Hi folks,
This post is about a new parameter in the File Geodatabase writer in FME, which lets you take an ArcGIS XML Workspace Document (what I would call a template) and create a new Geodatabase from that.

This is the first of what I hope will be many video Evangelists – could you call them a podcast? – as I’m finding some functionality is easier to demonstrate than to write about. In this one my colleague Robyn Rennie is sitting alongside and driving the demonstration, as she’s one of our Esri experts at Safe Software.

The basic idea is that ArcGIS now lets you save the skeleton of a Geodatabase, and that FME will read that to create a new one. The best part is that you can create it and fill it with data simultaneously, as the video shows.

From about 6:15 onwards the video also shows that we didn’t rehearse the recording in any way!

Because this is the first time I’ve tried this, I’m not sure how well video is embedded into my posts. If the above frame fails – or is missing entirely – then try YouTube instead or this link to download the movie file from our web site.

Hope this is useful,


About FME ArcGIS Data Transformation Database Esri FME Desktop Geodatabase GIS Template Usability Video Evangelist

Mark Ireland

Mark, aka iMark, is the FME Evangelist (est. 2004) and has a passion for FME Training. He likes being able to help people understand and use technology in new and interesting ways. One of his other passions is football (aka. Soccer). He likes both technology and soccer so much that he wrote an article about the two together! Who would’ve thought? (Answer: iMark)


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