Provides access to members for constructing new geometries based upon topological relationships between existing geometries.
**Note:** the ITopologicalOperator interface has been superseded byITopologicalOperator5. Please consider using the more recent version.

#### Product Availability

#### Members

Description |
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Boundary | The boundary of this geometry. A polygon's boundary is a polyline. A polyline's boundary is a multipoint. A point or multipoint's boundary is an empty point or multipoint. | |

Buffer | Constructs a polygon that is the locus of points at a distance less than or equal to a specified distance from this geometry. | |

Clip | Constructs the intersection of this geometry and the specified envelope. | |

ClipDense | Constructs the intersection of this geometry and the specified envelope; densifies lines in output contributed by the clipping envelope. | |

ConstructUnion | Defines this geometry to be the union of the inputs. More efficient for unioning multiple geometries than calling Union repeatedly. | |

ConvexHull | Constructs the convex hull of this geometry. | |

Cut | Splits this geometry into a part left of the cutting polyline, and a part right of it. | |

Difference | Constructs the geometry containing points from this geometry but not the other geometry. | |

Intersect | Constructs the geometry that is the set-theoretic intersection of the input geometries. Use different resultDimension values to generate results of different dimensions. | |

IsKnownSimple | Indicates whether this geometry is known (or assumed) to be topologically correct. | |

IsSimple | Indicates whether this geometry is known (or assumed) to be topologically correct, after explicitly determining this if the geometry is not already known (or assumed) to be simple. | |

QueryClipped | Redefines clippedGeometry to be the intersection of this geometry and the clipping envelope. | |

QueryClippedDense | Redefines clippedGeometry to be the intersection of this geometry and the clipping envelope; densifies lines in the output contributed by the clipping envelope. | |

Simplify | Makes this geometry topologically correct. | |

SymmetricDifference | Constructs the geometry that contains points from either but not both input geometries. | |

Union | Constructs the geometry that is the set-theoretic union of the input geometries. |

#### CoClasses that implement ITopologicalOperator

CoClasses and Classes | Description |
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GeoEllipse (esriDefenseSolutions) | Its a spheroidal ellipse. |

GeometryBag | An ordered collection of objects that support the IGeometry interface. |

GeoPolygon (esriDefenseSolutions) | Its a spheroidal polygon. |

GeoPolyline (esriDefenseSolutions) | This is a spheroidal polyline. |

MultiPatch | A collection of surface patches. |

Multipoint | An ordered collection of points; optionally has measure, height and ID attributes. |

Point | A two dimensional point, optionally with measure, height, and ID attributes. |

Polygon | A collection of rings ordered by their containment relationship; optionally has measure, height and ID attributes. |

Polyline | An ordered collection of paths; optionally has measure, height and ID attributes. |

#### Remarks

**Buffer**, **Clip**, and **Simplify** are the only methods of ITopologicalOperator supported on GeometryBags.

ITopologicalOperator methods must be applied on high-level geometries only. High-Level geometries are point, multipoint, polyline and polygon. To use this interface with low-level geometries such as segments (Line, Circular Arc, Elliptic Arc, Bezier Curve), paths or rings, they must be wrapped into high-level geometry types.

For multipatch geometries, generally the footprint or envelope is used.

Every Geometry created within ArcGIS should be assigned a spatial reference. Always attach well-defined spatial references to new geometries. This improves processing efficiency, in particular, when using ITopologicalOperator on geometries that contain **curved segments (circular arcs, bezier curves, elliptical arcs). **New geometries include any geometry that is created in memory. It does not matter whether it will be stored in a feature class or not. Well-defined as applied to a spatial reference means that it not only has its coordinate system (projection) defined, but also its coordinate grid. The coordinate grid consists of the xy domain, xy resolution, and xy cluster tolerance properties of a spatial reference. If the Geometry includes z or m values, the z or m domains, z or m resolutions, and z or m cluster tolerance properties must also be defined. The cluster tolerance and resolutions can be quickly and easily set using SetDefault methods on ISpatialReferenceResolution and ISpatialReferenceTolerance interfaces.

//The following
code shows to wrap a line segment into a polyline in C#
//Assume a line (line1 as ILine) is already created
object obj = Type.Missing;
ISegmentCollection segCollection = new PolylineClass() as ISegmentCollection;
segCollection.AddSegment((ISegment)line1, ref obj, ref obj);
//Set the spatial reference on the new polyline
//The spatial reference is not transfered automatically from the segments
IGeometry geom = segCollection as IGeometry;
geom.SpatialReference = spatialRef;
//Can now be used with ITopologicalOperator3 methods

#### See Also

IGeometry Interface | IRelationalOperator Interface