Locating points along a line, perpendicular to that line

Discussion created by dhmannix on Nov 30, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 30, 2011 by rfairhur24
Disclaimer: I have next to no experience with code, and I'm relatively new to ArcGIS, but I figure that my problem is such that learning to write a code would probably go faster than trying to do this manually.

I'm in a particularly frustrating situation trying to locate sets of several hundred points, a few thousand total. The points were surveyed using the only prominent landmark; specifically, all I have to locate them is a distance measurement along the line, and a perpendicular distance from that point (I believe my life would be easier if either measurement was made at a regular distance, but this is not the case). They are, at least, all on the same side of the line.

I'm assuming I would need to populate a table with said measurements and point identifiers, but beyond that...

Fortunately, I have people in my life that will put up with my lack of knowledge, but I'm sure they would be more appreciative if I had snippets of code to get me started. Any ideas? I know there will be a cumulative error associated with line placement, but there isn't much that can be done about that.