Friday, February 17, 2012

How to Make a Smaller Model out of a Large Model in InfoSWMM

Subject:   How to Make a Smaller Model out of a Large Model in InfoSWMM
InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM will export only those ACTIVE elements to SWMM 5 as defined by the Facility Manager. 
You can use the feature to make smaller SWMM 5 models and then reimport the exported smaller SWMM 5 model back into a H2OMAP SWMM or InfoSWMM scenario.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Maximum Surcharge Height Over Crown Explanation

Note:   Maximum Surcharge Height Over Crown Explanation

Here is an example of how the Maximum Surcharge Height over the Node Crown is calculated.     Consider a manhole with an invert of 10 feet,  one incoming pipe (Pipe A), one outgoing pipe (Pipe B), both pipes with a diameter of 2 feet, but the invert  of Pipe A is 10 feet and the invert of Pipe B is 11 feet.  What is the Maximum Surcharge height if the HGL at the node is 17 feet?

                                                                                HGL at Node ---- 17 feet
                                                                                Maximum Surcharge Height Over Crown is 4 feet

                                                                                        
                                                                                Node Crown --- 13 feet         Pipe B Crown --- 13 feet                          

           Pipe A Crown --- 12 feet                          

                                                                                                                                          Pipe B Invert --- 11 feet                          
            Pipe A Invert --- 1o feet                           MH Invert --- 10 feet
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Importance of Viewing Results at the Proper Time Scale

Subject:   The Importance of Viewing Results at the Proper Time Scale
In SWMM 5 when you are simulating rapidly changing flow – such as pump flows – it is important to  remember that you are only seeing the results of the simulation at your selected report time step.  Here is an example model with the same number of pump starts for all three simulations (318), the same  average time step during the simulation (10 seconds) but different report time steps.  The conception of the pump starts is totally different visually depending on the selected report time steps.  You should always compare the starts using the pump graphs and the pump summary table.    The percent utilized and the number of pump start ups tells you  the mean pump start length or in this case 153 seconds or 45.1 percent of 30 hours divided by 318 pump starts.

The Importance of Viewing Results at the Proper Time Scale in SWMM5 and InfoSWMM Models

by dickinsonre
Subject:   The Importance of Viewing Results at the Proper Time Scale
In SWMM 5 when you are simulating rapidly changing flow – such as pump flows – it is important to  remember that you are only seeing the results of the simulation at your selected report time step.  Here is an example model with the same number of pump starts for all three simulations (318), the same  average time step during the simulation (10 seconds) but different report time steps.  The conception of the pump starts is totally different visually depending on the selected report time steps.  You should always compare the starts using the pump graphs and the pump summary table.    The percent utilized and the number of pump start ups tells you  the mean pump start length or in this case 153 seconds or 45.1 percent of 30 hours divided by 318 pump starts.

An Example of the Importance of the Term DQ4 in the SWMM 5 St Venant Solution

Subject:   An Example of the Importance of the Term DQ4 in the SWMM 5 St Venant Solution

An Example of the Importance of the Term DQ4 in the SWMM 5 St Venant Solution

by dickinsonre
Subject:   An Example of the Importance of the Term DQ4 in the SWMM 5 St Venant Solution

The four terms are are used in the new flow for a time step of Qnew:

Qnew = (Qold – dq2 + dq3 + dq4) / ( 1 + dq1)
when the force main or gravity main is full dq3 and dq4 are zero and  Qnew = (Qold – dq2) / ( 1 + dq1)

The dq4 term in dynamic.c uses the area upstream (a1) and area downstream (a2), the midpoint velocity, the sigma factor (a function of the link Froude number), the link length and the time step or
dq4 = Time Step * Velocity * Velocity * (a2 – a1) / Link Length * Sigma
where Sigma is a function of the Froude Number and the Keep, Dampen and Ignore Inertial Term Options.  Keep sets Sigma to 1 always and Dampen set Sigma based on the Froude number, Ignore sets Sigma to 0 all  of the time during the simulation.

The value of dq4 increases when there is a significant difference in the cross sectional  area of the downstream end of the link and the upstream end of the link.  In this  example, the downstream storage node causes a backflow in the link.   The flow may look unstable in the link  flow time series but the change in flow is simply due to the water sloshing back and forth.  There is not continuity error as the term dq4 keeps the water in the link  in balance.



