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Is it possible to create a point feature class for junctions using an SDC network dataset?

Question asked by yalgur on Jul 31, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 5, 2019 by yalgur

Hi, I'm working with an SDC network dataset contained in Data and Maps for ArcGIS (2013) I downloaded on MyEsri. I was under the impression that this prebuilt network dataset can be used for network analysis. However, when I load the dataset ( and all the feature classes it contains, I'm only seeing Edges, and not Junctions. It contains a 'SDC Junction Source' but a junction feature class is missing.


I've realized that a network dataset needs to be 'built' in order to create 'a point feature class containing all the system junctions'. However, I also came across the following information:  'SDC-based network datasets cannot be built'. 


My goal is to compute intersection density using a network dataset (ideally a prebuilt one as I need to compute it for the entire contiguous US)


In light of all of this, I would like to know:

- Can I still somehow create junctions using this prebuilt network dataset to compute intersection density? 

- If the prebuilt network dataset cannot be built and used to establish connectivity, what are its capabilities/what is it good for? For example, can I use it to find & save the shortest distance between two destinations?


I'd appreciate any help, thank you!