done in ArcMap and can have useful use cases such as digital submission.

You can copy paste it to the python view (command line) after you tweak your source data or wrap it up as a python script tool.


ParcelSourceData= r"C:\Temp\Parcels.SHP" #source polygons
SR=arcpy.Describe(ParcelSourceData).spatialReference #retrieve the spatial reference of source data
FGDB=arcpy.CreateFileGDB_management(r"C:/temp", "fGDB.gdb") #create a file geodatabase
FDS=arcpy.CreateFeatureDataset_management(FGDB,"FDS", SR)  #Create a feature dataset using the spatial reference
PF = arcpy.CreateParcelFabric_parcel(FDS,"ParcelFabric")   #Creating a new parcel fabric
(PF,Parcels,Lines) = arcpy.AddParcelType_parcel(PF, "Ownership"#adding a parcel type
arcpy.AddField_management(Parcels,"RecordName", 'TEXT')    #Adding a field for the record name that is used for records creation, Parcels, "NO_TEST"#appending source data to parcel polygons
arcpy.EnableParcelTopology_parcel(PF)                      #enable parcel fabric topology
arcpy.CreateParcelRecords_parcel(Parcels, "RecordName")    #creating new parcel records
arcpy.BuildParcelFabric_parcel(PF)                         #building the parcel fabric

parcelfabric arcgispro24 arcpy.parcels

Hello Land Records Folks!

We have just published a tool that allows you to migrate your ArcMap COGO feature classes into the new ArcGIS Pro COGO Enabled line feature class schema.  Those Text fields that contained your COGO information will be converted to the numerical (Double) field type and all the values will be carried over. 


Where Is This Tool?

You can find the tool here:

Download the zip and unpack it to find the tool.  In the future more tools will be added.  We will notify you when this happens so you can re-download the tool box to get all the new changes.

How Do I Use This Tool?

Once you have the toolbox unpacked from the Zip browse to it in the Catalog Pane in ArcGIS Pro by adding a folder connection to the tools location.  You can then right click the toolbox and say Add To Project and this will and the tool box to the Toolboxes group in the Catalog pane for easy access in the future. Finally, to run, double click the tool.  You will be presented with 3 options:

1. First you will point to the Line Feature that you want to migrate

2. Then you will provide a name for the new line feature class that will be created by running this tool. 

3. Optionally you can then provide a name for an error feature class.  This error feature class will have all the line geometries that failed to properly migrate the COGO values.  You can use this to update the new COGO feature class created. 

Field Mapping:

If you have a standard ArcMap COGO enabled Line feature class then there won't be any field mapping necessary.  But if you have a different field that you are using to represent COGO measurements you can field map them in this area.  Additionally if your COGO Direction Field is using North Azimuth you can adjust how that format is handled here.  Just change the first drop down from Quadrant Bearing to the North Azimuth. 

I Have Questions

Please feel free to reply to this blog post or comment on the ArcGIS Online Item and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Jason Camerano

With the release of ArcGIS Pro 2.3 you now have the ability to apply ground to grid corrections. Many of you are familiar with ArcMap's COGO toolbar ground to grid corrections, and will discover a few improvements in this functionality with ArcGIS Pro.

Here are a few examples:

  • A heads-up display on the active map to show the correction values currently being applied, without needing to open a properties dialog.

Ground To Grid Heads up display

  • The Corrections button in the Edit ribbon, gives a quick and easy way to turn ground to grid on and off and, when the Edit ribbon is not active, the corrections are still accessible using the tray button at the bottom of the map.

Ground To Grid Tray


  • Each map in the project stores its own ground to grid corrections, so multiple maps with different corrections can all be stored within a single project.
  • A ground to grid icon is displayed next to the values that will have the corrections applied to provide a further visual cue that the corrections are in effect.for the numbers you see.


