7.3. QGEP-SWMM workflow

7.3.1. Workflow

  1. Run SWMM Create Input. It reads data from the QGEP views (schema qgep_swmm) and generate an input file for SWMM.

  2. Check .inp file. Its likely that the .inp file generated in the previous step contains errors or needs some parameters to be tuned. We recommand to first open the .inp file with the SWMM Graphical User Interface (GUI) to solve the errors. Similarly, if you need to tune the simulation parameters, you have to edit the .inp file with SWMM GUI.

  3. Run SWMM Execute, it launches SWMM. Run it on a tested .inp file. It generates a report file .rpt which contains the summary and the full time series. Errors can also occur during the running time.

  4. Stores and map the results

  • If you dont want to store the result in QGEP database: Run SWMM Extract Results. It parses the report file and generates three QGIS table layers from the summary. The user has to join the computed values with the geometries and map them.

  • If you want to store the results in QGEP and use the dedicated view for the mapping: .Run SWMM Import Results. It parses the report file. The results are imported in the measurements table, they populate a view dedicated for the mapping.

Each step is explained in more details in the next chapters.

7.3.2. GEP project

WORK IN PROGRESS: This section must be completed with end users

Usually, a GEP analysis has at least three steps:

  1. The current state of the network is analysed

  2. The planned state is analysed.

  3. Several variants are tested and analysed

Minimal parameters to be set

Time series: Create a time serie for the rain. The time series have to be linked to the raingages Hydrology > Rain Gages (which are linked to the subcatchments)

Hydrology > Subcatchment: Set percent of of impervious area and infiltration parameters

Optional parameters

Climatology > Evaporation

Run planned state simulation

  • In the function SWMM Create Input choose the state planned. It extract the planned wastewater structures.

Run variants (network is modified)

New links and new nodes are created directly in SWMM GUI