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What is the utility network?

The utility network is the main component users will work with when managing utility and telecom networks within ArcGIS. The utility network combined with a transaction model, attribute rules, editing tools, and more allows users to completely model and analyze their complex network systems for water, gas, electric, telecom, sewer, stormwater, and other utilities.

The capabilities to manage and analyze network data will be delivered through the ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension to ArcGIS Enterprise. The extension, which includes the utility network, provides the ability to access all capabilities through a services-based architecture callable from any device or application that supports web services.

The utility network is a comprehensive framework of functionality in ArcGIS for modeling utility systems such as electric, gas, water, storm water, wastewater, and telecommunications. It is designed to model all of the components that make up your system—such as wires, pipes, valves, zones, devices, and circuits and allows you to build real world behavior into the features you model.

The utility network represents real world utility assets and their relations in ArcGIS.

With the utility network you can:

  • Create and edit features that model every type of utility equipment.
  • Discover how features in the network are connected.
  • Trace how resources, such as gas, water, and electricity, flow through the network.
  • Provide an operational view of how all the dynamic devices of your utility are presently configured.
  • Analyze how the network is affected by real world events like storms, outages, or equipment failure.

The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension

The utility network uses a services-based architecture which allows you to share and collaborate on it everywhere. In command and dispatch centers, in design and engineering offices, on desktop and mobile devices, in the office, and in the field. The utility network leverages the entire ArcGIS platform to create a seamless GIS system that presents an accurate and unified view on the status of your systems. This information can be served from your portal and be made readily available on every device from desktop to smart phones.

Visualize your network

You can visualize your network with a map or schematic diagram. You can also view your assets inside complex assemblies of features.

The utility network offers a number of different ways to view your network system and assets:

  • View thematic cartographic maps for different use cases, such as customer service, field collection and inspection, or distribution management.
  • Create network diagrams that allow you to readily check network connectivity and create logical views of your network in a more simplified, symbolic representation of the information.
  • View inside complex assemblies of devices and lines and manage how assets are connected within them.
  • Visualize a selected pressure zone or circuit with a display filter.

Analyze your network

The utility network lets you perform advanced network analysis of your system.

The utility network has an array of analysis and tracing tools to support a large variety of analytic workflows:

  • Perform inspection of the network in the aftermath of an event such as a severe storm.
  • Determine the number of customers with access to your resource. For example, you can create a load summary report to present the number of customers being fed by specific circuit in an electric network.
  • Trace network features upstream or downstream from a given location. For example, water utilities can determine which valves to shut off when a pipe bursts.
  • Model multiple utility systems within one utility network and run tracing analysis across all of them. For example, an outage from an electrical network can affect the delivery of another resource such as gas or water. You can run a trace across all systems involved, see where the problems lie, and decide on the best course of action.

Edit your network

The utility network lets you easily add standard configurations of utility assets.

You can edit the utility network with core ArcGIS Pro functionality to streamline your editing workflows:

  • Use templates to create collections of related utility assets with a single click, such as creating a power pole with transformers already attached.
  • Multiple editors can edit and manage features within the same utility network at the same time and merge their changes when they are done.
  • Editing rules and validation in the network ensure data quality by preventing the entry of logically invalid data and associations. For example, a reducer must be connected to the correct diameter pipes on either end.

The following topic, Benefits of the utility network,will highlight the advantages of using the utility network.