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I'm having a bit of trouble sorting a polyline feature class in the correct order.
Basically I have a polyline feature calss with multiple features in it that form a single line. This feature class was produced by taking a single polyline and splitting it at specified points (using the Split at Point tool). The resulting feature class has multiple polyline features in a somewhat random order. What I need to do is re-order these feature classes from a start point at one end of the line to the end of the line. I have tried the Sort tool and that works some of the time, but not all of the time as occasionally the original line winds and turns a lot and that seems to mess up the Sort tool.
Does anyone know of a simple way or tool to do this without having to get into any crazy Python scripting that manipulates the geometry? This seems like a fairly logical need, so I'm hoping there is a simple way to do it.
The data can sort either alpabetically or numerically. If you have numbers in your sort and letters it will sort alphabetically so your numbers will not sort properly.
If you want to keep them in order when you split your best practice may be to start at the digitized beginning and split it while going down the line.
"Then I would locate the point on the line to get M values for the points "
I'm a bit confused by this part. What do you mean and how exactly do I locate the point on the line to get M values for the points?