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Do you have existing ArcGIS geodatabase designs in Visio?
Would you like to ensure these designs can be maintained and updated for years to come?
Are you simply looking for a better way to design ArcGIS geodatabases?

With Esri's support for CASE Tools and Visio wrapping up, we'll walk you through the process of migrating your Visio designs to Enterprise Architect - the award-winning modeling platform that Esri now recommends for geodatabase design.

In this webinar you will learn how to:


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Session 1

Melbourne Wed 18 Nov 08:00 am
New York Tue 17 Nov 16:00 pm
Los Angeles Tue 17 Nov 13:00 pm
London Tue 17 Nov 21:00 pm
Auckland Wed 18 Nov 10:00 am

Session 2


Ben ConstableSparx Systems

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Questions & Answers


Some advantages include:

  • Less manual typing of model data: For example, tagged value names are predefined for particular stereotypes and you can choose from preset values in many cases; cross-references to elements are maintained dynamically rather than using manually keyed element names; and you drag and drop shape stereotypes, rather than manually keying shape types.
  • Better traceability: You can link parts of your geodatabase design to upstream and downstream models and artifacts. For example you could show how the geodatabase design satisfies specific business requirements, and even include traceability links to the implemented geodatabase schema file.
  • Support: Sparx Systems is actively developing and enhancing its modeling support for ArcGIS, whereas support for Visio CASE Tools will be retired imminently.

Visio 2007, SP2.

We've confirmed that the migration tools work with Visio 2010, whereas Visio 2013 is unconfirmed. Basically, the Visio installation needs to support XMI export to work with Enterprise Architect. (Note: Esri's CASE Tools is not a required component for the model migration.)

Yes. The main purpose of the Model Migration script is to facilitate generation of schemas from the designs that were originally drawn in Visio. Before generating schemas from your imported model, however, it is useful to check that the model validates in Enterprise Architect. (Select your Workspace stereotyped package in the Project Browser, then use Extensions | ArcGIS | Validate ArcGIS Model).

Some of the warnings the model validator issues can be safely ignored (it can be very strict), but you should correct any errors before generating the schema. For details, see our ArcGIS Model Validation web page.

Apart from Visio, you only need an Enterprise Architect Corporate edition license. The other tools - MDG Link for Visio and the Model Migration script - are free. For details, see our Visio Case Tools Model Migration web page.

Enterprise Architect 12.1 is due for release imminently. Along with that, the updated MDG Link for Visio (1.8.42) will also be officially released, as it depends on Enterprise Architect 12.1.

Even though both tools have Beta status at the time of this webinar, they provide the cleanest import of Visio ArcInfo models to date.

MDG Link for Visio imports various kinds of UML drawing from Visio. If you specifically need to migrate business processes, you could try to import these as Activity models. One of our partners, Cephas Consulting, also provides a specific service for migrating business process models from Visio to Enterprise Architect. For more information, see their Visio BPMN migration web page.

The XMI 1.0 file exported by Visio does not contain enough information to perform a complete import of the design in Visio. Furthermore, no diagram information is contained within the XMI file. That said, MDG Link for Visio does read the XMI file to extract as much model information as possible. It then uses the Visio API to get a more complete picture and to restore diagram layouts.

In terms of ArcGIS-specific information in Visio, the only thing we are aware of is that Composite connectors are not yet fully migrated (though use of these in CASE Tools models appears to be rare). Apart from that, some of the cosmetic aspects drawn in Visio may not be migrated - for example background images in a Visio diagram template.

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