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Wallingford Software 27/03/2008

New Features and Enhancements InfoWorks CS/SD v9

Australian Rainfall Generator


A new synthetic rainfall generator has been added. The Australian Rainfall Generator
model is based on a set of accurate, consistent intensity-frequency-duration (IFD)
design rainfall data that has been derived for the whole of Australia.

Enhancement to Trade / Waste Water Profiles (IWCS only)


In previous versions of InfoWorks it was only possible to specify wastewater and
trade waste calibration profiles for weekdays and weekends.

Improvements have been made to the Wastewater Profile Editor allowing specific
'day of the week' calibration profiles to be specified for each trade / waste water
profile.

New Flag Fields


The ability to flag the following fields has been added:
• Node fields: Node ID, Asset ID, Node Type
• Link fields: US Node ID, DS Node ID, Asset ID
• Subcatchment fields: Subcatchment ID, Node ID
These flags can be used as an indicator of assumptions made by the modeller when
building the network, (regarding connectivity, for example).

Saving Ground Infiltration Conditions as a State


Ground Infiltration conditions are now saved when saving the final state at the end of
a simulation. (In previous versions of InfoWorks, the Ground Infiltration conditions
were not saved to the state file).

Enhancement to Pick Graph & Graph Selected Objects Tools


It is now possible to move to a different simulation time directly on graphs generated
by the Pick Graph tool & the Graph Selected Objects tool. The red time line (showing
the current time of the simulation on the graph & mirroring the current time of the
simulation on the Geoplan) can be dragged and dropped on the graph to the desired
simulation time. The simulation date & time will be updated accordingly on the
Geoplan.

In previous versions of InfoWorks, to jump to a different simulation time (i.e. to move


the red line), the user had to click on the Jump To / Replay Options toolbar button ( ),
move the arrow to the desired time and click on OK.

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Import Flow Survey Data From Non-standard CSV Data


It is now possible to import flow survey data from non-standard comma-separated-
variable (CSV) format files.

Improve Performance Of Interpolation Of Ground Models


The routines that interpolate ground models into 2d meshes take very long time
compared with the time used in the mesh generation.

Creating a mesh of millions of elements is almost instantaneous, but interpolating the


ground levels into the 2d mesh can take many hours. This feature optimises the
process of Interpolating ground models into meshes by using spatial indexing.

RTC Scenario Editing Improvements


The following improvements have been made to the RTC Scenario functionality:

RTC Grid Editor


A new grid editor has been introduced. The grid allows insertion of rows and
support cut, copy and paste functionality. The RTC grid is activated by right-
clicking in white-space on the RTC tree view and selecting the Open RTC
Editor Grid option from the popup menu.

Editing Improvements via the Tree View


o Ability to Copy and Paste a Regulator
In previous versions of InfoWorks, pasting a regulator to the RTC
Scenario with an existing regulator of the same ID, resulted in the
replacement of the existing regulator.
It is now possible to paste a copy of a regulator with the same ID to an
RTC Scenario. The name of the copied regulator will be appended with
a '!'.

o Multiple Selections
In previous versions of InfoWorks, it was only possible to select one
regulator or dependent at a time from the tree view of the RTC
Window.
It is now possible to make multiple selections by holding down the
SHIFT or CTRL keys while making a selection from the tree view.
This allows multiple regulators or dependents to be copied and pasted
or removed in one action.

Save All Button


A new Save All button has been added to the RTC Scenario Window,
allowing changes to be saved without the need to close the window.

Improvement to Log Results


Summary information regarding objects causing timestep halvings is now output to
the Log Results file when using the Timestep Log option from the Run Diagnostics
Dialog.

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Records of each node and link, (for flow and for depth), that caused a timestep
halving and the number of timestep halvings caused by each object are output to the
log file at the end of the initialisation and simulation phases.

This information is intended to aid investigation of model convergence problems.