ArcToolBox GIF in InfoSewer and InfoSWMM

Use the SWMM 5 Scatter Graph to show the Pump Curve used during the Simulation

Subject:  Use the SWMM 5 Scatter Graph to show the Pump Curve used during the Simulation

Use the SWMM 5 Scatter Graph to show the Pump Curve used during the Simulation

by dickinsonre
Subject:  Use the SWMM 5 Scatter Graph to show the Pump Curve used during the Simulation 
You can use a scatter graph to show the relationship between the pump during the simulation and the Storage Depth.   If the pump is on the curve based on the pump summary table then the scatter graph should  look like the pump curve.  The pump summary table in the  SWMM 5 RPT also shows you the time off the pump curve low and high.
 

From SciAM - Why Plants are important to River Formation

Thanks to Plants, We Will Never Find a Planet Like Earth
Earth's flora is responsible for the glaciers and rivers that have created this planet's distinctive landscape
Perhaps even more surprisingly, vascular plants formed the kinds of rivers we see around us today, according to another article by Martin Gibling of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and Neil Davies of the University of Ghent in Belgium, who analyzed sediment deposition going back hundreds of millions of years. Before the era of plants, water ran over Earth's landmasses in broad sheets, with no defined courses. Only when enough vegetation grew to break down rock into minerals and mud, and then hold that mud in place, did river banks form and begin to channel the water. The channeling led to periodic flooding that deposited sediment over broad areas, building up rich soil. The soil allowed trees to take root. Their woody debris fell into the rivers, creating logjams that rapidly created new channels and caused even more flooding, setting up a feedback loop that eventually supported forests and fertile plains.

"Sedimentary rocks, before plants, contained almost no mud," explains Gibling, a professor of Earth science at Dalhousie. "But after plants developed, the mud content increased dramatically. Muddy landscapes expanded greatly. A new kind of eco-space was created that wasn't there before."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM

Subject:  How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in InfoSWMM

How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM

by dickinsonre
Subject:  How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM
 The idea of this blog of note is to show how one may extract information from the SWMM 5 or InfoSWMM RPT file and import the Excel  File as a feature in InfoSWMM. This blog has an example Excel file to illustrate the linkage. The steps are:
 Step 1:  Copy the whole row  from Conduit Summary from the InfoSWMM Browser
Step 2:  Add the two columns length and  slope from the Link Summary Table and the InfoSWMM Browser
Step 3:  You need a few calculations based on the table values from SWMM 5 to estimate the CFL  time steps in the .
Step 4:   Add the Excel Spreadsheet as a layer in InfoSWMM – the Named Rangeshould be added to insure valid numbers and not Nulls after the join
Step 5:  You can now plot the CFL Time Step for the Links using the Layer Properties command in Arc Map
  Step 1:  Copy the whole row  from Conduit Summary
 
 Step 2:  Add the two columns length and  slope from the Link Summary Table



Step 3:  You need a few calculations based on the table values from SWMM 5 to estimate the CFL  time steps.

The CFL Step      = Length / (Full  Velocity + (Gravity * Full Depth)^0.5)
Full Velocity        = Full Flow / Full  Area

You also need to create a Name A Range for you data so that the data does not show up as Nulls

 Step 4:  Add the Excel Spreadsheet as a layer in InfoSWMM – the Named Range should be added
 
 Step 4:  Join the Excel  Table to the InfoSWMM Conduit Feature Layer
 
 Step 5:  You can now plot the CFL Time Step for the Links using the Layer Properties command in Arc Map



How to Approximate a Timer in the RTC Rules of SWMM 5

Subject:   How to Approximate a Timer in the RTC Rules of SWMM 5

How to Approximate a Timer in the RTC Rules of SWMM 5

by dickinsonre
Subject:   How to Approximate a Timer in the RTC Rules of SWMM 5
 SWMM 5 does not have a explicit timer in its Real Time Control (RTCrules but you can approximate it by using a Control Curve as in the attached example model.  The Control Curve will modify the setting of the Weir by the Inflow to the Storage node.  You can have normal weir flow settings based on the invert elevation of the weir and the Surface node water surface elevation but in addition you can control the weir setting by: 
1.   Closing the weir when the inflow is low,
2.   Closing the weir by staggered Storage node depth,
3.   Opening the weir gradually when the inflow increases
4.   Closing the weir by a combination of Node Depth IF statements and Control Curve rules 
For example, you can have the Weir Setting controlled the Node Depth,  Link Inflow and Node Inflow  simultaneously approximately with the depth and the inflow parameters closing the weir by proxy instead of by time since the closing.



gate_timer.INP Download this file

How to Approximate a Timer in the RTC Rules of SWMM 5.docx Download this file

Hidden features of the 1D St Venant solution for SWMM5, InfoSWMM, and ICM SWMM Networks

1/ There is also an ArcEngine version of InfoSWMM call InfoSWMM SA. I will SA to show some hidden features of the 1D St Venant solution f...