How to do simple geometry intersection

Discussion created by jeanmark.wright on Aug 16, 2012
Latest reply on Jun 19, 2013 by jeanmark.wright
I'm real new to arcpy and am trying to feel my way around. I have an application where the user supplies either a point/polygon in JSON, I convert that to an ESRI geometry and now I'm trying to find out if it intersects with a layer. I'm kind of lost.
The touches function provided on each geometry I'm thinking won't do because it seems touch only checks if a geom touches the border of another geom. Is this accurate?

Also it seems it can be done using Select_analysis? I saw a caution about it only working for Feature layers and not feature classes. Huh? What's the difference even.

I tried using Intersect_analysis. Not sure if this will make sense but here's the code.
def geom_intersects(esri_geom, layer):

 ts = int(time.time())
 intersect_tbl = "in_memory\\tmp_tbl_intersection_%s" % ts

 if arcpy.Exists(intersect_tbl):

 rows = arcpy.SearchCursor(layer)
 for (index, row) in enumerate(rows):
  arcpy.analysis.Intersect([row.Shape, esri_geom], intersect_tbl + "_" + str(index))
  intersect_rows = arcpy.SearchCursor(intersect_tbl + "_" + str(index))
  if intersect_rows:
   for intersect_row in intersect_rows:
    print "Intersection here: ", intersect_row.Shape.area, intersect_row.Shape.length, intersect_row.Shape.type
   print " --- We have an intersection here: %s" % row.FID
   return True
 return False