Telecom GIS In Five Minutes Video Series - Episode 021 - Single Pane of Glass for Utilities & Telecom Systems

08-10-2021 04:36 PM
Esri Regular Contributor

Welcome back to Telecom GIS in five minutes. As we're continuing our push on the NexGen network management, we realized there are all kinds of users out there looking for a solution that could revolutionize their current data management method. And they're not just telecom builders and operators. These conversations were happening with other electric, gas and other utility companies, local and regional government and transportation authorities and many, many other use cases. I want to use today as an opportunity to show you how we can start managing both utilities and communication systems, all on one single pane of glass.

In order to do that, I am leveraging the latest and greatest utility network management, in ArcGIS. This provide a comprehensive framework of functionality for modeling utility systems such as electric and telecommunications, all at the same time. And check this out. We have electric system on the bottom of the map and some sample telecom system on the top, which both are riding on the same utility network database. And with the utility network, we have built in thousands of business rules to ensure data integrity and secure a functional network topology.

It is designed to model all the components within your systems. And let's take a quick look at one of those cross section where we have both electric and telecommunication elements going through the same route. Let's go through a network trace exercise to identify some ducts. We have space availabilities for new cables. I will start by placing the trace starting point at the end point on two of the knockout features. Simply use this selection tool to select those two features and add them as trace locations within the utility network ribbon.

And now let's kind of zoom out a little bit so we can see the full picture. Now, within the utility network, trace tools simply select the shortest path tracing and by adding a couple trace parameters to limit the trace to available ducts within the banks. Now, we could get a return of results on all the related structures and all the available ducts that has enough space for new cables. Now, let's zoom back in to one of the cross section and we're going to select one of the top bank.

Just from this selection itself, you could clearly see there's electric line and also a communication line going through the same area. And now let's expand that duct bank and look at all the details. You can see the first two ducts within the duct bank occupied by either of the lines. And to do all this ArcGIS utility network management is the foundational technology based on a next generation Enterprise GIS. Is designed to meet the evolving needs of utilities and telecommunication, as well as to serve planning and engineering workflows and also operation and maintenance activities.

And as a quick summary, you could easily use our pre-configured editor templates to execute any kind of designs for electric system and communications system all at the same time. We all living in one large connected world with cross domain infrastructure systems, and GIS is the platform that could support all aspects of these next generation digital infrastructure all together.

Until the next time we out.


Solutions Engineer | @SpatialNinja | Telecommunications
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