Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tip for The Ponding Allowed Option in SWMM 5

Tip for The Ponding Allowed Option in SWMM 5

Normally, it is better to have smaller ponding allowed area in SWMM 5 due to considerations outlined in this earlier blog and 2nd Blog but if you have a low lying area with ponding allowed it is better if you have a larger ponding area so that the depth above the rim elevation of the node is small and you do not set up reverse  flow and cause flooding at other modes due to the  higher HGL.  Figure 1 illustrates a typical HGL profile and Figure 2 shows the better flooding  graphs as you increase the ponding surface area for the low lying node.

Figure 1.  HGL around a low Lying Node

Figure 2.  Smoother Flooding Graph due to Higher Surface Ponding Area

Saturday, February 22, 2014

How to Make an InfoSewer or H2OMap Sewer Model from SWMM5

"Discover the seamless integration capabilities within Innovyze's suite of software at 🌐. Our versatile platforms offer robust import and export functions, ensuring you can effortlessly move model data across various applications. Each tool supports universal formats like CSV and shapefiles 🔄.

Here's how you can capitalize on these features for a SWMM 5 model in H2OMap Sewer or InfoSewer:

1️⃣ Manhole - Import detailed manhole data to maintain network integrity. 2️⃣ Pipe - Ensure accurate pipe flow simulations by transferring essential data. 3️⃣ Outfall - Model outfall conditions with precision. 4️⃣ Pump - Integrate pump operations seamlessly into your network. 5️⃣ Wet Wells - Manage wet well data for comprehensive modeling. 6️⃣ DWF Values - Directly copy to the Other Loading DB Table for accurate dry weather flow representation. 7️⃣ DWF Patterns - Replicate demand patterns by pasting into Pattern Tables.

Elevate your water management projects with Innovyze's interoperable solutions that bridge the gap between SWMM 5 and H2OMap Sewer or InfoSewer 💧🔗🛠️."

H20Map Sewer GUI and Import Manager

Older SWMM3 and SWMM 4 Fortran Engines on Box

For the sake of history and future student reconstruction of the past of SWMM  modeling I have put on Box many copies of SWMM3 and SWMM 4 FORTRAn engines, SWMM 3 to SWMM 4 converters - updated from the EPA download page version, SWMM 4 DOC files (they are annotated text files)

Box Folder for SWMM 3 and SWMM 4 Engines

Partial Box File List of older SWMM Fortran Engines

Batch File Programs for Running SWMM 4 Engines and Converters

Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to Search Twitter for Links connected to SWMM5, #nfoSWMM or InfoSewer via @RDICKINSON for @INNOVYZE

If you have a lot a tweets as I do you can get lost in the tweets despite hootsuite, tweetdeck and other helpful aids.  You can search for a topic using Advanced Search in Twitter (Figure 1) or use a search URL with the search terms and the twitter source in the name to see the found links (Figure 2)

Figure 1.  Advanced Search in Twitter 

Figure 2. Search Items Found from Twitter

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

CSV File DWF Suggestion for Importing SWMM5 Flows to ICM

If you are importing a SWMM 5 File into InfoWorks ICM one problem you will have how to deal with difference in dry weather flow generation (DWF):

1. SWMM 5 has DWF enter at a node and ICM has DWF as part of the Subcatchment Loading
2. Thee Import and Export From ICM needs manual adjustment of the DWF
3. One way to do this is to make an ICM CSV file to import the DWF Section of SWMM 5 (Figure 1)
4. Which allows you to manipulate the flow DWF in SWMM 5 to the population based DWF in ICM and IWCS.

Here is one example
hw_subcatchment,  S012-010 ,4.14841
hw_subcatchment,                   S005-005#1,7.8094
hw_subcatchment,                   S005-006#1 ,7.8094
Figure 1. DWF File for ICM (left) and the SWMM5 DWF Section Right

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, February 11, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that its president, COO and chief technical officer, Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on February 6. In total, the academy welcomed 67 new American members and 11 foreign associates this year, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,250 and the number of foreign associates to 214.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

The academy’s citation recognized Boulos “for contributions to theory and practice of computational hydraulics simulation technology for water infrastructure.”

