Switching to ArcGIS Pro: How to Calculate XY Geometry in DD and DMS

Blog Post created by ckoeller@uwsp.edu_UWSP on Jun 26, 2018

Over the past year, I have made a concerted effort to make the switch from Esri's ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap and ArcCatalog) to ArcGIS Pro in an attempt to be modern and relevant in an ever-changing GIS environment. Looking at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.6 product life cycle, it is clear most of us working with Esri softwares will make the switch in the next 2-3 years if we plan to remain connected to our GIS communities. 


However, retiring one software program doesn't make it any easier to learn a new program, and tasks as simple as calculating summary statistics of an attribute field or determining the area of a polygon can be enough to send one falling back to the safety of ArcMap. But when tasked with needing to calculate the latitude and longitude coordinates of a point feature class, I worked through it like a Pro and created a brief training video so you can too. 


ArcGIS Pro has several options for calculating the XY coordinate geometry of point features, which I explain in this 8-minute training video:  ArcGIS Pro - Calculate XY Coordinate Geometry in DD and DMS. Take a look and try it out now! 



If I can Pro, so can you! 




Christine Koeller, GISP

GIS Faculty Associate

GIS Center

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point