Convert a geometric network to a trace network

The trace network provides a capability to migrate geometric networks into ArcGIS Pro with the Convert Geometric Network to Trace Network tool. This process uses the input geometric network's configuration (junctions, edges, network weights, and weight assignments) to configure a new trace network.


The process to convert a geometric network to a trace network drops the geometric network and creates a trace network in place. There is no way to undo this change. Ensure you have a backup of your data before proceeding.


  • Creation of a trace network is only supported in a file geodatabase.

  • The input geodatabase workspace must be a 10.0 or later release to support this functionality.

  • A trace network can be created with z-enabled feature classes to support 3D capabilities. Connectivity is established based on x,y,z coincidence when the network topology is created. Connectivity is not determined using z unless all features classes that participate in the trace network are z-enabled.

To convert a geometric network into a trace network, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Analysis tab, in the Geoprocessing group, click Tools Tools to open the Geoprocessing pane.
  2. In the Geoprocessing pane, search for and choose Convert Geometric Network to Trace Network.
  3. For the Input Geometric Network parameter, specify the geometric network to be converted.
  4. For Output Trace Network Name, specify a name for the output trace network that will be created.
  5. Click Run.
  6. The input geometric network is converted and replaced with a new trace network in the feature dataset. The network topology can now be enabled for the new trace network to establish connectivity.

    Learn more about how to enable a network topology

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