The More, the Merrier: Multi-user Editing in InfoWater

Quick Steps for Performing Multi-User Editing in InfoWater

The first step is to create a geo-database of all of the information. Be sure that your new personal geo-databases have definitive identifications and descriptions, ex: User A and User B. Once the databases have been created, confirm that the information you have shared is the same in each database by exporting data from the model directly into each new personal database you create.

  1. The next step is to set up GIS clusters, by using the GIS Gateway. Assign a good, descriptive name for each cluster, like “UserA_Load_NewPipes”
  2. Select the data source, ex: pipe tables, and create a new record. Setup the cluster and specify the unique ID. Selecting “Load Only” for clusters that will bring in the edits of others and selecting “Save Only” for clusters that will share your edits with others. Be sure to select all field mapping tools that you need, as well as all of the items that you want to share with your other users
  3. Cloning a previous cluster to save time, you will select; Update existing data, Update geometry data, and Load or Save only. Again, be sure to enter a detailed description
  4. Save all of your editions

Once the databases have been set up to reflect the information to be edited, the process becomes much simpler.

Things to Note:

  • Know exactly what edits you need to share
  • Know that the process is not in real-time
  • Communicate clearly and often, so that there are no conflicting edits
  • An unlimited number of users can edit the model at once
  • Make sure the Geodatabase includes all of the necessary fields for mapping
  • When creating multiple users, be sure to select “Save Only” for your edits, and “Load Only” for adding the edits of others
  • Once you reconfigure the part of the model you are working on, be sure to save and load to the original model
  • Test, test, and test – before you use the model
  • Be sure to build you model locally, (on your own machine) but save to Geodatabases on the network so that others can see your edits
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