The SELECTseries 4 release of StormCAD includes many new features and improvements. Let's explore each of these in detail.
- Support for Newer Platforms and Operating Systems- New Database Format- Independent of Microsoft Office- Digital Terrain Models- Downstream Trace- Headwall Elements- Bentley Map Mobile- ProjectWise Cross-discipline- Direct Import of MX Drainage Files- Redesigned Conduit Catalog- Improvements to Automated Design- New Time of Concentration Methods- Improvement to Calculation Options- New Layout Toolbar- Inlet-only Hydraulic CalculationsFor more information and a demonstration of the new features, a free webinar is available here: What's new in SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, CivilStorm and StormCAD V8i (SELECTseries 4)
Support for Newer Platforms and Operating Systems
StormCAD now supports the following:
* StormCAD V8i for AutoCAD license required.
** Note: Windows XP is not supported for StormCAD SELECTseries 4.
New Database Format
For this SS4 version, StormCAD uses SQLite as the database; previously it was Microsoft Access Database (MDB). There are some noticeable advantages with the SQLite database, such as:
- Smaller database files (50% smaller then MDB files on average). - Smaller deployment - SQLite's library is less than 1 MB, compared to MDB's which is 25MB+ - Transparent cross-platform support (x86, x64 - and others - with no conflicts with other programs like Microsoft Office). - Cross-device support (Desktop PCs, smartphones, tablets, etc.). - Faster than MDBs in general (percentage caries per type of query/operation).
Independent of Microsoft Office
In previous builds of StormCAD, there was a conflict with 32 bit versus 64 bit Microsoft Office when installing the product. Thanks to the SQLite database, it no longer matters whether a computer has 32 bit or 64 bit Microsoft Office.
Digital Terrain Models
This new tool automatically assigns elevation data to node elements. The node elevation can be updated automatically when the element is moved.
To learn more about the digital terrain models, click here.
Downstream trace works with the terrain models. With an active terrain model, you can find the path from a starting point to a lower point with the greatest gradient.
To learn more about the downstream trace, click here.
StormCAD now supports headwalls and endwalls.
Here is a support solution that has more information on headwalls.
Bentley Map Mobile
This tool publishes a StormCAD model, including results, for use in Bentley Map Mobile, a free application that works on Android, iPad and iPad mini tablets.
To export a model to Bentley Map Mobile, in StormCAD go to File > Export > Publish Map Mobile i-model. The following dialogue box will appear. You can select which elements will get exported. If you have GPS integration with the same coordinate system that the model is in, you can actually see where you are in the map.
When you have the i-model open on your device you can do searches for example on the word catch to get a list of the catchments that are in the current model. You can zoom into an individual element and look at the properties.
When you select File > Export > Publish to Map Mobile the following appears. You can select which elements will get exported.
ProjectWise Cross-Discipline Coordination Services
ProjectWise Cross-Discipline Coordination Services refers to a shared library of code and tools used to facilitate the communication of model engineering data between two or more separate applications. Repository management allows communication between two different applications, one being StormCAD. Repository needs to be created for this, through File > Repository Management > Create/update Repository.
For example, suppose the building construction software wants to communicate relevant information about the model with the software being used to design the parking lot for the building. ProjectWise Cross-Discipline Coordination Services allows this communication through a separate store of information called a consensus repository. This consensus repository has a schema called the consensus schema. The consensus schema only contains those fields/attributes that are common/relevant to the software using it to sync data (in this example, the common fields/attributes between the building software and the parking lot software). Below is the workflow:
Direct Import of MX Drainage Files
The import of MX Drainage files in StormCAD has been improved, reducing the steps necessary to leverage MX Drainage data.
To import drainage data from MX, in StormCAD you would go to File > Import > MX Drainage.
Before you can use this option the following requirements must be met.
There is a section in the StormCAD help titled "Importing from MX". In this section it explains how the MX Drainage data (nodes and pipes) is mapped.
Redesigned Conduit Catalog
Conduits with the same section shape and materials are now grouped together in the conduit catalog, making it easier to view and edit them.
Improvements to Automated Design
The automated design calculations for storm sewers include a number of enhancements, such as pipe wall thickness can be included when computing cover; drop structures can be used to minimize cover (previously drop structures only prevented a pipe from exceeding the maximum allowable slope); and a minimum drop depth can be specified for drop structures.
New Time of Concentration Methods
The Kinematic Wave equation, Friend's equation and Bransby-Williams equation have been added as time of concentration calculations in StormCAD.
Improvement to Calculation Options
Improvements to the calculation options have been made for the GVF Rational Solver. You can now select whether to include conduit flow travel time in design. This could ultimately affect the conduit size. You can read about how this works by clicking here.
New Layout Tools
The headwall element has been added to the layout toolbar in StormCAD.
Inlet-only hydraulic calculations
Inlet-only hydraulic calculations allow the user to place inlets, check gutter and inlet carryover flows, and adjust the inlet positions as necessary, before designing the pipe network. This may be useful for doing the road drainage design before designing the subsurface piping. This feature is only available for the GVF Rational Solver.
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