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Create a new route

Available with Location Referencing license.

Routes are created in an ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing network by using the centerline features that define the location and geometry of the new route.

The centerline features used to create routes can exist in the centerline feature class, be digitized into the centerline feature class (using aerial photography or other basemaps for guidance), be copied and pasted from other feature classes, or be imported from CAD files or other ArcGIS-supported data sources.

Note:
  • A new line is also created with the new route. If you need to create a new route on an existing line, use the Extend tool.
  • The centerline and network feature classes should be present in the map to run this tool.
  • An additional attribute table appears on the Create Route pane if your network feature class has extra fields.
  1. Add the centerline and network feature classes to a map.

    You can open a map in which the centerline and network feature classes are already present.

    Note:

    The Pipeline Referencing information model expects only one centerline at any given location. Make sure the centerlines used for your edit are not overlapping with other centerlines in your LRS.

  2. Zoom in to the location where you want to create the new route.
    Note:

    The centerline feature for the route must exist in the centerline feature class prior to creating the route.

    Identifying the route to be added in the network

  3. On the Location Referencing tab, in the Selection group, click Choose Centerline Choose Centerline.
  4. Select an existing centerline on the map at the location of the new route.

    You can use multiple centerlines to create a route by pressing the Shift key and clicking the centerlines.

    The selected centerline is highlighted in blue, and the arrow shows the direction of digitization.

    Note:
    Choosing the centerline on the map
  5. On the Location Referencing tab, in the Routes group, click Create Create.

    The Create Route pane appears.

    Create Route pane with attributes table
  6. Choose the Network to which the new route will be added.
    Note:

    Feature services published with linear referencing and branch version management will appear in the Network drop-down list. For more information, see Share as web layers with linear referencing and version management.

  7. Type a Route Name.

    The route name should be unique for the chosen network.

  8. Type a Line Name.

    The line name should be unique for the chosen network.

  9. Click the calendar button Calendar to choose a start date for the route.

    Alternatively, you can do the following to specify the start date:

    • Type the start date in the Start Date text box.
    • You can also double-click the empty Start Date text box to automatically populate it with the current date.
  10. Type a From Measure value. The default is 0.000.

    If you don't know the From Measure value, you can do the following to allow ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing to calculate one by subtracting the centerline's geometrical length from the To Measure value:

    1. Type a To Measure value.
    2. Next to the From Measure text box, click the Recalculate From Measure button Recalculate From Measure.
  11. Note:

    For the line network, the measures can be entered as station values in 00+00.00 or 00+00.000 format.

  12. Update the To Measure value if necessary.

    The To Measure value is automatically populated with the geometric length of the chosen centerline by default.

    If you don't know the To Measure value, you can do the following to allow ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing to calculate one by calculating the sum of the To Measure value and From Measure value:

    1. Update the From Measure value if necessary.
    2. Next to the To Measure text box, click the Recalculate To Measure button Recalculate To Measure
  13. Fill in additional field attributes in the network feature class as necessary.

    The attribute fields on the Create Route pane support coded value domains. This is particularly helpful when you want to limit attribute values to a predefined list of values.

  14. Click Run.

    The new route is created. Two new calibration points are also added at the two ends of the route with the start measure and end measure values.

    Newly created route with start measure and end measure values

    Note:

    You can keep the centerlines chosen after creating the route. This option is particularly useful if you're creating a route in the Engineering Stationing Network and want to create another one for the Continuous Network using the same centerlines, or vice versa. For steps, see Location Referencing options.