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Adding linear events using route and measure

Route and Measure method

In this method, the event's From Measure and To Measure are located on the basis of the measure values from the selected route. As shown in the example below, the From and To measures of the route are 0 and 10, respectively. An event with from and To Measures of 2 and 8 can be located on the route. The Route and Measure method is always the first option (in the form of the network's name) in the Method drop-down list.

Locating event's measure using route's measure

  1. Open Event Editor and, if prompted, sign in to Portal for ArcGIS or ArcGIS Online.
  2. Click the Edit tab.
  3. In the Edit Events group, click the Line Events button Line Events.
    The Add Linear Events dialog box appears.
    Using the route and measure method

    The selections in steps 3, 5, and 8 can be configured in advance when configuring, creating, or editing the default settings for attribute sets. For more information about configuring, creating, and editing default settings for attribute sets, see Producing attribute sets and Configuring attribute sets.

  4. Click the Network (LRM) drop-down arrow and choose the network that will serve as a source LRM for defining the input measures for the new linear events.

    The Network (LRM) is an LRS Network published as a layer in the Event Editor (EE). You can specify the LRS Network to be used as the LRM for defining the start and end measures of the new linear event. Event Editor (EE) also accepts measures in a network or LRM other than the one with which the linear event layer is associated.

    The new event will be associated with the routes (route IDs) from the LRS Network with which the event location intersects.

  5. Type the name of the line feature on which the events will be located in the Line Name text box.

    Click the Select a Line on the Map tool Select a Route on the Map and choose the line from the map.


    If the selected line is not in the active view of the map, click the Zoom to the line on the map button Zoom To to refresh the map display to zoom in to the entire extent of the selected line.

    The line is highlighted in light blue. The arrow at the end shows the direction of calibration of the line.

  6. In the From group, choose the first option (with the suffix Network) in the Method drop-down list.
    Choosing the route and measure method
  7. Use the drop-down list to choose the Route Name where the event'sFrom Measure value will be located.
    Using the route and measure method
    • Type the route's name
    • Use the Select a Route on the Map tool Select a Route on the Map to choose the route on the map.

    Only routes that are part of the chosen line can be selected.

  8. Provide the intended start location for the new linear event along the route using any of these options:
    • Type the value in the Measure text box.
    • Use the Select From Measure on the Map tool Select From Measure on the Map to choose the From Measure value along the route on the map.
    • Use the Measure drop-down arrow to select either Use the Route Start or Use the Route End as the From Measure value for the event.

    If you type the From Measure value, you can choose the unit for that value using the drop-down arrow. The From Measure value will be converted to LRS units before saving the newly added events. For example, the LRS is in miles and you typed 528 feet as the From Measure value. The newly added events will have a From Measure value of 0.1 miles, because 528 feet equals 0.1 miles.

    A green plus symbol appears at the selected location on the map.

  9. For the To Measure value, repeat steps 5 through 7 in the To group.

    A red cross symbol appears at the selected location on the map.

  10. Choose the date that will define the start date of the events.
    • Click the Start Date drop-down arrow to choose the start date using a calendar.
    • Check the Use route start date check box to use the start date of the routes.

    The start date defaults to today's date, but you can choose a different date using the date picker. The end date is optional, and if it's not provided, the event remains valid now and into the future.

  11. Choose the date that will define the end date of the events.
    • Click the End Date drop-down arrow to choose the end date using a calendar.
    • Check the Use route end date check box to use the end date of the routes.
  12. You can choose three different data validation options to prevent erroneous input while characterizing a route with linear events.
    • Retire overlaps—The system will adjust the measure and start and end dates of existing events in such a way that the new event does not cause an overlap with respect to time and measure values.
      Retire overlaps behavior
    • Merge coincident events—When all attribute values for a new event are exactly the same as an existing event, and if the new event is adjacent to or overlapping the existing event in terms of measure values, the new event is merged into the existing event, and the measure range is expanded accordingly.
      Merge coincident events behavior
    • Prevent measures not on route—This data validation option ensures that the input measure values for the From Measure and To Measure values fall within the minimum and maximum range of measure values on the selected route.
  13. Click Next.

    The tab showing the attribute set for the events opens. The event fields are shown under the attribute group named Edits.

    Attribute set
    You can use the check boxes to add data for specific events within the attribute set. No records are added for unchecked events.

  14. Provide the attribute information for the new event in the tables defined by attribute sets.

    You can use the Copy Attributes tool Copy Attributes to copy event attributes from another route. Click the tool and click a route on the map to copy the event attributes.

    Event Editor (EE) uses a default attribute set, as seen on the Edit tab. You can modify the attribute set to create custom attribute sets or use the administrator-configured attribute set.

  15. Use these options to access more information on the attribute set.
    • Check the Show network names check box to see which LRS Network the selected event layer is associated with.
    • The list of attributes within the tables defined by attribute sets can be from more than one event layer. If you want to identify the source event layer for each attribute, check the Show layer names check box.
    • Checking the Go to the next measure upon save check box results in prepopulating the From Measure value using the To Measure value of the present section to continue the event creation process.
  16. Click Save.

    The new linear events are created and displayed on the map.

After a linear event has been successfully created, you have the following two options to continue characterizing the route:

  • If you click New Edit, all the input entries in the form are cleared, and the default values from the geodatabase are populated in the table.
  • If you click Next Edit, all the existing entries in the form and the attribute set are retained for convenience and for quick editing of similar characteristics.

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