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Visibility takes the same time for 360 degrees and 90 degrees

05-22-2024 10:33 PM
Occasional Contributor III

I am doing Visibility on some DTM.

My first test was on 360 degrees. I set the extent to the extent of the circle. It took 3:45 minutes.

Then I did it second time from 0-90 degrees. I set the extent to quarter of the previous extent.

I was waiting for about 25% of the time or a little above.

Instead I get 90% of the time (about 3:20)

How is this possible? 

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

Geodesic Viewshed (3D Analyst)—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

purports to provide enhanced and/or faster performance.

Does it return the same results? and is the timing similar?

I suspect that visibility performs the calculation on the whole (eg 360) then does a final slicing of the result.

You could try to see if using "memory" workspace does the same thing which would rule out writing to disk as a possible reason

... sort of retired...
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Hi Dan


The geodesic Viewshed required vertical spatial reference.

My data is on a "general" sphere and in UTM SR. I am not sure what is the correct vertical sr here.

My observer is in memory but I do not know about any way to save the result raster in memory.


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