A conduit, duct, or pipe feature which is no longer in use in the field may be abandoned on your map. ArcFM allows you to abandon a feature and leave its symbology on the map, abandon a feature and remove its symbology from the map, or convert the abandoned feature to a conduit.

Account Representative

A role in Workflow Manager. A user with this role has the ability to create new work requests.

Active Data Frame

The data frame in a map that is currently being worked on - for example, the data frame to which layers are being added. The active data frame is shown in bold text in the ArcMap Table of Contents.

Actual Ruling Span

An equivalent span length based on the total length and average tension of the conductor in a series of spans which is being pulled up and sagged in one operation. The Actual Ruling Span cannot be determined until the line is staked


A role in Session Manager and Workflow Manager. A user with this role has the ability to view completed work requests and verified designs, and delete sessions, work requests, and designs. An Administrator may also set up users and roles in the Process Framework Admin Tool.


Analysis is the process of identifying a question or issue to be addressed, modeling the issue, investigating model results, interpreting the results, and possibly making a recommendation.

Angle Setter, Auto

This angle setter automatically rotates a point feature by the same angle of the linear feature to which it is snapped.

Angle Setter, Directional Auto

Automatically rotates point features by the same angle of linear feature to which it is snapped, taking into account the direction the line was drawn (from point A to B, rather than point B to A). This autoupdater works only with networked features.

Angle Setter, Endpoint Auto

Automatically rotates point features by the same angle of linear feature to which it is snapped, but flipping 180 degrees to take into account the closest line endpoint to which the point feature is snapped. This autoupdater works only with networked features.

Angle Setter, Manual

This angle setter allows you to manually rotate a point feature.


Descriptive text used to label features. It is used for display, not for analysis.

Approval Officer

A role used in Session Manager and Workflow Manager. A user with this role has the ability to approve and post sessions and designs.


State of a design that has been accepted by an Approval Officer. After a design is approved, construction may begin in the field.


An ArcInfo application for browsing, organizing, distributing, and documenting your organization's GIS data holdings.

ArcFM Display Field

The value for a feature displayed on the Attribute Editor Selection tab. Object ID is the default ArcFM Display Field. Administrators may change the default ArcFM Display Field in ArcCatalog at the Field Display tab of the ArcFM Properties Manager


An ArcInfo application for creating, viewing, querying, editing, composing, and publishing maps


ArcSDE provides the gateway between ESRI's GIS software and the DBMS, filling three roles: 1) as an integral part of a multi-user ArcGIS system, 2) as an application server to deliver spatial data to many users and applications, and 3) as a developer tool for open access using either ArcObjects or its own Java or C application programming interface (API).


An ArcInfo user interface for conducting sophisticated geographic data processing. For ease of use, ArcToolbox supports drag and drop operations from ArcCatalog and ArcMap.


When a design is constructed in the field, conditions may require deviation from the originally approved design. When construction is complete, a list of these changes (called As-Built) is used to update the design.

As-Built Editing

The state in which a design has been constructed in the field and is being updated with the As-Built changes.


A piece of information describing a map feature. The attributes of a Bus Bar, for example, would include its nominal voltage and phase designation.

Attribute Table

An INFO or other tabular file containing rows and columns. In ArcInfo, attribute tables are associated with a class of geographic features, such as wells or roads. Each row represents a geographic feature. Each column represents one attribute of a feature, with the same column representing the same attribute in each row.


Autoupdaters execute specific tasks when a feature or object is created, updated, or deleted.

Autoupdater, Attribute Field

Field attribute autoupdaters provide a quick way to add event-based attribute field updates to the geodatabase. Field attribute autoupdaters may be simple or combo.

Autoupdater, Combo

Combo autoupdaters initiate multiple actions per single event.

Autoupdater, Feeder Manager

These autoupdaters specifically support Feeder Manager functionality. Feeder Manager autoupdaters may be simple or combo.

Autoupdater, Object

Object autoupdaters perform automated tasks such as relating features or deleting associated tables when a feature is deleted. These autoupdaters may be simple or combo.

Autoupdater, Simple

Simple autoupdaters initiate only one action per single event.

Autoupdater, Special

Special autoupdate objects are associated with feature events. They can perform many tasks, such as update remote database updates, make e-mail notification, or define a relationship between two features.

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