Reusing storm events across multiple projects and computers

 Applies To 
 Product(s): SewerGEMS, CivilStorm, StormCAD, PondPack,  SewerCAD
 Version(s):CONNECT Edition, V8i
 Area: Layout and Data Input
 Original Author:Mark Pachlhofer, Bentley Technical Support Group



How can I reuse storm/rainfall data (storm events) in subsequent projects?

How do I export dimensionless unit hydrographs in my projects to the engineering libraries for reuse in another project?

Steps to Accomplish for Storm Data

Your standard storm information must first be entered in the Storm Data dialog. Copy/paste can be used for the tables, if needed.

1)  Create the storm information for your locale, under Components > Storm Data. For example, create a new Time-Depth storm event group, with a 2, 10, 50 and 100 year storm events within it.

2) Click the name of the storm event group on the left side, click the purple book icon and choose to export to library. If you'd like to be able to share your storm collections it is recommended that you create a new library to store them. To do this right click on "Storm Event Groups" in the engineering libraries window and choose "create library". Then save the .xml file in a safe location. Click the name of that library and click the "select" button to export your storms to your engineering library. 

3) Now if you need to use these storms again in another model, first go to Components > Storm data. Click the purple book icon and choose "import from library". Lastly, expand the name of your engineering library XML file select your storm and click "select". Your storms will appear in the Storm Data window and can now be used in your model.

NOTE: If you'd like to share your standard storm event groups, simply copy the .XML file that you had saved, to a safe folder on the other computer.  In the program on the other computer go to Components > Engineering libraries. Click "new" > "Add Existing" and browse to the XML file. The storms will now be available for import in the Storm Data dialog. 

If you use Bentley Projectwise you can elect to store engineering library data there, for access on multiple computers. To do this, first copy the XML file to Projectwise. Then in Pondpack on each computer click Components > Engineering Libraries. Click New > Projectwise Add Existing Library then connect to Projectwise and browse to the XML file.

Steps to Accomplish for Dimensionless Unit Hydrographs

1)  Create the dimensionless unit hydrograph information for your locale, under the Dimensionless Unit Hydrograph dialog. Enter the T/Tp vs. Q/Qp information on the right side of the dialog after clicking the new button on the left side.

2) Click the name of the dimensionless unit hydrograph on the left side to highlight it  in blue then click the purple book icon and choose to export to library. A window will pop up asking you to select your engineering library. 

You can choose from a previously created location using the drop down dialog or you can click the ellipsis button highlighted in red in the screen shot above to create a new file in a different location.

*If you want to save this file within the default engineering libraries location click the ellipsis button and browse to "C:\ProgramData\Bentley\<NameOfTheProgram>\8\Libraries" and create your new .XML file there. After you do that make sure to select that location in the drop down and click the select button to continue.

3) You have now exported that hydrograph to the engineering library, which can later be imported for use in other projects. You should notice there is now a little green dot on the graph icon located in the lower right corner. This signifies the data is now contained in the engineering library. 


Storm Tracking

When using Time-Depth or Time-Intensity storm data, the source of the dimensionless rainfall curves is now documented in the Storm Data dialog. This will include information on if the storm is from a dimensionless curve, and if so, which dimensionless curve library and rainfall curve was used. This makes it easier for you to understand the source of your storm events.

If the storm was not created from a dimensionless curve, the fields for Dimensional Rainfall Curve Library and Dimensionless Rainfall Curve will be blank. If you open an existing model from an older version of the product with existing rainfall data, these fields will be listed as Unavailable, even if they were generated from a dimensionless curve library.

See Also

Transferring custom Engineering Library files from one computer to another