Network Templates
The user now has the ability to specify a database and a network, which will be used
as templates for newly created networks. This means that the default values of these
templates (such as any object created, simulation parameters and user defined
defaults), will automatically be inherited by any new network that is subsequently
created. This allows the user to carry over some values from one network (the
template) to another (the new network).

The template database and network are specified in the Network Template Page of the
Options Dialog and the user needs to tick the Use Network Template check box of the
New Network dialog for the new network to be created to inherit the default values of
the templates.

Database and network templates are provided per software incarnation and are
installed locally when the software is installed.

Enhancements to the use of SQL in InfoWorks


Several improvements have been made to the SQL functionality in InfoWorks:

New SQL Keywords


New SQL keywords have been added which provide greater flexibility by
allowing differentobject types to be searched or updated in the same query.
• The SELECT FROM / DESELECT FROM keywords allow selection /
deselection of objects of a specified object type.
• The UPDATE keyword allows the value of one or more parameters to
be set for objects of a specified type.
• The SELECT ALL / SELECT SELECTED keywords apply a query to
all objects / only those objects that are currently selected.
• The CLEAR SELECTION keyword is used to clear the current
selection of objects

New SQL Functions


NOW(), yearpart, monthpart and daypart are new SQL functions that have
been added in order to provide the user with means of writing queries to
determine the time between two events for a given object type.
• NOW() is a function without any parameter defining the present. This
function looks at the current date and time of the computer, so that
SQL queries with NOW are always current.
• Yearpart, monthpart and daypart work on date fields and string fields,
which are formatted as dates.

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Ability to Query on Upstream and Downstream Links Fields


An object can now be selected or updated by carrying out a query on that
object's upstream and downstream links. Upstream and downstream link fields
can be selected from the Field dropdown list in the SQL Dialog and take the
form us_links.<fieldname> and ds_links.<fieldname>.

Dongle Expiry Warning Message


A warning message can now be displayed when a dongle is nearing its expiration
date.

Periodic warnings will be displayed when the application is started if the dongle is
within one month of its expiry date. The display of these warning messages can be
turned on and off using the new Dongle expiry date reminder option on the General
Page of the Options Dialog.

Integration with Google Earth


An InfoWorks network can be viewed as an overlay in Google™Earth, showing the
objects' location on the aerial photography. It is now possible, from within InfoWorks,
to save the active network from the current GeoPlan view as a KMZ file for export to
Google™Earth. The KMZ file can be opened in Google™Earth. KMZ format is a
compressed KML file and KML is the xml import/export format used for images by
Google™Earth. The colours of the objects in Google ™Earth are those used in the
current GeoPlan window. If a theme is active the colours from that theme will be
used, otherwise the colours from the GeoPlan properties will be used.

The objects which are initially shown on Google™Earth are determined by what has
been made visible in your GeoPlan view. Objects marked as invisible in the GeoPlan
are present in the KML file, but are initially hidden from view. The Nodes are all
clickable to reveal a balloon popup table of the node data. Each link has a smaller dot
icon half way along the link. If the network has some results then the results for the
node or link will be displayed on the "balloon" table when their icon is clicked. If the
network has sub catchments, the symbol check on the GeoPlan properties will switch
on and off a line with arrow to the node it drains to.

Enhancements to Tool Tips


It is now possible to use and customise tool tips to display information about an object
on the GeoPlan when the cursor is hovered over it.

The fields to be displayed as tool tips can be set up per object type, in the same way as
long labels. Two new options can be found in the Labels tab of the GeoPlan
Properties dialog. These options are two new check boxes, one allowing the user to
use the selected label fields as tool tips and the other to make the tool tip interactive
(i.e. so that the user can browse different objects and expand / collapse the list of
displayed fields for each of them).

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Displaying Web Map Service Images on the GeoPlan


It is now possible to load a Web Map Service (WMS) image into the GeoPlan View
as a background layer.

This functionality is only available when using the ArcObjects Map Control.

