Thursday, July 3, 2014

Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360: What Does it Do?

With the latest update to InfraWorks 360 Drainage Design has graduated from a free preview to a real product. So why do you want it? Here's a rundown of what it does:

Delineates watersheds based on your terrain

You can use the model to find watersheds that drain to a single point, or drain to all or part of a design road
  • It must be a design road made with the Roadway Design module.
  • As of right now
    • Watershed to a point is free - 0 cloud credits
    • Watershed(s) to a road cost 50 cloud credits
  • It uses InfraWorks 360's cloud service so an internet connection and a login to InfraWorks 360 is required
  • It will calculate peak flows based on the Rational method or Regression method. You have to provide some key info like C factors, location, etc.
  • Culverts (covered in a bit) that start within a watershed that has a calculated peak flow will automatically size themselves based on that flow (cool!)


  • Will automatically place culverts where a water area (created with Rivers command) or stream (created automatically with watershed) crosses a design road.
    • Will automatically locate (x,y, and z) each end based on road slope geometry
    • Will automatically size based on watershed flow, if present
    • Uses FHWA methodology for calcualtions
    • Has some neat choices for inlet configurations that affect calculations as well as inlet/outlet geometry
  • Culverts can also be created manually wherever you want and edited with tools that you're used to.
  • InfraWorks performs a fairly detailed analysis which can be exported

Drainage Networks

  • Will automatically place inlets, manholes, and pipelines along a design road by applying design rules
  • Structure models are more robust and realistic than what's been available in core InfraWorks pipe connector style library...
  • BUT...currently there is only one type of inlet and one type of manhole.
  • You can manually place inlets, manholes, and pipes and edit them with tools you are used to
  • Drainage network tools are smarter about setting pipes at the right depths and slopes


  • You can have InfraWorks do a takeoff of culverts, inlets, manholes, and pipelines associated with a design road.
If you want to learn more, there will be an eBook coming out soon, similar to the Roadway book, that supplements my InfraWorks Essentials book.


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