How to automate creating points a certain distance and angle from central point

Discussion created by lschnick on Jan 13, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 23, 2015 by Dan_Patterson
Hi! I have conducted bird surveys from a particular location  (centroid of grid cell). I have data of the direction (N, NE, NW etc.) from the location and also the distance. I want to be able to automate the mapping of the point locations of birds I heard. My table has the location of the centroid for the observation which is constant (lat and long) and also has a distance (25ft, 50ft etc) and direction field (0 - 360 degrees) for each bird I identified by sound. I am treating these observations as points. I want each point to be mapped around the centroid - understanding that I will have overlap.

Do you know of any way to automate this since I have 700 observations?

Also, am I on the right track with the distance/direction tool IF I were to do it by hand?

Thanks so much,