Configure DMA Zones

Data exchange files let you easily configure DMA Zones by entering Supply_Meter_IDs and Demand_Meter_IDs.


Before you begin, we strongly recommend creating a diagram of each DMA Zone in your utility. Catalog each meter and its role in the zone. This will help streamline the process of creating a Data Exchange file for modeling DMA Zones in BEACON.


To configure DMA Zones, do the following:

  1. Name the DMA Zone.
    Tip: Use meaningful names to help you quickly differentiate metering areas.
  2. Add two columns to your existing Data Exchange files:
    • Supply_Zone_ID
    • Demand_Zone_ID
    Leave the rest of the information unchanged.Click to download a DMA Sample File and use it to help jumpstart your DMA zone configuration.

To designate a meter as a Supply meter:

  1. After adding Supply_Zone_ID and Demand_Zone_ID columns to your existing Data Exchange files, enter the DMA Zone name in the Supply_Zone_ID column.
  2. Leave the Demand_Zone_ID column blank.
    Meter_ID …All the other data
    fields in your Data
    Exchange file…
    Supply_Zone_ID Demand_Zone_ID
    11111  Lodge 1

To designate a meter as a Demand meter:

  1. After adding Supply_Zone_ID and Demand_Zone_ID columns to your existing Data Exchange files, enter the DMA Zone name in the Demand_Zone_ID colum
  2. Leave the Supply_Zone_ID column blank.
    Meter_ID …All the other data
    fields in your
    Data Exchange File…
    Supply_Zone_ID Demand_Zone_ID
     22222  Lodge 1

To designate a meter as a Supply meter in one zone and a Demand meter in another zone:

  1. After adding Supply_Zone_ID and Demand_Zone_ID columns to your existing Data Exchange files, enter the DMA Zone name in the Supply_Zone_ID column.
  2. Enter a different DMA Zone name in the Demand_Zone_ID column.
    Tip: Do not enter the same DMA Zone name in the Supply_Zone_ID column and the Demand_Zone_ID column. If you do, the row will be rejected during Data Exchange validation.

    Meter_ID …All the other data
    fields in your
    Data Exchange File…
    Supply_Zone_ID Demand_Zone_ID
     33333  Lodge 2  Lodge 1
  1. Repeat as needed.
  2. When finished, name and save the file.
  3. Drop it onto the Assets page System Sync Import drop zone.

To designate a meter as a Sewer meter, enter S in its Service_Point_Type column.

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