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Another round of updates – Infrastructure Editing Template

Hope everyone on the east coast made it through the hurricane ok. We lost power for a few days here at the Water Team headquarters in the Philadelphia area. The down time allowed us to crank out another release of the IET. We spend the time working on tools to help you move assets from proposed to in-service, in-service to abandoned, etc.
One new tool you will see came from a UC request and thought it would be a good start for this toolset. This tool allows you to reassign all connected assets to a main to a new main. Very simple, select the main that is going to be abandoned, select the new main, and all taps, laterals, valves, etc are moved over to the new main.
We also added a new rule to the Attribute Assistant – MOVE_FEATURE. This rule monitors a field and when that value of the field matches what is listed in the value info, the feature is either copied or moved to the target feature class.
Lastly we are working on a python script to move feature also. This script looks at the selected features, copy’s them to a target featureclass and sets the source features name in a field. We might look at building an ArcObjects tool to do the something similar, but expose a few more options in the configuration files. Maybe the python script can load the same config file.
Not only did we add a few new tools, but we also made a bunch of internal bug fixes and enhancements to improve the stability and functionality of the toolset.
Thanks for you feedback on the last weeks post. Please keep it coming.



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What do you want out of an Abandonment Toolset?

If you have not noticed, we have been making a lot of improvements to the Infrastructure Editing Template or IET as some of you have been calling it.  We have been working through the enhancment requests that we recieved at the UC and have released most of them through the Water Utilities Forum Beta Thread.  We have one very important improvement left that we need your help on.  We are looking to build a set of tools to help bring infrastructure from a proposed status to an in-service status and tools to move features from in-service to an abandon status.

Here are the tools we are thinking of so far.

1:  A Geoprocessing script or model to change the status of selected features.

2:  A Geoprocessing script or model to move a feature from one feature class to another and update some attributes.

3:  A tool to select an existing line, select a new line and move all features to the new line(taps and laterals)

4:  A tool to select two locations on a line, junctions or edges, split the line if required, run a trace between them and copy or cut each feature to a new feature class.

Would the above toolset allow you to manage the life cycle of your assets better?  If not, what are we missing?  Should we add any additional steps to these tools?

 Please let us know through the forum entry on this topic linked below.




Mike Miller

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Water Utility Editing Template for ArcGIS 10

We recorded a quick video to show you some of the enhancements with the templates at ArcGIS 10.  Here is one we are working on now.  If you have any other suggestions, please let us know.

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Template Updates Part 2

We just posted two more updated templates, The Water Utilities Operations Dashboard and the Water Utilities Customer Interaction(formerly Citizen Service) template. You may have noticed we changed the names of the templates slightly. We switched to Water Utilities because these templates now cover more than just the Water Distribution network.

In the new version of the dashboard, you will find an updated basemap document with improved cartography. All the operational map documents have been updated to include layers for sewer and stormwater. You will also see a new set of widgets, some configured for the new data and some that were included in the most recent release of the sample flex viewer. Take some time and explore the new widgets and give us your feedback. We’re really happy about how user feedback is shaping this template into a true utility dashboard.

The Citizen Service template, now called the Customer Interaction template, underwent a big overhaul. The first release of this template was focused on getting information from the public. In this release, we wanted to expand how and what information can be captured. In the submit request web page, you can now overlay a map service from your utility. A user can click on an asset in that service and use the selected asset to power the request. The selected assets ID is silently submitted with the request, allowing you better identify the asset the request is tied to.

Not only did we want to provide a better way of capturing information, but we wanted to help you share information with your customers. There is a new web page allowing you to do just that. You can list any layers that you want to share with the public in the configuration file. We included two different configurations of this web page with the template. One that share main breaks, out of service hydrants and location of capital projects, the other is used to share boil water notices. The web page can also be used to summarize information by area and then display that to the public, so you can give the public a high level view of information by an operating district or administrative area. As they look closer, the overview will fade away and have access to the detailed feature locations.

