Find a subnetwork

The Find Subnetworks pane allows you to locate and interact with subnetworks in a map. Subnetworks can be 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 or subnetworks table, perform subnetwork traces, and update subnetworks using the context menu. You can also activate a specific subnetwork to visually stand out in the map view. This applies a transparency to other subnetwork features in the map view so that the selected subnetwork visually stands 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 pane.


  • Subnetworks are present in the active map.
  • To perform subnetwork management tasks available through the context menu for a subnetwork, review the requirements for each operation.

Use the Find Subnetworks pane

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

  1. Click the Utility Network tab.
  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 section 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. This is the default. The Use the current map extent check box filters subnetworks based on the current map extent. Unchecking this lists all subnetworks in the utility network with a record in the SubnetLine feature class. 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 context 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 Pan to Selected
    • Zoom Zoom To Selection
    • Select Unselect
    • Pop-up Pop-up
    • Trace Subnetwork Subnetwork
    • Update Subnetwork Update (unavailable during an active edit session)

      The trace and update subnetwork operations do not use the geoprocessing framework when run from the Find Subnetworks pane.

  5. Optionally, choose a subnetwork from the list to activate in the map view. This allows the subnetwork to stand out visually by setting a transparency for inactive subnetwork features.
    1. Select a subnetwork from the list 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.

    The selected subnetwork is set as active. To remove the transparency and active subnetwork, click the Reset button at the bottom of the pane. This removes the active subnetwork, the transparency, and unselects the subnetwork from the list. 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.