I'm wondering if someone would be able to give a quick rundown (or link to a resource) on the different ways lines/features can be drawn using distance and direction input.
As far as I know, there are at least 3 ways:
I usually hear of people using traverses to enter survey plans with bearings and distances (and I've used it as such), but I'm having a hard time understanding what functional differences there are between these methods. Are they all equally accurate, and just have different strengths and weaknesses in other ways?
For background context, I am usually using a survey plan to create accurate line features, but sometimes it will just be a few lines.
since you have identified the keywords, I assume you have already seen the many links, but perhaps you missed
Geodesic versus planar distance—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation
If there is something specific that you are wondering about, then perhaps you could provide the links that you have already seen to narrow down the search
Thank you Dan, that link was helpful. Though I suppose I'm not sure what you are implying: that CoGo Traverse, Create Feature, and Insert Distance and Direction don't all use geodetic? If so, which ones do not?
I actually have not been that successful finding a lot of information about these different methods. I have seen the basic run downs:
The second link does not appear to contain the words 'geodetic' or 'planar' at all.
The third link mentions planar. So is that method planar measurement rather than geodetic?
What about differences between CoGo Traverse and Insert Distance and Direction?
I really appreciate the guidance.
They all have their uses and they all are needed or not needed. As important is the distance or area over which one needs to make the measures and the accuracy needed. You are going to need geodesic calculations if you are going to the corner store for instance. If geodesic isn't mentioned, then it isn't used... or its help topic is wrong.