What's New in 10.2.1a?

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    This page outlines what's new in the current release. If you are upgrading from more than one release prior, it is important to review all What's New pages for each release between your original release and the release to which you are upgrading.



    This page outlines the upgrade steps for various ArcFM Solution applications. These are basic required upgrades and do not include configuration for new tools.



    Migrate Custom Code

    This section provides a list of API changes for 10.2.1a. Be sure to review the API changes and perform any migration steps for releases between your original version and the one to which you are upgrading.



    • ArcFM Traces now render faster. This still requires the same amount of time to run a trace, but will be faster to draw. This applies to traces for electric, gas, and water.
      Note: The new trace rendering behaves differently if you have both edges and junctions unchecked, but have elected to draw a buffer.  Previously, this would have resulted in no visual results.  Now, however, a buffer for the returned edges will appear but without the opaque trace results on top.  This is useful if you want to see your Stored Display symbology underneath the buffer (which would otherwise have been obscured by the the single color trace results).
    • The Results tab has been replaced with ArcFM Trace Results tab when you configure traces. This applies to electric, gas, and water traces.
    • You can now enable flow arrows to discover the flow direction in a congested area of the network. This is a toggle button within the Find Feeder tool.
    • With the appropriate enabling of attachments on a feature class in ArcCatalog, you can now view or attach files to a feature through the ArcFM Attribute Editor.
    • Feeder Manager 2.0 has reduced memory usage as much as 50% with this release.
    • A new cleanup option is available when you configure Feeder Manager 2.0. This allows you to select the number of days .edb files will be stored and optimize the memory consumption of Feeder Manager 2.0.
    • When you configure Feeder Manager 2.0, a new Feeder Sync tool option enables you to take advantage of the benefits of Feeder Manager 2.0 while still providing a way to regularly update Feeder Information (FeederID, FeederID2 and FeederInfo) in the geodatabase when you post an edited version to SDE.Default.
      Note: Running the Feeder Sync tool can affect the performance improvements with this release.
    • There are new developer samples for Feeder Manager 2.0 available in exchange:
      • Feeder Inventory:Use this sample to report summary information every feeder and subfeeder in the network.
      • Synchronize Feeder Information:Use this sample to add the Synchronize Feeder Info button to your toolbar. This sample extends the Feeder Sync tool that was added at 10.2.1a.



    ArcFM Server

    • You can now run water pressure system traces in the REST API.




    • Continuing with a focus on Designer performance, we have optimized:
      • Open Design
        • Calls to the Propagate Properties method are now performed only when necessary.
        • Opening versioned designs is now a faster process.
        • Streamlined SQL queries to decrease time it takes to open a design.
        • Designer now performs a batch query for CUs that are children of a work location when loading the design tree.
      • Designer CU to Work Location Assignment tool performance is improved when a large number of related records are present.
      • CU Filter processes have been improved to speed the search for CUs.
    • In addition to its performance enhancements, CU Filter now has an All category to list all filter results regardless of type.



    Fiber Manager

    • Circuit Manager
      • Improved functionality allows for the assignment of multiple circuits on fiber strands, ports, and other connectable objects inside your network.
      • Tracing can be performed on given wavelengths, and circuits can be assigned based on these wavelengths. This is of particular interest if you are operating networks using wavelength division multiplexing (WDM).
    • Reports
      • A new cable report provides an overview of the fiber optic cable, the number of circuits assigned to different fiber strands, the number of available fibers on the cable, and additional overview information.
    • Splice Report
      • Edits made in ArcFM can be used to create a report or cut sheet to provide to field crews and/or contractors so they can implement that splicing work in the field.
      • When more than one circuit exists on a given connectable object, the report lists how many there are on a port, strand, or another item in the network.
    • Performance
      • Performance has been improved for both Connection Manager and Location Editor on larger network nodes that have numerous related objects and connections inside of them.
    • Possible Paths Tool pka Two Point Trace
      • The Two Point Trace Tool has been replaced with the Possible Paths Tool, which is much faster and more efficient.
      • After identifying two locations within a network, based on provided criteria, the Possible Paths Tool finds possible routes to travel from one location to another.
      • When one or more paths are selected between chosen locations, those possible paths will be provided based on the chosen criteria.
      • The possible paths are listed from shortest to longest, and a one-line diagram is also provided to show each network node and each network span the path is traversing.
    • Data Model
      • Data model changes have been made to support the new circuit model and WDM.
      • A migration tool will be provided shortly after this release.




