The Profile form allows a given Flow Paths to be viewed in profile, and shows the relative lengths and levels of the various Connections, Stormwater Controls - SWC, Simple Junction and Manhole as well as the connections between them. The Summary table provides a quick look at the Profile Items, allowing you to easily see and export important levels and sizes. As with the rest of xpdrainage, the form is live and will update as the dimensions of elements shown are adjusted in the Site. The profile can be exported to a CAD file, as well as most image formats. 

Viewing a Profile
To view the profile for a given Flow Path, either double-click on the Path in the Tree View, or right-click and choose 'Show Profile'.

Accessing Data Forms

The property form of each element in the profile can be accessed by double-clicking on it with the left mouse button. Choosing a connection will produce the Connections window (which contains all connections), where the selected connection will be highlighted. Selecting a Junction or Stormwater Control will open up the relevant property window for editing. Changes will be reflected on the Profile view once they are applied.

Toolbar Items

The toolbar provides easy access to a variety of functions.


  • The Select icon will change the cursor to Select mode. This mode is the default mode, and allows opening property windows via double clicking, as detailed in Accessing Data Forms.
  • The Band Zoom icon will change the cursor to Band Zoom mode. This enables a rectangle to be drawn in the profile window by left clicking and dragging, which zooms the display to the selected area.
  • The Pan icon will change the cursor to Pan mode. This allows easy movement around a zoomed in view by left clicking and dragging.


  • The Full Extents icon will revert all zooming and panning done since the form's opening, once more displaying the default extents.
  • The Previous Icon will step backwards to the previous view, undoing the most recent change. This can be selected multiple times to continue stepping backwards.
  • The Next Icon will step forwards, if possible. This allows you to redo a change you undid via the Previous button. 

Display Settings

  • The 3D View will add a 3D effect to suitable objects displayed in the plan, such as manholes and circular pipes. Either this option or Wireframe must be selected.
  • The Wireframe view will turn off all 3D effects, instead displaying simple block colours. Either this option or 3D View must be selected.
  • The Show Branch Lines option allows toggling of the additional Branch Line annotations. See the Annotations section for more information.
  • The Toggle Outlet Locations option allows display of the Outlet types and their Invert levels, for all nodes.
  • The Toggle Summary Table option will show or hide the Summary Table at the bottom of the screen. 
  • The Show HGL option will toggle the visibility of the red Hydraulic Grade line. Note that the button will only be enabled if the current file has been Analysed.
  • The Reverse Orientation option will invert the entire profile, rendering bottom to top. This setting perpetuates to all export options; CAD and Image.
  • The Display Settings option will open the Display Settings menu. From here, most colours on the profile can be changed. See the Display Settings page for more information.
  • The CAD options icon will open the CAD options window

  • Export to CAD will open a save dialog box, allowing you to save the full profile view to a CAD design file.
  • Export to Image will open a save dialog box, allowing you to save the current profile view to an image in your desired format.
  • The Plot option will open the current Flow Path in the Plot Profile window, ready to be exported to the print device of choice.

CAD Options Window

The CAD Options form is used to set up the CAD Export options. From here, Colours can be chosen for each layer, as well as the HGL, and layers can be turned off if not desired using the lightbulb icons. Scaling factors can be chosen for both horizontal and vertical axes, and a text height can be applied to ensure all text is a suitable height.

Settings can be saved and re-loaded using the toolbar icons. The toolbar also contains a Reset button to revert all colours and settings to their default values.

Right Click Menu

The right click menu allows quick access to all of the items in the toolbar. See the relevant Toolbar Items section for more information. Some extra items are available:

  • Show results will open the results form for the item being clicked on. This option is only available if the current site has been analysed.
  • Edit item will open the clicked item's data form, in the same way as double clicking the profile item.


Information is provided about the displayed profile items via Annotations. These are small snippets of information about the Junctions, Connections and Stormwater Controls that can be seen at a glance. Annotations will only be displayed if there is enough space for them - You may need to zoom in to see the desired information, or else open the property window as described in Accessing Data Forms.

To toggle the visibility of the annotations, use the Display Settings page. 

Summary Table

The summary table provides a concise view, containing a small summary of information about the profile items. Summary items are aligned with their respective items on the Profile. The summary table will be exported along with the profile only if it is currently visible.

The summary table can be resized using the splitter bar above it, as well as hidden with the Toolbar option. If the summary table is not large enough to display all the contained information, a scrollbar will be displayed.

Items within the Summary Table can be edited directly from the form. Double clicking an entry will create a text box, allowing the value to be changed. Pressing Enter will commit the change and create a new undo marker, while clicking off of the text box or pressing Escape will cancel the edit, leaving the original value. This allows minor changes to be made seamlessly from within the Profile form.

Alternate Navigation

Along with the Band Zoom and Pan options, the profile can also be manipulated using the mousewheel or the scrollbars. The mousewheel will zoom in or out based on the current cursor position. The scrollbars can be used to scroll normally, and have additional functionality.

Using the + and - buttons to the right or bottom of the scrollbar will zoom into the centre of the profile on that axis.

The ends of the scrollbars can be manipulated much like a splitter window. Hover the mouse over the ends until the cursor changes, then left click and drag. This will increase or decrease the size of the scrollbar, with a corresponding adjustment in the scale of the profile. Note that while adjusting one of the ends of the scrollbar, the other end remains static, allowing zooming in or out in one direction.

All navigation can be undone or redone with the Full Extents, Previous and Next toolbar/right click menu items.


When there are analysis results the maximum water level will be shown in each Stormwater Control as a horizontal line (whose colour is ‘Max Water’ in the Display Settings dialog box) to show how well the storage is being utilised for the current event. In the case of the more complex stormwater controls such as Bioretention and Swale (with Trench), the water level in each subsystem is calculated by the analysis, and will be drawn individually on the stormwater control.


Video controls appear on the form when results have been generated which allow the user to view their water level animation. If more than one profile form is open, the water level animation will be synchronised between them. The same video controls also appear on the Status Bar of the Main program window.

Flood/Flood Risk Indicators

In addition to animating the water level within the results, the profile will also display a warning triangle above a Junction or Stormwater Control when the current water level enters the freeboard (Flood Risk, SWC only) or Floods. The images used are:

Flood RiskFlood

Storm Selection

The Storm Selection combo box on the profile form (on the right of the Video controls) allows the user to select the storm whose results they wish to see animated in the profile form. Note that the storm selector is also available on the Status Bar - these storm selectors are synchronized with each other.

Workflow - What's next...?

Inflows connect to either  Junctions or  Stormwater controls  via  Inlets . Specify an  Profile on these objects then choose to connect to another Junction or Stormwater Control.

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