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SWMM rain-garden - accounting for exfiltration

Hi there users, Having some trouble modelling rain-gardens in SWMM. I have a few rain-gardens draining impervious surfaces in an urban catchment.  In checking the detailed rain-garden flux files, it would appear that there is no exfiltration and the soil moisture never falls below porosity.  I am thinking that perhaps I need to add an Aquifer so that water from the rain-garden recharge the aquifer? But I do not have any details on the local aquifer. Is it somehow possible in SWMM to specify a realistic exfiltration rate of the soils surrounding the rain-garden?  Thanks, Matt.

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Problems with SSA version of SWMM computing peak inlet flows

I am using Autodesk SSA version of SWMM.  I am getting unreasonable results that are too high when the inlet is completely submerged by a flow that is say 5 times the inlet capacity.  The program appears to calculate the flow in the upstream link based on the depth at the inlet based on an iterative calculation.  The peak flow is obviously too high.  This flow then continues downstream and makes all the downstream flows too high.  However, when I check the Total Inflow on the Time Series Plot, the Total Inflow to the inlet looks about right.  Can anyone help me on this?  I have also joined the AUTODESK blog and asked the same question.   Our company is modeling an entire drainage system for a small town in Colorado.

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Baseline/sanitary flow variation outside of typical parameters

Hello! I am working on a SWMM 5 continuous model.  I have a sanitary DWF that varies every three days due to an industrial discharge, so none of the pre-set flow variation patterns (hourly, daily, monthly)  will vary the flow appropriately.  Is there a method where I can enter a the dwf in an external file and have the node look to the file for the inflow?  Thanks - Erin

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5 Replies · Reply by Erin Moore Sep 15

LID area and impervious runoff calculations

Hi users, Just a query regarding LID's in SWMM. Let's say that impervious sub-catchmant A has a total area of 100 m2.  Let's say that I deploy a LID into sub-catchment A (a rain barrel) and set its surface area as 10 m2 (thus it occupies 10% of sub-catchment in A). In doing this, does SWMM therefore calculate the runoff from sub-catchment A using an 'adjusted' area of 90 m2? Cheers, Matt. 100SM.inp

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5 Replies · Reply by Robert Dickinson Sep 4

"Edit Object" window won't open

Since yesterday my the "edit object" button won't open anymore. Also right click and chosing properties won't give information about the object. I have been working with SWMM for a few months now. I already tried to uninstall and install SWMM a few times. Can anyone give a suggestion on how to solve this problem?

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13 Replies · Reply by Anna Sep 9

Pollutant removal (treatment) - Setting a constant concentration as the result of the treatment expression

Hello there, I am trying to set a constant outflow concentration as the result for a treatment-equation, i.e. BOD: C=50.Unfortunately, setting a constant value for the concentration does not work, the result of the effluent concentration would be just the same. However, I want the concentration to be exactly the value I selected in the treatment-expression. Moreover, it seems like every treament-expression with C=... leads to invalid results... What can I do to fix this? Defining an additional inflow at the correspondent node is not sufficient, as my flow should not change. Furthermore, I am trying to implement an equation where a pollutant stands in the exponent of a equation, i.e. HRT^(0.75*TSS). With this expression, I would get an error when trying to simulate (invalid expression). Is it not possible to use this kind of expression? What else can I do to solve this issue? Kind regards (from Germany) Robert

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3 Replies · Reply by Robert Schleifenbaum Aug 26

Having issues with a storage basin drain down simulation

Hi, I'm having issues with an  attenuation feature. I've simulated the rainfall event (24 hours) and now I'm looking to see how long it will take to drain down using outlets with Head/flow relationships (simulated vortex controls e.g hydrobrake). Problem is that the storage unit doesn't want to drain down after 24 hours - even though in the map view I can see flows out of the feature in the subsequent days. Its stuck at the same level and volume. Any ideas? Ian

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2 Replies · Reply by Ian Griffin Aug 21

Storage Unit, No Volume Change

ModSilverberry4SWMMModelSimplified.INP Hello, For my job during the summer, I've been assigned to model a storm water pond using SWMM 5.1. My goal is to estimate the distribution of the ponds total storm water inflow at each of the pond's inlets (The pond I'm working on has 4). I intend to build a fairly high resolution model, but at the moment it is fairly simplified. I have a basic storage unit with 4 attached inlets and 4 sub-catchments which drain into the pond.  When I run the simulation I obtain a continuity error of over 18% for routing and when I look at the simulation results, specifically the depth of the pond, I see no change, even after running a 100 year storm event. This makes no sense to me as I've set the evaporation and seepage values in the storage unit to 0 AND when I look at the total inflow graph for the storage unit, I can see the expected inflow into the pond. So the pond receives an inflow, but I see no noticeable change in depth even when zooming in on the…

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7 Replies · Reply by Robert Dickinson Aug 27

