How To: Rebuild the spatial index after saving edits to an ArcSDE feature class whose grid sizes are set to 0,0,0


When saving edits to a file geodatabase feature class, ArcGIS analyzes the spatial index. If grid sizes are set to 0,0,0, it automatically rebuilds the index with an appropriate grid size using the features that have just been added. This does not occur in ArcSDE geodatabases.


The spatial index of the feature class is not rebuilt, leaving the feature class with grid sizes of 0,0,0. The spatial index must be rebuilt manually.

The steps to rebuild the spatial index of a feature class are as follows:

  1. In ArcCatalog, right-click the ArcSDE geodatabase feature class whose spatial index needs to be modified.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Indexes tab.
  4. To have ArcGIS set the grid size, click Recalculate.
  5. To manually set the grid sizes, click Edit and enter one or more grid sizes, and click OK.
  6. Click OK to build the spatial index and close the Feature Class Properties dialog box.