XPSWMM/XPStorm opens with a row of menus across the top of the window. The second row contains the icons grouped into tool strips.
Additional tool strips are usually docked against the right edge of the window. However, they can be configured as floating toolbars or docked to other parts of the main window to customize the workspace based on the users' preferences.
File Management Tools
This icon is used to create a new database.
This icon is used to open an existing database.
This icon is used to save an existing database.
Prints the current view of the network to the default Windows printer.
Load the XPSWMM on-line help (this file and associated resources).
These tools perform the standard Windows Cut, Copy and, Paste functions.
Scenario Manager Tools
The Scenario Manager allows you to create up to 50 scenarios. A scenario can have different child scenarios, with each child scenario inheriting the attributes of its parent. To view the existing scenarios or to create a new scenario, click the ellipsis (…) beside the Base Scenario list box.
The check box is used to indicate which scenarios are active when the model is Solved or when Review Results or XP Tables is selected. If the check box is not ticked then this scenario will not be solved. Turn on a scenario to include its results in graphical or tabular output.
New is used to create a new scenario. The new scenario is created as a child to the currently selected (highlighted) scenario.
Delete is used to permanently remove an existing scenario. To temporarily disable a scenario remove the tick from the check box.
Rename is used to change the name of an existing scenario.
Properties is used to display the changes between a child scenario and its parent.
The currently active scenario is displayed in the Scenario Report listbox. This report may be printed or copied to another application. Although the cells may be edited, the edits are not saved when the report is closed with the OK button.
The scenario selected here is the active scenario and the one to which changes in network topology or data will be applied. This scenario will be used for data in Dynamic Section Views, Dynamic Long Section, Dynamic Plan Views, and Perspective View.
However, in Review Results, a drop menu is used to select any or all scenarios. These tools are useful for comparing scenario results.
XP Tables show data for the currently active scenario plus results for all scenarios.
Job, Layer & Mode Control Tools
These tools are used to access the Job Control dialog, toggle the Layer Control Panel (show/hide) and, to set the XPSWMM active mode.
Used to access the Job Control dialog box of the current mode.
|2D Job Control||Used to access the 2D Job Control dialog box.|
This icon toggles show/hide of the Layer Control Panel.
Toggles the snapping mode off/on. Use to snap vertices of model links and polygons to existing vertices of these objects and vertices in GIS Layers.
This icon is used change the mode to Runoff.
This icon is used change the mode to Sanitary.
This icon is used change the mode to Hydraulics.
Background Image Tools
The Icons in this Toolbar are used to manipulate any background images that may be present.
Use this icon to add a new image
View or edit the properties of the background image.
Background images may also by managed using the Layer Control Panel.
Solve and Review Results Tools
These icons provide shortcuts to the more commonly used menu commands that are associated with reviewing model results.
Quick Data View
Toggle the Quick Data View panel visible/hide. Quick Data View settings may be accessed from The View Menu.
Dynamic Long Section
Dynamic Section Views
Dynamic Plan View
Shortcut to the Perspective View command under the Review Results.
Object Creation Tools
This tool is used to select objects, move objects, reconnect links, re-scale the window, change object attributes and to enter data. At the network level the Pointer tool is used specifically to manipulate the current selection, move the current selection around, reconnect links and for re-scaling. At the dialog level it is used to select a data item or to position the cursor for editing text.
The "current selection" is the set of objects which many menu commands operate upon. Objects that are members of a selection are indicated in inverse video (bright magenta). To make a single object the current selection, just point to it and click.
To select a group of objects in a single operation the mouse button is held down and the dotted outline of a box is dragged around the desired group. To deselect everything, the mouse is clicked in open space. All the objects in a path between two nodes can be selected by first clicking on one node, then, with the <Ctrl> key held down, clicking on the other end node.
To extend a selection, the <Shift> key is held down in conjunction with the selection operation. The <Shift> key causes new selections to be toggled.
This tool is used to annotate the network by placing text objects on the network. The selection of the text tool causes the cursor to change to an arrow with word “TEXT” below it. The user moves to the location to enter the text, presses the mouse button, inserts the text, terminating it with the <Enter> or <cr> key. XPSWMM remains in the text input mode until another object creation tool is selected.
The text serves as a comment or notation for the network and may be moved or modified in the same manner as any other object. The attributes of the text such as color and font can be edited by double-clicking on the text string with the pointer tool.
This tool is used to create nodes on the network. These may physically represent a manhole or pit, an inlet for a catchment, a junction of links, a pond or retarding basin an outfall or a Best Management Practice (BMP). Selecting the node tool changes the cursor to the node shape and places you in a mode for creating node objects. Clicking anywhere inside the window will create a new node at that point with default display attributes.
In some cases the node shape may change to represent different physical structures. Triangular nodes have storage properties other than the system defaults.
