The File Geodatabase and the Parcel Fabric

We have seen an increase in the number of small and medium sized organizations interested in maintaining their parcel data in the esri ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution (the Parcel Fabric.) Many of these organizations have only one person editing the data and using the file geodatabase structure is a great solution for them.

When using a larger, multi-user, enterprise geodatabase such as SDE, it is important to maintain the spatial indexes in an optimal state so that overtime a user searches or changes the display, the system responds as quickly as possible.  Few people realize that these indexes are just as important for the file geodatabase. While ArcGIS for Desktop does a fairly good job of maintaining these indexes, when using the Parcel Fabric technology, it is often a good idea to rebuild these spatial indexes of the feature classes inside the Parcel Fabric manually to ensue they are as optimized as possible.

This first screenshot shows where the feature classes that are part of the Parcel Fabric are stored.

This next image shows the steps to rebuilding the spatial index, remember, this must be performed for each of the five (5) feature classes in the Parcel Fabric, (ParcelFabric_Control, ParcelFabric_LinePoints, ParcelFabric_Lines, ParcelFabric_Parcels, and ParcelFabric_Points.)

The steps are:

1.) In ArcCatalog, expand the ParcelFabric.

2) Right Click on each of the feature classes in the Parcel Fabric. Remember,  the Parcel Fabric_Plans is a table and not a feature class so there is no spatial index.

3) Under the Indexes Tab on the Feature Class Properties dialog box, click on the Delete button to remove the existing index.

4) Immediately after the existing index is deleted, click on the Create button to recreate a new index.

Click OK and enjoy the new found speed in the Parcel Fabric.