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How to project Decimal Degrees coordinates using distance and bearing?

Question asked by mr_mawi on Apr 12, 2017
Latest reply on Apr 20, 2017 by rleclair-esristaff



I am working on an ecological research project looking at mammal behaviour in South Africa. I collected the data over 6 months and have over 4000 spatial locations to work with. My method was to take a GPS point of my location (originally in Degree Decimal-Minutes, now converted to Decimal Degrees to make it work in ArcMap), and a distance and bearing to the animal sighted. I now need to project these coordinates using distance and bearing so they reflect where the animal was, not where I was. 

I have found online tools that do it, but only singularly. With over 4000 to do this is not an option. In theory it is a simple process, but I have struggled to find a tool that does it.

Any help with this would be much appreciated


I am familiar with ArcGIS,but am no expert and have never worked with python. I am using ArcGIS 10.4 on a basic license.