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Alpha Five and GIS

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    Alpha Five and GIS

    Hello Everyone,

    I noticed that there is an Active X control that can insert an ArcMap control on a form. (I have not been able to test this because I couldn�t figure out how to set up the license.)

    1. Is it possible to open a map within alpha five, passing to it specific data (such that it zooms onto a specific feature, for example)?

    2. Conversely, is it possible to bring up an alpha five report or form from within ArcMap, passing to it specific data such as feature id or name (so that the report or form displays information relevant only to the given feature)?

    I would be grateful for any help!



    Re: Alpha Five and GIS

    You may want to go the web route with this one. Do a search on "Google" to find some map info. Here's an interesting one:


      Re: Alpha Five and GIS

      I agree with David.

      ArcView is a part of ArcGIS and it is important to recognize that one of the software's primary commercial uses is presenting business information as thematic maps (red states, blue states, etc.). This is accomplished by a process call geocoding which assigns an X, Y coordinate to individual customer, employee, vendor addresses, etc.

      You can also use ArcView to build custom spatial hierarchies (map a sales district that spans half of Ohio and three counties in Pennsylvania, for example).

      If you simply want to establish geographic context (what is next to your address, how far from the interstate roadway is it, etc.), a web based map such as Google is by far the simplest solution.

      I have used ArcView to map customer information for SAP Business Warehouse and it is not a trivial product. Luckily, SAP does most of the groundwork for you, but configuring it from scratch would be a project in itself.

      Bob McGaffic
      Pittsburgh PA


        Re: Alpha Five and GIS

        Thanks for your replies. (That is an interesting example.)

        I work for the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department. We use maps heavily within the department. The maps display layers that show all sorts of information from the actual open space layer to prairie dog colonies to ditches and streams etc.

        We also have a number of databases that, again, track all sorts of information.

        I am trying to figure out if alpha five can help us relate small databases to the data in our maps.

        For example, we have a water ownership database. Most of the data in it is not contained in our streams & ditches layer. It would be cool if one could click on a feature in the ditch layer and bring up the corresponding information in the water ownership database.

        Or vice versa, it would be great if from our database we could open the part of the map that shows the area irrigated by the ditch.

        Do you think any of this is possible. Have you done something similar?




          Re: Alpha Five and GIS

          Did you ever manage to find an easy way to do this?


            Re: Alpha Five and GIS

            No, I have not found a way to do this.

            I have been able to connect to GIS data with alpha five and have created a report that way. But this kind of access is limited to read only access, since editing data in SDE with Alpha Five would probably cause errors in SDE's internal data management processes (so I am told - I don't know too much about these processes myself).

            If you find any ways to link Alpha Five and GIS, please let me know. I would love to find a way to do that!