Esri ArcGIS Binary Grid (AIG) Reader

Licensing options for this format begin with FME Desktop Professional Edition.

The Esri ArcGIS® Binary Grid (AIG) Reader enables FME to read data in the ArcGrid format. This is the internally used binary format for Esri’s ArcGIS product.


The first element of the raster corresponds to the lower left-hand corner of the raster. For each raster, there is only a single feature returned, since this feature will contain the entire raster.

Reader Overview

FME considers a folder containing an ArcGIS Binary Grid data to be a dataset. The source dataset folder may contain several *.adf files that together contain information to form one FME raster containing elevation data. Each elevation sample in the dataset is a point in a single FME raster feature.

FME Raster Features

FME raster features represent raster data and use several concepts that are unlike those used in the handling of vector data. The topics below describe how FME processes raster data.

About FME Rasters Tiling and Mosaicking
Raster Properties Band Combining and Separating
Band Properties Band and Palette Selection
Palette Properties Raster Processing
Compression Raster versus Vector Features
Pyramiding Raster File Naming
Interleaving World Files
Interpretation and Data Type TAB Files
Palette Resolution  

ArcGIS Binary Grid only supports rasters with a single numeric band.