The Water Drops don’t stop: watershed master plans, even more RTCs, and some smart Python use cases

Ryan Brown Ryan Brown June 12, 2024

3 min read

We’ve got a really diverse and interesting group of tutorials in our latest batch of Water Drop workflow videos. If you haven’t been following along, over the last year or so we’ve been making a whole lot of videos to show our customers smarter and better workflow ideas.

And this month, we’ve got a fresh batch for you:

Importing an InfoDrainage model to a watershed master plan in InfoWorks ICM

Being able to combine site development plans into a watershed master plan can be a game changer when it comes to always wanting the latest and greatest model. In this Water Drop video, Midori Skold shows you how we can take an InfoDrainage model, quickly and easily bring in, and connect and update the watershed master plan in InfoWorks ICM from a site design in InfoDrainage.

Pro tip: Use inflow hydrographs in InfoWorks ICM to ensure the hydrology between the two models in exactly the same.

Even more RTCs in InfoWorks ICM

In this video, we go over two more examples of RTCs in InfoWorks ICM. The first is used to balance the discharge from two tanks while balancing the total flow exiting the system. A great example where this would be useful is at the storage tanks to a WWTP where we need to discharge from the tank that has the least amount of storage, but also limit the amount of flow getting to the plant.

The second is an example of switching gates at a point where the cumulative flow exceeds a certain amount, which could be used in a combined system where flow would enter a tank. But once the storage capacity is met, the flow would be redirected to an outfall.

This is the third part in a the series about RTC in InfoWorks ICM. You can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re an RTC fanatic.

Leveraging generative AI to make Python in InfoWater Pro easier

Next, Hunter Sparks uses ChatGPT to write Python scripts, which can be used in InfoWater Pro. We can’t expect everyone interested in hydraulic modeling to have an extensive coding background, but luckily advances in AI give us all the tools we need to begin leveraging scripts to streamline model updates and looking at results without needing to be an expert coder. In this video, we see how ChatGPT is used in conjunction with Github resources to quickly write and easily manipulate scripts for improved visualization of InfoWater Pro results.

Not a coder? Let ChatGPT hold your hand while you make friends with Python.

Using Python to create useful and unique graphs in InfoWater Pro

Finally, Tim Medearis takes a different look at the new Python capabilities in InfoWater Pro. Seaborn is a library for making statistical graphics in Python, and we can utilize publicly available scripts from Seaborn and Autodesk Water’s Github which can quickly be configured to develop unique and beautiful custom charts and graphs in InfoWater Pro.

Seaborn graphs can look great. Here’s how to make some in conjunction with InfoWater Pro.

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