InfoAsset Planner is designed to interact with any data that can brought into the ArcGIS environment. While InfoAsset Planner can reach out to external data, it can be useful at times to "teach" InfoAsset Planner how to recognize certain layers and fields. This is done by mapping the internal feature classes as InfoAsset Planner facility types.


The Facility and Asset Type Manager interface allows you to create and define custom facility and asset types. You may also choose the default symbol or customize an icon to represent a facility or asset type on the map.

The Facility and Asset Type Manager can be divided into three sections as shown below.


Facility and Asset Type Manager window


The red section on the left displays the list of InfoAsset Planner facilities or assets, the GIS feature class or table they are mapped to, and the default symbol used to represent them on the map.  The Type drop-down option can be used to toggle between the list of facility types and the list of vertical asset types.  You can delete or add additional facility or asset types , add feature classes to the facility or asset type list , or clear any custom mapping from facility type to feature class .  To change the symbol, simply click on a symbol in they symbol field and edit.


The blue section is where you can change both the display name of the facility type (Type Name) and the GIS layer within the project database to be linked to the InfoAsset Planner facility type.  By default, InfoAsset Planner will link the facility type 'CSO Chamber' to the feature class 'ssCSOChamber', 'Pump' to 'ssPump', and so on.  However, as shown in the example, you can customize this default arrangement.  'Manhole' has been remapped to 'sManhlPt' for example in the above screenshot. 

You can also change the facility name and it will be adjusted throughout the InfoAsset Planner project.  For this name change to take effect, however, you may need to close and reopen the InfoAsset Planner project.


Important Note: Because only certain facility types in InfoAsset Planner have certain capabilities such as deterioration modeling, survey import options, and valve criticality analysis, you should optimize how feature classes are mapped to facility types.  In the Sewer network the manhole, gravity main, and lateral line facility types have the most tools.  In the Water network, pressurized mains have the most tools.  All facility types have risk analysis and rehab decision tree capabilities.


The green section is where you can map system fields, default InfoAsset Planner fields, to client fields, fields from the your unique feature class.  If you create a default InfoAsset Planner project using the ESRI LGIM data structure, client fields should automatically match system fields unless they are altered.  If it is a custom InfoAsset Planner database, many of the system fields do not need to be mapped and will not be relevant to the customized InfoAsset Planner project.  Some system fields, however, are specifically utilized by InfoAsset Planner for certain analyses.  For more information on these fields, see this blog post.

This field mapping section also has a small toolbar.  Field mappings between system and client fields can also be saved for future use as .csv files , recalled from .csv files , auto-mapped if the fields are exactly the same , and cleared if the mapping is incorrect .  For more information, see Saving .csv Files.


To Add a Custom Asset or Facility

To configure a new Asset or Facility type:

1. From drop-down menu, select Asset or Facility type. Facilities are spatially located as GIS feature classes within the project database, while assets are vertical assets with no spatial data tied to Facilities.

2. Click Add , and in the right window identify the new Facility Name and click on the Browse IM_Button Ellipsis button ... button to go to the location of the Feature Class or Table with the new Facility data. This Feature Class or Table must be within the InfoAsset Planner project database to become a new Facility or Asset type.  You may have to export or copy the feature class using ArcGIS tools before being able to map. 

3. When complete, click IM_Button Change Button to save the new name and then IM_Button Save button at the bottom of the window.
 
4. The new Asset or Facility will be listed within the left window or Table of Contents.