Evaluation of Drainage Management Software

Reviewed to Date: StormCAD summary Evaluation

Evaluation Form

Name: James Wong
Date: 25th January 2000

Software Information

Title of Software: StormCAD
Purpose: Design and analyse storm sewer systems
Publisher: Haestad Methods
Version: 1.0 (10 inlets)
Year Published: 1995
Affiliate Software: AutoCAD, MicroStation
Platform(s): Windows 3.x Windows NT Windows 95
Computer: IBM
Media: Floppy Disk
System Requirements: 486-DX 33MHz, 8MB RAM, 20MB disk space

Required Extras

Additional Required Hardware: VGA Graphic Adapter and Monitor, Mouse
Additional Required Software: Windows 3.1

Installation and Set-up

Installation Documentation Adequate
Installation Instructions Uses installation wizard.
Installation Speed Program is less than 7MB
Configuration Options Can change settings during or after installation.

Instructions and Feedback

  Yes No Comments
Error Notification Yes Prompts user on where to click on the screen.
Tutorial Available Yes
Help Menu Available Yes Standard Windows-based help system.
Technical Support Available Yes Help available via phone, CompuServe, mail, fax, internet and modem. Support was contacted via email regarding the problem in Comment 1. Email was responded within a few hours.

Program Functionality

Printing Capabilities Ability to print data tables, network layout and profiles. (see printouts)
Amount of Data Entry Required Choice of automatic design using constraints, or entering all system condition. Choice of using rainfall data equation or rainfall table.
Ease of Navigation Easy to navigate
Disk/CD Required For Use
Save Output Files File extension *.STM.
Save-Name Limitations File name restricted to 8 characters. File can not be opened if file name is invalid.
Customizablility Additional material configurations can be added. See Comment 2.

Modelling Type

  Yes No DMM Reference Comments
Hydrologic No
Single Event No
Continuous Event No
Rational Method Yes Use rainfall equation or IDF tables.
Hydraulic Yes

Hydrologic Model Applications

  Applicable DMM Reference Users Guide Reference Comments
Land Use: Urban
Subsurface Flow
Water Balance
Water Quality
Hydrograph Method
Routing: Channel
Water Quality
Major/Minor System
Receiving Water
Accept External Input Files
Produce Output Files

Hydraulic Model Applications

  Applicable DMM Reference Users Guide Reference Comments
Flow Conditions:
Steady Applicable Assume steady flow between manhole, and free flow at outlet.
Uniform Applicable none 3.9-3.15
Gradually Varied Applicable none 3.16-3.18 See Comment 3.
Rapidly Varied
Subcritical Applicable 4.40 3.17
Supercritical Applicable 4.40 3.17 Detects surcharge condition.
Two Dimensional Applicable
Tractive Force
Energy Applicable Uses hydraulic grade as the basis of hydraulic computations.
Momentum Applicable 3.20 Hydraulic jump is accounted for.
Structures Modelled:
Inlet Control
Outlet Control
Accept Multiple Cross Section
Inlets and Gutters
Grate Inlet
Curb Inlet
Combination Inlet
Slot Inlet
Ditch Inlet
Stormsewers Applicable 4.39-4.50 3.1-3.18
Pressure Pipes
Weirs and Orifices
Sharp Crested Weirs
Other Weirs
Energy Dissipaters
Stilling Basins
Vertical Drops
Ice Flow
Debris Flow
Accept External Input Files Applicable 1.1 Accepts AutoCAD, MicroStation drawing and .dxf files. See Comment 4.
Produce Output Files Applicable 1.2 Saves in *.stm files. Can export *.dxf. See Comment 4.
Water Surface Profile Applicable 3.21 See Cross Section.
Velocity Profile
Rating Curves
Rating tables Applicable Shows inputted and calculated data
Cross Section Applicable 3.21 Shows stormsewer structure profiles and water surface elevation. Vertical exaggeration for clearer viewing.
Flow Distribution
Tributary Profile
Multiple Profile
Automatic Calibration

Model Evaluation summary

  Yes No Comments
Applicable to MTO Yes

Additional Comments

1. The model uses only imperial numbers in the calculation. There are metric values accompanying the corresponding imperial values for pipe configurations in the MATERIAL.INI file, but they are only for display in the program, and are only rough conversions. However, it is possible to change the imperial values to more precise figures.

2. To make additional material selection and configuration, MATERIAL.INI file can be edited. Refer to StormCAD Help; search with keywords “material, component” for procedures.

3. The model considers all gradually varied flow profiles: horizontal, mild, critical, steep and adverse slope, in combination with the subcritical, critical, and supercritical types of flow.

4. StormCAD can import .dxf files as background, but it can not be manipulated within the program. When exporting the layout as .dxf file, no parameters or attributes get imported along with the file. AutoCAD, however, identifies the blocks and annotations, separating them into different layers.

5. Constraint based design is possible, where the model can automatically design a system based on constraint parameters provided from the user. Parameters such as max./min. velocity, slope, and cover can be set, user can also specify to match pipe inverts or soffits at each node. Pipe sizing and invert design processes can be automatically done.

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