Skip To Content


Available with Data Reviewer license.


The Cutbacks check finds polyline or polygon features that contain high-angle turns that cause features to turn back toward themselves.


The purpose of the Cutbacks check is to identify features that contain high-angle turns between vertices. These angles affect polyline and polygon features and can be created during manual editing and data conversion. Features that contain cutbacks can impact the results of your analysis and impact length and perimeter calculations and results in models.

Line error geometries will be returned for each feature segment that contains a high-angle turn.

Industry scenarios

  • In topographic mapping, elevation contours that contain cutbacks impact cartographic products, feature labeling, and generalization workflows.
  • In pipeline management, cutbacks on route features impact measurement values and the referencing of events along the route.



Input Layers


The input feature layers evaluated by the rule.

Valid inputs for this rule type are polyline and polygon feature layers. Click the Forward button Forward to apply filtering to specific features in the feature layer.

Minimum Angle Size


Minimum angle (in degrees) used to determine a cutback.

Features with an angle between segments below this value are returned as a result.



Title property of the Reviewer result created when a noncompliant feature is found.

This information is used to support data quality requirement traceability, automated reporting, and corrective workflows.



Descriptive text of the Reviewer result created when noncompliant features are found.

This information is used to provide guidance to facilitate corrective workflows.



Severity of the Reviewer result created when noncompliant features are found.

This value indicates the importance of the Reviewer result relative to other results. Values range from 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest priority and 5 being the lowest.



Tag property of the Reviewer rule.

This information is used in rule authoring and management workflows to support traceability and reporting of data quality requirements.


  • When configuring filter parameters, care should be taken when using database-specific SQL functions that differ from those supported in your production environment. For more information, see SQL reference for query expressions used in ArcGIS.
  • Both polyline and polygon feature layers are supported with this check.

Related topics