Find a subnetwork

The Find Subnetworks pane allows you to locate and interact with subnetworks in the active map view. Subnetworks are displayed for the current map extent or for the entire utility network extent.

Using the subnetworks list, you can interact with subnetworks in the map view, perform subnetwork traces, and update subnetworks using the right-click menu. You can also activate a specific subnetwork to visually stand out in the map view. This fades other subnetwork features in the map view to allow the selected subnetwork to visually stand out in a map. Activating a subnetwork is helpful for clarity while editing, as it helps you distinguish paths in dense areas. It can also be used to draw focus to the subnetwork of interest in large-scale maps.

To learn more, see Find subnetworks.


  • Subnetworks are present in the active map.
  • To perform subnetwork management tasks available using the right-click context menu for a subnetwork, review the requirements for respective operation.

Use the Find Subnetworks pane

To interact with the Find Subnetworks pane, complete the following steps:

  1. On the ribbon, under Utility Network, click Data.
  2. In the Subnetwork group, click Find Find.

    The Find Subnetworks pane appears.


    For subnetworks to appear in the Find Subnetworks pane, they must be referenced in either the SubnetLine feature class or Subnetworks table. Use the Filter section to specify how to filter the subnetworks list.

  3. You can filter the subnetworks returned in the grid list to display subnetworks using the SubnetLine feature class using a specific extent or by querying the Subnetworks table. Expand the Filter parameter and apply one of the following filters by selecting the corresponding tab:
    • Lines—This uses the SubnetLine feature class to filter subnetworks based on the map extent. Check the Use the current map extent check box to filter subnetworks based on the current map extent. Uncheck to display all subnetworks in the utility network. Click the Filter button to refresh the list of subnetworks.
    • Subnetworks Table—Build a clause or SQL query using attributes in the Subnetworks table to filter the list of subnetworks. Click the Filter button to refresh the list of subnetworks.
  4. Use the right-click menu for a subnetwork in the list to explore in the map view and perform subnetwork management tasks. These tasks include the following:
    • Pan To
    • Zoom
    • Select
    • Pop-up
    • Trace Subnetwork
    • Update Subnetwork (Disabled during active edit session)
  5. Optionally choose a subnetwork from the list to activate in the map view. This will allow the subnetwork to stand out visually by setting a transparency for inactive subnetwork features.
    1. Select a subnetwork in the grid view.
    2. Use the slider or specify a value for Background Transparency to change the transparency. This determines the amount of transparency applied to features from inactive subnetworks.
    3. Click Activate.

    An active subnetwork is set. To set the transparency back to normal, click the Reset button in the pane. This action will not remove filter settings. To set another subnetwork as active, click one of the subnetworks in the list. Adjust the filters if necessary.

In addition to the Find Subnetworks pane, the Subnetworks table can also be used to interact with subnetworks.