mograham

How to convert GPS collar data to sequential path

Discussion created by mograham on Jan 10, 2013
Greetings,
I have GPS collar data containing 1387 points.
Each point is time/date stamped.
The feature class is sorted by date.
I would like a tool that simply starts at [Object_ID] = 1 and creates a line through [Object_ID] = 1387....essentially a sequential path.

All the tools I've tried (ArcToolbox: Points to Line), (GME: convert.linestopoints), (ETGeowizards: Point to Polyline) error out.
They want a field containing a shared value for multiple points, because you can't draw a line with one point.

It seems like it should be fairly easy for a tool to work sequentially through a sequence of points and output a line with one less record than the total number of input points.

Has anyone perfected a process for handling these type of data in the past.
I am slightly embarrassed that I am having this much difficulty with a seemingly simple task.
I'm sure I am missing something obvious.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Morgan

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