The Network Design Wizard can be accessed in one of three ways:
- Using the button on the Initial Preliminary Sizing Ribbon
- Right clicking a Flow Path in the tree view and selecting Network Design Wizard
- Clicking the Network Design Wizard button in the Connections form.
Network Design is done using the Network Design Wizard, which allows you to complete the sizing in a series of simple steps as seen below. The results of the Network Design network design will not be applied until the end of the wizard; the user can cancel out at any time to discard the changes.
Inflows leading into the selected path (including Branch lines) will also have some validation performed on them. Warnings generated from this will be present in the Name column of the table. The wizard must be closed in order to resolve any errors on Inflows.
Enter Flow Criteria
The Flow Criteria is the set of parameters describing the flow into and along the network.
Peak Flow Calculation
The Network Design Criteria is the set of parameters required to size pipes/channels along a given network.
Pipes Size Library
Manhole Size Library
The Manhole Size Library is a list of multiple categories relating to the size of the manholes in relation to the connection and depth. As well as being used to determine the ladder protrusion, landing and benching width needed for offsetting.
Checking this option determines that offsets are required on any junction that meets the requirements. See See Manhole Auto Size Calculations for more information on offsets and their requirements.
Checking this option will cause the program to automatically align the invert levels of the manholes in the selected Path with their lowest connection (incoming or outgoing). See See Synchronise Manhole Invert Levels for more information.
Summary of Changes
Once the Network Design has been completed, a summary screen will be displayed showing all the changes made.
Two Tabs will be visible, Pipe Changes displays the changes made to the Pipes and Manhole Changes displays the changes made to the manholes.
All changed values will be highlighted in the current highlight colour to easily distinguish them. Hovering over the highlighted cells will display the previous value in a tooltiptool tip.
From here, the changes can either be discarded by clicking on Cancel, Accepted by clicking Finish, or The sizing can be undone by clicking Previous, allowing the user to change the flow path or Network Design Criteria. After the user clicks Finish, the Network Design Report window may be opened, depending on the state of the relevant checkbox.