NEAR Tool Help

Discussion created by harishsp on Jul 4, 2011
Latest reply on Jul 7, 2011 by dlee-esristaff
I am new to ArcGIS, and I need some help with the use of the NEAR tool. I've created a shapefile that has a country border, and another shapefile with a set of points inside the country. They are in the same coordinate system and I use the UTM format (since I understand that it preserves distance measures).

I am trying to use the NEAR tool to find the distance between each of the points and the nearest border. The input features are the set of points, and the near feature is the border. However, when I run the NEAR tool, the distance calculated is always zero. I've tried using different search radii but the result in the same.

Could you please help. Thanks!