The Feature Class To Feature Class tool and the Feature Class to Geodatabase scripts in the Conversion toolbox, To Geodatabase toolset, allow you to migrate route data from any supported format into a geodatabase. During the conversion, all measure values are preserved. The example in this section converts a coverage route system to a geodatabase feature class.
When migrating to a geodatabase, you can create a stand-alone feature class, a feature class in a new feature dataset, or a feature class in an existing dataset.
When creating or importing a feature class or feature dataset, you can specify the coordinate system, spatial domain, and resolution in the environment settings. Set the spatial domain and resolution carefully because once you have created the feature class, its attributes cannot be changed. The default for the m-tolerance, m-resolution, and m-domain should be appropriate for most users.
If you are creating a feature class in an existing feature dataset, the new feature class will automatically take on the same coordinate system, spatial domain, and resolution as the feature dataset, so there is no need to specify the spatial reference parameters in the environment settings before you import. The exception is the m-tolerance, resolution, and domain, which can be different for each route feature class. When migrating to an existing feature dataset, it is advisable to ensure the default m settings (tolerance, resolution, and domain) are appropriate for your data.
You can optionally specify which fields to import and how to name them. You can also limit which features are imported by specifying an expression or a field list.
- Right-click the coverage route system in the Catalog tree that you want to migrate, point to Export, then click To Geodatabase (single). Alternatively, access the Feature Class To Feature Class tool directly in the Conversion Toolbox, To Geodatabase toolset.
- Type the value for the Output Workspace parameter, or click the Browse button to choose this value. The output workspace must already exist.
- Type the value for the New Feature Class Name parameter.
- Optionally, type a value for the Expression parameter, or click the Expression button and use Query Builder to build the value for the parameter.
- Optionally, edit Field Info.
- Click a value in the New Field Name field to change the field name.
- Click a value in the Visible field and click TRUE or FALSE to carry this field into the new feature class.
- Click OK to execute the tool.