Manage Tag Filters

This topic describes tag filters and how they are used as well as how to create new tags and filters in the CU Administration tool.

IMPORTANT: When a user creates CU Tag filters, ArcFM builds two tables to support the feature: Cu_MM_CUTF_FilterName and MM_CUTF_FilterName (where FilterName is the unique name the user gives the created CU Tag filter). The Cu_MM_CUTF_FilterName table is a many-to-many relationship table. ArcCatalog does not assign privileges to many-to-many tables. Consequently, you must use your database console (Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, Oracle SQL Plus, or similar) to assign correct privileges to the Cu_MM_CUTF_FilterName table for created CU Tag filters to function properly.

Tag Filters

Use the Tag section to create custom tags and organize them into filters. In the example below, Electric Features is a custom filter created as an example. You can create additional filters or edit any existing filters.

Tags are analogous to index entries. Once a tag is assigned to a CU (Assign Tags tab), a Designer user can use that tag to locate that particular CU. For example, every electric CU may get an "electric" tag and every Transformer CU may get a "transformer" tag. This means Transformer CUs would have at least two tags: electric and transformer.

Tags can be organized into filters, which act similar to categories. You may wish to create a single filter for all electric features, or a filter for all transformer features that contains tags to identify different types of transformers (e.g., underground, overhead).

A user can select the Transformer tag (see example below) to locate all transformer CUs in the geodatabase.

Create Tag Filter 

Use the CU Administration tool to edit existing tags or create new ones. Tags are organized into filters (Electric Features in Figure 1 above). You can edit the contents of an existing filter or create a new one.


To create a new filter for tags, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. In the CU Administration tool, select the Manage Filters tab.
  2. Click Tag.
  3. Enter the name of your new filter in the field at the top of the Tag form and click Create.
  4. The new filter appears in the list of available filters. Select a filter in this list to edit it.
  5. Each added filter results in a new table in the geodatabase. You must assign permissions to the new filter table before anyone can use it.


Follow the steps in this section to create, edit or delete tags.

  1. In the CU Administration tool, select the Manage Filters tab.
  2. Click Tag.
  3. On the Tag screen, select the filter you want to edit. The right-side column lists the tags currently in the selected filter.
  4. To delete a tag, click the red X next to it.
  5. Enter a new tag in the Add Tag field and click the green plus to add it to the filter.
  6. Click Save at the bottom of the screen when you've finished making changes. If you don't want to save changes, click Cancel to undo any changes made since the last save. Cancel will not close the CU Administration tool.
    TIP: If you attempt to select another filter before saving changes to the current one, you will be prompted to save before leaving the current filter.
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