What Do You Recommend: Populate X w/Spatial Layer Data

Discussion created by bokeefe on Aug 22, 2011
Latest reply on Aug 23, 2011 by jbarrette-esristaff
I have several layers.
Council District, Parcels, Subdivision, Historical District, etc.
They all contain certain data concerning everything I need to know.
On an hourly basis a large part of my job is to collect this data for a given address, type up an e-mail and send it.

I would like to automate this process.

When I receive an e-mail for the data for a given address, I would like to select a Parcel of land, and populate a Layout window/PDF with the various bits and pieces of data from the layers that that Parcel resides within.

I can VB code something... Build a Model... or setup Data Driven pages...

I've done the second two already in ArcView, but other than Calculate Field/Value I haven't done VB(A) in ArcView at all yet. What is the recommendation?

  • If I have to build a model, how do I output from a Model into something like a PDF/Layout Window?

  • If I have to setup Data Drive pages, can I set it up to display the 'Currently Selected' parcel to check against for the Spatial Layers it resides in? Or would I need to do some Spatial Joins to bring all that data together?

  • If I have to VB code, then where? I would love to start doing VB(A) within ArcView but I haven't had the time to research it yet?!

If you've done anything like this... If you know of some great online tutorials that would point me in the right direction to learn this stuff... I would appreciate anything you have that might get me moving forward on this.

I receive and process roughly 20-50 requests per day on your average day. Each request takes up 5-10 minutes. When it's busy with these requests, I have no time to work on generating any new GIS data which means I get farther and farther behind. Help me Mr. Popeil... I'm in trouble!

Thanks in advance!