CSV import

09-30-2016 12:17 PM
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I have a loaded processing question and looking for some ideas...below is what I need to do...

I am importing a CSV file which ultimately will be a feature class.  So if we start with the END result (Feature class) and I am looking to import a CSV file the question arises.....Can I append a CSV File to a Feature Class....I say no because there is no geometry in the CSV file other than Lat Long...SO that would bring us full circle (Assuming that the Master Feature Class already exists) to the beginning where I would have create a Staging feature class from the CSV and then append into the Master Feature Class housing all the records.

Proposed Steps:

  1. Delete Staging Feature Class
  2. Import CSV file to stand alone table
  3. Create Event Layer via Lat Long Fields in CSV File
  4. Export to Feature Class
  5. Do some field processing to new Feature Class
  6. Append to Master Feature Class

Any other thoughts...did that make sense?

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So basically you are saying

  • Adding x,y coordinate data as a layer—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop followed by
  • Saving an x,y layer as a feature class

    You can save the contents of an x,y layer as a feature class using the following steps:

    Right-click the x,y layer name and click Data > Export Data. The Export Data dialog box opens.
    Export layer to feature class

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