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Last Thursday GISinc and partner SSP Innovations hosted a webinar called, “Water Utility Network Migrations and Beyond with SSP Sync.” During the webinar, GISinc discussed reasons to move to the Esri Utility Network, the process for Water Utility Migrations using SSP Sync, and things to consider before getting started.  

Below are fourteen questions submitted during the webinar: 

  1. Q: How much does SSP Sync cost?  
    A: It is separately licensed from the UNM extension and similarly, the cost is based on utility size (number of connections). 
  2. Q: Are there any special hardware requirements for SSP Sync? 
    A: It can be run on the same servers as your UN implementation, without a dedicated server. 
  3. Q: How much does licensing for the UN cost? 
    A: This can vary based on whether you have an EA with Esri, but it’s licensed at the same cost as other Esri server extensions. 
  4. Q: How long does an implementation last? 
    A: A simple implementation for a small utility with no systems integrations could be on the order of a few months. Larger implementations with several integrations could take a couple years or more. 
  5. Q: Have you tested using this new schema to create a hydraulic model, such as using the Innovyse GIS Gateway? 
    A: We have not presently but are planning to enter discussions directly with Innovyse along with clients. 

  6. Q: Does having both the GN and UN running at the same time require multiple licenses (ArcGIS Server, SQL Server, etc.)? 
    A: We recommend having separate dedicated environments. However, if the environment supporting the GN also meets the requirements for the UN, they can be run on the same server stack.
  7. Q: Is this just a one-way sync ? so once Editor are then working against UN - that's now the 'master'?  
    A: SSP Sync is a one-way synchronization from the GN to the UN. Editors should not be moved over to the UN for production use until you are ready to turn off the GN. However, SSP Innovations is presently working on a syncronization tool to support a UN-to-GN migration path. 

  8. Q: How much of the data cleanse (rough estimates) needs to happen pre-migration vs can happen post migration? 
    A: It is recommended that as much data cleansing as possible happen pre-migration, particularly anything which might require bulk editing operations. 

  9. Q: Is this also useful for Storm and Sanitary Sewer infrastructure? 
    A: Yes. SSP Sync and this workflow are appropriate for all Utility Network domains. 

  10. Q: What if your data is not in the GN at this time but still want to migrate to the UN? 
    A: In this case you’ll likely want to use a more traditional data migration workflow, first into the UN asset package and then into the enterprise geodatabase. The geometric network is not a necessary step.
  11. Q: If you were just starting to build a network would you go directly to the Utility Network or build 1st in a Geometric Net than migrate later?  
    A: If your technical environment meets the UN requirements, we’d recommend going straight to the UN. Otherwise, migrating into Esri’s ArcGIS for Water model in the GN and then using their data migration tools may allow you to make progress while you are still working on your UN technical environment.  There are also network-less data models that can help standardize your data in the interim.  

  12. Q: I don't have a geometric network, I would like to skip that and go straight to a Utility Network, no one seems to be able to help me with that ... can you guys do that? 
    A: Yes, we can help!  

  13. Q: We do water, sewer, and storm sewer.  Is it best to do one at a time or do all of it at the same time? 
    A: We would generally recommend a staggered, in-parallel approach. Preparing the UN environment and focusing on migration workflow for water first will allow your staff to become familiar with the process and begin the second system as the first passes critical design or implementation milestones. 

  14. Q: Does the use of Utilities Network require version 10.7? 
    A: The earliest supported version of the UN is at ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and ArGIS Pro 2.1. SQL Server 2016 and Oracle are the minimum required database releases for a utility network. We do highly recommend implementing upon the latest available release given continual updates at each software version. 


Do you have a question that was not answered during the webinar or in the questions above? Email and let us know how we can help.  

Topics: Enterprise GIS Architecture, Data Transformation, GIS Implementation, Utilities