What's New with HAMMER CONNECT Edition Update 2

  Product(s): HAMMER
  Area: Installation


The CONNECT Edition Update 2 release of HAMMER introduces numerous improvements and features to help you be more successful.

Table of Contents

  • CONNECT Licensing
  • Supported Operating Systems and Platforms
  • Bentley product-specific Bing Maps Key
  • Updated description of the Constant Speed transient pump types
  • Other Updates
    • Sort Selection Sets and Contour by label
    • Export flow arrows to shapefile
    • Updated workflow for Trace Upstream, Trace Downstream, and Shortest Path queries
    • Sorting based on Labels for FlexTables when generating Custom Report
    • Updated workflow for selection of scenarios in Batch dialog

CONNECT Licensing

This release uses CONNECT Licensing, a major advancement in Bentley's product licensing methodology. CONNECT Licensing gives organizations much more control over license usage and reporting, with the capability to establish concurrent use thresholds, groups of users with different levels of access and more. Selecting the license feature level (number of pipes) is also much more clear to the end user. More information on CONNECT Licensing and how it works can be found here: Licensing OpenFlows | Hydraulics and Hydrology Products - CONNECT Licensing

Important note: with CONNECT Licensing, you will need to sign in to the CONNECTION Client (included with installation of HAMMER). If you do not currently have an account that is properly linked to your organization, please contact your Site Administrator, who can add you.

Compatible Operating Systems and Platforms

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Compatible Platforms

The Standalone version does not require any CAD or GIS software to work. However, it can be integrated with the following platforms:

MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 4 (Some earlier versions may work as well. MicroStation CONNECT Edition integration is not yet supported with this release.)
AutoCAD 2019 or 2018
ArcGIS 10.6 (Some earlier versions of ArcGIS 10 should work as well.)

HAMMER is now compatible with ProjectWise build

See: Platform Compatibility

Bentley product-specific Bing Maps Key

You can now use a Bentley Bing Maps key, making it easier to display a Bing Map background without having to request a personal key from Microsoft.

To use this, select the Bing Maps background type. The default will be to use the Bentley Bing Maps Key.

You do need to be logged into the CONNECTION Client to take advantage of this feature. If you want to use your own Bing Maps key, click the ellipsis (…) button and you can select the option" User Defined Bing Map Key".

Updated description of the Constant Speed Transient Pump Types

The label for the "Constant Speed" Transient Pump Types have been updated to better describe how they will function. If you select "Constant Speed - Four Quadrant Characteristics," HAMMER will use the four-quadrant curve selected in the Pump Definition during the transient calculation. Reverse flows will be possible with this setting. If "Constant Speed - Pump Definition" is selected, the program will use the pump curve used in the initial conditions calculation and will only operate in the first quadrant. The following link includes further details on these settings: Differences between the Constant Speed transient pump types.

Other Features

Sort Selection Sets and Contours by label

It is now possible to sort the selection sets in your Selection Set manager and the contours in the Contours manager by label. This enables you to easily find and view selection sets and contours when a model has a lot of these.

To do this, click on the Label header in the Selection Set or Contour manager. This will sort the items in the manager alphabetically. Clicking the Label header again will reverse the sort.

Export flow arrows to Esri Shapefile

It is now possible to export the flow arrows to a shapefile format, enabling you to display flow areas in presentations in GIS applications like ArcGIS. To use this, open the pipe FlexTable, click the Export to File button, and choose the option to export flow direction arrows.


This can be useful for users who work in standalone but use ArcGIS for presentations so that the flow arrows can be displayed.

The flow arrows exported will be for the current time step. However, data on if the flow in the pipe reverses over the course of the simulation is also included in the shapefile. This information can also be used other applications like ArcGIS as needed.

Updated workflow for Trace Upstream, Trace Downstream, and Shortest Path queries

The queries for Trace Upstream, Trace Downstream, and Shortest Path have been streamlined to make it both easier and quicker to use.

Sorting based on Labels for FlexTables when generating Custom Report

FlexTables added to a Custom Report can be sorted by label, enabling the user to better display the elements in a report.

Updated workflow for selection of scenarios in Batch dialog

A new import and export feature has been included in the Batch Run dialog. You can select a set of scenarios in batch and export these selections out to a Scenario Batch Run (.sbr) file. If you clear the batch selection, you can then quickly select them again by importing the Scenario Batch Run file again. This can be particularly useful for models with a large number of scenarios, to enable you to switch between different batch run configurations quickly.

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  Original Author: Scott Kampa