Build the Geometric Network

If your data set does not already have a geometric network, you will need to create one. The steps on this page walk through how the geometric network MAY be created. This is not necessarily the best way to create the network for your geodatabase. You may wish to select different options than those selected here. The Build Geometric Network tool is an Esri tool. Refer to the Esri online help for more detailed information about this functionality.

The most important points to keep in mind while building the geometric network are: be sure to include all feature classes that you listed; be sure to specify an appropriate snapping tolerance.

Network weights are what make tracing tasks work. Weights are assigned during the process of building the geometric network. (For more information, see ArcGIS Help, Creating a New Geometric Network.) These steps assume that you have created features that you want to participate in tracing tasks with a field that will be assigned model name MMELECTRICTRACEWEIGHT to which is assigned the MMElectricTraceWeight (exact spelling and capitalization) weight. Check for build errors after the wizard is finished.

  1. Start the Build Geometric Network Wizard by right-clicking a dataset and selecting New | Geometric Network.
  2. On the first dialog box, click Next to start the wizard.
  3. Enter the name you want for the geometric network. Also, select whether you want snapping and the tolerance. Click Next to continue.
  4. Select the feature classes you wish to include in your geometric network. A list of the classes required by Electric Tracing is displayed in the table below. You may wish to include additional classes in your network. Select the feature classes and click Next to continue.

    Feature Class

    Role

    Busbar

    Complex Edge

    DeliveryPoint

    Simple Junction

    DynamicProtectiveDevice

    Simple Junction

    Fuse

    Simple Junction

    Generator

    Simple Junction

    MiscNetworkFeature

    Simple Junction

    OpenPoint

    Simple Junction

    PFCorrectingEquipment

    Simple Junction

    PrimaryMeter

    Simple Junction

    PriOHElectricLineSegment

    Complex Edge

    PriUGElectricLineSegment

    Complex Edge

    SecOHElectricLineSegment

    Complex Edge

    SecUGElectricLineSegment

    Complex Edge

    ServicePoint

    Simple Junction

    Streetlight

    Simple Junction

    Switch

    Simple Junction

    Transformer

    Simple Junction

    VoltageRegulator

    Simple Junction

  5. If prompted, select whether you wish to preserve existing enabled values. This example selects Yes. Click Next to continue.
  6. The next dialog box shows the role assigned to each feature class and lets you select whether a feature class is a source or sink.
  7. The roles you see in this dialog box should be the same as in the table in step 4. For example, the feature class Service should have a role of Complex Edge.
  8. If a feature acts as a source or sink in the network, select yes in the Sources & Sinks column (DynamicProtectiveDevice in the ArcFM sample data). Click Next to continue.
  9. In the Add weights to your network dialog box, click New. The Add New Weight dialog box opens.
  10. In the Name field of the Add New Weight dialog box, type MMElectricTraceWeight with this exact spelling and capitalization. For type, select integer. Click OK. The Add New Weight dialog box closes.
  11. When you return to the Add weights to your network dialog box, assign this weight to the ElectricTraceWeight field (which is assigned the field model name MMELECTRICTRACEWEIGHT) of every and all features participating in trace tasks.
  12. The final dialog box provides a summary. Click Finish to build the geometric network.

Build Errors

When the wizard has finished building your network, search your database for a table whose name contains _BUILDERR. If no such table exists then there are no problems with your new network and it need not be rebuilt. If the build errors table does exist, consult the ArcGIS online documentation to learn the significance of its contents and take any necessary measures to eliminate the problems it indicates. After eliminating the causes of any network build errors, you must drop the network (and the build errors table) and build again until you get no build errors.

Convert to ArcFM Objects 

When you build the geometric network, the objects are automatically converted to Esri objects. Use the ArcFM Solution Object Converter to convert the objects to ArcFM objects.

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