Generating a System Head Curve in SewerGEMS

Product(s): SewerGEMS
Version(s): V8i, CONNECT Edition
Area: Output and Reporting


The option to display a system head curve does not appear for a pump when using SewerGEMS. 

How can a system head curve be generated in SewerGEMS?


If you are using the Implicit or Explicit (SWMM) numerical solver (selected in the Calculation Options), the system head curve option will not be available. System head curves can only be generated using the GVF-Convex (SewerCAD) numerical solver, available in SewerGEMS. The SewerCAD solver uses the EPANET engine for pressure hydraulics, which supports the ability to view system head curves. Select GVF-Convex as the numerical solver in the calculation options used by your current scenario (designated with the red check mark in the list of calculation options):

You will then see the option to display the system head curve when you right click on the pump:

However, it is important to note that the GVF-Convex solver has different assumptions and limitations when compared to the other solvers, which could impact the system head curve. It is recommended that you review the differences noted in the following article, as well as any User Notifications that appear when using the Validate button.

Differences between solvers: GVF-Convex vs. GVF-Rational vs. Implicit vs. Explicit (SWMM)

Furthermore, if you are sizing a pump and/or analyzing a pressure sewer system, consider using WaterGEMS or WaterCAD instead as they have a wider array of tools to help with pump selection and energy costing.

SewerGEMS for AutoCAD

In SewerGEMS for AutoCAD (AutoCAD integrated mode), the System Head Curve option will not appear in the right click context menu, since AutoCAD cannot display different right click options depending on the state of the Calculation Options. When working with System Head Curves, you'll need to be in Standalone (with the GVF-Convex solver), or use WaterGEMS/WaterCAD instead.

See Also

How are pumps handled in each OpenFlows product?

Understanding System Head Curves in WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and SewerCAD

Unexpected system head curve in SewerCAD or SewerGEMS