How to share a read-only version of a hydraulic model for anyone to view

Product(s): WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, Hammer, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, CivilStorm, StormCAD, PondPack
Version(s): CONNECT Edition, V8i

Problem

How can I share a model with someone who does not have the OpenFlows software, so that they can view the input and results?

Is there a way to provide a model to someone out in the field, so they can use a tablet to see the model in plan view and input data for elements (eg. install date)?

Solution

A more direct solution for this is currently being evaluated for a future release. As of April 2021, a web-based viewer tool is on the product roadmap for within the next 6-18 months (subject to change). 

In the meantime one option would be to export the hydraulic model to an i-model which can then be opened in Bentley View.

If feasible, the customer or client that you want to send the model to also has the option of either using a 7-day trial version of the product (see "Trial Licenses" section in here) in order to view the model, or purchase a low pipe-limit (such as WaterCAD 10 pipes) so they can open and view the model. The pipe limit is checked on compute, but hydraulic results will still show (without having to compute) if you first compute and save the model, then include the output files when you send the model to the user (use the Save to Package feature to include them in a zip.)

For a field operator to enter input data, one option is to export element properties to an Excel file and export the hydraulic model to an i-model. A field operator could view the read-only i-model and edit the spreadsheet accordingly. Then the hydraulic model could be updated using the Excel spreadsheet in ModelBuilder.

As of February, 2017 the current commercial release of Bentley Map Mobile on iOS, Android and Windows provides redlining capabilities. See: Send your Hydraulic Model and Results to Anyone Using Bentley Map Mobile Export  However, field data entry via forms is planned, but not yet available.

See Also

Export data to an Excel spreadsheet

What is an i-model and why does it show as a prerequisite? How do I publish an i-model?

Send your Hydraulic Model and Results to Anyone Using Bentley Map Mobile Export

I-model [FAQ]

Bentley Map Mobile

Building and updating a model using ModelBuilder 

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