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EPANET time-based controls are ignored when importing an INP file into WaterGEMS or WaterCAD

Product(s): WaterGEMS, WaterCAD
Version(s): CONNECT Edition, V8i
Area: Modeling

Problem

Why are some EPANET time-based controls ignored when importing an INP file into WaterGEMS or WaterCAD?

Solution

This may be related to the format of the EPANET controls. If the controls in EPANET do not follow the expected format, the controls will be considered and ignored when they are imported. EPANET expects the format for time-based controls to be in one of two formats. The controls can be on a 12-hour time format that includes AM or PM or on a 24-hour time format where AM or PM are not used. The controls will look like the examples below.

12-hour time format:

RULE 687
IF SYSTEM CLOCKTIME > 02:00 PM 
THEN PUMP PMP-2 STATUS IS CLOSED

24-hour time format:

RULE 687
IF SYSTEM CLOCKTIME > 14:00 
THEN PUMP PMP-2 STATUS IS CLOSED

The times above are the same time, and either format is valid. However, if you include an AM/PM designation on a 24-hour time format (i.e., "14:00 PM"), this will be considered invalid and ignored when you import the controls into WaterGEMS or WaterCAD.

See Also

What are the limitations of importing/exporting EPANET files?

Creating Controls - Conditions, Actions, and Control Sets (CONNECT Edition and V8i SELECTseries 6)

Using SWMM Control Sets in SewerGEMS and CivilStorm

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