Calculate distances from polygon edges to a point within

Discussion created by chapster87 on Jun 16, 2014
Latest reply on Jun 16, 2014 by chapster87

I'm looking for some help on a problem that I've been given to solve.

I have a large number of convex polygons representing sensor swaths that all contain a point feature. The swaths are "curved rectangles" and I need to find the shortest distances from the point feature to each of the polygon's sides (the lengths of the blue lines in the attached figure). This process will need to be repeated for each polygon in my set.

I'm hoping there is a programmatic way to solve this, as the measure by hand method will take far too long and be too prone to inaccuracy.

Many thanks for any help you can offer!