InfoSWMM Features

Category Description Notes InfoSWMM
Technical Support Availability and quality of post-sales technical support from the vendor.   Both Products have almost 24 hour seven day a week support and a email support line.
Software’s History Software’s history and track record in the market. Mainly, please state the year when the software was first released, number of licenses issues, number of current users, name of major clients using your model There have been 11 versions of InfoSWMM since 2004 which is based on the US EPA SWMM 5 hydrologic and hydraulic engine.
ESRI Gold Level Business Partner     Yes
ESRI Authorized Developer     Yes
Autodesk Business Partner     Yes
FEMA Approved     Yes
NAGCS-Certified     Yes
Available Training Workshops     Yes
GIS Interface   Native Integration with GIS Arc View 9 and 10 Direct ArcGIS Interface
GIS Interface   Fully ODBC Compliant Yes
GIS Interface Capability to directly interface with (import & export) MicroStation files. Describe interfacing capabilities of your model.  Indicate if the interfacing needs to go through CAD files. A DGN file can be converted to an Arc GIS Feature layer using the Arc GIS 10 Arc Toolbox in Arc Map or the DGN file can be converted to a DWG file and then directly imported into infoSWMM using the GIS Gateway Command, or the DGN file can be imported and converted The append nodes command is used to automate the InfoSWMM link and node network creation.  If you have a collection system network in another third party application like AutoCAD or Microstation, the network can be brought into InfoSWMM as a background layer (.dxf or .dwg) and then converted to an InfoSWMM link and node network.
Simulation Engine Hydraulics and Hydrology Simulation Engine US EPA SWMM5 Engine
Simulation Engine Hydraulics and Hydrology Auto Design Design Module
Simulation Engine Hydraulics and Hydrology Auto Calibration InfoSWMM Calibrator Fast Messy Genetic Algorithm
Simulation Engine Hydrology Sanitary Flow Generation Based on population and use specified diurnal variations and direct inflow and base flow
Simulation Engine Hydrology Runoff and Snowmelt Fully Dynamic Rainfall Runoff Simulations using SWMM 5 Hydrology or UH Methods
Simulation Engine Hydrology RDII or RTK 15 Parameter RDII Analysis for Sewersheds
Simulation Engine Hydrology RDII Add On for Estimating RTK Parameters Yes
Simulation Engine Hydraulics  2D Mesh Modeling of Flooded Flows Apply to 1-D flow and optionally 2D flow; Fully dynamic simulation by using SWMM5 picard iteration engine; Multiple flow and wave routing methods
Simulation Engine Hydraulics and Hydrology Real Time Control Good RTC module, Treat pumps as link,  Limited VFD pump, Forcemain option available
BMP Modeling Capability to model various Best Management Practices (BMP). This criterion focuses on quantity aspect of BMPs only. Describe the capabilities of your model to simulate BMPs. Please use latest version of EPA SWMM as a baseline for comparison. If there is no difference, please indicate so otherwise please state the differences. InfoSWMM has the same features for modeling BMP's as the current version of SWMM 5.0.022, which are pollutant removal and treatment for a subcatchment and storage node.  In addition, as in SWMM 5 you can simulate a detention or retention pond with storage, infiltration and evaporation.
LID Modeling Capability to perform Low Impact Development (LID) modeling. Describe the capabilities of your model to simulate LIDs.  Please use latest version of EPA SWMM as a baseline for comparison. If there is no difference, please indicate so otherwise please state the differences. The latest version of EPA SWMM supports five LID controls, including “Bio-Retention Cells”, “Infiltration Trenches”, “Continuous Porous Pavement”, “Rain Barrels (Cisterns)”, and “Vegetative Swales”. InfoSWMM has the same features for modeling LID as the current version of SWMM 5.0.022.  In addition you can view the components of the LID processes graphically in the Output Report Manager, which you cannot do in SWMM 5. 
External Flow/Flooding Capability to perform above-ground flow/flooding modeling Please describe if your model is capable of tracking above-ground flow/flooding quantitatively, spatially and temporarily. This criterion includes automatic dual drainage creation feature and 2-dimensional overland flow engine. InfoSWMM can simulate all possible manhole results: (1) Normal Manhole Depth, (2) Pressurzed Manhole, (3) Flooded Water when the Water Surface Depth exceeds the Rim Elevation, (4) Ponded Storage for Flooded Nodes and (5) 1D/2D Interaction between the Flooded Node and the surrounding 2D mesh.  InfoSWMM has two main tools to aid in flooding studies: (1) A dual drainage tool and (2) InfoSWMM 2D.   The dual drainage tool also uses Outlet links to establish either a head/depth relation with flow, a limit on the flow or a inflow/outflow relationship,.
