Intuitive hydraulic and water quality modeling software

WaterCAD is an easy-to-use software that is reliable, resource-saving, decision-support application for your water infrastructure. You can quickly analyze, design, and optimize your water distribution systems from fire flow and water quality analysis, to energy cost management and pump modeling.  The built-in water quality features helps you perform constituent, water age, tank mixing, and source trace analysis to develop comprehensive chlorination schedules, simulate emergency contamination events, visualize zones of influence for different water sources, and improve turbidity, taste, and odor by identifying water blending problems in your water distribution systems.

Interoperability for engineering precision models

Out of the box, you can employ this product as a stand-alone application or work from within MicroStation. The stand-alone interface offers unparalleled versatility with easy-to-use model layout tools, multiple background support, conversion utilities from CAD, GIS, and databases, and unlimited undo and redo layout. You can build and lay out models with engineering precision within an environment in which you may already be comfortable. WaterCAD can open OpenFlows WaterGEMS and OpenFlows HAMMER models seamlessly.

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“WaterGEMS and WaterCAD helped us evaluate the improvement proposals for the Olinda supply system, which will benefit over 250,000 inhabitants, workers, and visitors in the region. This is just one example of how valuable this capability can be for basic sanitation companies, as it helps to improve human living conditions. Bentley is a key contributor to this process.”

Technical Capabilities

Interface and Graphical Editing

  • Stand-alone application
  • Ability to run from within MicroStation (MicroStation license required)
  • Seamless compatibility with WaterGEMS and HAMMER
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • Element morphing, splitting, and reconnection
  • Merge nodes in close proximity tool
  • Automatic element labeling
  • Scaled, schematic, and hybrid environments
  • Element prototypes
  • Aerial view and dynamic zooming
  • Named views library
  • Multiple background-layer support

Hydraulics, Operations, and Water Quality

  • Steady-state simulation
  • Extended-period simulation
  • Constituent-concentration analysis
  • Multi-species water quality analysis
  • Source tracing
  • Tank-mixing analysis
  • Water-age analysis
  • Water quality batch run
  • Criticality analysis
  • Fire-flow analysis
  • Rule-based or logical controls
  • Variable-speed pumping, with option to use APEX (Automatic Parameter Estimation eXtension)
  • NPSH analysis
  • Leakage and sprinkler modeling
  • Pressure-dependent demands
  • Valve modeling
  • System head curves
  • Conventional and unidirectional flushing simulations
  • Air release valve element
  • Top Fill Tank element
  • Combination pump curves
  • Carbon emission calculation
  • Pressure Zone management
  • Support Districted Metered Areas (DMA) design

Model Building and Data Connection

  • Shapefile, DXF and DGN file, spreadsheet, database, and ODBC connections
  • Oracle Spatial support
  • GIS-ID property to maintain associations between records in the data source/GIS and elements in the model
  • SCADAConnect for live data connections to and from SCADA systems (available for an additional fee)
  • Graphical SCADA element
  • Customer Meter element
  • Lateral link (no need to split pipes)
  • Automatic demand allocation from geospatial data
  • Geospatial demand allocation from customer meters
  • Demand allocation from lump-sum geospatial data
  • Geospatial-based water consumption projection
  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and superimposed patterns
  • Unaccounted for water and leakage estimation
  • Composite demands global edition
  • Area, count, discharge, and population-based loading
  • Pipe length-based demand loading
  • Elevation extraction from DEM, TIN, and shapefiles
  • Elevation extraction from CAD drawings and surfaces
  • User-data extensions, including formula based
  • Bing Maps support
  • Model sync In/Out, update a model or sync out to an external file

Model Management

  • Unlimited scenarios and alternatives
  • Comprehensive scenario management
  • Tree-based scenario and alternative management
  • Global attribute tabular edition
  • Scenario and alternative inheritance properties
  • Sorting and persistent filtering on tabular reports
  • Statistical analysis from tabular reports
  • Personalizable engineering libraries
  • Dynamic and static selection sets
  • Local and global engineering units management
  • Sub-model management
  • Drawing review tools for connectivity consistency
  • Automatic topology review
  • Orphaned nodes and dead-end pipes queries
  • Change tracking
  • Support for ProjectWise

Results Presentation

  • Thematic mapping with property-based color-coding, symbology, and annotations
  • Dynamic, multi-parameter, and multi-scenario graphing
  • Scenario and element comparison
  • Shapefile contouring
  • Advance profiling
  • Advanced tabular reporting with FlexTables
  • Creation of Google Earth (KML) files
  • Publishing of i-models in 2D or 3D, including to Bentley Map Mobile
  • Video recording of result animation
  • Customizable reports

Energy Management

  • Energy cost analysis
  • Pump and turbine energy analysis
Interface and Graphical Editing

Interface and Graphical Editing

  • Stand-alone application
  • Ability to run from within MicroStation (MicroStation license required)
  • Seamless compatibility with WaterGEMS and HAMMER
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • Element morphing, splitting, and reconnection
  • Merge nodes in close proximity tool
  • Automatic element labeling
  • Scaled, schematic, and hybrid environments
  • Element prototypes
  • Aerial view and dynamic zooming
  • Named views library
  • Multiple background-layer support
Hydraulics, Operations, and Water Quality

