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June 15, 2017, 04:57 AM
Is there a tool that can merge short segments of pipe (hydrant lateral) into one pipe before appending nodes?
This is in InfoWater suite 12.3

Patrick Moore
June 23, 2017, 10:05 AM
Hi Lelia,

Since you have an InfoWater suite license you have access to the Skeletonizer tool as an add-on extension. However, you would need to use this tool likely after appending nodes so that each pipe had an active topology of start and end nodes, this tool will allow you to merge series pipes into a single pipe based on pipe characteristics.

However, before you do this make sure that you really need to. With most of today's computers most people prefer to have the model data match with GIS data as this greatly simplifies model updating vs. merging model elements and no longer having a direct match to the GIS data. Since running the model is becoming less and less and issue as computers get better, many people often prefer to simply leave the extra pipes in the model to best match the GIS.

However here are a few excerpts form the help file showing how to merge pipes in series based on the pipe diameter or other parameter. Find this in the InfoWater-> tools-> add on extension manager and choose Skeletonizer.

Skeletonizer tool window: (click if need larger image)

Help Excerpt: (click if need larger image)

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

NOTE: if you wish to merge elements before importing we suggest you search for ESRI help on the MERGE tool in arc toolbox which can do this to your raw pipe data before you bring it into the model.