Esri Utility Network – Gas Editing with Containers and Group Templates

December 21, 2016 — Skye Perry  [5:41]

The new Esri Utility Network provides us with advanced editing tools to manage connected features. In this demonstration of Esri utility network gas editing, we will explore using containment associations to place a regulator station assembly and its related content including the regulator device, the valves, fittings, etc. The content can be hidden from the primary map view while still maintaining connectivity.

Learn about the SSP Utility Network Jumpstart program here.

As you watch the video, be prepared to see hands-on how gas data works within the new utility network. You’ll be able to begin familiarizing yourself with gas data inside the new ArcGIS extension, and we encourage viewers to ask questions in the comments sections or by reaching out to SSP Innovations directly. Please visit our Contact Us page if you would like to send us a gas data question specific to your organization’s needs.

Video Transcript

H i this is Skye Perry with SSP Innovations. I am here today to talk to you about creating features using containment within the Esri Utility Network as well as some of the new stamp templates, you might call them group templates that are accessible to us directly within ArcGIS Pro.

We are going to start off here, and I'm excited to be showing you a demo in a gas network today. We have two gas mains here and one of them is in the north side here is 6" - 60 psi pipe. On the other side we have 6" - 40 psi. This is a great candidate where we would want to typically place in a new regulator station. So, let's start off here, we'll place a regulator, and I'll just filter my list down to the regulator station. You see here, I'm going to place a regulator station which is a regulator station assembly.

If you remember back to our data model information that we did early on in our blog series, the assembly is not directly connected to the pipes. So, this is not a traceable feature so to speak. In our case the regulator station will act as a container for the features that will be part of the traceable network. Next, let's go ahead and grab the regulator station assembly with the bypass. You can notice here that I'm going to be placing a lot of different features. As you can see as I mouse over the map, it is showing me the symbols which is really nice. So, we can see full feature symbolization there. You can see that I'm creating a number of different gas pipes along with the regulator device, valves, etc.

I'll be able to place all of this in one click here. I'll just zoom out just a little bit, so we can see a little bit more. I'll place this adjacent to our editing area. You see those new features created on the map, and next I'm going to go ahead and interact with those selected features as a group. I'm going to start off with a move operation, and we'll start by rotating those. I like the new rotate tool inside of Esri ArcGIS Pro because I can grab this and actually see the exact angle that I'm going to be rotating with this handy dial. I'll go ahead and dial it in there, and in the same operation we can go ahead and grab the center point to move this into position. We are going to center this either side of where we are going to put that regulator station.

I'll press f2 to finish my edits. We'll go and zoom back into this location, and we are going to edit these existing pipe features to go ahead and retract them back to the fittings to either end of this station. I'll grab my vertices tool and simply grab this vertex to snap it back to this fitting (press f2 to finish). I'll do the same thing here on the south side. So, with those few steps, we have created a new regulator station along with the assembly. Now let’s go ahead and update the attributes of the pipes to match the correct pressure on either side of the regulator device.

I'll first select the pipes on the northern side. I'll flip over to my attributes tab, and you can see that I have a very nice ability to individually edit the features or to edit them as a group to do a mass attribute update. So, I can grab a category level of the gas pipe line, and I can simply scroll down to the operating pressure. On the north side, I'll set it to match the 60 psi and apply that record. You can see that our annotation or labeling is updated. We'll do the same thing to the south side here and set it to 40 psi.

So, before we continue on the containment side of this demonstration. I want to go ahead and perform a trace on these features. Before I do anything I else I'm going to flip over my Utility Network and validate these features. This is actually building them into network topology so they can be traced and have other Utility Network functions performed on them. So, I'll flip over now and do a very simple connected trace on those features. You can see we do have full connectivity through the features we've just added. That all looks good. Now I'll just perform the final part of this demo where I will demonstrate actually utilizing the containment features of the Esri Utility Network.

To start this off, I'm going to use my modify button, and go over here to my containment section on my associations. In this case, I'm going to grab that regulator station assembly. This is going to be my container. With that, I can now add content to that container. I'm going to select all these features on the right, and I'll use my shift button to actually go ahead and grab the individual fittings to add them as well. Note, I can mark these as visible or not visible on the main map. In this case, we are going to turn the visibility off.

As that association completes, you can see the features have disappeared from the map. However, they are still there connected in the underlying Utility Network. I can prove that by doing the same connected trace. You can note that the connectivity goes straight through the two gas mains even though we don't see the detail of physical connection. The final piece I want to do is show you that the data is still there establishing that connectivity behind the scenes. With that I can go ahead and grab that container view, and I can come down and select this regulator station assembly.

I can now bring up the content that exists within it even though it's not visible in this map. It's currently going to be shown in a container view which renders all of these features directly as they existed when I edited it. Note that I have two different tabs open. I have the container view as well as the NapervilleGas standard view of the data, and I can change back and forth between them. Now, be aware that ESRI may change some of this functionality before we get to beta as far as utilizing the container view it may be integrated back in with a different way to toggle those features on and off, but the concept remains. That is the fact that we have a container and the assembly which manages the content (i.e. fittings, underlying valves, regulator device within that container).

That's shown off our pretty cool new function here with Utility Network, thanks for checking it out.

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Skye Perry is the CEO for SSP Innovations and has provided technical architecture, development, and management solutions for GIS-centered implementations since 2000. Skye’s roots tie back to Convergent Group, Miner & Miner, and Enspiria Solutions where he has focused on implementing Esri GIS customizations and system integrations. Today Skye is Read more

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