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Create a point or vertex at the intersection of two distances

Distance Distance Distance Distance creates a point feature or a vertex at one of two possible intersecting radial distances. It is available on the construction toolbar when you create a point, line, or polygon feature using a feature template construction tool.

The distance intersection constructor operates transparently while you are drawing a feature. After drawing the radial distances and creating a point feature or a vertex, you can click a different construction method on the toolbar and continue drawing features.

For example, you can place an electrical pole feature at the intersection of specified distances from the corners of two adjacent buildings.

Create a point feature

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add a polyline or polygon layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Databases, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • Right-click the default database and create a point feature class.

    Creating a feature class or dragging one onto a map adds the layer to the current map and creates a feature template with default settings.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you draw a feature.

  3. If you are working with z-enabled features, on the Edit tab, in the Elevation group, choose how z-values are added to your features.
    Note:

    For steps to add z-values when creating z-enabled features, see Specify an elevation for 3D features.

  4. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  5. In the pane, click a point feature template and click Point Point.

    The construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Construction toolbar
  6. On the construction toolbar, click Distance Distance Distance Distance.

    The active draw mode temporarily suspends creating features.

  7. Draw the first radial distance.
    1. Click the center point for the radius.
    2. Move the pointer and click the second point.

    A temporary construction circle appears.

  8. Draw the second radial distance so that it intersects the first circle in at least one location.
    1. Click the center point for the radius.
    2. Move the pointer and click the second point.

    A temporary construction circle appears.

  9. Draw the new point feature at the intersection created by the two radial distances.
    1. Hover over the intersection until a preview appears.
    2. Click the intersection.
  10. To continue creating point features, click Point Point on the construction toolbar.
  11. To finish the feature, click Finish Finish, or press F2.

Create a vertex

  1. In the Catalog pane, do one of the following to add a polyline or polygon layer to your map:
    • Expand Databases Databases, expand the database containing your data, and drag the feature class onto the map.
    • Right-click the default database and create a polyline or polygon feature class.

    Creating a feature class or dragging one onto a map adds the layer to the current map and creates a feature template with default settings.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you draw a feature.

  3. If you are working with z-enabled features, on the Edit tab, in the Elevation group, choose how z-values are added to your features.
    Note:

    For steps to add z-values when creating z-enabled features, see Specify an elevation for 3D features.

  4. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  5. In the pane, click a line or polygon feature template.
    • To create a line, click Line Line
    • To create a polygon, click Polygon Polygon.

    The construction toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Construction toolbar
  6. You can click the map and begin creating a feature or use the tool to create the first vertex at the midpoint between two points.
  7. On the construction toolbar, click Distance Distance Distance Distance.

    The active draw mode temporarily suspends creating features.

  8. Draw the first radial distance.
    1. Click the center point for the radius.
    2. Move the pointer and click the second point.

    A temporary construction circle appears.

  9. Draw the second radial distance so that it intersects the first circle in at least one location.
    1. Click the center point for the radius.
    2. Move the pointer and click the second point.

    A temporary construction circle appears.

  10. Draw the new point feature at the intersection created by the two radial distances.
    1. Hover over the intersection until a preview appears.
    2. Click the intersection.
  11. To continue creating segments, click a line or arc tool on the construction toolbar.
  12. To finish the feature, click Finish Finish, or press F2.