Enhancement to Geodatabase Export via Open Data Export Centre


The ability to update field values in a Geodatabase Feature Class via the Open Data
Export Centre was introduced in version 8.5.

In this version, a new Geometry field type has been made available in the field-
mapping grid in the Open Data Export Centre. Mapping the geometry field allows the
geometry of objects to be updated when updating the Geodatabase.

New Delete Missing Objects Option for Open Data Import and
Export Centre
New functionality has been added to handle deleted objects when updating InfoWorks
databases via the Open Data Import Centre and when updating external databases via
the Open Data Export Centre.
• Open Data Import Centre: The Delete missing objects option is used to
search for objects in the InfoWorks table to be updated, that are not present
in the external data source table being imported.
• Open Data Export Centre: The Delete missing objects option is used to
search for objects in the external data source table being updated, that are
not present in the InfoWorks table being exported. (This functionality is
only available when updating an Oracle database or ESRI Geodatabase.)
The 'missing objects' found are listed and can subsequently be deleted as part of the
import/export process.

Enhancements to VBScript functionality


The following enhancements have been made to the VBScript functionality used
when updating networks via the Open Data Import Centre:
• The new DeleteRecord property has been introduced which allows objects
to be deleted as part of the update process.
• The OutputMessage scripting method has been extended to provide the
ability to issue a message type of either error, warning or informational.

Improvement to Find GIS Object Tool


Objects in GIS background layers can be searched for using the Find GIS Objects
tool.

In previous versions of InfoWorks, searches could only be made on text fields. In this
version, the functionality has been extended to include the ability to search on
numerical fields.

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Enhancement to Simulation Replay in 3D Terrain View


An improvement has been made to the display of themes when viewing simulation
results in the 3D Terrain View. In previous versions of InfoWorks, theme display was
not updated as the simulation was replayed. The theme display remained set at the
simulation time at which the 3D Terrain View was opened.

In this version, themes on the network are now updated in the 3D Terrain View when
the simulation time changes. This functionality is of particular use when viewing
flooding themes (2D Triangles and Flood contour themes).

Enhancements to 2D Functionality
The following enhancements have been made to the 2D modelling functionality
introduced in version 8.5:
Change in Terminology
2D Zones, Roughness Zones and Mesh Zones have been renamed 2D
Simulation Polygons, Roughness Polygons and Mesh Polygons to better
reflect the object functionality.

New Porous Wall Object


A new object has been introduced for use in 2D modelling. The Porous
Wall is a new line object, which allows height and permeability to be
defined.

Improvement to 2D Mesh Generation


A new 'Exclude Boundary from 2D Meshing' option has been added to the
Roughness Polygon object. If this option is selected, the roughness
polygon boundary is not used as a break line during 2D mesh generation.
This functionality is of use when inclusion of the polygon boundary would
result in the creation of a very high density of small mesh elements. When
the exclude option is used, the boundary of the roughness polygon is
ignored when creating a 2D mesh. The roughness of the roughness
polygon is assigned to the mesh elements that have their centroid within
the roughness polygon.

Name Field for Point Selection Points


A name field has been added to Point Selection Points allowing points to
be distinguished more easily. The specification of a name when creating a
point is optional.

Numeric Summary Results for 2D Results


It is now possible to view numeric summary results for individual 2D
elements. When using the 2D Mesh Element Pick tool on a GeoPlan view
displaying simulation results, a new Summary Results button becomes
available on the 2D Polygon Mesh Element Properties Dialog. Click this
button to display the Summary Results for 2D Polygon Dialog, which lists
minimum and maximum values and ground elevation for the selected 2D
element.

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Derived Results for 2D Mesh Elements


The following derived results attributes can now be viewed for 2D Mesh
Elements:
o Elevation
o Froude Number
o Unit Flow

Implementation Of “Theme-Mapper” Functionality For The Display


Of 2D Results
The display of 2D results using themes has been improved to allow flood
contours to be displayed in addition to the 2D triangles theme.