Importing MicroDrainage Files

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If a rainfall simulation has already been created in MicroDrainage, what is the advantage to importing the model into InfoDrainage and running it there as well?

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One useful feature of InfoDrainage is its ability to import old models that have already been created in MicroDrainage, the predecessor to InfoDrainage.

  1. On the ribbon, Import tab, MicroDrainage panel, click Import Design.
    The InfoDrainage ribbon, Import tab, From MicroDrainage panel, with Import Design called out.
  1. In the file browser, navigate to where the MicroDrainage file is saved and open it.
  2. You may receive an import warning notification. Click OK to import the model.
  3. On the ribbon, in the Rainfall/Pollutants tab, Rainfall panel, select the Rainfall Manager.
    The Rainfall/Pollutants tab with Rainfall Manager called out for selection.
  1. In the Rainfall Manager dialog box, under Rainfall Manager Items, review each of the FSR nodes and their parameters.
  2. When finished, Close the dialog box.
    The Rainfall Manager dialog box with the FSR nodes highlighted.
  1. On the ribbon, Build tab, Data panel, select Tables.
    The ribbon, Build tab, Data panel, with Tables selected.
  1. In the Tables dialog box, click the Inflows
  2. Expand the Inflows items until you see both the Percentage Impervious and the Preliminary Percentage Impervious.
    The Tables dialog box, Inflows tab, with the Inflows tree expanded and Preliminary Percentage and Percentage Impervious selected.
  1. Click and drag to highlight the whole of the Percentage Impervious column.
  2. Enter 60 into the value box.
  3. Click = (equal sign).
    The Tables dialog box with the Percentage Impervious column highlighted
  4. On the ribbon, Analysis tab, Criteria panel, click Analysis Criteria.
    The ribbon with Analysis Criteria selected.
  5. In the Analysis Criteria dialog box, enable SRP Wizard FSR.
  6. Disable the Design Criteria FSR.
  7. Disable Sim Criteria FSR.
  8. Set the Output Interval to 5 minutes.
  9. Set the Time Step to Default.
    The Analysis Criteria dialog box with settings configured.
  1. Click OK.
  2. On the ribbon, Analysis panel, click Validate.
    The ribbon, Analysis panel, with Validate called out.
  1. Review the Validate dialog box to ensure the validation is OK.
    The Validate dialog box with OK called out.
  1. Click OK to close the Validation dialog box.
  2. In the ribbon, Analysis panel, click Go.

InfoDrainage will show progress bars during the simulation process, as well as how much time has elapsed. The simulation times can vary, depending on your machine’s capabilities.

  1. Once the simulation is complete, a Connections Summary dialog box shows details of the results. Click Critical Storm to highlight the impact of the worst simulated storm.
    The Connections Summary dialog box with Critical Storm called out.

You can then gather and view the results in a variety of ways by selecting the options in the Results tab.

  1. Save the file.