• InfoWorks ICM

Creating a 2D initial condition zone

Specify initial conditions within a 2D zone in preparation for running a simulation.

Tutorial resources

These downloadable resources will be used to complete this tutorial:


Step-by-step guide

A 2D zone does not go through the same initialization process as a 1D model, and there is no connection between the 1D and 2D engines during initialization. Therefore, it is necessary to specify initial conditions within the 2D zone to prevent surges of water occurring when the simulation starts.

The initial conditions 2D object is used to assign initial hydraulic, infiltration, and water quality values to 2D mesh elements at the start of a 2D simulation. These initial conditions can be applied to the entire 2d zone or to individual areas using initial condition (IC) zones.

  1. Open the transportable database .icmt file for this tutorial.
  2. In the transportable database window, right-click the top-level folder and select Copy.
  3. In the popup, click Continue.
  4. Right-click the Database and select Paste (with children).
  5. In the Copying pop-up, enable Copy ground models.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Open 1D/2D River Model on the GeoPlan.

To import an IC zone:

  1. From the Network menu, click Import > Open Data Import Centre to open the ODIC.

The InfoWorks ICM interface, with the river model for this example loaded onto the GeoPlan, Import selected in the Network menu, and Open Data Import Center selected in the flyout.


  1. In the Table To Import Data Into drop-down, select IC zone - hydraulics (2D).
  2. Under Data Source, ensure that the Source Type is set to Raw Shape File.
  3. Click the More () button.
  4. Navigate to and select the .shp file—in this example, IC zone – hydraulics (2D).shp.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Under Field Mapping Configuration, click Auto-Map to search the import file for fields that match.
  7. Click Import.

The Open Data Import Center, with settings configured to import the IC zone for this example, and Import selected.

  1. Click OK to close the notification.
  2. Close the ODIC.

The IC zone is imported into the model as a polygon covering the area where the initial conditions will be applied.

In a zoomed-in view of the GeoPlan, the IC zone appears as a polygon in the downstream area of the river model.

Now, the initial condition objects must be created. For this example, they are imported from existing files.

  1. In the Database, right-click the Model Group, and select Import InfoWorks > Initial conditions 2D > from InfoWorks format CSV file.
  2. Navigate to and select the .csv file—in this example, Initial conditions 2D.csv.
  3. Click Open.

This applies a level of 32.255 mAD to the Tidal_Area IC zone.

  1. From the Database, double-click the object to inspect the content.

In the Database, the Initial conditions 2D object is selected and called out, and in the Initial Conditions 2D grid window, the elevation value of 32.255 mAD is highlighted in red.

Next, apply a level file at the boundary line of the IC zone to set the tide level during a simulation:

  1. From the GeoPlan Tools toolbar, expand the New Object Type drop-down and select Line.
  2. Click New Object.
  3. At the downstream extent of the IC zone, add a line, making sure that the line is collinear with the boundary of the IC zone.

A zoomed-in GeoPlan view of the downstream extent of the IC zone, where a line is being drawn collinear with the IC zone boundary.

  1. Double-click to close the line.
  2. In the New Line popup, add a Name of “Tidal”.
  3. Set the Type to 2D boundary.
  4. Click OK.

In the New Line dialog box, settings are configured for this example and OK is selected, and on the zoomed-in GeoPlan, the endpoint of the line is highlighted in red.

  1. In the 2D boundary Properties window, set the Boundary line type to Level.

In the Properties windows for the 2D boundary, the Boundary line type drop-down is expanded and Level is selected.

This allows the level at the boundary to be set via a Level Event.

Regenerate the mesh so that these additional objects are included:

  1. With the 2D zone selected on the GeoPlan, select Model > Meshing > Mesh 2D zones.
  2. From the Database, drag the 1m Ground Model into the Mesh 2D Zones dialog box and drop it into the Ground Model group box.
  3. Click OK.

In the ICM interface, a red arrow shows the path of the 1m Ground Model from the Database to the Mesh 2D Zones dialog box, where it now appears in the Ground model group box, and OK is selected.

  1. In the Schedule Job(s) dialog box, click OK.
  2. Once the mesh has completed, from the Job control window, click the Mesh ready status.
  3. In the Manage mesh results window, click Load mesh.

In the Job Control window, the mesh job shows a Mesh ready status, and in the Manage mesh results dialog box, Load mesh is selected.

  1. Click Close.
  2. Click Validate to make sure there are no errors in the network.
  3. In the Network Validation popup, click OK.
  4. Click Commit changes to database to save the changes.
  5. Add a comment, such as "Added IC Zone and 2D boundary".
  6. Click OK.

The 1D-2D river model is now complete and can be used for simulations.