Again, we are very happy and pleased with being able to roll out these enhancements. Which, came from all of you. So, please let us know what you like, do not like, what enhancement requests you may have, etc. You feedback drives the development of these. Thanks

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Template Updates

This week and the next, we will be posting updates to the templates on the Water Utilities Resource Center.  Our focus was to expand the templates to include data, cartography and examples for sewer and storm water. 

The next release of the templates will have an expanded and updated data model.  There are now feature dataset for both the Sewer System and Storm Collection System.  We have included these datasets in each the of map documents with sample cartography, scale dependency, label expressions, etc. 

We also restructure the Operations and Planning datasets.  All operational data, whether it be data for the field or the office, is now in the Operations Dataset.  This dataset has been expanded to include layers to support typical activities for Sewer and Storm data maintenance.  The Planning dataset is now only used to store and manage the reporting layers.  We have also included the results from the CIP template, both decision support results and the CIP project areas, in the core information model.  We did this so you can see how storing when you store CIP data in your utilities authoritative data repository in GIS, your analytical results and new CIP projects are available for publication to browser based and mobile GIS applications.

Since many public works departments also operate water or wastewater utilities, we’ve decided that the public works resource center and the water utility resource center should use the same sample data when possible.  So you’ll also notice in the newer template sample data some public works feature classes like roads and facilities.  We wanted to leave this dataset in the download to show how one Geodatabase, a central source of information, can support many different divisions or departments in a municipality and to show that these templates can be easily expanded to support different or other datasets.

At the time of this blog, we have already posted the first two updated templates, the Water Utilities Mobile Map template and the Water Utilities Network Editing template.  These templates have been upgraded and improved to handle the changes to the data model mentioned above.  You will see new functions and workflows built around the sewer and storm datasets.  Below I will highlight some of the new functions in each template.

In the Water Utilities Network Editing Template, you will find many new improvements and enhancements.  Most of these changes were a direct result of your requests.  First you will notice that we split up the Attribute Assistant and the ArcMap Toolbars into 2 separate installs.  This makes it easier for us to make future improvements and roll them out faster and also allows you to install just one of the components.  We heard from a few utilities that had built their own editing toolbar previously that they just wanted the attribute assistant.

When you open ArcMap, you will now find two toolbars.  We split the tools into reporting/tracing tools and into editing tools.  If you want more details, review the release notes, or you can click shift +F1 on top of any of the tools on the toolbar…yes per your suggestions, we included compiled help for each of the tools!!!  The new reporting/trace toolbar has commonly used tracing functions.  You can perform an upstream trace, downstream trace, or isolation trace, by just the click of your mouse.   There is also an option to Export to Excel the selected feature, or load the selected features into the ID Box. 

You’ll also have notice a new table, GenerateID, in the GDB in the updated data model.  This table is used to support a new option in the Attribute Assistant, GenerateID.  This new option allows you to specify a column in the GenerateID table to use as the ID index.  Yup, you can generate unique ID right in ArcMap using whatever incrementing scheme you want.  The tool uses the value, combines it with a prefix you specified, then increments the table.  There are a few more new options in the Attribute Assistant, so check out the release notes and review the help.  There is also a link for the help in the start menu, under ArcGIS Templates.  Note, Windows 7 does not support .hlp out of the box, please download the fix.

The Water Utilities Mobile Map now shows both the Water dataset, and  the sewer and storm data.  We added a new component that lets you toggle between the different datasets.  So it is easy now to just look at sewer data or water or storm, or turn all three on.  This is presented to the field staff as a single, large button that make toggling between them very easy.  We also improved the ID layer list.  You can now filter which layers are presented to the user for Identification, making it easier to navigate the drop down list.  You will also see the list expands when you click it, again, making it easier for the field personal to select a value.  This new version also includes a module to show how to record new data, such as inspections, leak locations, service request, etc.  This inspection module can linked to a source asset.  Say you are doing a fire hydrant inspection.  When you tap or click the hydrant, the inspection module copies information from the hydrant to the inspection record.  It does this by matching field names.  So it can help automate some of the information that needs to be captured, like ID.  Lastly, you will see a module for workorders.  This is an example of how you can work with a workorder system.  This module read a feature class that stores all the work orders, filters them based on the crew name and present them to the field staff.  The workorder module is linked to the activity module, so by opening a workorder, it starts an inspection. 