Hydraulics, Operations, and Water Quality

  • Steady-state simulation
  • Extended-period simulation
  • Constituent-concentration analysis
  • Multi-species water quality analysis
  • Source tracing
  • Tank-mixing analysis
  • Water-age analysis
  • Water quality batch run
  • Criticality analysis
  • Fire-flow analysis
  • Rule-based or logical controls
  • Variable-speed pumping, with option to use APEX (Automatic Parameter Estimation eXtension)
  • NPSH analysis
  • Leakage and sprinkler modeling
  • Pressure-dependent demands
  • Valve modeling
  • System head curves
  • Conventional and unidirectional flushing simulations
  • Air release valve element
  • Top Fill Tank element
  • Combination pump curves
  • Carbon emission calculation
  • Pressure Zone management
  • Support Districted Metered Areas (DMA) design
Model Building and Data Connection

Model Building and Data Connection

  • Shapefile, DXF and DGN file, spreadsheet, database, and ODBC connections
  • Oracle Spatial support
  • GIS-ID property to maintain associations between records in the data source/GIS and elements in the model
  • SCADAConnect for live data connections to and from SCADA systems (available for an additional fee)
  • Graphical SCADA element
  • Customer Meter element
  • Lateral link (no need to split pipes)
  • Automatic demand allocation from geospatial data
  • Geospatial demand allocation from customer meters
  • Demand allocation from lump-sum geospatial data
  • Geospatial-based water consumption projection
  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and superimposed patterns
  • Unaccounted for water and leakage estimation
  • Composite demands global edition
  • Area, count, discharge, and population-based loading
  • Pipe length-based demand loading
  • Elevation extraction from DEM, TIN, and shapefiles
  • Elevation extraction from CAD drawings and surfaces
  • User-data extensions, including formula based
  • Bing Maps support
  • Model sync In/Out, update a model or sync out to an external file
Model Management

Model Management

  • Unlimited scenarios and alternatives
  • Comprehensive scenario management
  • Tree-based scenario and alternative management
  • Global attribute tabular edition
  • Scenario and alternative inheritance properties
  • Sorting and persistent filtering on tabular reports
  • Statistical analysis from tabular reports
  • Personalizable engineering libraries
  • Dynamic and static selection sets
  • Local and global engineering units management
  • Sub-model management
  • Drawing review tools for connectivity consistency
  • Automatic topology review
  • Orphaned nodes and dead-end pipes queries
  • Change tracking
  • Support for ProjectWise
Results Presentation

Results Presentation

  • Thematic mapping with property-based color-coding, symbology, and annotations
  • Dynamic, multi-parameter, and multi-scenario graphing
  • Scenario and element comparison
  • Shapefile contouring
  • Advance profiling
  • Advanced tabular reporting with FlexTables
  • Creation of Google Earth (KML) files
  • Publishing of i-models in 2D or 3D, including to Bentley Map Mobile
  • Video recording of result animation
  • Customizable reports
Energy Management

Energy Management

  • Energy cost analysis
  • Pump and turbine energy analysis
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is WaterCAD?

WaterCAD is an easy-to-use hydraulic and water quality modeling application for water distribution systems. WaterCAD is a reliable, resource-saving, decision-support application for your water infrastructure. From fire flow and water quality analysis, to energy cost management and pump modeling, WaterCAD helps you analyze, design, and optimize water distribution systems.

How much does WaterCAD cost?

A practitioner license of OpenFlows WaterCAD costs $1,017 – $7,637 USD at Virtuosity.com depending on the desired pipes. Prices also vary per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eCommerce store. When you purchase through Virtuosity you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.

What is the difference between WaterCAD and WaterGEMS?

WaterGEMS is a superset of WaterCAD.  WaterGEMS comes with six modules that are not included in WaterCAD: 1) Pipe Renewal Planner, 2) Darwin Designer, 3) Darwin Calibrator, 4) Darwin Scheduler, 5) Skelebrator, and 6) SCADAConnect. Learn more about OpenFlows WaterGEMS.

How do I perform fire flow analysis?

Using the Fire Flow Navigator, you can quickly and accurately establish the ability of their network to provide protection against fires. WaterCAD simultaneously models multiple fire flow events evaluating flows and pressures across the entire system.

How do perform flushing simulations?

The Flushing Simulation tool helps you plan, analyze, and optimize flushing programs to control and improve water quality in their water distribution systems. You can perform both conventional and unidirectional flushing (UDF) simulations, as well as multiple flushing runs across multiple areas.

What is the Criticality Analysis Center?

To perform criticality analysis and operations modeling, use the Criticality Analysis Center. It is a comprehensive utility to identify critical assets in water distribution infrastructure and evaluate the risk associated with their failure. Also, by using rule-based operational controls, variable-speed pumping (VSP), and pressure-dependent demands (PDD), you can find operational bottlenecks, minimize energy consumption, and model real-time operations to improve system performance.

How do I perform comprehensive scenario management?

Use the WaterCAD Scenario Management Center to get full control to configure, run, evaluate, visualize, and compare an unlimited number of what-if scenarios within a single file. You can easily make decisions by comparing unlimited scenarios, analyzing rehabilitation alternatives for multiple planning horizons, evaluating pump operation strategies, or flushing alternatives for emergency contamination events.

What are the LoadBuilder and TRex geospatial modules?

The LoadBuilder and TRex geospatial modules are included with WaterCAD at no additional cost, and they help you allocate water demands and node elevations based on geospatial data found in shapefiles, DEMs, and even CAD drawings, avoiding potential manual-input mistakes and speeding up the model-building process.

You can streamline model building when you use CAD drawings to directly create hydraulically connected models; import topology and data from GIS; and create persistent, bidirectional connections between shapefiles, databases, spreadsheets, and the WaterCAD model.

System Requirements

Refer to the ‘Installation Requirements’ section of the WaterCAD ReadMe file.

Platform pre-requirements
WaterCAD runs without platform restrictions as a stand-alone application. It can also run from within AutoCAD and MicroStation.
The requirements are also available in WaterCAD’s ReadMe file.

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