So, I have the wonderful task of briefly looking over census blocks w/ residential zoning for an Emergency Management project. I’m building a search atlas w/ data driven pages, so there will be a map for every block, and I need to clean up the weird polygons. I also need to keep track of what I’ve already QC’d. Here’s a python trick to streamline the process.
In my “censusBlocks” feature class I’ve added a field for “hasResidentialZoning” and also “QCd”. I render it by category so QCd = 1 is green, and Null is just an outline.
In the python window inside ArcMAP, I run the script below. It builds a list of OID’s where QCd is Null and HasResidentialZoning = 1 and then, inside the python window, when I type “x()” it zooms to the next censusblock and turns it green. In the python window, if I hit the “up arrow” on my keyboard, it pastes in the previous line “x()” and hitting “enter” repeats the process.
It’s one move vs. having to select a row in the table, hit zoom-to, right-click the QCd field, field calculate to 1, then select the next row. Boo Carpal Tunnel! I can shut the map down and pick up where I left off.
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument('CURRENT')
df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd, "Layers")
lyr = arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd, "censusBlocks", df)
oids = 
with arcpy.da.SearchCursor("censusBlocks", 'OBJECTID') as c:
for r in c:
n = oids.pop()
where = "OBJECTID = " + str(n) +'AND hasResidentialZone = 1 AND QCd IS NULL'
arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management(lyr, "NEW_SELECTION", where)
arcpy.CalculateField_management(lyr, 'QCd', 1)
If you need to modify this for similar repetitive tasks I can lend a hand if needed.
Happy mundane QC checks!