Export utility network rules

Network rules control which types of features can be connected to or associated with other types of features. Rules are evaluated to confirm that features are connected or associated correctly. There are five types of rules: junction-junction connectivity, junction-edge connectivity, edge-junction-edge connectivity, containment, and structural attachment.

Network rules can be exported using the Export Rules tool. The rules are exported to a CSV file. You can specify the CSV file to contain one type of rule (for example, only structural) or several types of rules (for example, containment, junction-junction connectivity, and junction-edge connectivity).

It is recommended that you use a text editor to edit the rule CSV files. Excel can be used to view, but not edit or save, rule CSV files because export filters apply undesired formatting such as extra quotation marks.

The rule base for a utility network can be viewed in the network properties.


To export utility network rules, the following requirements must be met:

Export network rules to a CSV file

Complete the following steps to export utility network rules:

  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 click Export Rules.
  3. In the Input Utility Network parameter, specify the utility network from which to export the rules.
  4. From the Rule Type drop-down list, choose the type of rule to export.

    Click All to import all the rule types from the CSV file.

  5. Specify a name and location for the rules in the Output File parameter.
  6. Click Run.

The specified rules have been exported from the input utility network. Refer to the Export Rules tool help to review the formatting of the exported CSV file.

See View network rules for detailed steps for accessing information within the network properties.