MatLab and SWMM5

open .out file

Hello everyone, I would like to read the .out file in a text editor created after a simulation in SWMM5. However I can't get anything readable when I open the file in notepad or some equivalent software. As I would like to combine SWMM and Matlab, I need to see and understand the structure of the .out file... Anyone knows how to do that? Thanks, Nicolas

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4 Replies · Reply by deville May 27

Sample code and example for link SWMM to Matlab

Hello folks, I was happy for the fact that I found this website but my excitement didnt last long! I read all of the dicussions here but I couldnt find a post which directly show me how to connect Matlab to SWMM. Yes, you do parallel processing and all of the fancy stuff with SWMM but I still don't know how call the SWMM! I may have missed something. I'm looking for a sample code to call SWMM from Matlab and do some changes to calibrate and essentially optimize the specific parameters. I think…

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0 Replies · Reply by Andres Riaño Apr 26

Re: parallel swmm and matlab

Hi Ive been running an optimization of swmm using matlab. I was hoping to use the multistart and ga algorithms in parallel mode so I could make use of a multicore PC. I havent been able to get this running  (serial optimization is ok), since parallel calls are being made to SWMM and something is being overwritten.. What Ive tried is: - rename SWMM5.exe in matlab folder to SWMM5_1,2,3 corresponding to the core no. - assign the current .inp file to the current core number - cycle through the…

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4 Replies · Reply by Dave Morgan Mar 2

editing subcatchment, node and conduit parameters using swmm5 interface commands

Hi there, I am going to edit some parameters in swmm5 input file through swmm5 interface commands. Is it possible to do that or not? I can find some commands to read results for example GetSingleResult to view simulation results for particular parameters but I can not find any commands to change some particular parameters as an new input file. I think this can be done for Epanet2 through epanet toolkit.  Please tell me if it is possible to change input file parameters (for example…

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2 Replies · Reply by yasert Mar 5, 2013

How can MATLAB change some parameters in SWMM5 inp file?

Dear all,I want to use MATLAB and SWMM5 for optimal calibration. In doing so:1) MATLAB has to generate some random values (decision variables) as inputs for SWMM5 (here is width of subcatchments2)Previous subcatchment widths replaced with New ones. So it is necessary that MATLAB reads inp file and replaces older subcatchment widths with generated values.3)SWMM5 has to run in DOS version (swmm54)MATLAB has to read rpt file and picks some result to calculate objective function5) generate other…

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7 Replies · Reply by Robert Dickinson Apr 8, 2013

linking SWMM5 GUI to MATLAB

Hi every body I want to design urban drainage system using optimization technique. Decision variable is for example ( pipe diameter).  My optimization code develops in MATLAB. How can I link MATLAB with SWMM5 so that in each iteration pipe diameters are chosen and SWMM is run. Objective function are then  determined and next iteration will be started  the same as previous iteration. I have a question about above mentioned problem: Can I link MATLAB with SWMM5 GUI or not? If yes, How? If no, is…

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28 Replies · Reply by zahra zahmatkesh Jun 28, 2013

SWMM5 Forums

Baseline/sanitary flow variation outside of typical parameters

Hello! I am working on a SWMM 5 continuous model.  I have a sanitary DWF that varies every three days due to an industrial discharge, so none of the pre-set flow variation patterns (hourly, daily, monthly)  will vary the flow appropriately.  Is there a method where I can enter a the dwf in an external file and have the node look to the file for the inflow?  Thanks - Erin

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5 Replies · Reply by Erin Moore Sep 15

LID area and impervious runoff calculations

Hi users, Just a query regarding LID's in SWMM. Let's say that impervious sub-catchmant A has a total area of 100 m2.  Let's say that I deploy a LID into sub-catchment A (a rain barrel) and set its surface area as 10 m2 (thus it occupies 10% of sub-catchment in A). In doing this, does SWMM therefore calculate the runoff from sub-catchment A using an 'adjusted' area of 90 m2? Cheers, Matt. 100SM.inp

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5 Replies · Reply by Robert Dickinson Sep 4

"Edit Object" window won't open

Since yesterday my the "edit object" button won't open anymore. Also right click and chosing properties won't give information about the object. I have been working with SWMM for a few months now. I already tried to uninstall and install SWMM a few times. Can anyone give a suggestion on how to solve this problem?

