Storm Sewer & Flood Modeling

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  1. Our clients would like to see InfoWorks ICM apply daylight savings time corrections to wastewater and tradewaste inflows

    As a toggle setting in the run settings or in a wastewater/tradewaste pattern, this would shift the diurnal patterns based on the simulation date and daylight savings time start/end dates instead of working on standard time all year long. Mathematically, this is really straightforward, but may require internal indexes (and warning messages?) for the DST start/end dates. It would also require something to turn this feature on and off as there are several areas that do not observe DST. This feature would help us more accurately predict combined sewer overflow volumes and durations where base wastewater flow has a significant…

    19 votes

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  2. Improve ground infiltration simulation parameters.

    Could we have a 'Node level affects groundwater infiltration' for the soil store please?
    This simulation parameter was introduced to InfoWorks ICM recently to limit infiltration from the ground store to the model. Could this be extended to limit flows from the soil store as well?
    As often when are using models for design purposes, infiltration can become excessive in design events compared to verification. Therefore we have to manually reduce soil store inflow, often requiring new limiting discharge orifices and nodes at each subcatchment with GI applied. Thanks

    11 votes

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  3. Merge pond and storage nodes and increase their functionality

    Pond nodes:
    - allow variable infiltration at different levels (up to 3 different rates)
    - allow variable perimeter with level i.e. plan area through which side infiltration can occurs can vary
    - no porosity function

    Storage nodes:
    - 1 porosity value (which only works below ground, above ground it is assumed to be 100%)
    - fixed perimeter for infiltration i.e. assumes cylindrical shape for infiltration (despite the plan area changing with level)
    - fixed infiltration rate (no change with height)

    It is not possible to model both porosity and a change in infiltration with height.

    I propose that pond and…

    5 votes

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  4. Allow the user to choose the flood type of pond or storage nodes

    Allow the user to choose the flood type of pond or storage nodes from a drop down as is the case for manholes. As opposed to the current state where the flood type depends on the relationship between the highest level entry in the storage array and the ground level of the node.

    From help file: "Storage nodes or ponds can flood. If the highest level entry is below ground level, the pond is considered to have a roof at that level and is therefore sealed. If the highest level entry is equal to the ground level then any water…

    5 votes

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  5. Correct calculation of volume within storage node when using porosity

    Currently when a porosity value is applied to a storage node, the porosity is only applied for storage array entries which are below ground level. Storage array entries above ground level are assumed to have a porosity of 100%. Between the highest storage array level value below ground and the lowest storage array level value above ground the porosity is assumed to increase linearly between the value you applied and 100%. i.e. the storage is assumed to be conical.
    This should be corrected. The porosity value applied should be applied to the whole storage array both above and below ground.…

    4 votes

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  6. blockage

    Applying pipe blockage is a standard required in Australia and the functionality in ICM to do this is not user friendly (using blockage links). A simple % pipe blockage in the conduit properties should really be an option. This is particular the case for cross drainage and also orifice and pipes leaving detention basins (where a pit isnt used)

    5 votes

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  7. bottom opening

    Beside an upstanding vertical orrifice, it would be practical to be able to implement horizontal 'bottom holes' from one node to an underlaying node. e.g when a ditch can drain to an underlying conduit by means of a bottom opening. This might be a more straight forward implementation then the weir circumference workround method which is now often used. if possible both circular and rectangular.

    11 votes

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  8. Calculating volume storage on river reaches

    In the application of ICM, we often count the regulation volume of river channels.But at the moment we can only calculatethe total available volume of channels/river reaches between two cross sections by using length and cross sectional areas.If the number of river sections is very large in the model,it will take a lot of time and effort to accomplish this work. It would be great to have the tool to calculate volume storage on river reaches automatically.

    16 votes

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  9. Selection List Subtraction

    I was looking for a way to subtract one selection list from another. In other words, we would like to remove overlaps between selection sets but it seems there is no way to do that easily in ICM.

