The Skeletonizer main dialog box is accessed from the InfoWater Pro tab. Then click on Apps  toolbar button. Choose Skeletonizer from the App Manager dialog box and click on the Run button.

The main Skeletonizer dialog box is shown below.


Network Segmentation

Considerable flexibility is provided for defining pipe segments for reduction, merging, and trimming. You may perform network segmentation for the entire network, the currently active network, or only those pipe segments in the current network domain.

  •   Use this to choose the entire network to perform reduction, merging and/or trimming.

  •   Select this to choose a domain to perform reduction, merging and/or trimming. Use the Edit Domain option below to specify the domain.

  •   Click Edit Domain to access the Domain Manager dialog box. The Domain Manager is used to define the portion (subset) of the network to be used for automated segmentation. Network segmentation will be performed for all pipe segments within the domain identified. This can be accomplished by defining a Map Selection, a DB Query, a Query Set, or a Selection Set or any of their combinations.

  •   Choose the Active Pipes Only button to pick the pipe segments in the currently active network to be used during the segmentation process. Alternately, choose the Domain or the Entire Network buttons to select pipe segments in the current network domain or all pipe segments, respectively. If the Domain option is enabled, you can use the Edit Domain button to create or edit the network domain.

Dead End Trimming

Trimming may be used to remove short pipe segments such as dead ends and hydrant leads.

  •    Launch the network trim application based on the trimming options specified. All the dead-end pipes satisfying the trimming options will be removed and this process is repeated iteratively for each segmentation level until the maximum number of segmentation levels is reached.

Series Pipe Reduction

Reduction is used to remove pipe segmentation caused by valves, fire hydrants or other data capture processes, by dissolving interior nodes on pipe reaches and combining the associated pipe segments into single pipes. For example, merging all series pipes of similar diameter, material, and age.

 Pick the desired pipe matching characteristics. All series pipes sharing the selected characteristics will be merged and replaced by single pipes. Multiple data fields can be selected by simply clicking on the desired items.

  •  Execute the network reduction application based on the pipe attributes and maximum reduction level identified. All series pipes sharing the same user-specified database attributes will be reduced by dissolving their interior common nodes and combining them into single pipe segments.

  •  Use the default data field as the basis for network reduction. The default data value is the pipe diameter.

  •  Clear all matching data field entries. This option is used to remove current data field selection and reselect alternative pipe characteristics for network reduce application.

  •  Access the Pipe Information and Pipe Modeling database tables (EDIT DB TABLES).

Options - Use this to launch the Network Skeletonization Options dialog box.

Hydraulic Equivalency

Pipes can be merged into an equivalent pipe through the merge application.

  •   Replace two or more pipes in parallel by an equivalent pipe.

  •   Replace series pipes by an equivalent pipe.

  •   Launch the network hydraulic equivalency application based on the corresponding options specified. Hydraulic equivalency can be carried out for parallel pipes and/or for series pipes. Based on the options specified, the program will compute the equivalent replacement pipe diameter for parallel pipes and/or for series pipes.

Progress Status

Progress status indicator showing the number of iterative segmentation levels performed.

Total Pipes Removed field - Shows the amount of pipes removed (see Skeletonizer dialog box).

 Click on this button to locate geometry data for model element.