Help with Batch Intersect

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03-18-2021 12:27 PM
JohnFaab01
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I am trying to run the Intersect tool in Batch mode but it is returning a single feature. I have a set of polygons representing ranges for different land animal species, but some of the polygons cross into the ocean. I want to Intersect them with a World Continents layer to make them conform to land. This works when I do it one by one, but when I try to do a batch process it only returns the last entry in the batch.

Say I setup Batch Intersect with 5 rows in the following order; Horses+Continents, Cats+Continents, Dogs+Continents, Birds+Continent, and Frogs+Continents. In this example it only returns the Intersection of Frogs+Continents. 

I am using ArcMap 10.8.1.

In the attached picture the red box is around the 6 separate polygons I tried to intersect with the 'World Continents' in the blue box. The yellow box is the output. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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JayantaPoddar
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Are you providing different output names ? A screenshot of the Batch Processing parameters would help.

Else, For output filename (inside a Geodatabase), type Continent_%Name%



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JohnFaab01
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Thank you for your reply! I am using different output names. I'll include a screenshot of the parameters.

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JayantaPoddar
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Thank you for sharing the screenshot. I think all the outputs are generated perfectly. Only the last one gets added to the map.

Please navigate to the path ...\Features.gdb (from Catalog or Add Data button) and check if all the output feature classes are present. Add the Feature classes to the map and verify.



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DavidPike
MVP Frequent Contributor

Strange, may be a bug in the batch tool.  Also you might be best just using Clip Clip—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop if you're not concerned about appending the continent's attributes.

As a side note, your standard distance looks very circular for a world-sized area.  I think you may have a projection issue with your data.

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JohnFaab01
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Thank you for your response! I will be using the clip tool now, it seems to be faster. I checked the projections and they are consistent. All of the layers are currently set to WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere for PCS and GCS_WGS_1984 for GCS. Is the Standard Distance tool supposed to output non-circular shapes?

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DavidPike
MVP Frequent Contributor

I guess what I was trying to say is that Standard Distance very likely isn't a geodesic method, and considering that scale is not consistent across that projection, and the size of the area you're looking at, you would have to take the standard distances with a big pinch of salt.

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JohnFaab01
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Update: Here are some more screenshots. Step1 is the data I will be clipping. Step2 is the Batch Processing menu. Step3 is the output & log from the Clip tool. Goal is what I'm trying to get.

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