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Finding Holes Using Bounding Rectangles



The purpose of this process is to demonstrate the use of the bounding rectangle as a means of processing spatial data.  For this illustrative example, our goal is to isolate the “Doughnut Hole”. 

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We begin areas. (image 1)  Using the Summarize tool, we first combine our polygons, secondly, we generate the bounding rectangle.(images 2a, 2b)  with some circular trade

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Using the Buffer tool, we create a buffer (any size >= 1) on the Bounding Rectangle.(image 3)  Using the Poly Split tool, we split our spatial object to Regions.  If we view the result in a table Browse, we see that there is a “Split_IsHole” field.(image 4)

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We filter this field for True values and use a Select to view only the spatial object we want, the “doughnut hole”.(image 5

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