Urbano Hydra | Autodesk Civil 3D Add-ons

Our Consulting and Services Manager, Shawn Herring, wrote an article for this month's issue of AUGI World. Below is a portion of the article:

It’s always interesting to see all the add-ons to Civil 3D that bridge the gaps on what out-of-the-box software can do and what is really needed to pull off projects - especially on the civil side of things.  There are so many different sectors and sub-sectors of civil engineering and the project types are endless.

For this article, I reached out to my awesome network on LinkedIn to get an idea of what add-ons they use that are out there on the market.  There are literally thousands of add-ons so I narrowed it down to a few.  It was kind of like choosing your favorite child…..which in my case is easy because it's Addison!  She is my favorite, and here are a few of my favorite add-ons for Autodesk Civil 3D!

Urbano Hydra

For water distribution design, calculation and analysis, this is a fantastic tool!  Pressure analysis has always been missing from Civil 3D and I think many people expected it once the Pressure Pipe Networks were introduced, but there is still nothing out of the box that can pull this off.  One of the key features has been outlined below:

·         Connection to EPANET and other hydraulic modeling software
EPANET is the worldwide standard software for hydraulic calculations of water distribution networks and most hydraulic modeling software use the EPANET file format to exchange data. Urbano can be used to determine all pipe network information including water demands, pipes, valves, pumps, reservoirs etc. The prepared data can then be exported to any EPANET compatible software for hydraulic modeling. The modeling results can be imported to Urbano and become part of the project.

Hydraulic calculation
Urbano uses the EPANET engine for a snapshot hydraulic calculation. This action requires the same data input as if you were to export the data to EPANET. The snapshot calculation can be performed to get some basic understanding of the network in a short amount of time.

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