We’ve been blogging about Esri’s utility network since mid-2016 including a review of the data model, the core technology, and how this new product will revolutionize the way our utility customers use GIS. As we lead up to the first official release of the utility network in early 2018, Esri has provided some further clarification on the way that we communicate about the utility network.
First and foremost, the term “utility network” refers to the underlying technology that is the network. This should be used much as we have used the term “geometric network” for the past 20 years to describe the network that we are building, configuring and utilizing within the geodatabase and the surrounding Esri platform.
Esri has now officially branded the utility network product offering as the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension which will be offered as an extension to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6. This is consistent with the general move we’ve seen within the Esri platform toward enterprise extensions and a named user identity model.
As a reminder, as of 10.5, ArcGIS Enterprise contains both ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS. The utility network will be exclusively exposed via a web services oriented architecture (SOA) approach within ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6. All of the utility business functionality, validation, tracing, and analysis is exposed via the above-mentioned web services. ArcGIS Pro will be the initial consumer of these web services and will provide a rich desktop user experience for managing the utility network. However, the SOA approach is also allowing us to build web and mobile/runtime based clients directly against the Utility Network Management Extension.
This is important to understand because there will not be a separate utility network product/software extension for ArcGIS Pro. Everything you need to utilize the utility network will be available in the full product release of ArcGIS Pro 2.1. Once you have installed the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension on top of ArcGIS Enterprise, you will be able to create, administer, and use a utility network.
This is further consistent for using the new concept of branch versioning available in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6. Again, it’s all SOA based and will be available to desktop, web, and mobile clients as needed.
Finally, the licensing for the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension will be applied at the ArcGIS Enterprise level. While not all of the details on the licensing is available yet, Esri has stated that use of the new extension will be included in all existing enterprise license agreements (ELAs) that currently include ArcGIS Enterprise. We’ll certainly pass along more information as it becomes available. But until then, we hope you’re as excited as we are about the first official release of the new product that will provide the foundation for the next 20 years or more!
Here’s what you’ll see in the next release:
- ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6
- ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension to ArcGIS Enterprise
- ArcGIS Pro 2.1
Do you want to learn more about how to prepare for the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension?
Explore the SSP Utility Network Jumpstart Package for information on how you can get your hands on a utility network sandbox environment today.