    It is highly recommended to include this feature for future versions as competitors such as Bentley SewerGEMS have already had this for years now.

    1 vote

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  10. Enable alternate versions of the SWMM engine within ICM

    I would like to have the option to use a different version of the SWMM engine to be run instead of the latest Innovyze version. In some cases this is required, but it is often very helpful to confirm the results from previous versions.

    2 votes

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  11. Change Variable Speed Pumps Image

    The image for Variable Speed Pumps under the "Other Special Diversion Examples" section is likely wrong. Looks like it is a copy of the image for Pump discharge pipes. Would be great if you could update with the right image! Thanks

    2 votes

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  12. Storage area polygons

    Storage nodes often represent detention basins or other locations with large areas. Pipes enter/leave from opposite sides. With the standard link/node configuration, one or more link will be mis-configured compared to the actual location.

    I have long wanted to have a storage area polygon, with links connecting to the nearest edge, rather than the center.

    4 votes

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    IN DISCUSSION  ·  pascal.lang responded

    Thank you for this request. I just wanted to confirm whether this was for display purposes only to allow for better representation of the actual configuration on site or whether the location of pipes was expected to influence the hydraulics in some way.

  13. XPSWMM Inlet capacity - head difference rating or geometry-based inlets

    Inlet capacity creates a second node internally to XPSWMM. Currently, the rating curve methods for it are calculated based on node depth, rather than head differential, which doesn’t work right with 2D if the storm sewer HGL is above the gutter.

    I really like how inlet capacity doesn’t require adding an extra node. I would like to suggest it be expanded as follows:

    1) Simply add a head differential rating curve.

    2) Add a structure-based option for inlets,

    For a structure-based inlet, it could essentially be a multi-link. I would like to have a global database of standard inlet types…

    2 votes

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  14. Structure flow mode reported in the results

    Sometimes when evaluating results at structures we see strange results that require investigation; invariably we find out that this is because the flow mode has changed. (e.g. from free to drowned). It would be very helpful if the ICM results were able to report the flow mode as a time-varying output. This would result in a lot of time saving when investigating models. For reference I am referring to the Flow Mode functionality that is available in InfoWorks RS and Flood Modeller Pro.

    5 votes

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  15. Infoworks - Pipe grade calculator

    Pipe grade calculator between US and DS inverts, Ultimately having the ability to calculate downstream or upstream inverts over a long network based on a specified grade from either a DS or US invert level as a starting point.

    10 votes

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  16. Circular sluices/penstocks would also be useful

    Similar to the rectangular flap valve request, circular sluices would avoid workarounds trying to estimate the rectangular equivalent to a half closed circular penstock (or worse still a half closed egg shaped penstock)

    18 votes

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  17. Pipe collision check

    Client feedback: an automatic check for colliding pipes would be highly appreciated to avoid nightmares in the construction.

    9 votes

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  18. Wide "Oval" shape ID

    conduit shape ID "Oval" only allows Height > With. So for "horizontally" wide oval conduits a new conduit shape has te be defined. It would be practical if the standard "Oval" also allows a with greater than the hight.

    11 votes

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  19. Auto populate an incremental ID for objects such as lines/polygons/subcatchments etc.

    Often source data is provided with a non unique ID.

    Nodes auto generate an ID, and conduits will create a node, but the remaining asset classes struggle somewhat and often you need to manipulate the GIS data.

    I would like to be able to have ICM (and WS Pro for that matter) auto populate a unique ID (such as row ID).

    There used to be a blog post written with a Ruby script to do this, but it appears to have been removed from the website. Alternately post the Ruby scripts again somewhere.
    Thanks,
    Ann

    6 votes

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  20. Update user defined vortex controls in ICM so hydrobrake head discharge curves can be modelled

    Current user defined vortex controls don't accept head discharge curves where the discharge reduces for increasing head i.e. what happens in a hydrobrake. It would be useful to get this updated to ensure consistency between ICM and drainage design.

    3 votes

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