What's new in SMS 11.1

The following is a list of the more significant changes in SMS 11.1

General Features

  • Dynamic Images SMS can now link to dynamic image sources on the web so that the background image is updated as user pans/zooms around the domain. These images can be converted to static images for speed or if internet access may be lost.
  • New Online Image Sources Recently, the terraserver web service that had been available in SMS was discontinued. SMS now accesses a number of new web sources for image and/or elevation data using the previous web source tools.
  • Project on the fly All data in the SMS instance is now projected to a user specified projection for display. This makes working with data in various projections much easier and less prone to round-off or conversion errors.
  • Dataset Toolbox Angle convention conversion for scalar datasets.
  • Open as... command General data formats such as raster, vector and image files are not always supported as native in SMS. This new command allows SMS to use the Global Mapper library to convert the data in these files to be read in to SMS.
  • Import Wizard column association The import wizard can now associate Northing/Easting headers with Y/X.
  • Annotations In addition to previous annotation capabilities, users can setup annotation layers so they are only visible during user specified time intervals. This would apply to film loops and stepping through time steps.
  • MIKE 21 (*.mesh) File Support MIKE 21 (*.mesh) files can now be loaded into SMS 11.1 and later.

Module Features

  • GIS
    • Convert GIS data to Generic model coverage - Users can now bring in GIS data (shape file or mif/mid) and convert this to generic model node or arc attributes.
    • Read in a boundary condition file into the GIS module.
  • Map Module
    • Select all arcs connected sequentially to define a polygon. Can be used to detect poor connectivity in a conceptual model.
    • Split arcs based on user specified criterion.
    • Convert Map feature arc and point attributes (Generic 2D mesh coverage) to mesh nodestring and node attributes.
    • The Select/Delete Data function (Feature Objects menu) now gives the user the ability to set how points that lie on the selection polygon will be treated.
    • Map data can be imported/exported in MIF/MID format.
    • Export map data in shape format.
    • Map files have been optimized to load faster.
    • Converting a area property coverage to a 2D grid has been optimized to convert faster.
  • Mesh Module
    • Nodestrings now contain an id.
    • A subset of the mesh can be selected and edited on its own.
    • Meshes can be imported/exported in MIF/MID format.
    • An option now exists for mesh to scatter conversions where only selected mesh nodes are converted.
    • Automatic zoom was removed when generating a mesh from a map coverage.
    • Reduce nodal connections.
    • Global mesh renumbering done using the Cuthill-Mckee renumbering scheme replaces nodestring based renumbering.
    • Mesh quality scatter set creation.
    • ARR plot creation.
  • Particle Module
    • Extract particle subset – Export a portion of the times and/or particles to a new file to reduce file sizes of particle solutions.
  • Raster
    • New raster set tree item folder in the project explorer.
    • New "Options" dialog in the raster set project explorer. This is used specify if raster values are/aren't elevations. For more information, see Raster Functionalities.
    • Ability to convert part of a raster to a scatter set (TIN).
  • Scatter Module
    • Ability to autogenerate TIN breaklines following elevation values.
    • New option to use Laplacian interpolation when interpolated to a Cartesian Grid.
    • Merging scatter sets will now show a report of the number of vertices, triangles, breaklines before and after the merge.
    • New scatter filter using VTK Decimate Pro algorithm.
  • Cartesian Grid Module
    • We now have a floating projection option.

Model Features

  • AdH
    • Support for version sediment and constituent transport.
    • Preservation of "unsupported" or "advanced" cards in an "Advanced" tab in model control
    • Support for weir structures.
    • Support for PC LVL card (output control).
    • New "Sediment Library Control..." dialog.
    • Support for version 50.0. New distribution of the model.
    • Support for running ADCIRC in parallel (PADCIRC) on windows environment.
    • Support for the new NWS 19 option
    • Support for version 4.5 of the CMS. This includes both CMS-Flow and CMS-Wave in a single executable.
    • Complete overhaul of the CMS-Flow model parameters.
    • New parameters to the "Sediment" tab. For more information, see CMS-Flow Model Control.
      • Calculate morphology change during ramp period
      • Avalanching
      • Made the D50 Dataset optional
      • Added a new dataset called Sediment Standard Deviation (mm)
    • Changes to the wave model control tab
    • Added new Harmonic WSE-forcing boundary condition. This is located in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under "Tidal" tab.
    • Added Longitude dataset. You will see this option in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under "Flow" tab.
    • Added 29 new Tidal Constituents bringing the total to 37.
    • Added Grid modification flag.
    • Added ability to read netCDF files for visualization.
    • Added ability to read fleet wind data.
    • New save point coverage and file support.
    • Ability to extract levee/structure height from an unstructured (ADCIRC) grid.
  • CMS-Wave
    • Support for updated version
    • We now write the *.std file according to the new format.
    • Users can associate times/dates with the simulation.
    • We now support full plane simulations.
    • Ability to create input spectral locations in spectral coverage.
    • Support of the new permeable structures.
    • Support spatially varied wind input fields.
    • Support for 8 (yymmddhh) or 12 (yyhhddhhmmss) date fields for temporally changing spectra.
    • We now can interface with CSHORE.
  • CStorm
    • Exporting ADCIRC/STWAVE & ESMF
    • We now write the STWAVE and ADCIRC files into a single directory along with the ESMF mapping information.
    • Allow users to specify file links instead of data ojects for ice and currents.
  • Generic Model Interface
    • Converter utility provided to model developers to facilitate migration from previous template to SMS 11 template.
    • Ability to only show material options for active material group.
  • PTM
    • You can now read in PTM trap files.
    • Ability to use an ADCIRC ascii fort.45 files for hydrodynamics.
    • Improved smoothing of display of 3D solution of fence diagrams.
    • Support to read in BC file.
    • Improved interface with CMS-Flow.
    • You can now run stwave in parallel if you have multiple processors.
    • Can specify which TUFLOW executable (double or single precision as well as 32 and 64 bit) to use for each simulation.
    • Improved model check for boundary conditions for specified event.
    • Add ability to specify a clip region.
    • Convert GIS rainfall data to TUFLOW boundary conditions
    • Provide option for GIS check/outputs to be shapefiles
    • Support mass balance corrector toggle
    • Support new Source over Area commands
    • Support storage reduction feature
    • Support variable z shape restore/repeat
    • Rearrange grid options dialog
    • Improvements to multiple file import dialog (open TCF file)
    • Support for customary units option

