Find polylines with true curves

02-08-2022 11:29 AM
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In ArcMap 10.7.1 (Oracle 18c SDE.ST_GEOMETRY):

Using a geoprocessing tool, is there a way to identify polylines that have true curves?

I know there is a hasCurves Geometry property in ArcPy for ArcGIS Pro. But I don't have access to Pro yet. And regardless, I'd rather use a GP tool for this, than ask my users to use a custom script.


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MVP Esteemed Contributor

sadly, not, except for converting to a shapefile and compare the geometry lengths

If they differ, then the curve was densified and converted to segments which would have a slightly different length

Geoprocessing considerations for shapefile output—ArcMap | Documentation (

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

demonstrating with polygons... The differences for small shapes may not differ much, but they do differ

point counts go up to.


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Here's one way of doing it — similar to what Dan showed above.
(it does involve Python, not strictly GP tools)

1. Create a copy of the polyline FC in a FGDB.

2. Optional: Delete unneeded fields using the Delete Field GP tool.

3. Add new fields: Points_Before, Points_After, and Has_Curve.

4. Use Python in the field calculator to populate Points_Before. The Python is: !shape!.pointcount. Source: How To: Count the vertices for line or polygon features in ArcMap

5. Convert the curves to straight segments via using the Densify GP tool. I used the Angle option: 10 degrees.

6. Use Python in the field calculator to populate Points_After. 

7. Use Select by Attributes to select lines where Points_Before <> Points_After

8. Use the field calculator to populate the selected records in the Has_Curve field. That field is now a static flag that indicates if a line has a curve or not.

In hindsight, using straight python might have been easier:

Use Python in the Field Calculator on the Has_Curves field:

def has_curves(geom):
    geom_orig = geom
    geom_densified = geom.densify("ANGLE", 10000, 0.174533)
    if geom_orig.pointCount != geom_densified.pointCount:
        return "Y"
        return None

has_curves( !SHAPE! )




Occasional Contributor II

First run the Split Line At Vertices.  Then add a field to the result called curveCount.  Then Calculate Geometry to it using the Number of Curves option. The result will be 1 for curve or 0 for not curve.

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