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About network diagrams


A diagram is a symbolic representation of geographic information drawn with an applied visualization technique.

Schematics, sometimes called schematic diagrams, are diagrams showing simplified representations of networks. These diagrams explain the network structure and the way it operates. They are often used to represent networks within a defined space without scaling constraints. For example, a defined space is a piece of paper where numerous pieces of information are displayed by optimizing the placement of the features. In schematics, there are no scale constraints (cable length, distances, and so forth).

Network diagrams

The utility network provides an integrated mechanism for working with diagrams. It allows you to efficiently create multilevel representations, readily check network connectivity, and obtain logical views of any utility network.

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A utility network created in a geodatabase contains preconfigured schematic diagramming capabilities that allow the generation of diagrams from the utility network without specific configurations.

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These default diagramming capabilities can be expanded by building your own schematic diagramming models or importing models that were built for other utility networks.

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ArcGIS Enterprise Standard or Advanced

ArcGIS Server must be federated with Portal for ArcGIS, configuring a base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment is recommended but not required.

The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension must be deployed on an ArcGIS Server site that is licensed as ArcGIS GIS Server Standard or Advanced - this can be the hosting server within the base deployment or a separate federated GIS Server site.

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  1. Diagrams
  2. Network diagrams