For more information on the SMS 11.1 release, visit our Wiki site

SMS is better than ever with the new features added to v11

  1. New Raster Module
    • Work with raster (DEM) data in SMS without converting to a scatterset (TIN)
    • Raster data require less memory and draw faster than TIN data
    • Interpolate raster elevations to a scatterset, mesh, or grid
  2. ADH Model Interface
    • SMS seamlessly interfaces with the 2D shallow water component of the US Army Corps Adaptive Hydraulics Modeling system (ADH)
    • Key features of the ADH model include wetting/drying of elements, boat effects, wind effects, and an adaptive mesh, where element resolution is dynamically adjusted as needed
    • The ADH interface in SMS was developed in collaboration with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory at the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center
  3. WAM Model Interface
    • WAM is a third generation wave model that predicts directional spectra as well as wave properties such as significant wave height, mean wave direction and frequency, swell wave height and mean direction, and wind stress fields corrected by including the wave induced stress and the drag coeffieient at each grid point at chosen output times
    • Build WAM grids, create simulations, nest grids, view solutions, and generate spectra for STWAVE model input
  4. Bouss2D Run-up & Overtopping
    • Run Bouss2D in 1D mode to simulate run-up and overtopping of waves
    • Extract transects, position gages, specify roughness zones, and define multiple wave cases
    • Create 2D profile plots along transects, time-series plots of gage output, and generate summary statistics such as height of peak waves within a percentile range and the point of furthest encroachment on each transect
  5. TUFLOW Advection-Diffusion Module
    • The new TUFLOW AD Module is fully supported by SMS
    • TUFLOW AD simulates depth-averaged, two and one-dimensional constituent fate and transport
    • Simulate both dissolved and particulate constituents
    • Create spatially varied initial concentrations and transport coefficients
  6. Generic Model Interface Enhancements
    • Boundary condition and material property templates have been expanded to include more data types
    • Assign multiple boundary conditions to a single node, element, or nodestring
    • Create templates that show/hide parameters based on a selected option
    • Define multiple material groups
  7. CMS Model Updates
    • Couple of flow and wave models without the steering module using the CMS inlined version
    • Implicit solution scheme in CMS Flow allows for larger time steps and parallel computing across multiple processor codes..
    • CMS wave new features include muddy bed definition, non-linear wave effects, infragravity wave effects, spatially varied wind field, XMDF output, and a Gauss-seidel solution scheme which utilizes multiple processor cores
  8. TUFLOW Model Updates
    • Import TUFLOW projects created outside of SMS
    • Output datasets to XMDF
    • Create and manage irregular culverts
    • New manhole features
  9. STWAVE Model Updates
    • Support for the new STWAVE v6.
    • Extract boundary conditions from a WAM model
    • Improved iteration control for the full-plane version
  10. Particle Module Updates
    • Estimation guidance for the number of particles that will be generated by a PTM source coverage
    • Create virtual gages to compute concentrations and other data around a point or within a polygon
    • Use particle filters to display a subset of particles to use for display, selection and compute grid datasets
  11. ArcGIS Map Server Layers
    • With a license to ArcGIS and an internet connection, utilize ESRI's database of maps and open ArcGIS map server layers in SMS
    • Background maps are updated on-the-fly as the display is zoomed and panned
  12. Other New Features
    • Assign native projections to cartesian grids and project grids on-the-fly to the working projection.
    • SMS now saves a world file and projection file if appropriate when saving the graphics window as an image file
    • Export mesh elements to a shapefile using the Mesh->Map command
    • Import TINs from LandXML files
    • Use the "Zoom to..." feature to easily zoom to the extents of a mesh, grid, scatterset or bounds of selected objects