Shape format is defined and maintained by ESRI. The format structure is open, many software supports this format.
Real utility solutions may have different data models, but the following properties have to be common:
PSS®SINCAL database contains network topology, but shape file does not. The ESRI Shape-PSS®SINCAL interface can build network topology from graphical structure of the shape file elements.
The existence of the “graphical topology” is needed for the PSS®SINCAL conversion. The interface application will build the element connection according to the elements’ coordinates (for example: if two lines have same end position, the lines will be connected to each other in the PSS®SINCAL database).
The application completes the network topology with additional nodes if there is no node element at the line’s end position in the source. This means the existence of node object is not needed at each line’s end position in the shape file model.
The interface solution is a standalone application, which can start independently from PSS®SINCAL user interface.
The interface is a form-based application, the user controls are grouped on dialog pages with the following layout:
The configuration file is in XML format and stores the rule of the data conversion. Filling correctly this file is essential for the successful conversion.
The user can create one or more data definition(s) with base types. These definitions will describe which data will be converted from which shape file field.
The application has some extra optional functions, which are beyond the data conversion. These functions are created by real user requirements.
The next list shows such functions: