Duplicating Controls - One control is changed in the controls tab and it changes another control.

Product(s): Bentley WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, SewerCAD
Version(s): V8i, Connect Edition
Area: Layout and Data Input


One control is changed in the controls tab and it changes another control

Can you duplicate controls?


The two controls are referring to the same condition and/or action, depending on the part of the control statement that is changing.

For example, both controls here refer to the action for pump PU5 with a status of off. If you change one control the other control will change because there is only 1 action  (A965) that refers to the off control. See the screen shot below:

If you create a second action with that has a different ID and assign it to the other off control from the first screen shot that will resolve the problem. See the screen shot below for the two different action ID's for pump 5.

Connect Edition Update 4 (Water) 

Starting with Connect Edition 10.04.XX.XX of the Water products (WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, HAMMER), new controls user interface has been introduced. See more details in controls wiki.

In earlier versions, you could create conditions and actions separately which were used to create controls then. Here you can reuse existing condition and action with copy paste but same condition or action will not be common between controls. Which will be effective in managing controls.

You can Duplicate control (Full), which also duplicates the conditions and actions, which resolves the issue described above.  Controls can be duplicated depending upon your requirement, if you click on any tab within a control row or select the control row and click duplicate in toolbar, whole control along with condition and action will be duplicated.

If you want to copy specific composite conditions or actions only for creating a new control, then you would need to copy those conditions or actions through Edit Composite toolbar. Select a control to open on composite conditions or actions for that control and then click on Edit composite.

 Select Series 6 + (Water) and Select Series 5 + (Storm Sewer)

In Select Series 6 and newer of the Water product (WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, HAMMER) and Select Series 5 and newer of the Storm and Sewer products (SewerGEMS, CivilStorm, SewerCAD) there is now an option to duplicate controls, which resolves the issue described above. There are two options for duplicating controls. The first is Duplicate control (Full) , which also duplicates the conditions and actions and resolves the problem referred to above. The second is Duplicate (Partial), which duplicates the control, but not the conditions and actions. Please see the screen shot below:


See Also

Creating controls, conditions, and actions