Tools for dividing a Quadrilateral

CEDRA GridAQuadrilateralTM is an ArcView® GIS and ArcGIS® extension that is included with all of the CEDRA AVseriesTM software and enables the user to subdivide quadrilaterals, as well as most any irregular shaped polygon, by specifying the number of rows and columns that are desired. This is an ideal tool for those involved with quarter-quarter sections or Aliquot parts. For ArcGIS users, the [Aliquot Polygon] command within the CEDRA-Aliquot-Tools toolbar provides additional functionality for transcribing Aliquot descriptions thereby facilitating the generation of polygon features, which represent an Aliquot description.

 CEDRA-GridAQuadrilateral Multi-Input Dialog Box

CEDRA GridAQuadrilateralTM

CEDRA-GridAQuadrilateralTM is an ArcView® GIS and ArcGIS® extension that enables the user to subdivide a polyline or polygon feature. In using this tool, the user selects one or more polygon or polyline features, which form a closed figure, and divides them into a user specified number of columns and rows. The result of which, is a number of cells or grids within the boundary of the feature(s).

There is no limit to the number of cells that can be created. If only rows are desired then the number of columns specified by the user should be 1. Likewise, if only columns are desired, the number of rows should be 1

Additionally, the user has the option of creating, for each of the selected features, any or all of the following:

(a) two-point line features that delineate the columns and rows,
(b) point features at the intersection of each column and row delimiter,
(c) polyline features, each forming a closed figure circumscribing each cell defined by the specified columns and rows, and/or
(d) polygon features, which circumscribe each cell.

If more than one feature has been selected for processing, the features do not need to be located in the same layer. The features to be processed can reside in various active visible layers. Note that as a result of the processing by this tool, the selected feature or features are not altered. The new features which are created are stored in the current active layer. The [Set Active Layer] command can be used to control the current active layer.

Although this tool may be used on most any polygon or closed polyline, the tool was originally developed to divide a section, as per the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM), into aliquots. As such, the tool assumes that the feature to be so divided would look fairly much like a BLM section, that is, a four-sided figure (quadrilateral).

In dividing a quadrilateral, the program can operate in one of two modes. The first divides each of the two sides that lie fairly much in a west to east direction into the number of user specified columns, and each of the other two sides that lie fairly much in a south to north direction into the number of user specified rows. The corresponding points are then joined to create the user specified cell or grid.

The second mode enables the user to divide a polygon feature or a polyline feature which forms a closed figure using purely horizontal and vertical lines to create the appropriate number of rows and columns. This mode of operation differs from the first mode in that the first mode honors the direction of the south-north and west-east sides of the feature being subdivided, while the second mode uses purely horizontal and vertical split lines, thereby ignoring the slopes of the four sides

The selection of the feature or features, to be processed, may be made before, or after the activation of this tool. However, if the features to be processed are not contiguous, that is to say, they can not be selected by clicking and dragging the mouse to select the features in one operation. The features, in this case, must be selected prior to the activation of said tool. Note that, even if the features are continuous, or if only one feature is to be divided, the selection can still be made prior to the activation of said tool, if so desired.

In the figure shown below, examples of the two modes of polygon subdivision are shown. Both polygons are subdivided into 6 rows and 4 columns. The polygon subdivided using Mode 1 illustrates how the side slopes of the polygon are maintained, while the polygon subdivided using Mode 2 demonstrates the use of pure horizontal and vertical split lines in subdividing the polygon. Depending upon the application, the user selects the mode which best fits their requirements. Note that it is possible for the user to store with the newly created polygons, the layer and OID of the feature that was processed, as well as, a polygon counter which begins at 1 and is incremented sequentially by 1. In the examples shown below, the newly created polygons would have a polygon counter value of 1 through 24.

 Mode 1 of Subdivision (6 rows, 4 columns)
 Mode 2 of Subdivision (6 rows, 4 columns)

CEDRA-Aliquot-Tools ToolbarTM

The basic concept in an Aliquot description is to take a large polygon, which typically represents a section in a grid system, and subdivide it one or more times into a smaller polygon by using various combinations of quadrant identifiers such as NE, SE, SW, NW, N2, E2, E2W2 and so forth. The result of one quadrant identifier serves as the starting point for the next quadrant identifier. The [Aliquot Polygon] command within the CEDRA-Aliquot-Tools toolbar provides the user the ability to transcribe or decipher an Aliquot description thereby facilitating the generation of polygon features which are defined in terms of Aliquot quadrant identifiers.

The supported Quadrant Identifiers include the following:

 Keycodes denoting Available Quadrant Identifiers

In addition to the Quadrant Identifiers, the user is able to specify any of the Strip Identifiers, North, South, East and West to extract a strip or portion of land from a quadrilateral. When specifying a strip identifier, the user enters a strip width value indicating the amount of land to be extracted.

 Keycodes denoting Available Strip Identifiers

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