You can use data stored in GIS directly for automatic model building via the generic Model Manager interface. Model Manager supports ESRI (SHP), ArcSDE, ORACLE/SDE, SQL, MicroStation (DGN), AutoCAD (DWG/DXG), SmallWorld and other formats.
Data imported to Model Manager is checked, and errors are corrected and logged. A number of simplification criteria are available allowing GIS pipes of the same material, dimension and year laid to be merged, or dead ends with no or little demand to be removed. Consumers are automatically transferred to the nearest
pipe and moved to the nearest node.
A network feature highlights network islands (unconnected consumers) in the network to facillitate troubleshooting with missing GIS data.
Verifiying model characteristics
Data transferred to Model Manager can be used for model building only, as is the case with pipe, valve and billing information. In addition, you may also transfer other data used for populating or in conjunction with a model, such as Digital Terrain Maps (DTM), customer complaints, and background maps.
This data is used to verify the input model data and to form the foundation of important model scenarios.