About ArcFM

    About Arc FM

ArcFM is a powerful collection of tools for managing, modeling, and editing facility and landbase data in an enterprise system. ArcFM provides configurable extensions such as Feeder Manager, Abandon tools, and tracing.

ArcFM is a powerful extension of ESRI's ArcGIS® 9 platform that provides a complete enterprise utility solution for editing, modeling, maintenance, and management of facility information for electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities. 

Arc FM takes advantage of an industry-standard architecture and programming environments, an easy-to-use interface, and powerful cartographic tools, giving utilities an optimized solution for the entire organization.
ArcFM consists of a family of models and a set of sophisticated tools that provide a comprehensive application for energy and water/wastewater utilities.

 ArcFM allows maintenance and viewing of data, using company specific business rules, and includes applications to configure the data models and tools to work together.

ArcFM includes tracing tasks to automate utility operations, an extensive set of editing tools such as automated snapping and attribute inheritance, complex features and user favorite creation. 

ArcFM also has tools to quickly define and recall map sheet collections for map production. Users can also create and edit a session in the field, then send it back to the enterprise to be used for editing the enterprise geodatabase through the use of Session Manager.

ArcFM/ArcMap Menu Interface

The ArcFM toolbar is the interface to most of the geo-processing and analysis components. ArcMap is the user interface for the query/display/edit environment, and is the foundation for ArcFM. Its foundation is the data management system of ArcSDE, which implies an RDBMS used as a data repository.

ArcFM Toolbars
When selected, toolbars appear by default beneath the menu bar. To display a toolbar, right-click in the gray area and check or uncheck the desired toolbar. Toolbars are dockable. There is a single main interface containing tools applicable at all points in the application, and several additional toolbars with special-purpose tools.
ArcFM presents toolbars when their use is appropriate given the application context. For example, the editing toolbar will normally be inactive when no layer in the map document can be edited. Users can right-click in the menu bar, or on any toolbar, to display a pop-up menu for selecting any toolbar available. When tools are not valid, the individual tools will be disabled (grayed-out).

ArcFM Solution Architecture for the Energy Utilities
Architecture for Energy

Open Architecture, Open Database, Open Development Tools

ArcFM is implemented within the ArcEditor environment using an object-oriented architecture. The supported hardware platforms are Windows 2000 and Windows XP. ArcFM was developed using VB6, C++ and C# and these languages can also be used for customization and extension of the application.
ArcFM is an extension of ArcEditor which relies on the effective use of components. ArcInfo, ESRI's professional GIS, sets the standard for applying geographic requirements and supporting spatial decision-making. From project GIS to a large spatial enterprise, ArcGIS is the scalable solution that provides a complete, integrated platform for creating, managing, and disseminating geographic information.
ArcInfo is a true component-based software system that consists of a collection of powerful objects for geo-processing, display and editing, all implemented in COM. ArcInfo has three user interface "containers" that provide access to different sets of components. ArcCatalog allows users to view and manage geographic datasets much like the Microsoft Explorer.
ArcToolBox is the interface to most of the geo-processing and analysis components. ArcMap is the user interface for the query/display/edit environment, and is the foundation for ArcFM. Its foundation is the data management system of ArcGIS Server, which implies an RDBMS used as a data repository.

Conduit Manager is an extension to the ArcFM™ Solution to support underground facilities management. It is an integrated set of tools and dialogs to add, annotate, and maintain the underground infrastructure of the utility network system. Conduit Manager provides the functionality for defining an underground system with duct banks, trenches, conduits, cross-sections, underground cables, and underground access structures, as well as support for duct availability tracing.

Conduit Manager builds on the following advantages:
  • Intuitive GUI
  • Easy-to-use
  • Simplifies underground facility management
  • Cost-effective
  • Enhances the quality and consistency of underground data maintenance
With Conduit Manager users can represent the following underground components on the map:
  • Add conduit system structure such as a trench or duct bank
  • Add additional cross-sections (views) of the conduit
  • Add an underground conductor
  • Add an underground cable (non-electric) or pipe
  • Add internal view of a manhole or vault
  • Adapt converted data to the Conduit Manager model
  • Select circular or rectangular duct shapes
  • Place an annotated, cross-section view of the conduit system
  • Place and edit a leader line
  • Place and manage ducts within ducts
  • Change annotation format
  • Duct-in-duct size domain checking
  • Duct bank configuration annotation placement options
  • Lasso tool for relating a group of conductors (or cables) to a conduit and displaying annotation
  • Allow one phase of a cable to be associated with a duct and one cable to be associated with multiple ducts
  • Query Conduit Manager ducts based on criteria such as availability, size, material, occupancy, etc.
  • Set duct query criteria and report available ducts

Creation of Manhole Diagram
Creation of Manhole Diagram

ArcFM Viewer is available on ESRI's ArcView or ArcEngine and provides a high-performance, robust query and display component without the expense of a full editing package. Utility executives, managers, customer service representatives, and contractors all need the ability to analyze the asset data maintained by ArcFM. With ArcFM Viewer, utility personnel can view, trace, and query data in the field or on the desktop to help optimize the investment in maintenance and construction to get the most from the facility network.

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