2016: The Year of the Parcel Fabric


One of the many new additions to ArcMap 10 was the introduction of Parcel Editor. Some of you may remember this as a replacement for the Survey Analyst Cadastral Editor product. With this new addition the cadastral fabric dataset was replaced with the new parcel fabric. At the time many just looked at this with a passing interest, especially those with cadastral systems already in place.

So why should 2016 be the year of the Parcel Fabric for you? Here are my top three reasons why it should be.

  1. An Out of the Box Solution – If you’re already running an enterprise GIS or your GIS is central to all your spatial needs why not take full advantage of having this in the one place. Having a “one stop shop” for all your spatial data helps improve efficiencies and lowers the inherent risk that comes with currency and having data in multiple formats spread across your network.
  2. Editing Made Simple – With Parcel Editor all your geometries just work together. No more overlapping polygons and no more moving all the corresponding points and lines every time a boundary changes. This makes editing much more efficient and less frustrating while holding the spatial integrity of your cadastre. Parcel Editor also provides an out of the box tool including multiple tools and workflows for maintain your parcels.                                                                                                                    pe
  3. A Full History – The Parcel Fabric also keeps a layer containing your cadastres full history. This means that if you sub-divide a parcel the record of the old parcel is maintained in the historical layer. The parcel fabric automatically creates this layer and when using the fabrics workflow you will be prompted to create the historic parcels from and changes to the parcel. It’s a great way to keep a documented history of the many changes often made to the cadastre.

For more information on Parcel Fabrics and the Parcel Editor you can read more about it here on Esri’s comprehensive help pages.

Or better still come along to one of our instructor led courses. At Esri Australia we have just created a new course tailored for Australia clients. The Editing and Maintaining Parcels Using ArcGIS

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