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The purpose of most geodatabases is to capture location data and some related attributes used to create maps-visual representations of data. A Cartegraph database is designed to provide detailed information about physical assets. For example, asset attributes, inspection and condition information, maintenance history, and financial data.
Cartegraph provides several tools that facilitate an integration of Cartegraph with GIS data in an ArcGIS geodatabase. The most common integration connects asset records in the Cartegraph database with asset features in an ArcGIS map. The Cartegraph user can view and edit asset locations on a map in Cartegraph, automatically updating the ArcGIS map. Correspondingly, a GIS user working with the ArcGIS data can have their changes automatically synced with Cartegraph. Tasks and Work Orders are the exception, in which case ArcGIS is overwritten by changes made in Cartegraph. This option is not available for the user to change and is one-way from Cartegraph to Esri.
Cartegraph supports secured ArcGIS feature services. When setting up security in the ArcGIS Server Manager, designate a user name for Cartegraph to use to connect to the secured services, and give that user access to the services Cartegraph will connect to.
When configuring Cartegraph for ArcGIS Integration, that user name and password along with the URL of each ArcGIS server are specified in the Cartegraph GIS Integration Manage Servers.
Both geodatabases and Cartegraph databases allow your organization to adapt the database structures to meet the requirements you need for an efficient, integrated system.
Once the data is normalized, process the connection. When you use the Map engine to integrate data, you may have to adapt the organization and values of your data structures to connect the data.
Take extra care with the normalization process to ensure smooth integration of geodata and Cartegraph data.
Once the data is normalized, process the connection that associates one data source with another. Then you specify the connection between geodatabase attributes and Cartegraph fields. During the association process, new fields and libraries may be created to cache geodatabase data. Once the databases are connected, view and edit data in an integrated system.