Configure Address Search and Direction Search

The ArcFM Address Search and ArcFM Direction Search tools use Esri address locators to locate specific address information in the map. At ArcMap 10.5.1, Esri discontinued support for creating new address locators that reside inside the geodatabase. Because the ArcFM Address tools require a locator inside the geodatabase, new address locators are not supported by ArcFM at the 10.6.1 version.

However, please be aware of the following:

  • Address locators that existed in the geodatabase prior to upgrading to 10.6.1 continue to work.

    • These pre-existing locators cannot be seen in ArcCatalog but can still be found and used by the ArcFM Address tools within ArcMap.

    • These pre-existing locators cannot be updated or altered.

  • New address locators can still be created in ArcCatalog, but they cannot be placed inside a geodatabase for use by the ArcFM Address tools. Instead, they can be referenced by the Esri Find tool, which is helpful when disconnected from the internet.

    • If connected to the internet, the Esri Find tool provides built-in geolocating capabilities (even with partial addresses or intersections) that do not require an address locator.

You might be wondering why this dita task has no steps. This used to have steps to actually configure the address locator. However, since geodatabase-stored locators were deprecated as explained above, those steps didn’t make any sense anymore. However, on fuse there was discussion about possibly offering a solution to this issue in the future, and if that happens, the steps would go here. So, it seemed better in the long run to keep this as a task, instead of converting to a topic only to have to convert back to a task. sauer 11/20/2018

Tips for Creating an Address Locator

  • By default, the Create Address Locator tool stores the locator in the dataset that contains the reference data. However, in order to work properly the locator must be stored at the geodatabase level. When creating a new address locator always modify the Output Address Locator field to store the new locator at the geodatabase level.

  • Keep address locator names short. There is a limit on the length for the name. An address locator with a name that exceeds the maximum length will fail. See Esri documentation for more information.

  • Never give two locators the same name. This will cause problems. Each address locator name must be unique.

Sample Address Locator

These steps walk through creating an address locator that works with the Minerville.mdb sample data. Creating an Address Locator is Esri functionality. For additional information, refer to Esri documentation.

  1. In ArcCatalog, right-click the Geodatabase and select New > Address Locator. This displays the Create Address Locator form.
  2. Select a style in the Address Locator Style field (e.g., US Address - Dual Ranges). Click OK.
  3. Select the layer to be used as Reference Data (e.g., StreetCenterline). The reference data defines the feature classes and tables that will be used by the address locator.
  4. In the Output Address Locator field, browse to the geodatabase level. By default, the path is set to the dataset in which the reference data resides. A locator stored within a dataset will not work correctly.
  5. When setting the output path, give the address locator a name. Keep the name length short as there is a length limit, and locators with names that exceed the limit in length will not work. See Esri documentation for more information.
  6. Click OK to save the address locator.
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