Minimum Bounding Geometry tool: additional measurements for ENVELOPE

11-05-2014 04:22 AM
Status: Open
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Currently the tool can add measurements to the attribute table, for ENVELOPE, these are
  • MBG_Width—The length of the shorter side of the resulting rectangle.
  • MBG_Length—The length of the longer side of the resulting rectangle.
Two improvements:
  1. Width and Length is pretty useless unless we know their orientation - is the longer side the East-West one or the North-South one? So it would be better to have MBG_Width / MBG_Length plus an orientation indicator field,or replace them altogether with MBG_E-W and MBG_N-S fields.
  2. Width and Length are ok, but IMO more useful would be tyo get XMin, XMax, YMin, YMax, XCentroid and YCentroid. Can these be added?
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I suspect that it isn't done by default is because this already exists

Add Geometry Attributes—Data Management toolbox | ArcGIS Desktop 

and people may not want the extra baggage of information if they are only interested in the geometry.

So it would become a two-stage process for you


but I can see where having a checkbox to specify the outputs would be useful since width and height must be calculated from the Extent and the centroid is floating around there as well.