The ArcGIS Solutions February 2016 Release, will include an enhanced Water Utility Network Editing configuration and a preview of the analysis tools for the Gas As-Built Editing solution.
Both solutions share a common code base and will have these improvements:
1: Individual configuration files
To eliminate a conflict between the Gas Utility Editing analysis tools, Attribute Assistant, Water Utility Network Editing or Address Management Tools there are now individual configuration files for each add in. When the new add-ins load they will detect and copy the configurations from previous version to simplify migration. The new add-ins have additional parameters from the previous version. Users should refer to a copy of the configuration file shipped with the new add-in, set up the new parameters and add them to their upgraded configuration file. A copy of the file shipped with the add-in is placed in the same folder and named shipped.<type>.config.
2: A new way to view the isolation trace results
In previous implementations of the Isolation trace tools, the results were either returned as graphics or as a selection. This made it hard to work with the results and compare multiple scenarios. At the February 2016 Release, we added a new option that returns the results as a group layer containing copies of each layer and its features that are returned in the trace. With each run, a new group layer is added with the results. Now you can compare different shutdown scenarios, and can easily export the results to a file or push them to a service.
3: New GP tools to add trace results to a Feature Service
We wanted to make it easy to push trace results to a feature service so that everyone in a utility, including staff in the field, can see the results. Taking advantage of the new capability to return a group layer of the trace results allowed us to craft a script that utilizes ArcRest, to push the results into that layers in a Feature Service. Simply, drag and drop the group layer on the script, fill out the Feature Service ID and within a few seconds the results added to the service.
You may be wondering… Why all these enhancement? Why the new toolset for gas? What is the difference between the desktop isolation trace and the Utility Isolation Trace web based solution?
Well, we have been asked over and over again to provide a way to use our desktop trace logic and let other users at the organization see and interact with the results. The desktop isolation trace routine uses complex process to provide accurate network based results. It will identify dead ends and affected downstream customers. The web based version of the geometric network trace available through Utility Isolation Trace configuration uses a must simpler approach and will only find connected assets. It does not test if those assets are being supplied by a source.
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