The SELECTseries 2 release of CivilStorm includes many new features and improvements. Let's explore each of these in detail.
-Support for Newer Platforms-Inlet capacity analysis-SWMM Long Term Continuous Simulation-SWMM Interface Files (including Hot Start)-SWMM Calculation Engine Update-SWMM RTK Method-Catchment to Catchment SWMM Hydrology Support-Improvements to the Dynamic Wave Solver (Implicit calculation engine)-Improvements to the Hydrology Calculation Engine-Improved Pond Outlet Structure User Interface-Network Tracing Queries-More Flexible Date/Time Formatting-Engineering-Style profiles-Improved Profile Creation-Element Property Inferencing tool-Scenario Comparison Tool-Hydrology Alternative Editor Improvements-Formula-based User Data Extensions-Symbology Definitions-Miscellaneous changes.-Seed File Support-Create XML Reports from Flextables-New Selection Tool for User Notifications
CivilStorm now supports the following:
CivilStorm V8i now supports inlet capacity calculations, using standard HEC-22 equations. You can configure the inlet in each catchbasin element and CivilStorm V8i will compute inlet capacity based on flow to the inlet, inlet geometry and gutter geometry.
SWMM Long Term Continuous Simulation
A long term continuous simulation is a simulation that spans multiple storm events and must typically account for things that a single return event would not, such as snow melt and monthly temperature. In previous versions, the SWMM calculation engine had the ability to compute a long term continuous simulation, but the CivilStorm user interface was mainly designed for single event based simulations. In V8i SELECTseries 2, several features have been added to accommodate long term continuous simulations:
SWMM Interface Files (including Hot Start)
The SWMM calculation engine can use several different kinds of interface files that contains either external imposed inputs (e.g., rainfall or infiltration/inflow hydrograph) or the results of previously run analysis (e.g., runoff or routing results). As of SELECTseries 2, CivilStorm can now utilize these interface files
SWMM Calculation Engine Update
The Explicit (SWMM) calculation engine has been updated to version 5.0.018. Meaning, when you choose "Explicit" as the "Engine Type" in the calculation options, version 5.0.018 of the calculation engine will be used when you compute a simulation.
SWMM RTK Method
The RTK method available in previous versions of CivilStorm is different from EPA-SWMM's implementation. In SELECTseries 2, CivilStorm now supports the SWMM RTK method for estimating RDII.
Catchment to Catchment SWMM Hydrology Support
Improvements to the Dynamic Wave Solver (Implicit calculation engine)
Improvements to the Hydrology Calculation Engine
Improved Pond Outlet Structure User Interface
Network Tracing Queries
Advanced network tracing queries can now be performed, from the Network Navigator tool (View > Network Navigator). These can be very useful for cleaning up defects in a model or locating other modeling problems.
More Flexible Date/Time Formatting
In previous versions, time was displayed as either date/time (such as 07/09/2010 7:45 PM) time from start in decimal (such as 7.75) or time from start in clock time (such as 07:45:00). In V8i SELECTseries 2, you can now customize which time format CivilStorm uses.
In previous versions, only one type of profile was available. This "regular" profile was a schematic style, useful for model review, but lacked some of the things that were more useful for presentation purposes. SELECTseries 2 now includes two profile viewing options: the old style "regular" profile, and a new engineering style profile. Engineering Profiles display the profile at a predefined horizontal and vertical scale, can include user-defined annotations and can be printed to scale or exported to DXF format. Note that any defined profile path can be displayed in either format.
Features of the engineering style profiles include:
Improved Profile Creation
Element Property Inferencing tool
The new Element Property Inferencing tool (located under the Tools menu) allows you to populate missing elevation information. Basically if you have an upstream and downstream manhole with known ground and invert elevations, this tool can be used to interpolate the elevations of any elements between. It can also create elements and interpolate. Note that this tool currently only works with manholes, not catchbasins or outfalls. This feature was previously available in Bentley SewerCAD and Bentley SewerGEMS Sanitary.
Scenario Comparison Tool
In the above example, the Rainfall Runoff alternative was different between the two scenarios.
Hydrology Alternative Editor Improvements
The hydrology alternative dialog box can now be easily filtered, to show only the input fields related to the type of catchment information you're interested in. In the past, this window showed all input fields at once, which was cumbersome since there are many different runoff methods, each with different input fields. For example if all your catchments use the SCS CN loss method, simply click "SCS CN" on the left side, and you'll see only the fields relevant to your model.
Formula-based User Data Extensions
In the past, a user data extension always contained user-entered information. Now, you can create a user data extension whose value is calculated based on other existing fields.
You will now have a dropdown at the top of the Element Symbology manager, which allows you to configure which symbology should be applied. For example, you may have one symbology definition for helping you with data input and a few for the different types of presentations you may want to make.
Several other minor changes have been made in CivilStorm V8i SELECTseries 1. Many of these are done in order to be consistent with changes in recent versions of SewerGEMS and SewerCAD.
Seed File Support
Create XML Reports from Flextables
New Selection Tool for User Notifications
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