Introduction to Distance and Direction

    Analysts need to understand and visualize basic information about places and objects of interest, for example, the distance between two geographic locations or the range of a weapon system. Using Distance and Direction, you can draw geodetic lines, circles, ellipses, and range rings to visualize relevant information.

    In ArcMap, the lines, circles, ellipses, and range rings are created as graphics. In ArcGIS Pro, they are created in your project geodatabase. In ArcGIS Pro, a feature dataset is created in the default database, and feature layers are added to the table of contents.