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    Does anybody know how to convert blocks into data points in Land Development Desktop 2i?
    Here is what I want to do.
    I have the layout of a drainage system. It contains 1200+ blocks that represent catch basins. Catch basins are the openings that collect the water to send it to the pipes.
    I need the position of each block to recreate a model of the drainage layout system. The problem is that I have no data (x,y, the z value at this point can be set = 0) attach to those blocks.
    I am able to label the blocks by point, this way each blocks is labeled with its coordinates (at the center point) but I need to access the data so I can manipulate it.
    Any thoughts?
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    Default Re: convert blocks into data points

    Hi Maria,

    Please *note* I have moved your thread from the ACA - General forum to this one as I feel it will be better served here.

    As to your question, I'm not familiar with Land Development Desktop but will the DATAEXTRACTION command work for your needs.
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    Default Re: convert blocks into data points

    Quote Originally Posted by stelthorst View Post
    Hi Maria,

    As to your question, I'm not familiar with Land Development Desktop but will the DATAEXTRACTION command work for your needs.
    I don't think the Data Extraction is in the 2i version (2000i). I don't have that old version loaded any longer but later versions had a block to point function IIRC.
    You can try the map query report to write out the block data or even the old attext command then import that text file as a point file maybe.
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    Default Re: convert blocks into data points

    No problem Stelthorst.
    Jmurphy, I tried the command but it extracts only attributes.

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    Default Re: convert blocks into data points

    Using ATTEXT you can get the block x, block y cordinates with the template file.
    Using the map query you can also get those from the object property.
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    Default Re: convert blocks into data points

    Thank you all very much for your answers.
    To Jmurphy, the map query did the trick. It worked very well, thanks.

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