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Telvent’s Network Adapter is a developed interface between the ArcFM™ Solution and third-party modeling and planning applications or analysis engines. Network Adapter provides tools to extract a model (selected set of features that comprise a feeder or distribution system) from the GIS and load data to an analysis engine via XML for further analysis.

Network Adapter also extracts results from the analysis engine and displays them in any ArcFM solution application including ArcFM, Designer, and Responder. Thus, as feeders are modified, planners can quickly analyze the feeder with the analysis software and display the results in a GIS environment. Network Adapter eliminates the need to maintain data in two separate systems. The corporate GIS database becomes the system-of-record for all network information.

Network analysis is an integral process in the design and operation of a utility. Network Adapter assists utilities in balancing load across a network and planning for future expansion. It supports their ability to accurately analyze various scenarios and see how each may impact the existing network. Some analysis examples include load flow, voltage drops, voltage flickers during motor starting, and transformer load balancing.

Many third-party vendors specialize in the development of these tools. However, many of these analysis tools do not provide a seamless integration method with a corporate GIS database. Telvent has responded to this need with Network Adapter. The Network Adapter data flow framework allows seamless integration of third-party analysis tools in the ArcFM Solution environment.

Network Adapter allows planners and designers to:

  • Perform calculations within the GIS environment and display results graphically on the GIS map
  • Save previous calculations for future reference
  • Create what-if scenarios by running the analysis in a version designated for study purposes
  • Integrate GIS and third-party calculations engine for a convenient, easy-to-manage solution

Reduced operating costs and improved customer service create a powerful business case for Network Adapter as part of your ArcFM solution. Network Adapter offers these cost-effective benefits:

  • Improves efficiency of engineering and operations through integration of key systems
  • Provides analysis data quickly to support more effective engineering decisions and improve overall system efficiency
  • Decreases system administration costs through the use of a single central database for network maintenance and analysis
  • Leverages investment in the GIS database by adding functionality for system planning purposes

Templates based on the standard ArcGIS Electric Distribution model for CYME's CYMDIST and Advantica Stoner’s Electric Solver. Network Adapter also supports the MultiSpeak Version 2.0 XML schema specification to support integration to Milsoft’s Windmil.

The integrated network planning and analysis tool contains many functions for analyzing the electrical network including:

  • Load Case Building
  • Voltage and Load Flow Calculations
  • Short Circuit Calculations


Accessing Advantica Stoner's Electric Solver
Accessing Advantica Stoner's Electric Solver
network analysis application capabilities through Network Adapter
while working in Designer or ArcFM