Error Message while Using Intersect Tool

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04-20-2015 08:14 AM
TomVo
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Hello,

I have been receiving error message during intersecting process (picture). I am trying to intersect between these two layers: 1) city boundaries and 2) buffers of those cities. Have anyone face this issue before? Please let me know how to solve it.

Thanks in advance!

Tom.

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curtvprice
MVP Esteemed Contributor

What are the input and output names? I ask because this looks like file naming may be the culprit - never name anything starting with anything but a letter and only use alphanumeric characters plus "_".

TomVo
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New Contributor II

input names:

1) scag_2010_blockgroups

2) scag_2010_blockgroups_3mi_bffr_LA

Output name:

1) scag_2010_blockgroups_3mi_bffr_LA_intrsct

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SepheFox
Frequent Contributor

There are sveral limitations when using shapefiles as an output, such as field name length. Perhaps one of these is tripping you up?

They are listed here: ArcGIS Desktop

SepheFox
Frequent Contributor

Oh, just a thought--if the output location of these files is not a GDB, are you adding the .shp to the end of the file name?

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SepheFox
Frequent Contributor

This is only a problem for feature classes, by the way. You can name shapefiles starting with a number.

TomVo
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New Contributor II

Sephe,

Thanks for the info. This spatial analysis worked with 1 mile buffer but, for some reasons, it does not work for 3 mile buffer. I've tried to save the output in GDB as well but the problem still exists.

Interestingly, I performed a same procedure (intersect) for a different area with less records and it worked. I am thinking it is because I have too many records after intersecting the two layers? This may be the case..

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SepheFox
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How many records are there? You can quickly tell by selecting by location the parcels that intersect your buffers.

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TomVo
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New Contributor II

Worked:

1) scag_2010_blockgroups (239 records)

2) scag_2010_blockgroups_3mi_bffr_IM (239 records)

Did not work:

1) scag_2010_blockgroups (5697 records)

2) scag_2010_blockgroups_3mi_bffr_LA (5679 records)

At this moment, I am 75% confident that the cause of intersect failure is the size of my shapefile...

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SepheFox
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Hmmm, I don't know. That is not a particularly large amount of records. I regularly do this kind of analysis with 200k records.

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