RAFTS in InfoWorks ICM Learning Series

Eric Suesz Eric Suesz February 16, 2023

2 min read

XPRAFTS has served the Australian stormwater industry well for over 45 years, and part of its usefulness is that it includes methods recommended by the Australian National Guidelines (most recently revised as ARR2019).

Originally developed in the mid-1970s, Rafts as a program was around on MS-DOS in the 1980s. XPRAFTS was rewritten for Windows beginning in the mid-1990s, with the first commercial release of Windows XPRAFTS in  2000. Twenty years on, many of the software coding tools we used then are now obsolete or unsupported. XPRAFTS served its modelers well for a very long time, but it’s age and fragmented workflows were due for an updated treatment.

Is XPRAFTS older than you? Its age is a testament to its usefulness.

That all changed in 2018 when Innovyze included the next generation of the RAFTS (Runoff Analysis Flow Training System) routing method directly inside InfoWorks ICM. It’s been a few years since that transition, and while many XPRAFTS users have switched to InfoWorks ICM, we want to make sure anyone who hasn’t made this switch can both migrate their older models and make a seamless transition to working in InfoWorks ICM environment when they’re ready.

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If you are still using XPRAFTS or have older models lying around that you want to keep using – or if you just want to dig into the RAFTS details inside InfoWorks ICM – this tutorial series is made for you. It contains:

This is an extremely comprehensive learning series that can help anyone who wants to go deep on RAFTS technology, whether you’re an old XPRAFTS hand or are new to InfoWorks ICM.

Any questions about the latest official ARR19 guidelines? You can read them in their entirety online.

You can watch the entire course right here 👇 or head over to YouTube and bookmark the playlist.

Prep Work: History of RAFTS

Setting up the database

Setting up your project data

Importing XPRAFTS models

Simulating and reviewing results

Creating a new network

Hydrograph translation

Rainfall data

Running ARR storms and results

Developed case

Detention basin

Displaying results

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