The Advantages of ARCGIS Utility Network

CIO Review Europe | Tuesday, July 06, 2021

ESRI has a long history of providing technology solutions to the utility industry.

FREMONT, CA: Utility networks support utilities in reliably and economically delivering resources to customers. The record system for a utility network's assets provides information about the network's past, present, and planned future state. A utility network is accessible where it is needed, both on the go and at the office. A utility network has numerous benefits. Some of them are:

Utilising a scalable, high-performing model

A utility network is set up for the fast transfer of large datasets. Ensuring maximum efficiency requires restricting the number of feature classes and minimising slow feature relationship queries. The attribute domain classification system is built-in for each of the utility network feature classes. The finer-grained model includes every utility feature. Utility networks are engineered to traverse any connected or attached network features quickly.

Implementing data integrity and data entry errors

A utility network has a built-in mechanism for detecting inconsistencies in features. In this way, a user-defined network rule base can dictate strictly which features can be connected to another. The transformer could only be connected to a low-voltage line. Utility network rule base is integrated into the editing environment to prevent incorrect connectivity and associations between features. New features and associations are tracked with dirty areas to indicate the network topology that requires updating. Any feature that impacts the network topology can be flagged as "dirty.” In the dirty areas, the utility network will update the network topology and detect invalid features. Error features are shown in the map display (point, line, and polygon error features).

Using advanced network analysis

A utility network is a set of subnetworks that act as a pipeline for a resource. Dynamic subnetworks can be altered by devices such as switches and valves. A utility network starts at the help locations and follows the path to reach the subnetwork’s endpoints (or sinks). A subnetwork is recalculated when a switch or valve is changed. Device categories are set on devices to facilitate advanced tracing analysis, such as assigning protective conditions such as overload current or excessive pressure to subnetwork devices.

Embracing a holistic network perspective

The utility system is complicated and dynamic. A utility network provides numerous options for exploring the system's assets and connectivity. Zooming in to the map to show progressively more features will offer a clearer picture of users’ utility. Map view has features users can choose to see or not, including stations, yards, cabinets, and vaults. The diagram view shows a schematic portrayal of users' utility features.

Illustrating how system components are linked

The connectivity model lets a utility describe precisely how all system components are interconnected. Users can connect features that touch and features that are offset from one another. In this way, users can place utility features on the map naturally and appropriately. The utility features are entirely users to control.

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