Creates a regular grid of points or rectangular polygons of a specified size, position, and coordinate system.

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Typical Uses

  • Creating reference grids

  • Creating clipping polygons

How does it work?

The 2DGridCreator creates a single grid of regularly spaced features, which may be composed of:

  • rectangular polygons,

  • points at the corners of each cell, or

  • points at the center of each cell.

Cell size is specified by Column Width and Row Height, in the units of the specified Coordinate System.

A Starting Corner is selected (Lower Left is the default), along with a Starting X and Y Coordinate. Grid cells are calculated and numbered from this point accordingly for a specified number of columns and rows.

This transformer does not receive input features.


Usage Notes

Creating Boxes and Rectangles

Creating rectangular geometry is a common task. These transformers do so in a variety of ways.


Input Ports

This transformer has no input ports.

Output Ports


Editing Transformer Parameters

Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.

Defining Values

There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.

Dialog Options - Tables

Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.


Processing Behavior

Not applicable.

Feature Holding

Not applicable.






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