create new rasterdataset in filegeodatabase

Discussion created by g_m_baker on Oct 19, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 9, 2011 by alinard
There is simple end to end example at  http://help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net/conceptualhelp/index.html#//000100000464000000 that shows how to create a raster from scratch and save it to a tiff.

At the end of the example there a bit on file geodatabases, basically how to create a rasterdataset in a FGDB, but the example is not fully worked through and it seems that the process is quite different from that of the file based, for example, when you create the rasterdataset you don't specify a width and a height.

I have worked with tech support but they keep regurgitating bits of documentation from different places and after multiple requests will still not tweak the simple tiff example to a FGBD example.

I think creating a raster from scratch and writing it to a FGDB should be about as easy as it gets but I can't seem to make it work.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!


ESRI TIFF Example:

public static IRasterDataset CreateRasterDataset(string Path, string FileName)
        IRasterWorkspace2 rasterWs = OpenRasterWorkspace(Path);
        //Define the spatial reference of the raster dataset.
        ISpatialReference sr = new UnknownCoordinateSystemClass();
        //Define the origin for the raster dataset, which is the lower left corner of the raster.
        IPoint origin = new PointClass();
        origin.PutCoords(15.0, 15.0);
        //Define the dimensions of the raster dataset.
        int width = 100; //This is the width of the raster dataset.
        int height = 100; //This is the height of the raster dataset.
        double xCell = 30; //This is the cell size in x direction.
        double yCell = 30; //This is the cell size in y direction.
        int NumBand = 1; // This is the number of bands the raster dataset contains.
        //Create a raster dataset in TIFF format.
        IRasterDataset rasterDataset = rasterWs.CreateRasterDataset(FileName, "TIFF",
            origin, width, height, xCell, yCell, NumBand, rstPixelType.PT_UCHAR, sr,

        //If you need to set NoData for some of the pixels, you need to set it on band
        //to get the raster band.
        IRasterBandCollection rasterBands = (IRasterBandCollection)rasterDataset;
        IRasterBand rasterBand;
        IRasterProps rasterProps;
        rasterBand = rasterBands.Item(0);
        rasterProps = (IRasterProps)rasterBand;
        //Set NoData if necessary. For a multiband image, a NoData value needs to be set for each band.
        rasterProps.NoDataValue = 255;
        //Create a raster from the dataset.
        IRaster raster = rasterDataset.CreateFullRaster();

        //Create a pixel block using the weight and height of the raster dataset.
        //If the raster dataset is large, a smaller pixel block should be used.
        //Refer to the topic "How to access pixel data using a raster cursor".
        IPnt blocksize = new PntClass();
        blocksize.SetCoords(width, height);
        IPixelBlock3 pixelblock = raster.CreatePixelBlock(blocksize)as IPixelBlock3;

        //Populate some pixel values to the pixel block.
        System.Array pixels;
        pixels = (System.Array)pixelblock.get_PixelData(0);
        for (int i = 0; i < width; i++)
            for (int j = 0; j < height; j++)
                if (i == j)
                    pixels.SetValue(Convert.ToByte(255), i, j);
                    pixels.SetValue(Convert.ToByte((i * j) / 255), i, j);

        pixelblock.set_PixelData(0, (System.Array)pixels);

        //Define the location that the upper left corner of the pixel block is to write.
        IPnt upperLeft = new PntClass();
        upperLeft.SetCoords(0, 0);

        //Write the pixel block.
        IRasterEdit rasterEdit = (IRasterEdit)raster;
        rasterEdit.Write(upperLeft, (IPixelBlock)pixelblock);

        //Release rasterEdit explicitly.

        return rasterDataset;
    catch (Exception ex)
        return null;

public static IRasterWorkspace2 OpenRasterWorkspace(string PathName)
    //This function opens a raster workspace.
        IWorkspaceFactory workspaceFact = new RasterWorkspaceFactoryClass();
        return workspaceFact.OpenFromFile(PathName, 0)as IRasterWorkspace2;
    catch (Exception ex)
        return null;