Seed file / Model Template

Product(s):WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, WaterCAD, SewerCAD, StormCAD, Hammer, CivilStorm
Version(s):08.11.XX.XX, 10.XX.XX.XX
Area:Layout and Data Input


How do I setup a model template / seed file, which can be utilized for my future projects?

What is a Seed file? (in the context of the OpenFlows products)


Often, we wish that we could save a model template which we could use every time we start working on a new project, which could save man hours to setup all the standards again before starting the project. For example design standards, color coding, legends, annotations, engineering libraries newly created items, composite outlet structures, user data extensions, default units of model, standard flex tables, custom report formats etc. Essentially any standard information that you want to use as part of any model; so if you have these standards predefined then you can just start working on the model.


The above-mentioned standards can be saved in Seed file format, so every time you are creating a new model you can just import the seed file (File > Seed > New from seed) and these standards will appear there by default, so you don’t need to set them up separately for each model.

Seed file

A Seed file is simply a copy of a model that has been pre-configured with the standard information and settings you desire. If you want to create a standard seed file from a model you should delete all the elements in the model and then save it as seed file (Else model elements will get saved in seed file). So this seed file then can be utilized for creating new models.

What information can a seed file (*.wgs) store? To name a few;

For Storm-Sewer products

For water products

Once you have setup the above-mentioned standards in a model (which you feel can be utilized for the next projects by you and your colleagues), then create a seed file of that model, by going to File > Seed > Save to Seed (save your model before creating seed).

As an example of how this can be useful, suppose you have added HDPE in the  Material engineering library for modeling purpose as HDPE does not exist in default engineering library. Now you would want to save this engineering library data for the next project/model, so you don’t have to create this entry every time, so you will create a seed file out of this model.

For storm-sewer products if you want to preserve storm data i.e. IDF curve , time-depth curves, then you can include that in your existing seed file as well. To do this, create a model using seed file, create storm data in this model file now and then save it to seed and rewrite the existing seed file. This way you can keep on adding data to seed file as required. 

See Also

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