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FAQ: Why is the Add button disabled in the COGO Traverse tool?

Question

Why is the Add button disabled in the COGO Traverse tool?

Answer

There are three possible reasons the Add button in the Traverse tool on the COGO toolbar is disabled.

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A. The distance and direction units entered do not match the units specified in the Editor Options

The distance and direction units are based on what is set in the Editor Options menu. By default, the direction type is set to Polar coordinates with units of decimal degrees. However, if the directions entered in the Traverse tool are in a different format, such as bearings in units of degrees-minutes-seconds, the Add button is disabled.

To enable the Add button, modify the Editor settings by following the steps below:

  1. Click the Editor drop-down arrow on the Editor toolbar, and select Options.
  2. In the Editing Options window, select the Units tab.
  3. Change the Direction Type to Quadrant Bearing and the Direction Units to Degrees Minutes Seconds.
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  1. Click Apply > OK.

B. Entering incorrect syntax for the direction value

When setting the bearing angles, ensure that hyphens are used to separate the degrees-minutes-seconds values, as opposed to using spaces. As an example, the correct notation for the direction, S 89° 45' 25" W, is S 89-45-25 W, instead of S 89 45 25 W, which is incorrect.

When specifying the quadrant that the bearing lies within, there are two syntax options:
  • Type N, S, E, or W to denote North, South, East, and West respectively, for example, S 89-45-25 W indicates that the angle lies in the southwest direction.
  • Type the number corresponding with the quadrant. The following numbers go in a counterclockwise direction, as shown in the image below
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Using the same example as above, insert the angle as 89-45-25-3 since the southwest direction lies in Quadrant 3.

Additionally, when inserting direction values with 60 minutes, such as 89-60-00-3, it is incorrect because 60 minutes makes an hour (degree). Use 89-59-59-3 instead.

C. An existing line segment is not created prior to using either the Angle-Distance or Tangent Curve course types

When working with the Angle-Distance or Tangent-Curve course types, they both require an existing line segment to be present within the edit sketch to be calculated from. To create a straight line segment prior to using either of the course types when sketching a new traverse, usually, the initial course type used is Distance-Direction. For more information, refer to ArcGIS Help: About creating a line with the Traverse window.

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