    • Jumpers now allow Phase Swap. You can place a jumper from/to different phases if at least one of those phases is de-energized.
    • Responder Line Display now respects jumper placement and removal. When placing or removing jumpers, Responder Line Display will update to accurately reflect the state of the network. It shows restorations, multifeeds and phase swaps as a result of the jumper.
    • Responder now archives removed jumpers that were previously assigned to an incident. These jumpers appear on the Edit Incident window or in the grid within Archive Explorer.
      Note: Only jumpers that are 'removed' from incidents appear in Archive Explorer. Canceled jumpers are not archived.
    • Jumpers now allow for multiple clicks prior to snapping to the final location to let you place curves on the jumper line.
    • You can now mark an incoming call as Urgent when using Responder Web. This can signal the dispatcher that the call needs to be handled immediately. See "CUSTOMER CALL" topic for more information.
    • You can now run two new reports in Responder Explorer:
      • Customer Outage Report: Displays a list of customers that have current outages in Responder Explorer.
      • Call History Report: Displays a list of previous calls/incidents from a customer, provided the customer has a call or incident history.
    • Responder Reports: The general look of Responder Reports has changed for improved use.
    • Responder Web Reports: Archive Reports are now available in Responder Web.
    • Responder Web Silverlight Localization: You can now localize the map viewer and Switch Order Requests tab on the web.
    • Responder TroubleMaker now allows you to create a database from Archive Explorer. See the "CREATE TM DATABASE FROM ARCHIVE" topic in help for more information.
    • The following configuration option has been added for 10.2.1a. In order to utilize this option, you must follow the configuration steps:
      • Service Failure Notifications: Notification of service failure is turned off by default. To turn on, you add a property to the Program Group ServiceFailNotificationEnabled="true".
    • This release includes the following new developer samples:
      • There are two new classes in the Submit Rule developer sample. The DeleteHistoryOnCancel submit rule ensures that history is deleted when an incident is cancelled. The SetTimeRestoredEstOnIncidentCreate submit rule provides a number of ways to set the Time Restored Est field by default.
      • Custom Connection Test & Services Notifier is a new sample that allows you to test connections to additional integrations with Responder. The EventLogger class provides a means to send notifications when testing is complete.
      • One new class was added to the Responder Explorer Customizations developer sample. The ExplorerHardRefresh class provides a way to perform periodic refreshes when PubSub is disabled.



    This release includes Per Location report enhancements, the new Notes tab for Poles, displacement visualization (Heat map), a single repository for assemblies, the ability to place equipment between a cross arm and a neutral, File > New, and the ability to see components visualized in Assembly Creator.

    Per Location Report Enhancements:

    The Per Location Report details all information and analysis on the poles in a scenario. Each pole marks the beginning of a new page in the report. New features include:

    • A user can see a visual representation of each pole within the Per Location report.
    • Users can enter a circuit ID when adding a cable. That value persists with the design. The user can see what Circuit IDs are on each pole within the Per Location report.
    • User can see the name of the current load case for each pole in the Per Location report.
    • User can see the calculated safety factor for each pole in the Per Location report.
    • User can see the Remaining Strength value on each pole in the Per Location report.
    • Anchor size, lead length, and angle are displayed in the Per Location report.
    • Guy wire size, owner, type, attachment height, angle, maximum actual tension, allowable tension, and % loaded are displayed in the Per Location report.
    • Conductor type, size, diameter, weight per foot, design tension, and ultimate tensile strength are displayed in the Per Location report.
    • Type of cross arm with the arm dimensions is displayed in the Per Location report.


    Notes on the Pole tab

    There is now a Notes tab under the Poles tab. You can use the Notes option to attach, view, edit, or delete notes and images for a pole. When you create a snapshot of a pole using the Snapshot tool , the image is appended in the pole's Notes section.


    Displacement Visualization (Heat Map):

    A new button has been added to the Pole Moment section, which displays a visual indication of stress. The heat map calculates the displacement of the pole where it is under the most stress.


    Single Repository for Assemblies:

    Using a single repository location is a good idea for large groups that need consistency. Rather than each individual user using their own default location, everyone with access to the network can use files stored there. The Administrator must set up and maintain this location. You can use the default library location or a custom one.


    Equipment Placement:

    Until now, users have not been able to place equipment, such as transformers, between a cross arm and a neutral wire. This is now possible.


    File > New:

    New functionality has been added. Previously, users had to close and re-open OHDA to create a new scenario. Now, click File > New to open a new default scenario. If you have a scenario open with unsaved edits, OHDA will prompt you to save your changes first.


    Components Visualized in Assembly Creator:

    In the Assembly Creator, you can now view 3-D models of each piece of hardware listed on the Components tab.