Idea created by tjmoore on Sep 12, 2012
    • fridjof
    • 6by9is42
    • tjmoore
    • dcaldwell
    • ursularyan
    ESRI has implemented geodesic buffering (with polyline and polygon geodesic buffering added at 10.1).  Additionally, there is scattered and emerging support for geodesic distance estimation and line\path generation within various tools.  Please add geodesic distance/line and area support for the full suite of geoprocessing/spatial analysis tools (like the Near Tool), including those in various extensions like Spatial Analyst (e.g., the Slope Tool, the Curvature Tool,  etc.).

    For example, see the progress here with respect to DEM Surface Tools which work with unprojected (non-planar) data: