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TUTORIAL: WhiteStar Metes and Bounds Add-In for ArcGIS Pro

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Download and install WhiteStar Legal Mapper and the Metes and Bounds add-in for ArcGIS Pro

  • Exit ArcGIS Pro

  • Download and double click the local copy of WhiteStar Legal Mapper add-in

  • Download and double click the local copy of WhiteStar Metes and Bounds add-in

Download the sample deed for the tutorial.

Establish the tutorial project.

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  • Run ArcGIS Pro from the Start menu, under the Arc Folder

  • When the New Blank Templates appear, click “Map”

  • On the Dialog Box give your new project a suitable name, for example “Baca County, Colorado Tutorial”

  • Verify that the default ArcGIS Pro project directory is acceptable, similar to C:\Users\User_name\Documents\ArcGIS\Projects

  • “User_name” should correspond to your actual user account name

  • The option, “Create a new folder for this project” is checked by default

  • Click OK to create a new project

Add WhiteStar Streaming Grid to your ArcGIS Pro project.

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  • In ArcGIS Pro click “View” then “Catalog Pane”

  • In the grey space of the “Catalog Pane” right mouse click and on the dialog that opens click “New ArcGIS Server Connection

  • Fill out the dialog box using the Server URL and the following username and password:
    Server URL: https://streams.whitestar.com/arcgis
    Username: wlm_trial
    Password: wlm_trial_2019

  • Click OK

  • Close the dialog box by clicking on the X located at upper right corner of the dialog box

  • Click the ArcGIS Pro Map option

  • Click Add Data to add the basemap stream

  • To add WhiteStar Grid, navigate to “Project” > “Servers” > “arcgis on streams.whitestar.com.ags” > “WhiteStar_Grid” > “WhiteStar_Grid” (map service). This will take up to 30 seconds to complete once you double click the map service

  • Alternatively, to add WhiteStar Lots, Tracts and Quarter-quarters, navigate to “Project” > “Servers” > “streams.whitestar.com.ags” > “WhiteStar_LTQQ_Q” > “WhiteStar_LTQQ_Q”

Construct the deed.

  • Click the “WhiteStar Metes and Bounds” tab to display the WLM panel on the left of the canvas and a map of the USA to the right of the canvas: (Clicking Show Panel is a generally useful thing to know in case your panel gets hidden.)

 
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  • In the upper left-hand corner, Click “Sign in Account” and provide the credentials to WhiteStar Cloud provided with your subscription. Click sign in

 
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  • To add a new deed, click the new (rocket icon) and double click tutorial.pdf

  • Give the metes and bounds project a new name: “Baca County, Colorado Project” and click Set and Save (diskette icon). Confirm the file name and click save

  • Establish the Baca County Deed Origin Point

    • Declination - Usually, a survey is conducted with a correction from measured north to grid north. You may specify this rotation in terms of degrees, minutes or seconds which will rotate the bearings - counterclockwise if east, clockwise if west. In our tutorial, click Edit to enter 06 degrees <tab> 40 minutes <tab> 0 seconds east and click OK

    • Enter Legal Land Description - Enter “6 31S 44W 14 0FSL 0FEL” to identify the southeast corner of section 14, township 31S Range 44W in the Sixth Principal Meridian, then click Find. After a delay depending upon your internet connection, WLM M&B will access WhiteStar Grid, plot the point, and zoom to the location. Additional details on legal descriptions in the public land survey notation can be found here

    • The Select button could alternatively been used to select any point on the map. Select honors current ArcGIS Snap settings. For example, you can snap to an intersection or vertex in a feature layer such as a parcel corner. You could also enter absolute origin coordinates in decimal format. By convention, longitude coordinates are negative in the western hemisphere

    • WLM M&B zooms to and marks the origin point

    • Click Save and confirm to save the origin point

 
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  • From the “WhiteStar Metes and Bounds” panel (remember to click Show Panel if necessary), Select Segments and then choose Commencement next to Show from the drop-down list. The tutorial deed descriptions are added to the lower left of your screen with portions highlighted in yellow. We will now click on these to populate the data structures.

 
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Click [+] to add a new Commencement segment.

  • Click once on the yellow highlighted South 45° 0’ 0” East (Suggest clicking once on “East”

  • Click once on the yellow highlighted 4000.00 Feet (Suggest clicking once on “4000”)

  • Click Save to create the black segment which represents bearings and distances leading to the point of beginning. The default colors used to draw line segments can be changed elsewhere. You may need to zoom out or pan slightly to see the line segment using ArcGIS zoom and pan tools.

  • Click on the newly created segment text in the WLM Info panel on the left. There is a slider underneath the panel you may manipulate to review all of the information. This grey panel is also resizeable and contains information about the Direction, Index, Type, Data, Source, Override, and Origins of each segment. Selecting the segment also highlights the corresponding segment(s) in the map:Click on the newly created segment text in the WLM Info panel on the left. There is a slider underneath the panel you may manipulate to review all of the information. This grey panel is also resizeable and contains information about the Direction, Index, Type, Data, Source, Override, and Origins of each segment. Selecting the segment also highlights the corresponding segment(s) in the map:

 
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Add Boundary Bearings and Distances

  • Change the Show: Type to Forward

    • Click “+” to add a new segment

    • Click once on the yellow highlighted North 0° 0’ 0” East

    • Click once on the yellow highlighted 500.00 Feet

    • Click “save

    • Clicking “+” to add the next segment greys out the previous segment in the deed helping you to keep track

  • Make a mistake? Simply navigate to the erroneous entry and press the delete key

  • When you finish, note that the polygon fails to close by 1.6 feet. The bearing and distance required to close the polygon is listed right next to the Show: Forward indicator. In the tutorial example, the bearing is N 81° 26 33 W with a distance of 6.6 feet. To automatically close this plat, double click the estimated closure and respond with OK.

  • Note your deed could use units other than feet. Options include US Survey feet, yards, chains, meters, varas, etc.

  • Note that the “used” bearings and distances you have already clicked and stored in the database table have been greyed out to help you “keep track” of where you are in the description and to help you come back later if need be. This happens when you click + to add the next bearing and distance

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Save the project

  • It is a good idea to save your project frequently. Click the diskette icon to save the current project to the cloud

  • Saving the ArcGIS Pro project is also advised. At the top, click ArcGIS Pro’s diskette icon