ArcFM Properties Manager: Geodatabase Level

Some ArcFM properties can be set at the geodatabase level. Access these properties by right-clicking a geodatabase and selecting ArcFM Properties Manager. The following property tabs are available.

Model Names: This tab allows you to assign model names at the geodatabase level. This tab requires a domain called "Database Model Name Domain." See the Domains and Create Domains pages for information about creating this domain. If the domain is not created properly, the following error message appears when you access the tab:

Once you have the domains properly configured, you can use the Model Names tab to assign model names to the geodatabase.

Underground Facilities: This tab is used by the Underground Facility Manager, which is part of the Conduit Manager extension. The Duct Units setting is used only by the Underground Facilities Diagram Manager to draw ducts to scale and by Conduit Manager to scale ducts when creating cross section annotation.

Duct Units: This field determines the units (e.g., inches, centimeters, etc.) used for duct size. Select a value from the menu.

Use the Map Size Multiplier to appropriately scale your ducts' cross-section annotations. If you leave this field blank, it defaults to 12. That means that if Duct Units are in Feet and you have 4 inch ducts in a duct bank, the cross section annotation for each duct in that duct bank will appear on the map as 4 feet in diameter. If you set Duct Units to Meters, however, you should consider setting the Map Size Multiplier to a value less than 12 so that cross-section annotations display in an appropriate size.

Optimization Layers: This tab is available only if you have Designer installed. It is used by Design Optimization which is part of the Designer extension. You can select the layer group and configure the selected layer group's symbology using the options available on this tab.

Layer Group: This field allows you to choose which layer will be the symbology target for Design Optimization. Currently the Front Lot Electric URD is the only selection available from the Layer Group drop-down. The left pane displays a list of the default symbology layers used by Design Optimization for the selected layer group. The Configure Symbology page in the Design Optimization section describes the various ways to configure your Design Optimization symbology.

Designer: This tab is available only if you have Designer installed. It allows the user to set various Designer-specific options.

Non-GIS CU Options: This field allows you to maintain EDM data for non-GIS CUs. To assign a table, right-click the geodatabase and select ArcFM Properties Manager. Select a table in the Extended Data Definition Table field.

Linear CU Options: If users assign linear CUs (e.g., conductor, pipe) to Work Locations, you can elect to assign the linear CU in one of three different ways: Starting work location, Start to end work location (span), or Ending work location. The options in the pull-down menu are described in more detail on the Designer CU to Work Location Assignment page in the Using ArcFM Solution online help (Designer Toolbar section).

Work Request Layer: Select this checkbox to display the work request layer when a design is open. If this field is unchecked, the work request layer remains hidden.

CU Favorites: This option determines how a work function is assigned to a GU that has no driving CU within a favorite. For example, the GU may have no CU or only non-GIS CUs.

Enabled: A GU with no driving CUs inherits the active work function on the CUs tab when it's sent to the Design tab or the Targets tab.

Disabled: The GU with no driving CUs does not inherit the active work function when the CU favorite is sent to the Design tab or the Targets tab.

CU Filter Options: Select the checkbox to have the option to filter CUs by a work function of None in the CU Filter. If you give a CU only the work function of None, it will not appear in the CU Filter in ArcMap unless you select this option. You can "retire" CUs that are no longer used by clearing their selection checkboxes and giving them a work function of None.

If the GU or any of its CUs are assigned Work Function values when the favorite was created, these values remain when the favorite is sent to the Design tab or Targets tab. The non-GIS CUs in the favorite always inherit the work function on the CUs tab (assuming they weren't assigned a work function when the favorite was created).

The following image shows the Work Function filter option set to “Remove” (so that the GU inherits Remove work function from CUs tab):

The following screenshot shows the Work Function filter option set to “None” (which disables the option):

Designer Express: This tab provides a checkbox for a setting that determines which feature layers Express users can edit while working in a Designer Express design.


When users have the "EXPRESS_POWER_USER" role assigned to them, checking this option enables them to edit Design Feature Classes (DFCs), in addition to any base feature classes present in a workspace. If this option is selected, but users don't have the "EXPRESS_POWER_USER" role, they will only be able to edit DFC layers.

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