Simulated Pipe Network Size Limitation (No. of Pipes Allowed) The “theoretical” network size limitation in terms of number of pipes. Please provide the size in terms of number of pipes of the largest model that has been built in the past using the software. Also please provide related information about the model, including name of the agency. There is no theoretical limit to the size of the network but the largest known is a model by the Cincinnati MSD which is about 49,000 pipes and nodes.
Automatic Model Calibration/Verification The capability to automate the calibration/verification process with built-in functionalities. If the capability exists, please indicate whether it’s part of a standard package or additional add-on module needs to be purchased. InfoSWMM Calibrator casts the calibration problem as an implicit nonlinear optimization problem, subject to explicit inequality and equality constraints. It computes optimal model parameters within user-specified bounds, such that the deviation between the model predictions and field measurements is minimized.  You can calibrate: Subcatchment, RDII, Groundwater, Conduit, Pump, Weir, Orifice and Storage to monitoring data.
Water Quality Module Capability to simulate water quality is considered. Describe the capabilities of your model to simulate water quality.  Please use latest version of EPA SWMM as a baseline for comparison. If there is no difference, please indicate so otherwise please state the differences. InfoSWMM has all of the capabilities of modeling water quality as does  the current version of SWMM 5, but in addition you can model a Trace pollutant, H2S, Pipe Corrostion and Sediment Modeling.
H2S Analysis Ability to Model H2S in a Sewer H2S Analysis H2S Formation & Corrosion Prediction
ArcGIS 9.x Integration     Yes
ArcGIS 10.0 Integration     Yes
Steady-State Analysis     Yes
Kinematic Wave Analysis     Yes
St Venant Equation Analysis     Yes
Multi Core Parrallel Processing     Yes
Simulation Manager     Yes
Facility Manager     Yes
Domain Manager     Yes
Scenario Management     Yes
H2S and Corrosion Modeling     Yes
LID and BMP Water Quality Modeling     Yes
Sediment Analysis      Yes
Water Quality Washoff and Treatment     Yes
GIS-Model Building Tools     Yes
Complete Suite of Data Cleanup Tools     Yes
Engineering Data Audit     Yes
Engineering  Data Validation     Yes
Pump Energy Optimization      Yes
Transect and Storge Curve Tools     Yes
HEC-RAS Import and Export     Yes
Dual Drainage Tools     Yes
Complete SWMM 5 File Import/Export     Yes
Unlimited Calibration Data Interface     Yes
Query Report and Graphs     Yes
Batch Simulation     Yes
Output Statistics Manager     Yes
Output Units Manager     Yes
Output Graph/Report Manager     Yes
Text Output Reports     Yes
Titles     Yes
Options     Yes
Files     Yes
Raingages     Yes
Temperature     Yes
Evaporation     Yes
Subcatchments     Yes
Infiltration Subareas     Yes
3 Types of Infiltration Per Subcatchment     Yes
Aquifers     Yes
Groundwater     Yes
Snowmelt     Yes
Junctions     Yes
Outfalls     Yes
Storages     Yes
Dividers'     Yes
Conduits     Yes
Pumps     Yes
Orifices     Yes
Weirs     Yes
Outlets     Yes
Cross Section Shapes     Yes
Dual Drainage Outlets     Yes
1D - 2D Connections     Yes
Transects     Yes
Losses     Yes
Controls     Yes
Pollutants     Yes
Landuses     Yes
Buildup     Yes
Washoff     Yes
Coverage     Yes
Inflow     Yes
DWF     Yes
Patterns     Yes
RDII     Yes
Unit Hydrographs     Yes
Loading     Yes
Treatment     Yes
Curves     Yes
Time Series     Yes
Reports     Yes
Coordinates     Yes
Vertices     Yes
Polygons     Yes
Labels     Yes
Symbols     Yes
Backdrop     Yes
Tags     Yes
Profiles     Yes
Map     Yes
LID Controls     Yes
LID Usage     Yes
LID Reports     Yes
LID Graphs     Yes
Calibration Data     Yes
Scatter Graphs     Yes
Mixed Graphs     Yes
SWMM 5 Engine Up to Date     Yes
RDII Analyst     Yes
Genetic Algorithm Design     Yes
Genetic Algorithm Calibration     Yes
Pond Design Manager     Yes
Google Earth / ArcGIS Explorer Modeling Module     Yes
Conduit Storage Simulation     Yes
DWF Allocator     Yes
Subcatchment Manager     Yes
Risk Assessment Manager     Yes
CAPPlan     Yes
2D Simulation     Yes
CAPPlan or Capacity Planning     Yes

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