Ground To Grid Icon Shown near Values

  • Also new with ArcGIS Pro, and something not available in ArcMap, is the ability to leverage Elevation surfaces to compute the combined scale factor from the active map's projection information, the location of the data edited, and the elevation at that location.


For more documentation see Introduction to ground to grid correction.


The video attached below demonstrates how to set and use the corrections, and shows how preexisting traverse lines can be scaled and rotated after using an interactive tool to calculate the corrections from given data.


For more information on the shortcuts for the traverse tool, see Data entry shortcuts.


The data for this demonstration is also available for you to download and to try these same steps yourself.

Download the project package from here.


In this video I would like to show how you can  pick up a traverse from where you have left (don't forget to save edits) by using the traverse modify functionality in ArcGIS Pro. 

You can also use the modify functionality to correct an error in a previously entered traverse.

There is no longer need to save to a text file,, just save your edits as features to your geodatabase.


I have also included the legal description if you want to practice (you can really start from any location for practice purposes)




Legal Description

If you are using ArcGIS Pro 2.3 or earlier you can use the attached layer file (LYRX) and point it to your data to get the layer that is used in this video.


Here is the link to the Arcade expression language.

This video is a quick introduction to COGOing a traverse in ArcGIS Pro.

For more help and examples read the help documentation.

See previous video on GeoNet to learn how to Enable COGO on a line feature class (it's really easy).


It is easy to create a COGO enabled line feature class.

See attached video.

To learn more about the geoprocessing tool read this documentation.

Why Enable COGO?

  1. All your entered measurements are stored as attributes.
  2. When a COGO enabled line feature class is added to the map it comes with great default symbology and labeling.
  3. Label expression is configurable.



Esri’s ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution (Parcel Fabric) has created much discussion amongst GIS and Land Records professionals. Many are curious to learn more about it and are evaluating if the solution is right for them. One common misconception is that the Parcel Editing Solution can be used to clean data. The data model, simply put, is not a data cleaning model. Esri provides staging geodatabases with the topology required for loading data. However, we have found that additional cleaning is often required. Since all features in a Fabric are connected via shared points, any edits to a feature that are incorrectly or unnecessarily matched to an adjacent feature will significantly degrade performance. Thus, loading unclean data into the model will only perpetuate existing problems and make using the ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution an almost futile effort.

The ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution offers tremendous benefits in accuracy and efficiencies including helping to maintain data integrity. However, failing to clean your data before converting to the model will result in performance issues and most likely result in an unsuccessful implementation.

Some of the issues that will arise with poor data are:

  1. Features do not line up correctly (Gaps and Overlaps) and subsequently will not be connected to adjacent features.
  2. Excessive/unnecessary vertices can cause a Fabric to get large quickly if not fixed, resulting in poor editing performance and defeating the purpose of the Fabric lines being able to store recorded COGO attributes used to create dimensions.
  3. Excessive/unnecessary vertices can also make features nearly impossible to edit when present, especially with large complex features.

The most common types of features that can impact performance significantly are shared parcel boundaries along road rights-of-way and water bodies if they are not processed correctly.

These are several important factors to consider when contemplating a conversion to the Parcel Fabric. It is especially important when comparing quotes from vendors to ensure that all the required cleaning is included. A price might seem lower, but if data clean-up is not part of the scope, it might end up costing you more in the long run. We want your conversion to be a success and we make every effort to make certain it is. Therefore, the quality of the source data determines what approach to take with the conversion regarding data cleaning and preparation steps. The conversion to the ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution should be a one-time conversion if it is done right the first time.

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Community Parcels

Posted by bjones-esristaff Employee Sep 19, 2014

Here is a recording of a good presentation describing the Community Parcel Solution.  Community Parcels is a COTS solution for a state, region, or other group such as a regional government can aggregate parcels across parcel mapping jurisdictions.  It contains a standard geodatabase and tools for individual communities to map their data to it. Nikki Golding Chris Buscaglia


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