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Product Data Sheet


Water Distribution Modeling and Management

WaterCAD® is an easy-to-use hydraulic and water quality modeling solution for water
distribution systems. Utilities, municipalities and engineering firms trust WaterCAD as a
reliable, resource-saving, decision-support tool for their water infrastructure.

From fire flow and constituent concentration analyses, to trace analysis to develop comprehensive chlorination sched-
energy consumption and capital cost management, WaterCAD ules, simulate emergency contamination events, visualize
helps engineers and utilities analyze, design, and optimize zones of influence for different water sources, and improve
water distribution systems. turbidity, taste, and odor by identifying water blending
problems in the system.
Model in stand-alone, or within your
favorite CAD platform Fire flow analysis
Out of the box, WaterCAD® users can work within stand-alone Using the Fire Flow Navigator, WaterCAD users can quickly
and MicroStation® platforms, with available AutoCAD integra- and accurately establish the ability of their network to provide
WaterCAD runs in its stand-alone tion to model within their favorite CAD environment. Regard- protection against fires. WaterCAD simultaneously models
platform, but also MicroStation. The
less of the platform used, WaterCAD maintains a single set of multiple fire flow events evaluating flows and pressures
WaterCAD For AutoCAD option also
runs in AutoCAD modeling files for true interoperability across platforms. across the entire system.
The stand-alone interface offers unparalleled versatility with
Criticality analysis and operations modeling
easy-to-use model layout tools, multiple background support,
conversion utilities from CAD, GIS, and databases, and unlim- The Criticality Analysis Center is a comprehensive utility to
ited undo and redo layout. identify critical assets in water distribution infrastructure, and
evaluate the risk associated with their failure. Also, by using
The MicroStation interface, included at no additional cost with rule-based operational controls, variable-speed pumping (VSP),
all WaterCAD versions, provides a geospatial and engineering and pressure-dependent demands (PDD), engineers can find
design environment with unrivaled visualization and publishing operational bottlenecks, minimize energy consumption, and
tools. AutoCAD users can also add AutoCAD integration model real-time operations to improve system performance.
features to build and lay out models with engineering precision
within an environment they are already comfortable with. Comprehensive scenario management
Use the built-in manual calibration WaterCAD Scenario Management Center gives engineers full
or leverage the available Darwin Streamlined model building
Calibrator module. control to configure, run, evaluate, visualize, and compare
The LoadBuilder™ and TRex™ geospatial modules – an unlimited number of whatif scenarios within a single file.
included with WaterCAD at no additional cost – help engi- Engineers can easily make decisions by comparing unlimited
neers allocate water demands and node elevations based on scenarios, analyzing rehabilitation alternatives for multiple
geospatial data found in shapefiles, DEMs, and even CAD planning horizons, evaluating pump operation strategies, or
drawings, avoiding potential manual-input mistakes and flushing alternatives for emergency contamination events.
speeding up the model building process.

WaterCAD users can also use CAD drawings to directly create

hydraulically connected models; import topology and data from
GIS; and create persistent, bidirectional connections between
shapefiles, databases, spreadsheets and the WaterCAD model.

The Pressure Zone Manager automates

Water quality modeling
the process of identifying the multiple
pressure zones of a water distribution The built-in water quality features help WaterCAD users
system and their characteristics. perform constituent, water age, tank mixing, and source
System Requirements WaterCAD At-A-Glance
Pentium III at 1 GHz Interoperability, interface, and • Polyline-to-pipe conversion • Automated-model skeletonization
(recommended: Pentium 4 at 1.2 GHz) graphical editing from DXF files (available)
• Runs in three platforms, with one • Shapefile, Geodatabase, Geometric • Personalizable engineering libraries
Operating System: Network and SDE
set of files: • Dynamic and static selection sets
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
- Stand-alone Windows • Oracle spatial support • Local and global engineering-units
XP, and Windows Server 2003
- MicroStation • GIS-ID property to maintain associa- management
Memory: - AutoCAD (available in WaterCAD tions between records in the source • Sub-model management
256 MB (384 MB recommended, For AutoCAD) file and elements in the model
1Gb recommended for large networks) • Drawing review tools for connectivity
- Consider WaterGEMS to run in • SCADAConnect® available for live consistency
Hard Disk: ArcGIS data connections • Automatic topology review
500 MB of free storage space, • Seamless compatibility with • Automatic demand allocation from • Orphaned nodes and dead-end pipes
with additional room for data files WaterGEMS geospatial data queries
Display: • Unlimited undo and redo • Geospatial demand allocation from • Support of ProjectWise® /
800 x 600 resolution, 256 colors • Element morphing, splitting, and customer meters ProjectWise® Geospatial
Platform pre-requirements: reconnection • Demand allocation from lump-sum Management
WaterCAD runs without platform • Merge nodes in close proximity tool geospatial data
restrictions using the stand-alone in- • Automatic element labeling • Geospatial-based water consumption
Results presentation
terface. It also runs in CAD platforms, • Scaled, schematic, and hybrid projection • Thematic mapping
and these are the requirements: environments • Daily, weekly, monthly, and • Dynamic, multi-parameter,
• Element prototypes superimposed patterns and multi-scenario graphing
MicroStation V8i;AutoCAD 2010
• Aerial view and dynamic zooming • Unaccounted-for water and • Scenario and element comparison
Support for older platform software versions
is available if required. Contact your Bentley • Named views library leakage estimation • Shapefile contouring
representative for details.
• Multiple background-layer support • Composite demands global edition • Advance profiling
• Image, CAD, and GIS background • Area, count, discharge, and • Advanced tabular reporting with
support population-based loading FlexTables®
• Pipe length-based demand loading • Property-based annotation, color
Find out about Bentley Hydraulics, operations, and coding and symbology
• Elevation extraction from DEM, TIN,
at: www.bentley.com water quality • Creation of Google Earth (KML) files
and shapefiles
• Steady-state simulation
Contact Bentley • Elevation extraction from CAD Optimization
• Extended-period simulation
1-800-BENTLEY (1-800-236-8539) drawings and surfaces (using Genetic Algorithm)
Outside the US +1 610-458-5000 • Constituent-concentration analysis
• Series-pipes skeletonization • Automated model calibration with
• Criticality analysis (available)
Global Office Listings Darwin Calibrator (available)
• Source tracing • Parallel-pipes skeletonization
www.bentley.com/contact • Optimized design and rehabilitation
• Tank-mixing analysis (available) with Darwin® Designer (available)
• Water-age analysis • Branch-trimming skeletonization • Optimized pump scheduling with
• Fire-flow analysis (available) Darwin Scheduler (available)
• Rule-based or logical controls • Multi-criteria automated
• Variable-speed pumping, with skeletonization (available) Energy and capital-cost
• Option to use APEX® (Automatic management
Model management • Energy cost analysis
Parameter Estimation eXtension)
• Unlimited scenarios and alternatives • Capital cost analysis
• Leakage and sprinkler modeling
• Comprehensive scenario manage- • Automatic design and rehabilitation
• Pressure-dependent demands
ment (available)
• Valve modeling
• Tree-based scenario and alternative • Automated pump scheduling
• System head curve for closed management
system supported (available)
• Scenario and alternative inheritance
• Scenario modeling-based properties
unidirectional flushing
• Pressure zone management
• Air release valve element
• Global attribute tabular edition
Model building and data • Sorting and persistent filtering on
connection tabular reports
• Spreadsheet, database, and • Statistical analysis from tabular
ODBC connections reports

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