What is Rubbersheeting?

Esri offers this definition in its dictionary:

“A procedure for adjusting the coordinates of all the data points in a dataset to allow a more accurate match between known locations and a few data points within the dataset. Rubber sheeting preserves the interconnectivity between points and objects through stretching, shrinking, or reorienting their interconnecting lines.”

At TCI Software, the definition we use defines “True Rubber Sheeting” as “Non linear stretching in many directions simultaneously.” Unlike most other rubbersheet processors, our Adjust software allows Unlimited Calibration – any number of Calibration Pairs (FROM point & TO point) which can be arranged in any pattern, even so-called unstable or conflicting patterns.

Adjust manipulates drawing entities to perfectly simulate True Rubber Sheeting. It runs as an extension to AutoCAD or BricsCAD, is simple to operate and produces error free results. Based on a proprietary non-projective algorithm, Adjust has been used to process thousands of maps in a wide variety of production mapping applications for over 20 years.

See how we rubbersheeted this 25 square mile city using over 62,000 calibration pairs in the video below.

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