5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2015 5:57 AM by prasad

    Connection Manager - Splicing by code

      Hi,

       

      We have splice data which is fairly standard and repetitive.

      It can be a script (or ArcFM Objects Code) reading a excel spreadsheet or an XML file.

       

      Is there a way to access connection manager objects to automate the connection manager task using C#

       

      If someone can suggest a way to automate the process will be very great full.

       

       

      Thanks.

        • Re: Connection Manager - Splicing by code

          Prasad,

          My name is eric liprandi, I am one of the developers on the Fiber Manager product. First I have to let you know that we currently have no supported public API for creating connections.

           

          The guidance that I can provide below is solely intended for importing connection information into Fiber Manager during the initial phase of the project. We do not support interacting with the connections directly after the system goes live.

           

          The key fields for importing connection information are as follows:

          Field Model NameDescription
          ACLASSMODELNAMEThe class model name for the A-side object of the connection
          ACONNECTIONOBJECTGLOBALIDThe GUID for the A-side object of the connection
          BCLASSMODELNAMEThe class model name for the B-side object of the connection
          BCONNECTIONOBJECTGLOBALIDThe GUID for the B-side object of the connection
          GLOBALIDThe GUID of the connection object itself.
          CONTAINERCLASSMODELNAMEThe class model name of the container object for this connection. This has to be a feature (with geometry) and is usually a splice case or patch location. This information is critical for the proper functioning of the software. Without it, connection manager would have not way of knowing what connections are contained at each location.
          CONTAINERGLOBALIDThe GUID of the container object for this connection.
          SPLICETYPEThe type of connection. This is usually controlled by a coded domain. Note that we create "continuous" connections when cables go through splice cases but no physical connections exist. This is important for our current tracing logic as it will not pick-up splices cases along a trace unless there is a connection. Without this information, when tracing, you will likely get an over-simplified result and will not be able to see any of the splice cases your cable is going through.

           

          So, for each connection, you would have to find the corresponding model name and GUID for both side (those are typically strands, connected to ports, either on patch panels or devices). Then, for each of those connections you would have to provide the container. If either of the side of the connection is a port, this is pretty straightforward as you can just walk up the hierarchy until you hit the feature it is related to. For strand-to-strand connections, you will need to know the container via some other way. If you are importing, you want to make sure you have that information up-front.

           

          Other fields are more optional and will depend on your implementation:

          Field Model NameDescription
          ATTENUATIONAFREQAttenuation value in db for the first frequency (A)
          ATTENUATIONBFREQAttenuation value in db for the second frequency (B)
          TRAYNUMBERThe tray number (in a splice case) where the connection is located.

           

          For the record, we have several partners who already specialize in importing fiber data into Fiber Manager (Ed Blair, Skye Perry) and depending on the project, this is usually something that is performed by our Client Services team. I strongly recommend you contact them or your account manager (Dave Magee) with specifics about your project. Data quality is extremely important to the proper functioning of Fiber Manager.

           

          Regards,

           

          Eric.

            • Re: Connection Manager - Splicing by code

              Hi Eric,

               

              Thanks for the information about FiberConnectionObject table.

              We have a live Fiber Manager system on which we digitize the fiber roll out.

               

              We were thinking on ways to speed up the digitization process, especially of the long haul fiber cables. The splicing is pretty straight forward one to one connectivity.

              I thought about fiddling with the FiberConnectionObject table, but was apprehensive due to lack of API support and its impact on the system.

               

              We will do some test on our development systems and will share the results. An API for managing fiber network connections will be most definitely appreciated.

              Thanks again

               

              Regards

              Prasad

            • Re: Connection Manager - Splicing by code
              Kalyan Kulapaka

              Hello Prasad,

               

              Could you manage to automate the connectivity in Connection Manager.  If yes, can you please throw some light on the API.

               

              Thanks & Regards,

              Kalyan K