GeoData Sentry Helps Ensure Accurate Utility Network Connections

Logical Connectivity Validation

Logical Connectivity Validation is a vital step in guaranteeing accurate connections within a utility network. GeoData Sentry generates these tests from the Geometric Network Connectivity.

There are three categories of tests that validate these connections, taking into account utility-specific business rules. For example, an electric utility’s geometric network may require that an overhead device can only be connected to an overhead conductor, or that a service meter must only be connected to a service lateral. Similarly, a water utility may enforce the rule that all types of fire hydrants must be connected to fire hydrant laterals. These business rules, stored in the geometric network connectivity rules, control the data at the subtype level.

The Geometric Network architecture allows for tracing and analysis even with junction/edge connection errors. In contrast, the Utility Network architecture creates a Dirty Area for each invalid network connection. To create Utility Network subnetworks, it is necessary to clear all Dirty Areas in the network topology. This emphasizes the importance of feature-to-feature connections based on asset group and asset type.

By conducting thorough Logical Connectivity Validation, organizations can ensure that utility network connections adhere to the defined business rules. This validation process supports accurate tracing, analysis, and the creation of Utility Network subnetworks. Maintaining proper feature-to-feature connections based on asset group and asset type becomes essential for a well-functioning utility network.

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