Overshoot/Undershoot Validation is a critical test in ensuring the spatial integrity of utility networks. This powerful test detects features within a feature class that fail to connect with features of the same class or an optional second feature class. By identifying spatial problems within and between feature classes, this test plays a vital role in maintaining network connectivity.
Small gaps, undershoots, or overshoots between edges may seem insignificant, but they can lead to significant issues in network tracing and spatial analysis. For instance, a service lateral line feature class that doesn’t fully connect to the main feature class may hinder spatial analysis when tracing to customer meters for outage management.
While standard tracing methods can help detect some of these issues, visual inspection is often labor-intensive and may not reveal all undershoot/overshoot features, especially in back-feed situations.
Overlapping Edge Validation is an equally important aspect of maintaining data integrity of utility networks. This powerful test identifies instances of overlap between edges, both within a feature class and between feature classes. Detecting and resolving overlapping geometries is essential for data accuracy and network functionality.
While overlapping geometries may not always create Dirty Areas, they can lead to errors when creating subnetworks. Each feature identified by the Overlapping Edge test requires correction to resolve the overlapping issues so full utilization of advanced Utility Network functions can be realized. Addressing these overlaps proactively is vital to ensuring a smooth and error-free subnetwork creation process.
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