Importing VPF data into an existing SDE geodatabase

The Convert VPF to Geodatabase tool allows you to import Vector Product Format (VPF) data into an existing ArcSDE geodatabase. Sources that can be imported using this tool include Digital Nautical Chart (DNC), Vector Map (VMap 0, VMap 1, and VMap 2), Urban Vector Map (UVMap), Foundation Feature Data (FFD), and Vector Interim Terrain Data (VITD). When VPF data is imported, there are several steps that must be followed:

  1. Start ArcCatalog.
  2. Add the Convert VPF to Geodatabase tool by doing the following:
    1. On the main menu, click Customize > Customize Mode.

      The Customize dialog box appears.

    2. Click the Commands tab.
    3. In the Categories list, click Production Import Export.
    4. Click and drag the Convert VPF to Geodatabase button Convert VPF Data to Geodatabase to a toolbar.
    5. Click Close.
  3. Click the Convert VPF to Geodatabase button Convert VPF Data to Geodatabase.

    The VPF Data To Geodatabase dialog box appears.

    VPF Data To Geodatabase dialog box
  4. Choose a product in the Product Type area.

    If Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) is chosen, you must then choose the type of scale within which the VPF data exists. The four options are Approach, Coastal, General, and Harbor.

  5. If you want to import notes/RAT, choose Yes in the Import Notes/RAT area.

    Currently, DNC enterprise geodatabases cannot support multiple single files with identical file names in a single enterprise geodatabase. For example, if you import Library A, with dqy.notes.rat, those notes will be overwritten upon importing Library B with the dqy.notes.rat file from Library B. The vector data management will be successful, but you must manage the notes in another location.

  6. Leave the Create Geodatabase On Import option set to No.
  7. Click Next.

    The Navigate to VPF Data dialog box appears.

    Navigate to VPF Data dialog box
  8. Click the Browse button Browse next to the Select VPF Data Path text box.

    The Browser for VPF Data appears.

  9. Navigate to the workspace that contains the VPF data and click Open.
  10. Choose one library in the Select a library to import into the geodatabase list.
  11. To import only specific feature classes from the selected libraries, check the Select Specific Feature Classes check box.
  12. Click Next.

    The Select Feature Class(es) dialog box appears.

    Select Feature Class(es) dialog box
  13. Click a feature class in the list on the left, then click the button to move it to the list on the right and indicate that you want to export it.
  14. When you are finished selecting the feature classes to import, click Next.

    The Navigate to Geodatabase dialog box appears.

    Navigate to Geodatabase
  15. Click the SDE Geodatabase option.
  16. Type the SDE connection information into the text boxes.
  17. Click Test Connection to test the SDE connection.
  18. Click Next.

    The features are imported, and the Populate Geodatabase dialog box appears.

    Populate Geodatabase dialog box
  19. Click Finish.

The data is imported into the geodatabase.