How to attach a separate model as a background

Product(s): WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, HAMMER, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, StormCAD, CivilStorm, PondPack
Version(s): 08.11.XX.XX and 10.00.XX.XX
Area: Layout and Data Input


How can I attach another Bentley Hydraulics and Hydrology model as a background layer.

For example, if you are working on a storm/sewer model and want to view a water distribution model in the same view, or vice versa.


Bentley Hydraulics and Hydrology models can't be directly added as a background layer in another model. However, the model can be exported to a DXF file and then attached as a background.


1. In the model that will be the background layer, export elements to DXF (File > Export > DXF).

2. Open the model that the background layer will be attached to and attach DXF.

a. Open the View menu and select Background Layers.

b. In the Background Layers dialog click the New icon and select New File.

c. Navigate to and select the DXF then click open.

See Also

What file types are supported for background layers in the standalone platform?

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