Along with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the National Research Council (NRC), it is part of the National Academies, founded by congressional charter and signed into being by President Lincoln in 1863. Under this charter the NAE is directed “whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art.”
“While I am truly honored and humbled by this great recognition, it must be shared with my mentors and colleagues whose inspiration and support played a significant part in making these achievements possible,” Boulos said of his election. “It’s wonderful to know that my contributions to water infrastructure engineering — such a vital aspect of human life — are being recognized in this exceptional way.”
One of the world’s foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering, Dr. Boulos is the author of nine authoritative books and more than 100 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He has received a range of honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, governments, universities and NGOs, including notable technical awards for excellence in scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Boulos is a recipient of the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; and the Lebanese American University Alumni of the Year Award. He was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni. Dr. Boulos was also awarded Honorary Diplomate status (Hon.D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers as well as Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering (Dist. D.NE) by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers, the top honors for both academies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Dr. Boulos chairs the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (New York, NY, and Beirut, Lebanon) and the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovyze, MWH Global (Broomfield, CO), Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers, and America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc./AMIDEAST (Washington, D.C.); and on the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).
Dr. Boulos received his Doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor’s degree in General Science from the Lebanese American University. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

For more information on the National Academies, visit

About Innovyze
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water and wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasia and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Stormwater & Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference, Toronto, Canada, February 26-27, 2014

47th Annual International Conference
Toronto, Canada
February 26-27, 2014

Interested in any aspects of urban drainage or watershed engineering? Do you use computer models in your work?
If so, you should consider attending this conference, where you will hear about 50 presentations related to your interests, and talk to over 100 like-minded, friendly and thoughtful professionals.

The annual International Conference on Urban and Rural Water Systems Modeling is a forum for professionals from across North America and overseas to exchange ideas and experience on current practices and emerging technologies. This is the 47th annual SWMM Users Group Meeting, the 23rd in the current series of annual Toronto conferences, and the 34th to be held in Canada. The atmosphere is relaxed, presentations are of a high standard and by accepting papers up to the last few weeks before the event, a spontaneity is achieved which gives this conference special character.

Register Today:

There is still room to register for the '2014 Stormwater & Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference' which takes place on February 26 and 27, 2014. Please register today.
We would also like to inform you that our 2-day PCSWMM workshop will be held on Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the same venue, and leading up to the conference.

Hotel Reservations:

The Marriott Courtyard Toronto Brampton has a number of rooms blocked for this event but please reserve your room right away. To book either a Double Queen or a King room, please go to the hotels website. For international reservations, please visit Marriott Courtyard worldwide reservation telephone numbers to find a toll free number from your country.
The Marriott has complimentary on-site parking, free internet access throughout the hotel, easy highway access and is short cab ride from the airport.
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit
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Meghan Korman
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Computational Hydraulics International (CHI)
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

InfoSWMM 2D Inflows and Mesh Element to 1D Node Linkages

The 2D Output HTML file of InfoSWMM 2D shows the Total 2D Inflows at each node by Mesh ID.  You can either graph, report use the 2D Graphs in InfoSWMM to also see these flows but in addition there is a Section in the 2D InfoSWMM input file (Hydqua.inp) that shows the 1D Node Name followed by the Mesh Element ID (Figure 1)

 Net inflow in 1d nodes
 Node id :  2919                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 15244.2504
 Node id :  2946                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 7429.7630
 Node id :  7405                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 0.0000
 Node id :  7451                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 699.8173
 Node id :  4022                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 4026.5423
 Node id :  2370                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 2076.7189
 Node id :  1083                             // Net Inflow (m3) : 5697.8787

InfoSWMM 2D Inflows and Mesh Element to 1D Node Linkages

AI Rivers of Wisdom about ICM SWMM

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