WMS:Preparing Stage Data

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There are three basic ways to create stage data for floodplain delineation. The tutorial on floodplain delineation demonstrates all three methods.

Hydraulic Model Data

When running HEC-RAS or other supported hydraulic models, resulting in water surface elevations are created as a scatter set for each cross section in the model. Typically the number of scatter points created from the cross sections is insufficient to adequately interpolate a floodplain on the TIN and so these points need to be interpolated along the river center line and cross sections in order to create a scatter set with sufficient points for interpolation. The additional points along cross sections are created with the same value as the first point which does not violate the assumptions of a 1D model like HEC-RAS. Additional points along center lines are created by linearly interpolating from the cross sections (again being consistent with the assumptions of 1D models).

Read a Scatter Dataset

Scatter sets can be read in as 2D scatter files or imported using the File Import Wizard if existing data can be created in a spreadsheet or other consistent text file format. The interpolation tools for cross sections and center lines can also be used after a file has been read.

Manually Create Scatter Points by Digitizing in WMS

The 2D Scatter module provides a tool for creating new scatter points interactively. Water surface elevation can be entered as the data value. Generally in such cases take advantage of the centerline and cross sections to develop a larger dataset for floodplain delineation. For example, if having created a 1D-Hydraulic centerline to represent the stream, and optionally cross sections, it's possible to interpolate computed values along these feature objects.

Use the Channel Calculator

This is actually similar to the manual method. A new scatter point can be created along a cross section arc at the intersection point of a centerline using the water surface elevation (computed depth plus lowest elevation along the cross section) computed with the Channel Calculator.

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