This tool is used to create an open or closed conduit between two nodes. Links cannot exist without nodes at the end points, and have a sense of direction indicated by an arrow line. When the link tool is selected, the cursor changes to a link shape, and the user is in a mode for creating links between nodes. The first click in the window defines the node from which the link emanates. The next and subsequent mouse clicks identify the node to which the link joins. A straight line is then drawn between these two nodes with an arrow indicating direction.
If the mouse is not clicked on an existing node, then a default node is created at that point for the new link. Following each mouse click in the drawing area, a dotted line tracks the mouse's movements, indicating how the new link will appear. This is the most effective way of creating a new network.
The drawn link between nodes does not need to be straight and can support vertices if it is drawn as a poly-link.
This tool is used to create a link that joins two nodes in a network by more than one conduit such as a dual drainage model with a street and a closed conduit between each node. This type of link includes the choice of up to 7 open and closed conduits applicable to the link tool but in addition includes diversion structures such as pumps, weirs, orifices, regulators and other real time control elements. To create a multi-link, select the multi-link tool and the cursor changes to a pointer with broken link underneath.
An existing link may be converted to a multi-link selecting it, right clicking and selecting Multi Link from the pop-up menu. Also an existing multi-link may be converted to a link (single conduit shape) by selecting it, right clicking and selecting Single Link from the pop-up menu.
The drawn multi-link between nodes does not need to be straight and can support vertices if it is drawn as a poly-link.
Bridge Link tool
This tool is used to create a link joining two nodes in a network representing a bridge crossing. During HEC RAS imports, bridges will be modeled in bridge links by default. The bridge link can contain numerous openings (culverts, piers, etc.)
River Link tool
This tool draws a segmented River Reach comprised of river segments and intermediate river nodes. It is designed to simplify the modeling process for users with river modeling experience. The river link is the default object when importing HEC RAS models.
Draws a polyline (line with multiple vertices). Polylines are used to represent 2D boundaries, 1D/2D connections and breaklines. Before creating the polyline the user must select the type of polyline by selecting the appropriate layer in the layer control panel. The layer also needs to be visible, movable and selectable.
Draws a polygon (enclosed area). Polygons are used to create catchments for the Runoff mode, and specific types of areas within the 2D domain. Before creating the polygon the user must select the type of polygon by selecting the appropriate layer in the layer control panel. The layer also needs to be visible, movable and selectable.
Used to measure distance between two points, the length of a polyline or the perimeter and area of a polygon. In version 2013 and later, the ruler tool displays the total slope of a multi-segmented line and the slope of the last segment. This can be used to determine and enter the slope for catchments and other fields. Starting version 2019.1, the ruler tool displays the deflection angle. Select the Ruler tool and draw line segments on the network.
Cross section tool
Used to cut a temporary free hand cross section on the TIN and display the result in a graphical format.
Network Viewing and Navigation Tools
Adds selected object(s) to the active mode.
Removes selected object(s) from the active mode.
Select All Nodes
Select All Links
Re-scales the network to fit the current window (Fit Window).
Regenerates the network without changing the current location or scale.
Zoom In X2
Magnify your view of the network by a factor of 2X (or halve the scale).
Zoom Out X2
Shrink your view of the network by a factor of 2X (or double the scale).
Window Area In
Magnify your view of the network by a user defined factor which is set by selecting this icon and dragging a box around the area you wish to see.
Window Area Out
Shrink your view of the network by a user defined factor which is set by selecting this icon and dragging a box inside which the current view of the network will fit.
Move your view of the network by a user defined offset which is set by selecting this icon and dragging the network from the old location to the new location.
New Project This icon is used to create a new project database.
Open Project This icon is used to open an existing project database.
See Also Project Menu.
The Global Storms tool is used to simultaneously solve the Runoff Mode for multiple storms.
The Global Storms drop list appears when the Global Storms is checked in the Runoff Job Control settings.
The Global Storms dialog is launched be either selecting the Global Storms button in the Runoff Job Control dialog or clicking on the ellipses (…) on the Global Storms Tool Bar.
The dialog contains a row for each storm in the Global Database. Check the box for each storm to be included in the analysis. Click All Storms to select all the storms.
Contents of the remaining fields are described in Runoff Job Control settings. The first column represents if the storm is active/inactive for Solve and model results review. The name column should contain only valid characters for file names since this will be used to create result files. The return period is only for information.
Global Storms are compatible with using interface files between Runoff and Hydraulics or with a check to Run Hydrology/Hydraulics Simultaneously in the Hydraulics Job Control settings.
Note: Global Storms are not written to the 2D Rainfall Area polygons and hence in cases involving 2D rainfall on grid scenarios should be used for switching between sets of rainfall data.