Archive for H&H

Sanitary Forcemain System Modeling (SSA)

I recently had an opportunity to use the new Autodesk Storm & Sanitary Sewer Analysis tool to model a forcemain system.  Checkout these videos for some training\tips on setting up and modeling such a system.

2011-02-28_2229   2011.03.01-Part_II

Stage Storage Tools

Autodesk provides an number of different ways to calculate Stormwater Storage for detention ponds.  Some may not be fully aware of the different methods or tools, so let’s review a couple of those options. 

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Return from SSA

In the last post on Pipe Network Part Matching, we discussed what happens to the STM parts as they enter into the world of Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Sewer.  For now let us say we completed the design and the analysis.  Ultimately, we don’t want to hand the technician the reams of paper that was generated or take the dialog boxes and manually mark up plan sheet in Red Sharpie.  Pens are cheap, but come on!

We want to preserve that precious time and data and seamlessly import that analysis back into AutoCAD Civil 3d. 

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Pipe Network Part Matching

Kevin Clark did a post earlier this year on “When a Pipe Network Structure isn’t a Pipe Network Structure”.  Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis (SSA) uses the STM file format as the mechanism for exporting a Civil 3d pipe networks out for consumption with SSA and the return trip back into Civil 3d – these settings within the command setting become critical.   Kevin’s focus was on Civil 3d 2010 and what it did during the export to Hydraflow Storm Sewer.   Let us take it one step farther – Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis.

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Launch Autodesk Storm and Sanitary from with Civil 3d

Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis is a Civil 3d 2011 Subscription benefit.  It requires that either AutoCAD Civil 3d 2011 or Map 3d 2011 be installed and it is a Stand-alone product that requires you to leave Civil 3d to launch.    If you want to launch SSA from Civil 3d, add the SSA program path to the Working Path of your current profile, and add a command macro button on your Ribbon that uses the following command macro;

(startapp “StormSanitary.exe”)

For example; for Windows XP, add the following path;

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\SSA Stand-alone 2011\

The path for Win7 64 is;  (SSA is a 32-bit product)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\SSA Stand-alone 2011\ 

Note:  This works in Civil 3d 2010 as long as you meet the installation requirements of SSA.  SSA can read and write the Hydraflow STM file format to allow you to use 2010.  There are other reasons why you may want to push 2011 out to your corporation.