Schematics - Quick Start for Utilities

Discussion created by RAnderson-esristaff Employee on Jan 26, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 30, 2012 by vmalisetti
Anyone that has their GIS data in a geometric network can very quickly and easily setup and configure a schematic dataset to be able to generate diagrams from their underlying data.  Due to the major changes in this release, symbology and labeling issues of the past are gone, so configuration is easy.  You can have a dataset ready for diagram generation in just a couple of minutes now, just follow this simple 9 step program...:

1. Make sure you have an existing mxd that has your underlying gis geometric network data in it.
2. Use Catalog to right-click the desired database, in which the schematic dataset will be created (or create a new database), and choose New > Schematic Dataset from the pop-up menu.
3. Change the schematic dataset name if desired.
4. Right-click the schematic dataset and choose Edit... from the pop-up menu.  This will open the Schematic Dataset Editor.
5. In the editor, use the toolbar to click the New Schematic Diagram Template button.
6. Change the name of the template (if desired) and then click the OK button.
7. Right-click the template name in the treeview and choose Import From Feature Layers... from the menu.
8. Use the Import From Feature Layers dialog to point to and select your saved mxd, then click OK on the dialog.
9. Click the Save button on the Schematic Dataset Editor toolbar.

That is it.  Open your mxd, select some data and generate a diagram. 

Once generated, you can use core symbology and labeling in ArcMap, just like regular feature layers (because the schematic objects are now just features).  Once you get the symbology and labeling the way you want it, you can save off the layer file from your diagram.  Then you can either import that to other diagrams you create, or you can edit your schematic dataset again and import that as your 'default' symbology for the diagram template.  Anyone that generates a diagram using that template will now get the symbology and labeling that was setup.  This is very useful for companies that have to report to multiple agencies or you use contract companies for labor and those agencies/companies all have different standards for the look and feel.  You can setup a layer file for each agency/company.  Then your users just generate a diagram, import the correct layer file and print it.  Simply...and this was near impossible to do without a lot of customization in 9.3.1 and below!

Let us know what you think.