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What is a utility network?

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

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

A 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.

Utility network modeling real-world utility assets

With a utility network, you can do the following:

  • 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 currently configured.
  • Analyze how the network is affected by real-world events such as storms, outages, or equipment failure.

ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension

The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension uses a service-based architecture that 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. A 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 desktops to smartphones.

Visualize your network

A 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.

Visualize your network

Analyze your network

The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension 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 supplied by a 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.

Perform advanced network analysis

Edit your network

You can edit a 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.

Add standard configurations with templates

For more information about the advantages of using a utility network, see Benefits of the utility network.