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13 Replies · Reply by Anna Sep 9

Pollutant removal (treatment) - Setting a constant concentration as the result of the treatment expression

Hello there, I am trying to set a constant outflow concentration as the result for a treatment-equation, i.e. BOD: C=50.Unfortunately, setting a constant value for the concentration does not work, the result of the effluent concentration would be just the same. However, I want the concentration to be exactly the value I selected in the treatment-expression. Moreover, it seems like every treament-expression with C=... leads to invalid results... What can I do to fix this? Defining an additional…

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3 Replies · Reply by Robert Schleifenbaum Aug 26

Having issues with a storage basin drain down simulation

Hi, I'm having issues with an  attenuation feature. I've simulated the rainfall event (24 hours) and now I'm looking to see how long it will take to drain down using outlets with Head/flow relationships (simulated vortex controls e.g hydrobrake). Problem is that the storage unit doesn't want to drain down after 24 hours - even though in the map view I can see flows out of the feature in the subsequent days. Its stuck at the same level and volume. Any ideas? Ian

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2 Replies · Reply by Ian Griffin Aug 21

Storage Unit, No Volume Change

ModSilverberry4SWMMModelSimplified.INP Hello, For my job during the summer, I've been assigned to model a storm water pond using SWMM 5.1. My goal is to estimate the distribution of the ponds total storm water inflow at each of the pond's inlets (The pond I'm working on has 4). I intend to build a fairly high resolution model, but at the moment it is fairly simplified. I have a basic storage unit with 4 attached inlets and 4 sub-catchments which drain into the pond.  When I run the simulation I…

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7 Replies · Reply by Robert Dickinson Aug 27

SWMM5 Blogs

Modeling "Leaf" Gates

I am trying to determine the best way to represent "leaf" gates in SWMM5.  The gate consists of two panels that overlap each other.  The top gate serves as an overflow weir and drops as the upstream water level rises.  If the top gate is fully…

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Diversion Sturctures and SSO events in SWMM 5

I'm a new user to SWMM and i'm currently trying to model SSO events at a waste water treatment plant. I've been using dynamic routing and I've been having trouble modeling the diversion structure. Currently I have a storage node acting as a wet…

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Running SWMM5 Using .bat files

Hi Robert,

I have a folder with many inp files representing different urbanization scenarios for a watershed in VA. I would like to automate the processing of this files because it is something I'll most probably will have to do…

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Large data output extraction in SWMM

Hi,

I have developed a model with 33 subcatchments using 1 year hourly  rainfall data. The problem is when I try to get the runoff for all the subcatchments it says '' too many objects to display".

It would be really…

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hi,

i have every 1h of total 12h rainfall time series data and run for 12h . so i got total precipitation in status report is 108 mm but when i sum up total time series is 112mm which is grater then report.

moreover when i…

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thanks bob for your reply, can you tell me another issues like total precipitation in status report how it is calculated? i am using time series rainfall for 10 minute interval as intensity. total precipitation value and depth in status are not…

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flood Volume in canal system

hi, how to calculate the volume spilled from
the Khals in SWMM 5.0?
can anyone help on this issue?
In Status report of SWMM, final storage volume is shown after simulation. is this value  my required value? please help on this…

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Robert Dickinson left a comment for Adil Hassan
"Welcome Adil!"
10 hours ago
Adil Hassan posted a discussion
Can anyone help me providing a sample SWMM model calibration tutorial set that uses PEST. I have a storm network model and I need to calibrate the model using PEST. Any relevant suggestion, tutorial or reference is appreciated in advance.
14 hours ago
Adil Hassan replied to MeHa's discussion SWMM calibration using PEST
"I don't quite get it. I couldn't retrieve the files. Could you attach the files or send me an example model set that illustrates working with PEST in SWMM?"
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Pan Ka commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"Yes! Thank you fellows. These will help me do the job."
Oct 14
Michal B commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"Exactly. The best way to identify all subchatments is to export map from ArcMap. You should disable merge layer (created by merge tool), and then export backdrop image. That will give you coloured subchatments."
Oct 13
Robert Dickinson commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"You cannot color the subcatchments in SWMM 5 by a Tag (though you can in InfoSWMM) but you can have a background  image of your shape files  (converted to an image) in SWMM5.  This may help you do on screen navigation of your various categories of S…"
Oct 13
Robert Dickinson commented on Robert Dickinson's blog post EPA SWMM Build 5.1.007 (9/15/2014) with New Feature Images
"This is a code note about change 52 in the newer EPA SWMM 5.1.x C code 52. Weekday and weekend hourly time patterns for Dry Weather inflows are now correctly applied in a mutually exclusive manner.
 
 Here is the code from SWMM 5.0.022

double infl…"
Oct 13
Pan Ka commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"Thanks Michael B for your reply. Your process seems very promising. Although the subcatchments become all one color, which makes difficult to distinguish the different types however, as long as I understood (I am very fresher in the field) in SWMM t…"
Oct 13
Pan Ka commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"Thanks again Robert. Yes, I realized I have to copy all these data for the subcatchments. This is that increases so much the load or serial numbers modifications. I tried the process in Excel. It is much easier however, there is still lot of manual…"
Oct 13
Michal B commented on MeHa's blog post ArcGIS data into SWMM
"@Pan Ka    Hello. I don't know if I get You right, but I made the same drainage model. To combine all of subcatchments into one shp file try to use "Merge" tool in ArcMap. In this tool you have to point out all of subchatments layers in your geodata…"
Oct 13
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