How to project Decimal Degrees coordinates using distance and bearing?

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04-12-2017 08:14 AM
MaxWithey
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Hi,

I am working on an ecological research project looking at mammal behaviour in South Africa. I collected the data over 6 months and have over 4000 spatial locations to work with. My method was to take a GPS point of my location (originally in Degree Decimal-Minutes, now converted to Decimal Degrees to make it work in ArcMap), and a distance and bearing to the animal sighted. I now need to project these coordinates using distance and bearing so they reflect where the animal was, not where I was. 

I have found online tools that do it, but only singularly. With over 4000 to do this is not an option. In theory it is a simple process, but I have struggled to find a tool that does it.

Any help with this would be much appreciated

I am familiar with ArcGIS,but am no expert and have never worked with python. I am using ArcGIS 10.4 on a basic license.

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DanPatterson_Retired
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MaxWithey
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Thanks, I tried that and got the projected lines, but unable to find a way to attain the end coordinate. I had read that following the use of "distance bearing to line" you can use "feature vertices to point" to create a point file with the coordinates. The problem is that I don't have this tool in 10.4 Basic.

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DanPatterson_Retired
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If you have the line, then you can use Add Geometry Attributes to get the start, and end coordinates of the line, or simply use the field calculator to retrieve the X and Y values of the end of the line.

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