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ESRI ArcSDE Exverted and Inverted Polygons and Oracle SpatialMonday February 16 2009 at 03:24Anyone who has used an ESRI client software to edit data which is then stored in Oracle via ArcSDE has probably come across some peculiarly organised polygons that pass ArcSDE validation but not Oracle’s.
These peculiarly organised polygons are inverted or exverted polygons that have their genesis in the original programming of the Spatial DataBase Engine (SDBE) 1.0 by Geomatic Technologies Incorporated (GTI) based in Bellingham, Washington (a company owned by the brilliant Mike Butler) before its sale to ESRI.
I am sure inverted polygons exist in ArcSDE (and have double checked the original “Introduction to ArcSDE” course notes I wrote for ESRI Inc back in 1995) but I cannot remember if exverted polygons were a part of ArcSDE. When I held the position of GIS Manager at my last employer, my team constantly had problems with ArcInfo creating bow tie (ie exverted) polygons which ArcSDE would pass and store in Oracle (we used SDO_GEOMETRY storage) yet would not pass our daily PL/SQL based DBMS_JOB that checked all spatial edits done that day. Because of this I have included discussion of exverted (eg bow tie ) polygons in this article. OK, since a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s have a look at these polygons. Firstly, let’s create a table to hold our data.
Now, let’s create a singly inverted polygon.
This polygon looks like this. Now, let’s create a doubly inverted polygon.
This polygon looks like this. Now let’s create a simple, exverted polygon.
This polygon looks like this. Finally, though unnecessary (as the previous exverted polygon is also a “bow tie”), let’s create a classic Bow Tie (exverted) polygon.
This polygon looks like this. Now let’s check the status of these geometries
Note that all of them are described in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array by a single outer shell (ie 1003). This is correct with respect to the organisation of inverted and exverted polygons. For those not used to Oracle, the error number 13349 is described as follows: Of course, because they are not OGC/SFS or SQL/MM compliant polygons, they fail Oracle’s validation software. Now, check what happens when they are passed through Oracle’s own, internal, Sdo_Util.Rectify_Geometry routine.
They are corrected. Normally one would correct these either in the client or in the database via a trigger or a DBMS_SCHEDULER task run at the end of each day to check the day’s edits. Fixing via interactive SQL executed in SQLPlus or SQL Developer would occur as follows:
Whilever these geometries exist in the database uncorrected, what is the effect on geoprocessing results? Let’s check. First, are buffers correctly formed?
Yes they are. Secondly let’s create a test, overlay geometry.
Which looks like this (over oid = 2): Firstly let’s union (SDO_GEOM.SDO_UNION) this geometry with the ‘Doubly Inverted Polygon’ (oid 2).
Which (correctly) looks like: Now let’s intersect (SDO_GEOM.SDO_INTERSECTION) this geometry with the ‘Doubly Inverted Polygon’ (oid 2).
Which (correctly) looks like: Of course, one should really only conduct geoprocessing on valid geometries, but if you have to do so on invalid geometries, please check the results oneself as Oracle, I believe, does not guarantee the results of processing when the geoemtry data is invalid. I hope this article is of use to someone.

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Hi Simon,
Great article. We at Safe have seen these issues confound customers for many years now as they use FME to load data into SDE – typically such features are “rejected” and then we help them do things like run selfintersections to clean them up. There are also issues on older SDE installations (or modern ones using single precision) due to the precision issues that used to be present — these could cause inverted polygons where they weren’t originally — we created the http://www.fmepedia.com/index.php/ArcSDEGridSnapper to help folks detect this early.
Anyway, great article. And now I know how to apply a MyersBriggs personality test to a polygon (oops, that was inverted not introverted…)
Dale
— Dale · 17 February 2009, 05:19 · #