Create a point or vertex at an inferred intersection

The Intersection tool Intersection creates a vertex or a point feature at an inferred intersection that is formed by extending the path of two existing feature segments. The segment extensions are sketched as temporary construction lines.

This tool is available on the construction toolbar when a feature template construction tool is active. Clicking the tool suspends the active tool until you click an intersection on the temporary construction lines and create the vertex or point feature.

For example, you can create a vertex at the inferred intersection of the outer walls of an L-shaped building and use the line constructor to continue drawing a parking lot layout.


When ground to grid correction is turned on, your input values are assumed to be ground measurements. An offset angle is applied to directions, and a distance factor multiplies distances. This occurs in real time as you specify construction measurements.

  1. If the current map does not contain a point, line, or polygon feature layer, add one.
    1. On the View tab, click Catalog Pane Catalog Pane, and expand Databases Databases.
    2. Expand the default database or the database containing your data.

      To create a feature class, right-click the database, click New, and click Feature Class.

    3. Drag the feature class onto the map.

      A feature template with default settings is automatically generated for the new layer.

  2. On the Edit tab, click Create Create Features to show the Create Features pane.
  3. Click a point, line, or polygon feature template.
    • To override the default feature attribute values, click the active template button Forward and type the attribute values you want to apply to the feature.
  4. Click a feature construction tool on the template tool palette, for example:
    • To create a point feature, click Point Point.
    • To create a line feature, click Line Line.
    • To create a polygon feature, click Polygon Polygon.
  5. On the construction toolbar, click Distance Distance Distance Distance.
    Construction toolbar

    The active construction tool temporarily suspends creating features.

  6. Hover over and click the first segment.
    • To cancel the path and specify a new one, press Esc.

    A dashed construction line appears across the extents of the map.

  7. Hover over and click the second segment.
    • To cancel the construction geometry and specify new paths, press Esc.

    A second dashed construction line appears across the extents of the map.

  8. To create the vertex or point feature, click the intersection.
    • To exit the intersection tool and resume creating features, click a feature construction tool.
  9. To finish the feature, click Finish Finish or press F2.

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