Is there a way to combine fields when using the Union tool?

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08-30-2013 06:45 AM
ReneeCammarere
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I have two feature classes, treesa_clip and orchard_clip.  The fields for the first one looks like this . . .
[ATTACH=CONFIG]27113[/ATTACH] and the fields for the second one looks like this . . .
[ATTACH=CONFIG]27114[/ATTACH]
When I use the Union tool to combine the two into one feature class, I end up with 28 fields, in other words, even though there are fields in common (with common names), it creates two separate fields for those (such as f_code and tile_id).  Is there a way that I could get the Union tool, or some other tool, to create an output feature class that also combines fields with names in common?
Thanks!
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by Anonymous User
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Original User: timw1984

You have all the attribute fields in your output because when the 2 features overlap there would be 2 different values in for example your f_code field. Union creates a separate feature for every time your 2 input features overlap.

You could use the merge tool if they don't overlap http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//001700000055000000

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Original User: timw1984

You have all the attribute fields in your output because when the 2 features overlap there would be 2 different values in for example your f_code field. Union creates a separate feature for every time your 2 input features overlap.

You could use the merge tool if they don't overlap http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//001700000055000000
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