We’re very happy with these new releases, but we’re already looking forward to rolling out more enhancements.  With the expanded tools, symbology, data schema and workflows into Sewer and Storm, you now have a starting point for all assets at a water department, sewer utility or public works department.  

Please keep in mind, these enhancements came directly from your requests and feedback about the templates, so please keep them coming!



ArcGIS Team Water

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Our Fall Plans

Summer is winding down, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to report on a few things we spent our summer working on and some things you’ll see in the fall.

First, you can now follow us on Twitter at ESRITeamWater – we’ll be providing updates via twitter about our activities, information for our water, wastewater and stormwater customers and also when we’ve posted updates to the resource center.

And we have quite a few updates on the way….

Costing Tools

Those of you who were lucky enough to attend the UC in July, you saw us present our “costing tools” for ArcGIS Desktop.  We are now doing some final code revisions and documentation and will be posting this new template to the resource center in the next few weeks.

For those that haven’t seen the costing tools yet, they are a set of desktop tools designed to help you cost out capital improvement projects or really cost out any type of project with GIS.  The concept is that you can either choose assets that are in your GIS and select them for replacement and the tools will look up against a cost table to determine the replacement costs.  The cost table is fully customizable and you can do some things like have default replacement types for materials – for example if you always replace transite pipes with ductile iron, than that will be pipe type used for your replacement project and that will drive your replacement costs.  Also you can choose to add or extend mains or pipes to get costs for water main extension or sewer expansion projects.    

We’ll also be providing some geoprocessing models to help you make system rehab and expansion decisions.  We’ve had a lot of discussions with water and wastewater utilities about how to make some generic models to assist in condition assessment and decided that it would be more impactful if we created some models that showed you how you can use GIS and geoprocessing to make rehab decisions.  Than you can customize the models for your utility’s information, workflows & asset rehab priorities.

To be fair, the costing tools are more of generic toolset and you’ll also see the costing tools as a template for pavement management on the soon to be launched ESRI Public Works Resource Center.  So if you are looking for an end-to-end solution for condition & risk assessment that leverages your investment in GIS data, we suggest you check out some ESRI business partner solutions such as CapPlan from MWH Soft or MRP from Advantica.

Editing Template Update

As you may have heard, we are also working on an update to the editing template that will expand the editing toolbar for both water and wastewater.

Wastewater Focus

Over the next few months you’ll see us begin to add more wastewater information and templates to the Water Resource Center.  So, while decided to start with water (hey, you have to start somewhere) we are going to add more content for wastewater and stormwater.

Water & Wastewater Utility Training Plan

We are wrapping up a GIS training plan specifically for our water and wastewater customers.  The intent of the training plan is to give water utilities a tool to help them make training decisions by recommending GIS training courses by both typical staff roles within a utility (mapping technician, engineer, DBA, etc) as well as buy department (IT, planning, operatins) .  So for example, we can help recommend training course for engineers that want to use GIS for lightweight analysis and ad hoc mapping or for folks in the IT department who need a better understanding of how GIS fits into their enterprise.

The training plan is designed to be customized for specific utilities.  So you can work with an ESRI training consultant to identify what your organizational and GIS goals are and then based on the size of your utility we can recommend training options.  And the training plan will be free of charge!

Public Works Resource Center

We’ll be launching a Public Works resource center soon that will compliment the Water Resource Center.  So you can go to the public works resource center for information about managing pavement, street furniture, signs, facilities, snow plow routing, solid waste pickup, etc and use the Water Resource Center for information about GIS for water, wastewater and stormwater.

Your feedback

As always, your feedback guides much of our future plans.  So if you’d like to make suggestion please email us at ArcGISTeamWater@esri.com, post a comment to this blog or use the water/wastewater discussion forums.

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