Disconnecting network features

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.


While network features can be both created and edited in ArcInfo and ArcEditor, they are read-only in ArcView.

If you want to move a feature without moving all the other features connected to it, you should first run the Disconnect command. Disconnecting a feature does not delete it from the database or delete it from the geometric network. Likewise, disconnecting a feature does not delete the logical network information for the feature. Disconnecting a feature removes the topological associations it has with other features in the network. Similarly, connecting a feature to the network creates topological relationships between the feature and its neighboring features.

To disconnect or connect a feature, you must add the Geometric Network Editing toolbar.

In ArcMap, click Customize > Toolbars > Geometric Network Editing.

  1. Click the Editor menu on the Editor toolbar and click Start Editing.
  2. Click the Edit tool Edit Tool on the Editor toolbar.
  3. Select the feature to be disconnected.
  4. Click the Disconnect button Disconnect.
  5. NoteNote:
    Disconnecting a feature is not designed to be a persisted state. It is designed to be a transitory state for the purpose of moving a feature without moving or affecting the connected features. Since the geometric network determines connectivity based on geometric coincidence, disconnected features may become connected during editing. Some examples of when this may happen include creating a new feature coincident with a disconnected feature or when performing a reconcile operation in which a feature is inserted coincident with the disconnected feature.

    Instead of using the Disconnect command on a feature to prevent tracing, place a barrier on the feature or disable the feature by changing its Enabled value.

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